Showing posts with label News Map. Show all posts
Showing posts with label News Map. Show all posts

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hubii - Find the Latest News by Browsing a Map

Hubii is a new website featuring a map of newspapers from around the world. Visitors can locate online newspapers by clicking on the placemarks on the map. Registered users can subscribe to the online editions of the newspapers they find. When you subscribe (it's free) to a newspaper in Hubii it is added to your Hubii Mapazine in which you can read the newspapers to which you are subscribed. Learn more in the video below.

Hubii also offers a heat map view of the news that shows where in the world the important stories are emerging at that moment.

Applications for Education
Hubii could be a great resource for teachers who use current events in their classrooms. If you're trying to get students to explore and read news and editorials from other parts of the world, sending students to explore Hubii could be a good way to do that.

Here are five other ways students can visually explore the news.

Monday, August 15, 2011

5 Ways Students Can Visually Explore the News

My background as a social studies teacher will show through in this post. One of the perks of being social studies teachers is that current news events tie into so many things that we do in our classrooms. There are plenty of good resources for teachers to find current events stories that are relevant and appropriate for students. But sometimes you might want students to explore the news on their own. For those times, here are five ways that students can visually explore the news.

Ten by Ten is a unique program that links images with news stories. Every hour the top 100 news stories from around the world are linked to images on a ten by ten grid. The stories are ranked. Clicking on an image will provide you with more information including links to more articles about the story. (You must allow pop-ups for the article links to work).

The AP Timeline Reader gives readers a way to create custom timeline displays of the type of news stories that matter to them. AP gives you ten news categories to pick to display on your timeline. You can select all ten categories, just one category, or a number in between. Once you've made your selections, news stories will be displayed on your timeline. Place your cursor over a story to enlarge it and read it. You can also place it in a que to read later.

Newseum's Today's Front Pages 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.

Newspaper Map is a neat tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world. Newspaper Map claims to have geolocated 10,000 newspapers. To find a newspaper you can browse the map then click on a placemark to open the link within to read a newspaper. You can also locate newspapers by using the search boxes to locate a newspaper by title or location. Along with links to the newspapers, Newspapers Map provides links to translate the newspapers you find on the map.

Google Fast Flip is a magazine-style display of popular articles from some of the most popular websites on the Internet. Content is drawn from news outlets like The Washington Post, Popular Science, The New York Times, and Reuters. The visual display makes it easy to quickly browse through websites. Fast Flip can be a useful resource for social studies students and their teachers. Note: Google Fast Flip is currently a Google Labs product. Google Labs is being shut down. Some labs products are going to be shut down and others are going to be "graduated" to fully supported products. I have not read an announcement about Fast Flip yet, but my hunch is that it will remain live. 
Update: Fast Flip has been shut down. A new Google service for browsing the news is Google Currents. Google Currents is a free Android and iPhone/ iPad app. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Haiti Aid Map - Updates on Relief Projects

InterAction has created an interactive map that plots and tracks the spending and other actions of organizations providing aid to Haiti. The intent of InterAction in developing the Haiti Aid Map is to highlight the areas most affected by the January earthquake and where aid is most needed now.
(click image to view full size)

Applications for Education
The challenge of teaching current events is that a story that was huge six months ago is easily forgotten and replaced with another big news story. That doesn't mean that teachers and students should forget about the previous big story. The Haiti Aid Map could be a good resource for revisiting the story(ies) of the earthquake in Haiti.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Layer About the Earthquake in Haiti
Photosynth - Devastation in Haiti
Scenes from a Ruined Boulevard - Interactive Photo Essay

Sunday, December 7, 2008

News Map - Visualize the Constantly Changing News Landscape

News Map is a Google News mash-up that I learned about through Fred Delventhal's blog. If you're not subscribed to his blog, I highly recommend subscribing, he shares a lot of great stuff.

News Map organizes and displays news stories from around the world. You can select the country or countries from which you would like to see the news. You may also select which type of news stories, (world news, national news, sports, etc) you want to see displayed. By selecting multiple countries you can discover patterns in the news across the world.

Applications for Education
News Map provides a good way for students to recognize similarities and differences between how a news story is covered in one country versus another. It is also a good tool for showing students how a story that is popular in one country may be insignificant in another. This is particular true if you select the entertainment news option.