Scholastic Introduces Scholastic News Interactive, Dynamic News for Kids in Print and Online

Print Subscribers to Receive Free Digital Editions

New York, NY (May 26, 2010) – Scholastic News®, the market leader of newsmagazines for grades 1-6, is launching Scholastic News Interactive, a comprehensive online resource that adds dynamic, whiteboard-ready content to the popular print magazines to support the 21st Century teacher. Digital editions of each magazine – free to Scholastic News subscribers – include the features teachers want most to engage all reading levels and types of learners. SN Interactive is especially helpful to auditory and visual learners, while the print magazine has proven to be a critical dimension of classroom management.

Combined, the digital and print editions will be read by more than 10 million children.

The new digital features of SN Interactive include:


  • Digital Issues and Skills Sheets: A complete, digital flip version of every issue along with skill-building pages can be used on a whiteboard or with a projector.
  • “Anchor” Videos: An excellent pre-reading activity, these videos provide mental models of new concepts and help prepare students to read and understand the articles.
  • Differentiated instruction: Each issue’s feature article is available at two different reading levels.
  • Vocabulary pop-ups: Students can mouse over keywords for definitions and pronunciations.
  • Read-alouds: Students who need extra support build literacy skills as they follow along while the issue is read aloud.
  • Graph and map pop-ups: Larger images make it easier for whole-class work.
  • Interactive student activities: Bonus activities, quizzes and projects reinforce each issue’s news for kids, themes and skills.
  • Digital archive: Past articles and activities from the school year are available and easy to find.


Scholastic News is effective and efficient in improving reading skills while getting kids – from avid learners to even the most reluctant students – excited to discover what’s happening in their world while building news literacy, which is so important to today’s kids,” said Hugh Roome, President, Scholastic Magazines. ”No other news content for the classroom delivers on all the features offered by Scholastic News magazines and SN Interactive.”

Teachers tell Scholastic that combining the print magazine with technology helps motivate and engage today’s tech-savvy kids. A third grade teacher from Dudley, Mass. said, “I love how the entire magazine is right there on the screen. The text-talk feature is wonderful. The video is an added bonus. The highlight the text feature is a wonderful tool. Digital sticky notes are the coolest thing ever!”

Scholastic is the leading publisher of educational magazines, including news for kids, with 32 publications for grades pre-K-12, reaching over 25 million students and teachers across the country. Teachers rely on these publications to enhance instruction in such subjects as reading and language arts, science, math, social studies, current events, history, geography, world languages, and art.

A demonstration version of the new SN Interactive (Grades 1 and 4 only) is available at For more information about Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) visit our online media room (

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