If there is one thing that I love, like really truly love, it’s DATA VISUALIZATION.
I also love Awkwafina <3
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.