Category: Data Visualization

Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day

I’ve been spending the first 5-10 minutes of every 2-hour math class discussing graphs in the news with my students. I’ll give you a few examples of what came up naturally week by week: Lots of social media graphs: Slope of the adoption rates for new users, the DAU (daily active users) and MAU (monthly active users) over time, and comparison of the adoption of new features in different platforms (Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) Tech industry: Growth of Amazon, Facebook, and Google, rise in employees at these companies, and comparison the money spent on Black Friday in the...

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LinkedIn Connection Timeline

Just a little demo of what the LinkedIn Lab Connection Timeline shows you. A visual representation of who your connections are from different phases in your life. Here’s How: Go to LinkedIn Labs Connection Timeline. Follow the directions to sign in to your LinkedIn account and share your data. Wait. Enjoy! Possibly Related Posts: Bringing the Real World to Your Math Class Every Day Write an Operating System for Your Brain The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? Strategies for Escaping the Echo Chamber Lean in to the...

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WolframAlpha Facebook Report

This is a delightful exercise that everyone seems to love. WolframAlpha will provide you with an extremely detailed analysis of your own Facebook data including visualizations, world clouds, graphs, and more.       Here’s how: Go to WolframAlpha.com. Type “Facebook Report” and execute the search. Allow WolframAlpha to have access to your Facebook account by clicking on “Analyze my Facebook Data” and following the directions. Wait while the data is analyzed. Note: Sometimes the report seems to stall after 100% of the data is analyzed. If this happens, simply repeat steps 1-3. The second time, the report seems...

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Data Sleuthing

Khan Academy Idaho is a grant-funded initiative to help K-12 teachers in Idaho integrate digital devices and the Khan Academy program into their math classrooms. Yesterday I gave a keynote there called “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” about (1) the challenges facing math educators and (2) Data Sleuthing, a way to encourage math curiosity and data literacy in students. Resources from this presentation: Wolfram Alpha Gapminder Google Trends Many Eyes Visual.ly Google Fusion Tables Google Public Data Homework from the Presentation TED Talks: Hans Rosling Flowing Data CoolInfographics Guardian Data Blog Edward Tufte Measure of America InformationIsBeautiful...

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Resources for Data Literacy

The single most important tool I’ve found for improving Digital Literacy is Wolfram Alpha.  At your fingertips, whether on your phone, tablet, or laptop, you have access to all the world’s readily available data.  All you have to do is ask.  The best thing I can do to improve data literacy is to teach students (and other adults I know) to question the facts they are being quoted as gospel.  Here are a bunch of searches I’ve done recently to verify or refute data someone has told me in conversation. Salary for a doctor Unemployment in Utah Federal deficit...

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