If there is one thing that I love, like really truly love, it’s DATA VISUALIZATION.


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Maybe it’s the library science nerd in me, but there is just something so satisfying about seeing facts and figures pulled together into a beautiful and modular space that allows viewers to better understand raw data that might otherwise be lost in a dreary spreadsheet somewhere. (Although, don’t get me wrong, I do love spreadsheets as well).

One of the best books that I’ve read this year is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. Rosling (famous for many reasons, but mostly for this super amazing TED talk) is also a data lover and wanted to share what he had learned about public health, wellbeing, and the future with the world through beautiful data visualizations that are, thankfully, available on his website. If there is one resource that I STRONGLY encourage teachers to use in their classrooms, it is Gapminder.


It’s just so beautiful! So many variables to choose from!!!

In addition to his amazing bubble graphs, Roslin’s daughter created her own site called Dollar Street that shows exactly how families around the world live on any given income in their country. This website devoured approximately one week of my life this summer and I have no regrets!

Have any of you used Gapminder or Dollar Street in your classrooms? How? This is a resource that I love so, so much and I’m always looking for examples of how teachers can use it in their units.

5 comments to “SO MANY VARIABLES!!!”
5 comments to “SO MANY VARIABLES!!!”
  1. I would also interested in finding out ways to use Gapminder and Dollar Street. Infographics are great but adding motion makes the info more intriguing, even though it goes quickly. This would be a great provocation, perhaps have the students try to decide what is being measured if just the bubbles were shown.

  2. Jen, I’m with you on Factfulness! It’s interesting that we both made a reference to it on our posts. The power of data visualisation is such that this aspect of literacy should be at the forefront of all subjects.

  3. You may think I’m crazy, but I had never heard of Rosling or his TED talk until I read your post. But, I’m happy to say after watching it that I thoroughly enjoyed it and you have me hooked! That data breakdown was quite powerful and engaging. I particularly loved the part where he was showing the life expectancy/mortality data from 1962-2003 as it moved over time and narrated as the dots moved. So powerful when you add the movement to show change over time. Thanks for sharing it.

    Also thanks for sharing the Gapminder website. I got sucked in for hours looking at all of the data! I think I will use one of the dot charts to help my students visualize the UN SDG #2 Zero Hunger because we will be writing a Traveling Tale on this topic. Students at my school really have no context to understand this big need and I think seeing data in regards to malnutrition world-wide would help their understanding.

    Love the resources, love the post. Great work!

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