Want to see what is happening in the nation and world today? Check out the Newsmap. A great tool for talking about current events with your class and a very interesting way to measure the big stories. The Newsmap blog describes it as:

"Google News automatically groups news (s)tories with similar content and places them based on algorithmic results into clusters. In Newsmap, the size of each cell is determined by the amount of related articles that exist inside each news cluster that the Google News Aggregator presents. In that way users can quickly identify which news stories have been given the most coverage, viewing the map by region, topic or time. Through that process it still accentuates the importance of a given article."