Thursday, February 20, 2014

Featured App: News-O-Matic (Plus a $30 iTunes Giveaway!)

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News-O-Matic, which got a 4.5 star review from our Emilie, is a free news app geared towards children that helps teach them to learn about the world around them by presenting news and current events to them in a child-appropriate fashion. Since our original review there have been multiple updates and improvements, with one of the more recent ones adding an awesome Read Aloud feature that allows the app to be used with students of every ability and makes it fully inclusive.
Download today and qualify for entry in a giveaway of a $30 iTunes gift card (via the rafflecopter link below.)

The app itself is free to download, but there are daily, weekly, and monthly subscriptions available through in-app purchases to insure that your kiddos can stay up to date. To download News-O-Matic (FREE, iPad/iPhone) use this link to love the Smart Apps for Kids.
NO Ads YES IAP ExLinksExternal link to iTunes under the Educators' tab. In-app purchase to buy subscription. In-app purchases of $9.99 a year (normally $19.99), $1.99 a month or $.99 a week.

News o matic 1News-O-Matic opens with an attention-grabbing front page featuring five daily articles. Along with all of the other great features there is now a Read Along option, making it a more inclusive app for a broader range of children. There are also sections for games, news room, and information about the app.

Stories are written using child-appropriate vocabulary. Kids can click on words they don’t know and see the pronunciation and definition. With the Read Along option, kids can have the entire article read aloud to them. From within each article the reader can click and find out more about each component of the article, whether it be about the author or the location or other facts.

The games provided can only serve to help increase children’s interest in the news and current events, and the News Room provides a place for kids to ask questions about articles and to see the questions and answers submitted by other readers.

It’s never too early to get your kids in the habit of staying abreast of daily news, and News-O-Matic offers a kid-friendly way to do so.

Download the free app now and qualify for entry in a $30 iTunes Giftcard Giveaway via the Rafflecopter link below.

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News o matic 2From iTunes:
News-O-Matic covers relevant news of the day in an engaging way, exploring its many facets through images, maps, videos, and games. Whether your interest is sports, science, world news, or wacky events, News-O-Matic delivers what’s making the news! It offers a window to the world and beyond helping readers become global citizens!

Each daily issue features:
* Five dynamic news articles 
* Rich and detailed images, videos, and illustrations
* Informative maps relating the user to the location of every story
* News Room for drawing or asking questions about the news
* An interactive history-based timeline
* Puzzles, games, fun facts, and many other elements for discovery 
* Audio support for challenging vocabulary and full stories read aloud

All articles are written by professional children’s writers and reviewed by a child psychologist before publication to ensure emotionally safe content. 

News o matic 3News-O-Matic is 100% ad-free.

Here are the details on our subscription offer: Yearly subscription: $19.99. Monthly subscription: $1.99. Weekly subscription: $0.99.

News-O-Matic provides early-bird offers to users who subscribe before the end of the 2 weeks free trial. 

Subscription includes access from all Apple mobile devices: iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Institutions can buy this app through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program. Look for News-O-Matic, Daily for Schools in the iPad App Store. 

News o matic 5Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours of the end of the current period, and the cost of the renewal will be provided. Subscriptions may be managed by the user. Auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. 

Cartoon cowgirlKelli just realized that it is less than three weeks until daylight savings time starts this year.  This makes her very, very happy.

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