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By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

One-of-a-kind tool uses symbols to make news accessible.

App iPad Paid Education
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Worst ever!

A lot of the programs don’t have instructions and it’s hard to maneuver the click and drag segments. This program is designed for special education students and he can’t even work it. Words can not express how much I HATE this program!! It is so awful.

Is It Any Good?

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This special tool brings current events and other newsy tidbits to kids through an easy-to-understand system of symbols and voice recordings, which you can adjust to fit your kid's unique needs. Since many kids love categorizing and organizing, this symbols system provides structure and predictability to words and ideas presented in the news stories. News-2-You may seem pricey, but its content is substantial and fun. Extra extension activities like recipes, jokes (not always easy to explain in terms of symbols, but this app does it), games, discussion questions and more, elevate this weekly news app to a truly one-of-a-kind, accessible, useful resource for kids with special needs, kids who are struggling with reading, and for kids who may not like reading about current events but love symbol systems. Along with Proloquo2Go, it's a powerhouse combo that can help all kids learn about current events, develop comprehension skills, and express themselves.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, geography, Hobbies: cooking, sports
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($219.65 per year)
  • Release date: December 6, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: AssistiveWare
  • Version: 2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later
  • Last updated: March 22, 2022

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