Grade range: 3-12
What is it? Create a classroom blog to get students writing and collaborating.
Pros: Teachers will find it easy to communicate with parents about the work that students are doing.
Cons: The annual fee might be hard to meet for teachers in budget-strapped schools.
Bottom line: This rich and safe blogging tool makes it easy for teachers and students to extend the classroom into a wider community.
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Grade range: 5-8
What is it? Captivate classes with real journalism for kids, by kids.
Pros: The kid-friendly content is really high-quality and covers a wide range of newsworthy topics.
Cons: You’ll have to come up with your own classroom ideas; no extension activities accompany these great stories.
Bottom line: It’s well worth your while to use this appealing news site to get kids motivated about journalism.
Grade range: 7-12
What is it? Snazzy video slideshows are a snap to create.
Pros: Eye-catching final projects are fun to make and simple to share.
Cons: Presentations won’t have much depth.
Bottom line: Slick music videos and slideshows are easy to make, but students need more control to personalize them.