Hasn’t the last few days been exciting? No matter what your politics, it has actually been nice to see so many people get so excited about something. Those of us who use Twitter and Plurk know just how easy it was to get wrapped up in following what everyone had to say about the things going on in our country.
One thing that came out of the election coverage for me has a classroom application, so I thought I’d post it here. On one of her twitter posts, Jennifer Dorman (cliotech) said she was following the news the day after the election from all over the country using News Map. I went to check it out and found a great, free web tool!
What News Map does is aggregate news from all over the world in one place. It displays the headlines in a visually stimulating way — those headlines that are getting the most reads are larger than others. There are tabs to specify specific countries across the top and specific categories along the bottom. All you have to do to read a news story is click on the headline and you’ll be taken to the source.
I see this as a great tool for students who are doing current events projects and also an easy way to keep up with the news. Visit the site then come back here and add a comment to share what uses you see for this free tool.