Translating an Essay Into an Infographic When introducing the assignment review the guidelines for infographic creation on Spyre studios website as a class. You might also review some infographics online, but this can be more intimidating to students than the Spyre guide because many of them (a) deal with complex statistics rather than ideas and (b) are professionally produced by Photoshop experts. The Spyre guide is efficient, concise, and clear without being intimidating. Discuss the components of an infographic. A history teacher uses the oil spill for a student design project Devon ThomasStudents in Diana Laufenberg’s 11th grade history class discuss the infographics they created in a three-week project on environmental disasters. From left to right, the students are Ryan Francis, Luna Frank-Fischer, and Kern Clarke. To close Infographics Week here on The Learning Network, I invited a classroom teacher (and self-described “fanatic” about the use of infographics in education) to detail a project I first heard her talk about on a National Writing Project-affiliated podcast called “Teachers Teaching Teachers.” Diana Laufenberg has been a public school social studies teacher for the last thirteen years, eight at the middle school level and five in high school. She currently works at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, which is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. So here’s Diana.
What motivates us at work? More than money “When we think about how people work, the naïve intuition we have is that people are like rats in a maze,” says behavioral economist Dan Ariely (TED Talk: What makes us feel good about our work?) “We really have this incredibly simplistic view of why people work and what the labor market looks like.” Instead, when you look carefully at the way people work, he says, you find out there’s a lot more at play — and at stake — than money. Dataesthetics: The Power and Beauty of Data Visualization One of my areas of interest that has grown over the last couple years has been data visualization. I’m a visually-oriented learner, and I look forward to seeing any techniques, illustrations, or technologies that: 1) Allow people to assimilate information as fast as possible. 2) Deepen understanding of knowledge by visually illustrating data in new and interesting ways. There is nothing like having an intellectual epiphony after looking at a picture for a few seconds (pictures can definitely be worth a thousand words).
Have you seen ASUM-DM? IBM Analytics Services have released a new implementation method for Data Mining/Predictive Analytics projects called Analytics Solutions Unified Method for Data Mining/Predictive Analytics (also known as ASUM-DM) which is a refined and extended CRISP-DM. CRISP-DM which was conceived in 1996 and first published in 1999 was reported as the leading methodology for data mining/predictive analytics projects in polls conducted in 2002, 2004, and 2007. There was a plan between 2006 and 2008 to update CRISP-DM but that update did not take place and today the original CRISP-DM.org website is no longer active. CRISP-DM strong points are on the “Analytical” side of implementing Data Mining/Predictive Analytics projects. However CRISP-DM does not cover the infrastructure/operations side of implementing a data mining/predictive Analytics project. It has very few project management activities and tasks, is light on activities and tasks in the “Deployment” phase, and has no templates or guidelines.
Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products Last year my students designed infographics for the first time. I enjoyed the process and the products. It was a fun strategy to teach my students crucial research skills while encouraging them to think creatively about how to visually communicate information. Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day Despite research telling us it’s a really bad idea, many of us end up working 50-hour weeks or more because we think we’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. And according to a study published last month involving 600,000 people, those of us who clock up a 55-hour week will have a 33 percent greater risk of having a stroke than those who maintain a 35- to 40-hour week. With this in mind, Sweden is moving towards a standard 6-hour work day, with businesses across the country having already implemented the change, and a retirement home embarking on a year-long experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day.
200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes Hans Rosling explains a very common misunderstanding about the world: That saving the poor children leads to overpopulation. Not only is it not right, it’s the other way around! The world might not be as bad as you might believe! Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013. The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is Read more … Blog: A Modern and Reusable Approach to Visual Content: Data Driven Infographics How and When? We think we are the first in the market to have forged the idea and the term of Data Driven Infographics. About one year ago, while other products focused on having bells and whistles on their websites, we started to talk about the importance of creating Data Oriented Infographics, and we designed our product on top of this idea. What are Data Driven Infographics? We said how important is to think about Infographics as a two-layered objects. One layer for the presentation, with all the graphics stuff, and a layer for data, that means a hidden level made up by one or more datasets that feed the presentation layer.
Kate Raworth Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to ensure that every person has the resources they need to meet their human rights, while collectively we live within the ecological means of this one planet. The ‘doughnut’ of planetary and social boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge. The doughnut of social and planetary boundaries The #1 reason people die early, in each country You're probably aware that heart disease and cancer are far and away the leading causes of death in America. But globally the picture is more complicated: (Vox / Anand Katakam and Joss Fong)
The Most Important Thing You Need to Know about Infographics The volume of infographics goes up more than 1% each day. I must confess: I never saw the attraction. It’s not like I didn’t realize infographics had become raging hot. I just didn’t get what the big deal was. I mean, you take a subject worthy of content creation, sprinkle in some icons, graphs and such and what do you have? A little picture show? World Population Growth - Our World In Data The UN calculates that there are more than 7 billion living humans on Earth, yet 200 years ago we numbered less than 1 billion.1 Recent estimates suggest that 6.5 percent of all people ever born are alive right now.2 This is the most conspicuous fact about world population growth: for thousands of years, population grew only slowly, but in recent centuries it has jumped dramatically. Between 1900 and 2000 the increase in world population was three times greater than the entire previous history of humanity– an increase from 1.5 to 6.1 billion in just 100 years. A picture of world population in the very long-run fits the pattern of exponential growth (when a population grows exponentially the rate of growth is proportional to the size of the population). Yet an empirical observation of how growth rates have developed in the course of the last century reveals that this pattern no longer holds. The annual rate of population growth has recently been going down.