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MIT Senseable City Lab Visual Thinking Home » All CFT Teaching Guides » Visual Thinking by CFT graduate program coordinator Maria Ebner & assistant director Derek Bruff Introduction Our brains are wired to rapidly make sense of and remember visual input. Below you’ll find resources for integrating visual thinking in your teaching. On March 17, 2010, the CFT hosted a workshop on this topic. For more notes from the workshop, as well as ideas participants generated during the workshop, see the bottom of this page. Images as Metaphors Presentation Zen: Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen, maintains a blog in which he writes about effective presenting. Flickr: A great source for free, high-quality images is Flickr, the photo-sharing site. Images as Stories Digital Storytelling: See the University of Houston’s Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling site for an introduction to digital storytelling, examples of digital stories, and resources for getting started. Schematic Diagrams Data Visualizations More Resources

Institute: Visualisierungsinstitut der Universität Stuttgart The Visualization Research Center (VISUS) is a central institution of the University of Stuttgart. About 30 scientists research in different areas of Scientific Visualization, Visual Analytics, Visual Computing and Computer Graphics, as well as interdisciplinary, applied research. The latter results in a very close co-operation with non-visualization disciplines of the University of Stuttgart. As part of the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS), the insitute is embedded into the Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Teaching program of VIS

Organizers Graphic organizer, concept mapping, and mind mapping examples. Graphic organizers can take many forms as per the table lower down. Graphic organizers can help motivate, increase recall, assist understanding, create interest, combat boredom and organize thoughts. Some more forms: Clock, Cluster/Word Web, Describing Wheel, E-Chart, Fact and Opinion, Five W's Chart, Flow Chart, Four-Column Chart, Garden Gate, Goal-Reasons Web, Hierarchy chart, Ice-Cream Cone, Idea Rake, Idea Wheel, , Inverted Triangle, ISP Chart, KWHL Chart, KWL Chart, KWS Chart, Ladder, Observation Chart, Persuasion Map, Planning Chart, Problem Solution Chart, Progress Report, Sandwich, Sense Chart, Sequence Chart, Spider Map, Step-by-Step Chart, Story Map 1, T-Chart, Think-Pair-Share, Ticktacktoe, Time Line, Time-Order Chart, Tree Chart, Venn Diagram. Graphic organizers are valuable tools for teaching/instruction. Free Graphic Organizers | PC Tricks | Concept |

The Use of Data Visualization in Government Monday, June 10th, 2013 - 10:26 The concept of visualization recalls a pivotal scene in the movie A Beautiful Mind which showed the protagonist, mathematician John Nash, looking at an expansive table of numbers. Slowly, certain numbers seemed to glow, suggesting that Nash was perceiving a pattern among them, though no other researcher had been able to draw any meaning from the table. For most people, however, a table of numbers is not intrinsically meaningful. Think of the most prosaic example: a spreadsheet. The best visualizations help viewers understand not only the data, but also their implications. In addition to these many examples of visualizations, the report discusses the history of this technique, and describes tools that can be used to create visualizations from many different kinds of data sets. The report presents case studies on how visualization techniques are now being used by two local governments, one state government,and three federal government agencies.

TAPoR - Text Analysis Portal for Research Linköping University Nu på Svenska! Swedish Web site: National Center for Visual Analytics (NCVA) is a Swedish national educational and research resource for Geovisual Analytics established in 2007 with financial support from the Swedish Knowledge Foundation's Visualization Program, VINNOVA (Swedish government agency), Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council), Unilever Research, Statistics Sweden, OECD, European Commission, Eurostat, SMHI, Norrköping Kommun and others. Professor Mikael Jern is the director. Our research focuses on geovisual analytics methods and applications for spatial and spatio-temporal data which demonstrate the usefulness of these techniques, storytelling, geographic and information visualization, spatial cognition, quantitative data analysis e.g., (geo-)statistics/data science. Download PPT: Learning with Geovisual Analytics and Storytelling applied to Statistics

A path for redesign as critique in visualization Redesigning a visualization can be useful in teaching a point. Make a graphic better (or "better" depending on what angle you're looking from) with a different layout and visual encodings. Perhaps the most well-known is Edward Tufte's redesign from his book Visual Explanations in which he reworks a diagram used in decision-making for the space shuttle Challenger launch. However, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg explain why such redesigns can be problematic and offer a more useful approach. At the same time, redesigns can be problematic. Viégas and Wattenberg end with three rules of engagement: (1) maintain rigor, (2) respect the designer, and (3) respect the critic. Worth reading the whole essay.

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