newsmap

Common Sense Media says

Global news goes visual with nonlinear maps.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Some global news headlines are bound to contain violence.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

You can use the site without registering, but if you sign up with an email address and a password you can customize your view and add or remove countries.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that newsmap is a site that aggregates global news in a unique, visual presentation. If your kids have difficulty absorbing this kind of information in a more linear format, they may appreciate this. Younger kids may be overwhelmed by the number of headlines and have trouble processing them, but kids interested in global issues will find lots to read.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Math

  • grouping

Social Studies

  • events
  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • part-whole relationships

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The colorful, streamlined map makes the various headlines and subjects easy to process, and kids will have fun customizing their views by adjusting countries and categories.

Learning Approach

Kids will see the map adapt and change as they place their own restrictions on it; making those choices can be empowering. The patterns kids discover on Newsmap can give them a fresh understanding of cultural differences.

Support

The site is basically a stand-alone program; it works well but hasn't been updated in ages.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Math

  • grouping

Social Studies

  • events
  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • part-whole relationships

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn to view information in a nonlinear manner when they explore Newsmap. They'll discover that different countries have different ways of presenting their news, and they can compare countries in terms of news focus and time lines. Kids also can learn how color and text size affect the way each news item is viewed in terms of importance; they'll be processing information in a slightly different way. Newsmap offers a unique way to explore how the world presents its news.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

NEWSMAP is a website that \"visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.\" The site pulls all its content from Google News, organizing it by color, country, and subject, offering a nonlinear way to observe news trends. Sign up with an email address and a password and then look at the standard Newsmap; it includes many countries and color-coded boxes that contain headlines from categories such as \"world,\" \"national,\" \"business,\" \"technology,\" \"sports,\" \"entertainment,\" and \"health.\" Each color has three tones relating to a story's publication date. A dark shade indicates a news story is from more than an hour ago. A medium shade means it's from more than 10 minutes ago, and a lighter shade means it's from the last 10 minutes. You can check and uncheck boxes to see different configurations of content; for example, you can choose to view only Argentinean entertainment news or sports headlines from the Netherlands.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The site was created in 2004 and hasn't been updated in a few years. It still runs well and doesn't look dated, but the designer is no longer with the site and probably isn't returning to update or adjust it anytime soon. Still, it's a neat idea that helps users visualize the news in an unusual way. Similar to the many popular mind-mapping sites, Newsmap presents information in a highly visual, nonlinear format. Although it can help users discover patterns and observe what kinds of news each country reports the most, further applications aren't obvious.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how they get their news. Which sources does your family trust? Why?

  • Talk to your kids about censorship. Explain that, in some countries, not all the news is reported fairly or at all. Why would governments want to keep information hidden?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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