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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Newseum - Today's Front Pages Mapped

I view hundreds of websites and links to websites everyday so when a site grabs my attention and sucks me in like Newseum's Today's Front Pages did today, I have no choice but to share it with all of you. Newseum's Today's Front Pages application is a series of nine maps that display the current front page of major newspapers around the world. Little orange colored dots on each map correspond to the publishing location of each newspaper. Placing your mouse pointer on one of the dots generates a preview of that newspaper's current front page. Click on the preview and you can read that front page or click through to the newspaper's website. The screenshot below is of the US Newseum map.












Thanks to Cairnsco on Twitter for the link to Newseum.

Applications for Education
Newseum's Today's Front Page is a fun tool for students to use as to search and explore news stories from around the world. Not all of the newspapers revealed on Newseum's maps are printed in English. This makes Newseum's Today's Front Page not only a good resource for Social Studies teachers, but also foreign language teachers.

Here are a couple of other resources for finding and teaching about current news stories.
Newsmap - Visualize the Constantly Changing News Landscape
The Week in Rap - Weekly News Summaries