Aren’t we always looking for something new and fresh to inspire us and our students? In today’s world of information overload, it might be easy to get lost at times. While in a professional development session with a group of middle and high school teachers last week, we utilized Discovery Education, netTrekker, and TEL as search tools to gather resources as we planned future lessons.
I offer up a big shout-out to Kelly at Independence High School who was using netTrekker in her discovery and shared something new to me. I liked it so much I want to share it here because I think 10×10 could be a wonderful resource for teachers in multiple disciplines. It is described as “100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time” and truly it is.
Every hour 10×10 scans RSS feeds of news sources and stirs it up in a pot of weighted linguistic analysis to determine the hour’s most important words. The top 100 words are chosen along with corresponding images and posted to the site. At the end of each day, month, and year there is a look back to conclude the top 100 for the given time period. So, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed. Users can zoom images or click on headlines behind the chosen word. The site also offers users a chance to move through adjacent hours or back into history.
There are no human editors and no regulations. So, it is described as “open and free, raw and fresh, and consequently a unique way of following world events.” It truly can be a snapshot of our world taken at any given hour. It provides an interesting observation of the way we live by recording words and images that capture the moment and assembles a patchwork quilt without bias of any kind.
I think it would provide wonderful writing inspiration, relevant discussion focus for social studies, hot topics for developing hypotheses in science, and real-world math examples. So, don’t get lost in information overload. Allow 10×10 to guide you to a snapshot of what is happening at any given moment of time.