A fast way to read the news Newsmap

Newsmap: A Fast Way to Read the News and Stay Up-to-date

To be up to date, we need a fast way to read the news. With Newsmap, you can see an overview of the news in just five minutes. Talk about fast! This tool is perfect for those who want to stay current but have no time. Current events teachers will also want to share this tip with their students.

Newsmap helps give you a fast way to read the news. Here are tips and a quick tour.

A Fast Way to Read the News: Newsmap

Newsmap isn't new — but perfect for a five-minute glance at the news. Here are some tips:

  • When you hover over a box, it will show you the most recent headline. (Great if the box is tiny.)
  • The brightness of the box shows you how breaking the news is. (Brighter means more are coming in faster, darker means that it is decreasing in the number of headlines.)
  • Click Customize to fine tune how you want to view the news. (You'll need to create an account.)
  • Click the different countries across the top to see how the news looks there.

This is a must-share with current events teachers and news hounds alike. I like to glance at newsmap. I enjoy drilling down to the topics of interest to me. Just a mouse over each box will give you the latest headlines as well. Once you become familiar with the color shading and layout, you can read the news even faster.

[callout]My other tool for news reading is Feedly. Here's a Feedly tutorial to get you started. Be productive! Be focused! Use tools that work. [/callout]

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Myrna September 9, 2015 - 8:35 am

Do you have a step by step tutorial for starting a blog?

Vicki Davis September 10, 2015 - 4:26 am

It depends upon where you want to host your blog, Myrna. There are many options and honestly, most of them have tutorials for that service. I use wordpress now – and there’s a post about why I switched from WordPress to Blogger. That was a tutorial about how to swap over. I’ve been doing this for about 10 years now and can start a blog quickly on blogger or WordPress or Tumblr. I would say just look at those three options and click “create” after you sign up for an account. There are also books that have information on this. Let me know what kind you’re interested in and I can point you in the right direction. I do like the website problogger – it has helped me.

Laura H September 16, 2015 - 5:18 pm

What a great resource! I’m a high school Social Studies teacher, and we do a lot of work with current events. This will definitely help students streamline and focus in on articles. As a geography teacher, I especially love that students can switch country perspectives. I will definitely be bookmarking this site for school use as well as my own, personal use!
I’m also a grad student at UNI, and Dr. Z says you will be working with our Digital and Social Media class. I look forward to it!

Vicki Davis September 16, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Cool, Laura! I look forward to connecting. I love Dr. Z! He’s a great friend and a person I turn to to help me understand research. He has great insight. You’re lucky to have him as a teacher. Thanks for stopping by!

John December 20, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Too mad it doesnt work with login/accounts anymore. Not sure what happened but it doesnt seem like the creator is working on the website anymore either. :(

Vicki Davis December 22, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Newsmap works fine for me! Not sure what is happening on your end, but I’m still using it.


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