Noa: Listen to news articles

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Listen to multiple news sources; be aware of bias.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn more about current events and start to think about examining different perspectives.

Ease of Play

Lacking a tutorial or overview, but kids will be able to find their way around.

Violence

News stories sometimes include violence, including interpersonal violence, war, and terrorism.

Sex

News stories may include references to themes like sex work, infidelity, and sexual violence. 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

News stories may include themes related to drinking, drugs, and smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noa: Listen to news articles is a news aggregator that provides an audiobook-style approach to digesting world news. It's geared toward adults, so there's content that parents may feel isn't appropriate for their kids. There's also content families may want to explore together. Since the news is in audio format, kids who struggle with reading can enjoy the app. The free version allows users to listen to three free stories per week. Full access is $9.49/month after a free 30-day trial. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

NOA: LISTEN TO NEWS ARTICLES provides a source for listening to news from around the world. While users can browse individual articles, the power of Noa: Listen to news articles may be in the grouping of articles as a "series." For example, a series called "Can a Wealth Tax Help Solve Inequality?" includes five articles/op-eds from three different sources. Users can place a couple of articles or a whole series in their queue and listen uninterrupted. They can also download articles or a whole series and share them with others. A library section includes all articles and series that you followed or downloaded.

Is it any good?

This opportunity to delve deeper into a particular topic is compelling, but it's not without some challenges. Noa: Listen to news articles brings a unique approach to its news platform, both in terms of the audio delivery and the grouping of stories around a theme. As kids learn more about being media savvy, we want them to examine multiple news sources to get a bigger picture vew. But when the news sources are all curated by the same team, it's possible to enhance bias rather than counter it. Whether or not this is the case here is up for debate, but it's something families will want to consider before choosing to subscribe. In terms of finding content that families can explore together, the queue and library come in handy. Parents who are concerned about appropriate news articles can create their own collection of articles to delve into with their kids. Before deciding if Noa: Listen to news articles is a good fit, try the free aspects and the 30-day trial. It's more than enough time to determine the app's newsworthiness in your home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about media savvy while using Noa: Listen to news articles. Do these news stories come from reputable sources? How do you know? What kind of bias might the news outlets have?

  • Talk about current events in your community. What stories do you think need attention?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary
    Social Studies: events, global awareness
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, making conclusions
    Communication: listening
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (three free articles/week or 30-day trial, then $9.49/mo. for unlimited access)
  • Release date: November 16, 2019
  • Category: News
  • Size: 72.30 MB
  • Version: 4.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: February 13, 2020

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