Last week Google launched another interesting experiment called Google Living Stories in Google Labs. Google Living Stories is a collaborative effort between Google, The Washington Post, and the New York Times to provide users with an easy way to track the developments of a news topic. Here’s how it works; select a story from the Google Living Stories homepage then select “all coverage” (all coverage is the default) or a specific element of the the story such as “events,” “people,” or “resources.” After you’ve read an element of a story it will remain gray until new information is available. Watch the video below and see the screen capture to learn more.
Applications for Education
Google Living Stories could be useful in a current events course. Google Living Stories will not only help students deconstruct the elements of a news story, but it will also help them track new developments in a story.