The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right) The Future of Technology in Education (Part 1: How The K-12 Horizon Report 2014 Gets it Right.) The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Edition (HR14) is an annual summary of key technologies which are having , or are likely to have a meaningful effect on education. It also considers certain key implementation challenges these technologies may face. The most interesting aspect of HR14 is the constant emphasis on the fact that these emerging technologies go hand in glove with reinvigorated pedagogies and attitudes towards education.
The Anatomy Of An Infographic: 5 Steps To Create A Powerful Visual Information is very powerful but for the most bit it is bland and unimaginative. Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful. Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world. I designed a couple of infographics back in college, the need arising especially around the time Soccer World Cup fever spiked.
How to create a McKinsey-style waterfall chart The "water fall" chart is an effective way to summarize the quantitative impact of a number of drivers. For example, you need to put the following story in a chart: "Our profits went up by 7, the positive effect of higher prices and lower cost was offset by a lower sales volume." A waterfall chart would look something like this: For illustration purposes I left the light grey color and data labels of the supporting series in so you can see how to make the chart: it is basically a stacked bar chart with 3 series: A "white" series to support the driversOne series for the driversOne series for the (sub)totalsThe data table for this chart (Powerpoint 2007): For a final touch, make the color of the light grey series white, take out the data tables and that's it.
New open data platform launches Open data is everywhere. However, open data initiatives often manifest as mere CSV dumps on a forlorn web page. Junar, Lunfardo (Argentina slang) for "to know" or "to view," seeks to help government and organizations take the guesswork out of developing their own software for such efforts. Their open data platform allows organizations to collect and select their data, publish it, create reports and dashboards, and share their data online. Creating Slides for a Presentation An app I like for my iPad is Haiku Deck. What is nice about Haiku deck is that it makes creating a presentation not only easy, but beautiful. The hangup is that Haiku deck is only available for the iPad. Haiku Deck automatically searches for images using the keywords in your title slide. The images are high quality and dynamic.
Intersect this! “Intersection” The Intersection design is a Venn diagram with two overlapping circles - you control what is in the circles and (just as importantly) what lies between. If you have trouble on an older computer, try using an alternative version. Excel Waterfall Charts (Bridge Charts) Waterfall charts are commonly used in business to show how a value changes from one state to another through a series of intermediate changes. For example, you can project next year’s profit or cash flow starting with this year’s value, and showing the up and down effects of changing costs, revenues, and other inputs. Waterfall charts are often called bridge charts, because a waterfall chart shows a bridge connecting its endpoints.
30 Places to Find Open Data on the Web Finding an interesting data set and a story it tells can be the most difficult part of producing an infographic or data visualization. Data visualization is the end artifact, but it involves multiple steps – finding reliable data, getting the data in the right format, cleaning it up (an often underestimated step in the amount of time it takes!) and then finding the story you will eventually visualize. Following is a list useful resources for finding data. Your needs will vary from one project to another, but this list is a great place to start — and bookmark. 1.
Zombies getting Connected to Online Education through a Popular TV Show Image Courtesy: bit.ly/15Tf60s Where education stands as a highly serious topic, how can it connect zombies? Well, it’s no less a bulletin that a US television company, Edutainment is heading to establish a partnership with a top-notch Californian university for producing online courses in connection with a popular TV show. With such an amazing initiative, digital boundaries created between academia and the entertainment industry will be blurred to a good extent. The course which will be based on the Walking Dead, the popular post-apocalypse drama series, will be launched in the next month. A Primer On Infographics In The Classroom A Primer On Infographics In The Classroom by Pamela Rossow If you are a K-12 teacher or a college professor, you may be searching for new ways to promote digital literacy in your classroom.
Waterfall chart A typical waterfall chart A waterfall chart is a form of data visualization that helps in determining the cumulative effect of sequentially introduced positive or negative values. The waterfall chart is also known as a flying bricks chart or Mario chart due to the apparent suspension of columns (bricks) in mid-air. Often in finance, it will be referred to as a bridge. Waterfall charts were popularized by the strategic consulting firm McKinsey & Company in its presentations to clients. Overview There's a wealth of data out there – why not let us use it? Data protector … the Royal Mail still owns all postcode information. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Bad things happen when problems are protected by a forcefield of tediousness. Here is an example. Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it.