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Current News Events with a Twist

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Ever assign a Current News Event to your students? Do you want more than cutting out an article from a newspaper or copying and pasting an online one? Do you want deeper thinking than regurgitating a …

Ever assign a Current News Event to your students? Do you want more than cutting out an article from a newspaper or copying and pasting an online one? Do you want deeper thinking than regurgitating a summary of "What Happened"?
In comes Google Maps. Students can connect the events to geography, cultures and categories. Discuss how individual events are interrelated to each other? Where do the news sources come from? How do news stories differ in perspective according to their geographic origin or media source?


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  • Germany: Spiegel after election
    Spain: El Pais
    November 2010
  • Transcript

    • 1. Why? Keys to Success?How?
    • 2. Why?
    • 3. Why do YOU think Current Events are important to integrate?
    • 4. How have YOU taught Current Events?
    • 5. 21st Century Planet?
    • 6. Traditional Media?
    • 7. New (Social) Media?
    • 8. Coup d’Etat Ecuador? Miners’ Accident in Chile?
    • 9. Ethnocentric
    • 10. English Spoken Here
    • 11. Bias of News Sources
    • 12. Local/National News
    • 13. Teen Culture Events
    • 14. How?
    • 15. Login to Google Maps
    • 16. Create New Map
    • 17. Title, Description, Collaborate
    • 18. Invite Collaborators
    • 19. Edit
    • 20. Placemark Content
    • 21. Link & Placemark
    • 22. Keys to Success?
    • 23. Successes
    • 24. News in Other Parts of the World
    • 25. Proofing & Editing
    • 26. Unexpected Success
    • 27. Desire to Research More Sites
    • 28. Discussion
    • 29. Restriction of 140 Characters
    • 30. Pitfalls
    • 31. Value, Interest and Understanding of Current Events
    • 32. Deeper Knowledge
    • 33. Looking Ahead
    • 34. Google Translator
    • 35. Collaboration Partners
    • 36. Wordle
    • 37. Resources • How-To-Guide: Creating Current Events on Google Maps http://langwitches.org/blog/wp- content/uploads/2009/09/Current-Events-on-Google- Maps.pdf • Langwitches Wikihttp://langwitches.wikispaces.com • Geography, a separate subject. Really? http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/03/27/geography-is- a-separate-subject-really/ • News Events Assignment with a Twist http://langwitches.org/blog/2009/09/02/news-events- and-global-awareness/ • The Logistics of Creating a Current News Event Google Map http://langwitches.org/blog/2009/09/26/the-logistics- of-creating-a-current-news-events-google-map/
    • 38. Image Credits Licensed under Creative Commons • Social Media image adapted from Matth Hamm http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthamm/2945559128/ • We are not alone image by My Wonderful World http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/gaw.html • English Spoken Here http://www.flickr.com/photos/sh0rty/2355148509/ • All About Me- Ethnocentric by Ben Sutherland http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensutherland/3208641755/ • Local/National News http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbcworldservice/4605886510 • Banana http://www.flickr.com/photos/freakingnoob/3438012333/ • Miners in Chile by Gobierno de Chile http://flickr.com/photos/50371131@N04/4917269713 • President Correa by Agência Brasil