Thursday, August 5, 2010

Infographics - Eating Out and Obesity

Earlier this evening someone (I forgot to note who so if it was you, let me know) posted on Twitter a list of forty infographics health and wellness infographics. The list was published by the Health Hut. A few of the infographics in the list grabbed my attention as being useful for health teachers and science teachers.

Eating Out: From Bad to Worse gives a run down of worst items to order at popular chain restaurants including Chili's, Applebee's, McDonald's, and Wendy's.

The CDC has a series of infographics and slides related to trends in obesity and diabetes in the United States. One of the infographics is an animated map showing the increase in obesity by state from 1985 through 2009. The CDC has also published maps illustrating obesity rates by race in the United States. The information used in creating the maps is also available to download as Power Point slides.

The Future of Food is a series of nine infographics produced by Wired. The infographics illustrate the global demand for food, what that demand means for farmers and for the planet, and how that demand could be met in the future.

Applications for Education
After exploring the infographics students could research ways to correct the problems illustrated in the graphics. In the case of the Eating Out infographic you might have students create infographics of their own that illustrate the healthiest menu options at each of the restaurants.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Food Play - Resources About Food and Diet
Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar is in Your Snack?

Cool Food Kidz Teaches Kids About Diet & Fitness

An Overview of the History of Visual Thinking

A couple of weeks ago I picked up Dan Roam's Unfolding the Napkin (affiliate link) which contains some great ideas for using pictures and visual thinking to identify and solve problems. I actually used some of his ideas while planning my Reform Symposium presentation on using backchannels in the classroom. This evening while exploring Roam's website I discovered a video of his SXSW presentation in which he gave an overview of the history of visual thinking and what visual thinking really means.

SXSW 2010: Dan Roam on Visual Thinking from Teehan+Lax on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Roam works primarily with businesses, but the ideas he employs can be applied to planning and designing lessons and presentations for education. If you have a chance, I recommend borrowing one or both of his books from your local library.

The Science of Skateboarding, Bicycling, and More

Earlier this week I shared some resources from ESPN and Well Home that deal with the math and science of sports. Another resource students can explore to learn about the science of sports is Exploratorium's Sports Science website. Exploratorium's Sports Science site contains many pages on which students can explore the math and science of team sports as well as the individual sports of bicycling and skateboarding. The bicycling section has a calculator that students can use to calculate the aerodynamic drag and propulsion power of a bicyclist.

Text the Mob - Poll Your Audience

Text the Mob is a polling that service that allows you to survey your audience through their cell phones. To use Text the Mob, create an account, write your questions and Text the Mob then provides your audience with a number to which they text their responses. Responses appear almost instantly on a large results screen suitable for projection. The one caveat about the free plan is that an advertisement is displayed on your results page.

Under the free plan, Text the Mob allows you to post up to three questions per poll and receive up to 50 responses. That is 18 more responses than Poll Everywhere provides with their free plan for K-12 teachers.

I discovered Text the Mob through David Kapuler's recent post about survey tools.

Applications for Education
Text the Mob could be a good no-cost or low-cost alternative to the proprietary clicker systems that some schools are purchasing. You can use surveys to gauge how your classes feel about their knowledge of a particular subject.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
Nine Survey Tools for Teachers and Students

iMovie Quickstart Guide from Story Chasers

Wesley Fryer, executive director of Story Chasers Inc and all-around great guy, has recently published a quickstart guide for using iMovie. The four page guide can be downloaded from Wes Fryer's blog, from Story Chasers, or from Scribd. The guide contains everything you need to know to get started and to publish your first video using iMovie.

Quickstart Guide to iMovie '09

Applications for Education
Wesley Fryer has graciously given permission to reuse the guide for your own professional development workshops provided that you give proper attribution to Story Chasers for the work. If your staff and students have access to iMovie and you're looking for a good reference to distribute to get them started making videos, this guide might be just what you need.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Making Videos on the Web
How to Use YouTube's New Video Editor