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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Twtbase - A Directory of Twitter Apps

Earlier this week while searching a tool to make word clouds out of Twitter hashtags, I discovered Twtbase. I never did find the tool I was looking for, but I did find a lot of other neat Twitter applications on Twtbase. One of the Twitter applications on Twtbase that I like a lot is Trends Map.

Trends Map is an application that displays trending topics on Twitter according to location. In other words you can visit the map to see what topics are currently the most discussed topics in a city, state, province (yes, I'm in Canada this week so I thought I should list that option), or country. Embedded below is a Screencast of Trends Map that I found on Twtbase.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for way to reuse or analyze information from Twitter, take a look at Twtbase. Trends Map could be a good introduction to a lesson on current global events. Have students investigate why a particular topic is trending in one area but not in another.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trends Map - Follow Twitter Trends on Google Maps

One of the classes that I used to really enjoy teaching was a current events course for 9th grade students. I enjoyed in it because the topics of discussion were always changing. I taught that class before Twitter emerged on the scene, but if Twitter had been available I think I would have utilized Trends Map to discover the stories that people were talking about around the world.

Trends Map is a Google Maps display of topics current trending on Twitter. The map displays the trends according to their locations. If you want to see what people are talking about in France, just use the map to zoom-in on France and see the topics that are trending.

The Tekzilla Daily episode embedded below shows Trends Map in action.

Applications for Education
Trends Map could be useful in a current events course. You could use the map to see get a sense of what stories are important to different groups around the world. Depending on the topic, that trend could lead you to article links, videos, and other useful current events discussion materials for you and your students.