Using Scholastic News with Educational Apps

We’ve built Scholastic News stories and resources so they’re flexible enough to use in many other great learning apps! Many of our teachers use Scholastic News with Seesaw, Flipgrid, Kahoot, and other learning platforms. If you’re looking for inspiration, join the Scholastic News Facebook Group and connect to other teachers with tons of inspiration and tips to share. And to get you started, here’s what we’ve heard from teachers about a few very popular apps.

Scholastic News and Seesaw

You can create a new activity on Seesaw using any Scholastic News skill builder as a template. Start by going to your Activity Library in Seesaw and click Create New Activity.

the Seesaw activity library page

Type in your instructions for students, and then at the bottom of the page click +Add Template for Student Responses.

seesaw instructions page

You’ll see a few options for adding a template. Click Upload, then upload either the activity PDF or the Google Drive link of an interactive activity.

seesaw toolbar buttons

Once it loads, double check to make sure you see drawing tools along the side and bottom of the sheet. Students will use those tools when it’s time to fill in their responses.

Once you’ve done that, just click the green checkmark at the top right of the screen. Now all you need to do is hit Save, and then assign the activity to your students! When they open it, they’ll be able to type and draw in the activity you created, then send their response back to you.

Scholastic News and Flipgrid

With the Flipgrid app, students can use video to share their responses to Scholastic News! Many of our teachers create a Flipgrid topic for a specific Scholastic News article, such as a debate or cover story.

Create a new topic in your grid and enter your instructions or question for students to respond to in the Prompt section. If you want them to read the digital version of the story, click More Options at the bottom of the page and add the link to the story in the Topic Attachments section. (Not sure where to find the link to the story? Click here.)

the Flipgrid website

Once you’ve done that, just hit Create Topic! Your students will be able to see the article and record their responses.