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The beauty of data visualization - David McCandless

The beauty of data visualization - David McCandless
To create his infographic about nutritional supplements, it took McCandless a month to review about 1,000 medical studies and design the visual. Is that level of effort surprising, and do you think it’s worth it? Try out the interactive version that’s available on McCandless’s website. What engaged or surprised you? What, if anything, would you change to improve the user experience? Related:  Week 10: Data, numeracy, infographics (*=Key reading)Support Readings

Blog Wired has a fascinating article out about a newly-released and free facial recognition tool that, coupled with existing video monitoring, claims to keep schools safer. From the article by Issie Lapowski: “RealNetworks has developed a facial recognition tool that it hopes will help schools more accurately monitor who gets past their front doors. Today, the company launched a website where school administrators can download the tool, called SAFR, for free and integrate it with their own camera systems … [F]acial recognition technology often misidentifies black people and women at higher rates than white men. “The use of facial recognition in schools creates an unprecedented level of surveillance and scrutiny,” says John Cusick, a fellow at the Legal Defense Fund. Glaser … is all too aware of the risks of facial recognition technology being used improperly. “I personally agree you can overdo school surveillance. The question is whether it will do any good. Read the full article here.

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It Samantha Viotty’s activity for visualizing data networks has gummy bears representing people and toothpicks signifying their relationships. Photo courtesy of Samatha Viotty Data is all around us, from the output of your Fitbit to interactive maps that track voters to the latest visualization of the New York Times front page. With the rise of mobile devices and wearable technology, data is more available to general audiences, and the amount being generated has also exploded. According to IBM, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. This vast pool of information is being used to advocate for change, justify decisions, and suggest personal action plans—such as the U.S. One reason data literacy is vital is that “[i]n what some are calling a ‘post-truth world,’ students seem to focus on numbers a lot,” says Jo Angela Oehrli, learning librarian/children’s literature librarian at the University of Michigan Libraries. What are data literacy and data science? U.S.

untitled Hans Rosling - GapMinder Rosling is a passionate advocate for “liberating” publicly-funded data on the Internet. Select one topic area for which country-specific data might be compared (e.g., education, health, food production, the environment, etc.), and identify what you think are the best sources of data in this area on the Internet. Create a guide that lists these sources, and provides a brief review of each. If the administrators of these data repositories are thinking about how users might engage with the data via mobile devices or social media, note this in the review. Here are a few resources to make learning statistics an interesting experience. Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com is the leading provider of online education in statistics, and offers over 100 courses in introductory and advanced statistics.

City Digits Project 100 People: A World Portrait Research, create, and present school projects online - Biteslide Breathingearth - Births / Deaths live data feed Data Literacy for High School Librarians We’ve been busy tapping away on Creating Data Literate Students, a guide to integrate the “reading” and “writing” of data. How do students learn to “read” and “write” data with accuracy?Given how jam-packed high school curriculum is, it isn’t practical for teachers to add a unit or course on data or statistical literacy to the curriculum. What are the tips, rules of thumb, and guidelines that would make the greatest impact in the limited time available? Our chapters are now available for you to read and download, and by the end of Summer 2017, we’ll have copies available to purchase on Amazon or download in a machine-readable format, too. Don’t see your favorite contributor here? Cover IntroductionKristin Fontichiaro, Jo Angela Oehrli, Amy Lennex Chapter 1: Introduction to Statistical LiteracyLynette Hoelter Chapter 2: Statistical Storytelling: The Language of Data Tasha Bergson-Michelson Chapter 3: Using Data in the Research ProcessJole Seroff Glossary

*Write a report. This is no time to be suggesting more work for any exhausted educator. Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to suggest going just one step further. Please write an annual report. For some of you, this is a regular, end-of-year ritual from which you pull on notes, photos, and videos collected over the months. For some of you, this is a task in which you never before engaged. I know how hard so many of you worked to support students, teachers, and administrators during the crisis. Why a report? It ensured that others recognized the impact of my work on our learning culture. Why now? Here are several compelling reasons why this is the year you must start documenting your impact. It’s important that any report reflects on both pre-pandemic and during pandemic activity. School boards will be negotiating crisis budget decisions between now and July 1. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Choose a favorite platform: And, consider sharing your report with: The record may also be collectively important.

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