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Current events squared

Can there be something more current than current events?

I used to discuss current events with my students by bringing in the morning newspaper or that week’s copy of Newsweek. We’d have a great conversation, with the intent of tying class content to events of the day.

10x10You now have another option. Current events on steroids. Not just current events but current current events.

Head over to 10×10, an automated news service that constantly scans the RSS feeds of Reuters World News, BBC World Edition and New York Times International News for updated stories. The software creates a 10 x 10 grid of pictures with a list of 100 words along the right side of the grid.

The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10×10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

You can go back and forth between current and historic news articles:

Move your mouse around the images and you’ll see which words match which images. Move your mouse up and down the word list, and the corresponding images will light up. Click any word or image to zoom in and see the news headlines behind the word. Click the headline links to read the original news stories. Click the zoomed image a second time to see the image full screen.

To move through adjacent hours, use the “Next Hour” and “Previous Hour” buttons. You can also browse through past hours, days, months, and years. To do so, click the “History” button, and then select the year/month/day/hour you’d like to see. To view the top words for a single day, month, or year, select “Full Day”, “Full Month”, or “Full Year” from the date list.

Suddenly, the morning newspaper seems a bit out of date.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. ldorazio1 #

    What a fantastic idea. I want to try this with my students!

    Best,
    Mr. D

    October 13, 2009

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