Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Visual Statistics

This site is quite possibly the coolest one I have ever seen. (Thanks to FreeTech4Teachers for the link) Gapminder has tons of statistics that you can show your students in a visual format.  Rather than dry charts and graphs, your students can see animated charts that show whatever statistic (that they have available) and the change over time.  For instance, if you're interested in which country in the world has the most number of internet users per 100 people (it's not the US), you can choose this graph.  They have several graphs already made, with such topics as income, education, access to healthcare, etc.  There is a special section for teachers that has lessons for classroom use as well. You can change the information displayed on the X and Y axis for a comparison of just about anything.  This is a fantastic tool, and I can't wait to use it in my classroom!

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