Newsela has mobile apps for iOS and Android. In the apps, students can complete all actions that they can complete in the web browser version of Newsela. The apps are designed for students.

The apps can run offline, so even while offline students can read articles and complete assessments. When the device next comes back online, it will submit any work that was completed while offline. 

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The Newsela Student app is created for students.

Students can download the iOS app in the Apple App Store. The Newsela app requires iOS 8.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Note for Teachers and Families: This is an overview of how the Student app works. To access Newsela as a teacher or parent, use a web browser such as Safari or Chrome. To sign in as a student, create a student account.

Students can do everything in the app that they can do on the web, making it a perfect opportunity to extend learning on Newsela outside the classroom with independent reading or homework assignments. In the app, students can:

  • Join Newsela and join classes with a class code
  • Sign in with Google, Clever, or Newsela accounts
  • Read, browse, and search for articles
  • Complete quizzes, Power Words, and writing activities
  • Annotate article text and respond to teacher annotations
  • Receive new assignments and view progress on assignments
  • View a history of all work completed and saved articles

How to Join a Teacher's Class in the App:

  • For students without Newsela accounts: Click Join. Then select the option to enter a class code.
  • For students with Newsela accounts: From the settings tab, tap Classes. Then click Join Class in the upper right-hand corner and enter the class code.

Latest Articles:

The Latest tab is a reverse chronological list of all articles published on Newsela. If the student is in an Elementary class, only elementary articles are displayed.

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Assignments:

The Assignments tab provides students an easy way to access all teacher created assignments, view instructions, and link to articles.

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Search:   

The Search tab allows students to search for articles by keyword.

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Binder:

The Binder tab allows students to view their reading history, including all work completed and a list of saved articles.

Read at 5 Levels:

Each article on Newsela is available at 5 reading levels. Initially, the student will default to the reading level associated with the teacher’s class, but over time, the app adjusts the student’s reading level based on their performance on reading comprehension quizzes.

Complete Activities:

Newsela activities are available in the app. Students can:

  • Take the quiz (bottom toolbar)

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  • Submit writing responses (bottom toolbar)

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  • Complete Power Words activities (bottom toolbar, only visible to students with Power Words access)

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  • Annotate, highlight, and respond to teacher annotations

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Text-to-Speech

To hear the article read to them, students can highlight text and select Speak

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Vision Accessibility

Though not specifically designed for vision accessibility, the Newsela Student app works in this mode when turned on through Apple System preferences. Please contact us to report issues.

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Students can download the Android app in the Google Play store