Best News Sources

Wordle for real news

There are reputable sites and not so reputable sites for students and teachers on the Internet. After going through the first two sections of this module, you should be able to identify which column below is the one you can recommend to your students. 


1. You are going to go to each of the six sites below and do the same search at each site. Now after spending a couple of minutes at each site, which group do think you is more credible? Column A or Column B?

Column A

 Column B


Tween Tribune


ABC News

Enduring Vision



2. It should be pretty apparent to you which column is reputable. It will not be as apparent to your students as it is to you. Just in case you were not sure it is Column A.  Column B is considered non-reputable and entices gullible people to believe. You will want to bookmark these sites in Diigo or Symbaloo to share with your students.

Note: The Scholastic News Online even has 39 children reporters currently who are reporting news around the world. 

3. The American Library Association has compiled a list of ALA Great websites for kids. There are six categories total and News & Current Events as well as Cultures of the World have news sites for students. 

4. Read the article called Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers are Fighting Fake News. There are five great lesson ideas for you to use with students. Use one or more of the non-reputable sites above or the Onion to locate articles to use with the students in the lessons. 

5. For yourself check out the 22 Best Apps for iPhone and Android. Don't be deceived by the title as most of these are websites that you can access on any device. 

  • Flipboard and Buzzfeed are two very popular ones that the 21 Things Creators use daily

  • DO remember that these apps still pull news from everywhere and should be verified

  • Check the story on several sites before forwarding it on 

  • Check for news bias before forwarding it on

After completing steps 1-5 move on to the Final Assignment


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,c;

3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning c,d;

4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b,c;

5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership c


1. Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;

2. Summarizing & Notetaking, Assign Homework & Provide Practice

3. Generating and Testing Hypothesis