If you teach in the Roanoke Valley, you have access to Newspapers in Education. If you’ve used this service in the past, chances are you received paper copies of the Roanoke Times delivered to your classroom each day, for FREE. Now the service has improved even more…the Roanoke Times can now be viewed in a digital form, online, for FREE. It’s available for use in the computer lab, on your laptop, on your activboard, and even at home. And students can access too! It looks exactly like the paper version, but since it’s digital, it’s even better.
With the digital version you can
- search for specific things using a search box
- email or print articles with both text and pictures
- get inserts from any area in the county
- see past issues of the paper (up to a month)
- highlight certain sections, scan headlines, flip through pages
- And yes, you can get the coupons!!
I can see this tool being used by students of all ages. Students can use pictures as writing prompts, find and highlight certain words, view articles about their community, or use the coupons for math lessons. The weather section is great for all sorts of science and math activites, and older students can print or email specific artilces to their teachers along with their reactions or summaries.
In Roanoke County, we’ve set up accounts for our elementary schools to use. Just visit Newspapers in Education (nie.roanoke.com). Please see your ITRT for the student login/password (hint: it’s the same student login/password as the computers in our school). If you work for another division in the Roanoke Valley, or want your own teacher account, just enroll! You can also contact Trent Currin at 540-981-3286 or email her at Trent.Currin@roanoke.com.