3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2009 9:03 AM by shanmangin

    Gapminder

    tlmaves

      Check this out! This was shared in our work group--has anyone had any experience with this tool? His message is compelling. What do we do with all that publicly funded data? How can we use it to make better decisions in our data driven world?

      Go this site: http://www.gapminder.org. There are some amazing free resources to use in the classroom.

      Excerpt:

      http://www.ted.com With the drama and urgency of a  sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling uses an amazing new presentation  tool, Gapminder, to debunk several myths about world development.



        • Re: Gapminder
          glen_w

          I was pointed towards Gapminder by a fellow Biology teacher a couple of months ago. Our original discussion was on how we could use the site to help our students comprehend population growth and statistics. I had forgotten about it until I saw your post and remembered this experience. Gapminder has some incredible data and visualization tools.

          • Re: Gapminder
            tdiener

            Gapminder is a wonderful way to make meaning from data. I always enjoy web sites that provide visualizations of data. You mentioned that Gapminder was featured at TED. Richard Saul Wurman,the founder of TED and information architect is a "hero" of mine. (How geeky is that?) Two of my favorite books are: Wurman's Understanding the USA and Information Anxiety. Understanding the USA had a great companion web site http://www.understandingusa.com , (I can't access the link so the site may be down.) Did you know that you can now schedule your own local TED Talks Events? TED provides a whole set of tools to help set up a independently organized TED event. http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/258 I think the Engage members could make up quite a group of speakers.

            • Re: Gapminder
              shanmangin

              I really like this website!  The videos on the home page give you easy ideas for classroom integration.  We had a similar resource that our schools have used over the past several years.  It was part of the Facts on File databases - World Atlas, and it had an area where you could compare statistics from various countries and states.  Our social studies teachers loved it!  Most of our schools are not using Facts on File this next year because subscription costs have risen so steeply, but Gapminder provides similar data for free.  And, it's even more engaging because you can see how the data changed over time in an animated graph or map.