Saturday, January 1, 2011

December's Most Popular Posts

Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is a great year for everyone. Last week I ran a series of the most popular posts of the year so I'm skipping making a list of 2010's most popular posts. I have, however, assembled a list of December's most popular posts.

Here are December's most popular posts:
1. 17 Free eBooks for Teachers and Parents
2. 200 Years in Four Minutes
3. 12 Ways to Create Videos Without Cameras or Software
4. Sort Google Search Results by Reading Level
5. 10+ Alternatives to
6. How to Prepare for the Delicious Shut Down
7. The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators
8. 10 Ways to Create Comics Online
9. Google Body Browser = Google Earth for Anatomy
10. 7 Visually Appealing Ways to Publish Documents Online

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FedEx Experience - Interactive Data Maps

FedEx, a company that employed me for almost seven years, has a really neat interactive data map. The FedEx 3D Experience is an interactive map that changes the shape and size of countries in response to the data sets you select. There are twenty-one data categories and each category has three different data sets within it. For example, if I select the data category "household appliances" I'll be able to see a mapped representation of television imports, refrigerator imports, and washing machine imports by country. If you don't want to select data sets you can just let the map autoplay through all of the data sets and watch the map change as it goes through each data set.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the great find.

Applications for Education
The FedEx 3D Experience is a good way to see country by country comparisons of interesting data sets. Some of the categories of data, like "household appliances," are a little more relatable to students than the GDP, GNP type of data sets often found in maps like this.