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5 Infographics plus Kathy Schrock – death penalty, pizza, public data, bars and groceries, basketball moves

An eye for an eye? From The Washington Post we’re given a visual of what the death penalty results have been since 1977. Read all of the explanations for a clear understanding of the data.

While I thought I went for the large pizza for one reason, it appears there may be another. 74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza To view and use the interactive data, be sure to use Chrome.

Informing Communities by Infographics in the Street  Andrew Vande Moere shared this story about a community project that combined citizen participation and public data visualization. My wondering was how effective (and cool) this would be to do at a school, district office or college campus.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores: Originally from Floating Sheep, Nathan Yau expanded on the questions and the maps to take the visuals to new places. One topic of personal interest has been food deserts in metropolitan areas. I wonder how these maps might provide even more insight at a more local level.

Game on! Many of us have watched sporting events or game tapes and seen the interaction. Some of us have watched the commentators draw the lines on the screen to explain the movements of players. How many of us have done the same is it relates to classroom interactions? While I have collected that data for teachers before, my hand-drawn arrows on the paper would have been so much more dynamic with a tool like this. Be sure to watch the clip about halfway down the page.

And you know me and assessment…Kathy Schrock has a great page of resources about using Infographics as a Creative Assessment, which includes videos, books, sites, examples and many other resources.

Infographics for Education – learning theories, PBL & pie charts

I seem to be stuck on a theme right now of infographics, both for a current work project and what I am viewing online.

Jeff Dunn shared A Visual Guide to Every Single Learning Theory from Robert Millwood, which is a bit challenging to read but really intriguing.

friEdTechnology has great infographics. For those of you interested in PBL (Project Based Learning) you may want to take a look at this one about the Student Choice Continuum (Aug 17th). Or scroll down to July 25th and look at the scaffold for writing a driving question for PBL. You might also want to go back to Jeff Dunn to see the fried table comparing projects to PBL.

And let’s end with this one – a pie video about pie charts using pies – pretty creative.

Infographics – Brooklyn, TV Shows, Pinterest, Public Employee

This interactive map of Brooklyn, which shows the history of development of the borough from the oldest buildings (green) to the newer ones (dark red) for 320,000 buildings, is very interesting. Imagine the conversations in classes about history, sociology, architecture and economics.

GEOS (Global Episode Opinion Survey) has a polling tool that allows its members to rank TV shows by how much they enjoy individual episodes. That data are then plotted over time. When I first looked at the interactive tool to see the average ranking of different shows over time, I thought the list was heavy on science fiction. Then I checked out the GEOS site and learned it is.

Check out Mark Anderson’s post about Pinterest in education. Just last week I was posting in one of my PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) that making students thinking visible via Pinterest could have real value in the classroom. Mark has shared an infographic about Pinterest in education that is insightful. How might or do you use Pinterest in your class or school? Share some ideas here please.

So the title of this infographic caught my attention in an article – Highest-Paid Public Employees. The graphic itself was somewhat of a surprise. Take a minute and make a prediction of who you think it might be in your state AND which job title you think is most common as the highest paid. One clue – 50 % of states have the same job as the highest paid.

Data Visualization

Making sense of abstract numbers…For users of Chrome, Google now has the Dictionary of Numbers. This unique extension searches what you are reading online, finds numbers, gives them context (i.e., 100m = height of the Statue of Liberty) and makes an annotation for you. These translations are called “human numbers.”

It surprised me to find this link on The Economist and now I am not sure why. Data visualization or infographics take us to new vistas when it comes to how to translate and see data. This article describes three books that might feed your interest and appreciation for data/statistics.


Focus on Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling does infographcis at their finest, explained with everything from rocks to high-tech. As Nathan Yau saysevery day is a good day to listen to Hans Rosling talk numbers, and my opinion is these can be good days for both adults and kids.

Some of my favorite Rosling talks include:


  • For several years now, I have followed Nathan Yau‘s blog, Flowing Data. I own the first book and find his posts both intriguing and inspiring. Recently he shared a couple of intriguing connections.  If you are teaching solar system, distance, space flight, etc. this graphic definitely makes a point for visual learners. Make sure  you let it run to the end…and read the comments along the way. He also shared an interview with Amanda Cox from The New York Times on visualization, some of the skills required, and where the field is headed. I like this tidbit on design: Click through everything – the link in the interview, the blogs at the end of the interview, it is all interesting. In particular the data visualization done by Churchill’s team with string during the war was intriguing.
  • HERE has all kinds of data – driving directions, 3d maps of cities around the world – a wide variety of beauty in maps.
  • And if you missed either of the first two episodes of The Numbers Game (National Geographic), you may want to go back and catch them. While I’ve done data dives with educators for years, I am positive none of them are like those of Jake Porway (and I would love to attend one of his). Check out his organization, DataKind, and learn how and why they work to bring data scientists and high impact social organizations together to interact with data.

Infographics & Inquiry Learning

  • Watch this 6.5 min video about the distribution of wealth in US. It provides some interesting data for thought and conversation.
  • Found a couple of new blogs recently with a focus on infographics. Check out I Love Charts and This is Indexed.
  • Jessica Hagy illustrates for us How to Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps). My wondering is how we might use simple graphics in the classroom. How might we get students (or colleagues) to think beyond text?
  • In my online coaching course we used 6 Word Stories as part of introducing ourselves and building trust. This is an activity I will be using again – for getting to know folks and perhaps for formative assessment. Today I found 3 Word Stories.
  • Mind/Shift, the education blog from KQED (an NPR station) seems to have lots of interesting stories. This latest one – Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning – provides 8 steps from Diana Laufenberg’s recent TED Talk. Ideas 1-5 were of particular interest to me.

Infographics…Educators Online…Snow Globes

Jeff Clark has taken the concept of analyzing text in some vastly more refined directions than tag clouds and wordles. His recent post – Novel Views: Les Miserables – displays character mentions, word connections, word clouds and characteristic verbs (for primary characters).

Made me curious about how kids would respond to tasks like these – a DIY experiment of how graphs can be represented with paper – not on paper, but with paper. You might chuckle over the “pie chart already eaten” link. Or the origami pieces that represent the world internet usage statistics.

The 2013 Gallup Student Poll on student engagement takes place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1. Participation is free and interested schools can find more information about the poll here. The 2012 results showed that student engagement lessens with each grade. What leads to disengagement for students in your setting? While many have written about student engagement, the use of formative assessment practices is one way to get the classroom learning team engaged – peers serving as instructional resources, student directing their own learning based on where they need and want to go and the feedback they receive along the way, teachers adjusting during instruction as they learn more about what students know and don’t know.

Renee Jain’s post on resilience connects to a couple of other topics for me – student engagement and coaching. Our cognitive style connects to both, as does self-awareness. Self-awareness is also a piece of formative assessment; students know where they are in their learning and being able to outline the course to get them where they want to be.

John Klugin recommends some free tech tools for educators – enhanced video production, more efficient storage, Slide Rocket – a presentation tool and Symbaloo for establishing a web presence.

Having recently started an online course through Powerful Learning Practice, I was surprised to find this FETC article – Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development. This quote from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in the article – “One of the things I tell [teachers] is that I don’t want you to change anything about your teaching. I want you to change everything about your learning, and do that first.”  Gives you something to consider…

This short report – 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the Common Core – has some useful sites for teachers implementing CCSS.

Are you an educator using Pinterest like me? If so you may want to check this out – The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology. It is clear I need to be updating my boards soon!

This descriptor – The Khan Academy videos made a stir when they arrived on the educational stage. But are they a paradigm shift or an old model in new clothes? – caught my attention in THE Journal. If you are interested, check out The Math of Khan in the latest issue. Peter Kelman’s comments about “amateur educators” are interesting. Both sides of the coin are shared in the article, along with how schools and districts are using Khan Academy.

See your house in a snow globe!?!?! This came from a friend (and you may have already seen it) with this note, “I’m sure they used Google Earth, or a similar program. But it is clever!” But how in the world could this be – from a front view???

Online science items…What parents want from assessment…Connected educators

Looking for interactive science items to engage your students? Check out these NAEP-released items which are both interactive computer and hands-on tasks. (Grades 4, 8 and 12, of course)

Check out this infographic about assessment gleaned from the a research study done by Grunwald Associates for NWEA. It’s about what parents and educators want from assessment – both formative and summative.

A new project from the U.S. Department of Education focusing on online communities in education – Connected Educators. The project seeks to foster innovation by helping online communities reach more education professionals, deepen the level of participation among educators already involved, and increase collaboration among education communities. All of this is to be accomplished by working with existing online communities, collecting and sharing good practices and researching key online community issues.

Data telling stories…shoes…formative assessment…micro-loans to support the global economy

When I first started sharing inforgraphics, one of the premises shared was about data telling a story. Enrico Bertini’s blog, Telling a story doesn’t tell the whole story,  provides a frame of reference on this topic.

New-to-me fact – Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?

Read a new blog focused on formative assessment  Learn more about the research behind formative assessment and the importance of Teacher Learning Communities.

A friend introduced me to Kiva a few years ago as a Christmas gift. This is the first year they have published the annual report online and the data graphics are great…as well as pretty interesting. If you are interested in micro loans to small businesses as a way to support the global economy, please take a look. You might even decide to give. I do regularly. If you decide to give, click here for a free trial . These free trials are financed by friends of Kiva, allowing the new lender to make one $25 loan free of charge.

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