Visual News

Kyle Stevens (my fiance) sent me a pretty cool link today. According to the site, “Buzztracker is software that visualizes frequencies and relationships between locations in the Google world news directory. Buzztracker tries to show you how interconnected the world is: big events in one area ripple to other areas across the globe. Connections between cities thousands of miles apart become apparent at a glance.” So basically, you can click on a location on the map and see how it is connected (through the news event) to other locations in the world.

As I was reading about Buzztracker, I came across another cool news site. “Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator.” Kyle thought this site was a little busy, but I really like it. You get a visual depiction of the news of the day by how often it is reported (it is really colorful), and you can click to turn on or off different categories so you are only seeing what you care about.

Wouldn’t these sites be fun to use when students are asked to locate and follow current events?

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