Empowering Student Voices Through Writing About Current Events

Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 42

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Poster]

Monday, June 26, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Room Tower View Lobby, Table 42

Shelly Fryer   Russell Kahn  
Come be inspired by young student writers who are passionate about current events and issues in the media! Learn how your elementary students can read daily news leveled to their reading ability, and written specifically for kids. Learn to cultivate digital citizenship skills through interactive digital writing!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: Students : Creative communicator
Students : Digital citizen
Students : Global collaborator
Additional detail: Global Collaboration strand session

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objectives of this poster session are:
1- To highlight inspiring examples of student writing shared through the News-O-Matic app and website, which reflect concern and advocacy on different current event topics
2- To empower educators to help their own students build background knowledge about current events and become advocates for issues of interest in their community, nation and world
3- To share how the private "class chat" feature in News-O-Matic can provide a safe and controlled environment for students to practice digital citizenship
4- To amplify student voices and encourage more teachers to become passionate about empowering students to constructively share their voices to advocate for change


Our poster session will feature enlarged screenshots of student writing, response drawings, and editorials/essays shared via the News-O-Matic app and website. We will also include screenshots of student class chat sessions, with student names obscured, which reflect opportunities to discuss and develop digital citizenship skills. Additionally, we'll share examples of articles Shelly's 3rd and 4th grade students (as well as other kids) have shared on the News-O-Matic app and website for thousands of others to read, enjoy, and respond to!

Supporting research

Berson, Ilene, Michael Berson, and Meghan McGlinn Manfra. "Touch, type, and transform: iPads in the social studies classroom." Social Education 76.2 (2012): 88-91.

Bloome, David, and Ann Egan-Robertson. "The social construction of intertextuality in classroom reading and writing lessons." Reading research quarterly (1993): 305-333.

Bomer, Randy, and Katherine Bomer. For a Better World: Reading and Writing for Social Action. Heinemann, 88 Post Road West, PO Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881, 2001.

Duke, Nell K., et al. "Authentic literacy activities for developing comprehension and writing." The reading teacher 60.4 (2006): 344-355.

Hutchison, Amy, Beth Beschorner, and Denise Schmidt‐Crawford. "Exploring the use of the iPad for literacy learning." The Reading Teacher 66.1 (2012): 15-23.

Ingle, Jeanne Carey. "IPad Integration and the Truly Inclusive Classroom." Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Vol. 2014. No. 1. 2014.

Kucan, Linda, and Isabel L. Beck. "Thinking aloud and reading comprehension research: Inquiry, instruction, and social interaction." Review of educational research 67.3 (1997): 271-299.

McClanahan, Barbara, et al. "A breakthrough for Josh: How use of an iPad facilitated reading improvement." TechTrends 56.3 (2012): 20-28.

Sullivan, Rebecca M. "The tablet inscribed: Inclusive writing instruction with the iPad." College Teaching 61.1 (2013): 1-2.



Shelly Fryer, Positive Tomorrows

Passionate about helping my students love learning. 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City. 2017-18 will be our 5th year of 1:1 classroom iPads. PBS Digital Innovator, Seesaw Ambassador, Oklahoma A+ Fellow.

Russell Kahn, Press4Kids

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