Because the topics covered are current events, content experience is not needed. The materials are easy to use, though experience teaching people with disabilities is important, if they are among the group of participants.
Planning and Preparation
The News-2-You resources are designed to be ready to use, though educators may wish to build lesson plans around the content, depending on the format and goals of their program. The developer provides lesson plan templates for convenience. It is recommended that educators preview the publications and online games in order to know what to expect and how best to facilitate use of these materials. In addition, educators should become familiar with the specific software tools before introducing any of the software-supported activities.
- Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash Player plug-in; Optional: IntelliPics, Classroom Suite, Clicker5
- Computers: Computer with Internet access
Individual subscriptions cost $140 each. If five or more educators subscribe, the price per subscription is discounted. Users provide an e-mail address to create an account, which gives them access to the online newspapers and other resources published weekly.