News happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 (or 366) days a year. It is easy to forget about the rest of the world when there is major events happening in our backyard. We want our students to be more globally connected. And following the news is a great way to do that. But how can you find major news events with out boring your students to death with online news services. Welcome TimeSpace: World
Created by the Washington Post TimeSpace: World is a visual news service that shows all the major hotspots for news on an interactive map. Each location is represented by a box that shows how many related news items there are for that area. The further you zoom in the map, the more hotspots you see. When you find a hotspot you can view articles, videos and photos related to all of the stories in that area. This would be a great tool for social studies teachers to use when talking about different parts of the world or for language arts teachers to use when reading a particular text.
A bonus feature is you can track the number of stories related to a hotspot by using the slider at the bottom. Under the slider you can see a graph of the number of total news stories, so you can track when news happens.
TimeSpace: World helps to make that connection beyond the classroom and keeps students connected to the global society. Check it out!