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What’s It Like?
News-2-You is a symbols-based newspaper for special-needs students, and this app is its digital version. It includes the symbols system SymbolStix (also used in the augmentative and alternative communication app Proloquo2Go), along with audio voice narration. A new edition arrives in the online library for every week of the typical U.S. school year, and it covers popular current events topics such as movies, sports, holidays, or environmental issues, many of which are aligned with Common Core standards. In addition to the articles, you’ll find recipes, jokes, games, puzzles, related comprehension questions, and more. Teachers can purchase some editions or a subscription and share them with some or all students, via multiple user accounts.
Pros: Easy-to-understand symbols and voice options maximize accessibility.
Cons: Some article content, such as that about recent movies, has a limited shelf life.
Bottom line: Students can expand literacy skills, learn about the world, and get involved with discussion questions and activities.