Kidsnews.com.au is a FREE teaching resource available to all schools in Australia. It is proudly produced by media group News Corp Australia under its News in the Community program. It began in 2017.
Kidsnews.com.au is aimed at students from Years 3-8
and is a ready-to-go resource allowing teachers and students to use current
news in the classroom.
It helps increase literacy levels whilst improving children’s general knowledge and thirst for information, teaching them the importance of relying on trusted news sources.
Kidsnews.com.au is currently used in schools across all Australian states and has 1.4 million unique visitors. The site attracted 11.5 million page views in 2019.
The content — sourced from News Corp Australia’s national stable of newspapers and websites — is repurposed into child-appropriate language and censored to remove inappropriate content or imagery. The site is presented in a safe online environment that does not link to any outside news sources or sites.
Two to three news articles on a range of subjects are added each school day.
They are divided into 20 categories:
|Safe Kids||Inquiry Kits||Health||Just for Fun Arts||Arts|
Each article — rated as either easy (GREEN), intermediate (ORANGE) or complex (RED) includes:
+ Headline, images, text and video
+ An audio file (using SoundCloud) so students can listen to the text as they read
+ Glossary of terms and words that students may be unfamiliar with.
+ Comment box for the students to interact with editors about the stories.
+ Maps and graphics
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ON EACH STORY
Classroom activities are written by teachers for teachers and linked to the Australian curriculum.There are two classroom activities on every story.
Kids News has a rich collection of more than 5000 archive stories filtered under each category and colour coding.
It follows on from other initiatives including:
- The free Kids News book club
- Short story writing competition annually in August
HOW TO SIGN UP
Teachers can register FREE on kidsnews.com.au – the sign-up box is found on the right-hand side at the top.