Showing posts with label 2010 census. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2010 census. Show all posts

Monday, May 2, 2011

Americans by the Numbers

Last year I shared a handful of resources related to the US Census. My favorite of those were this interactive map from The New York Times and this CBS Fast Draw video about the history and purpose of the US census. Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning offered a short video that gives us a little more insight into the habits of the "typical" American. Americans by the Numbers is a short overview of how the typical American spends his or her money.

Click here if you can't see the video.

Applications for Education
This video could be the start of small local research project for your students. After watching the video, have your students interview their parents, grandparents, or other adults in their lives to see how they compare to the "typical" American. Then have the students combine their research work to compare their community to the typical American community.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mapping America - Census Data by Zip Code

The New York Times has taken US Census data and created some good mapped displays of that data. Mapping America offers four categories of maps that you can explore; education, housing and families, income, and race and ethnicity. In each category you can choose from a variety of sub-categories of display. Select a category and subcategory then enter your zip code to see a mapped display of the data from your community. The image below is of the map of the population in Portland, Maine holding a Master's degree.

Applications for Education
Mapping America could be a good way for students to learn more about their own communities, neighboring communities, or any place of interest to them in the US. Students can explore the data in the maps and research what it means for the community. For example, my Civics students recently completed a project in which they had to research some demographic data about their community and include that data in their development of proposals for stimulating the local economy.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Economics Lessons Using Planet Money Podcasts
Infographic - The Most Expensive Places to Live
Video - Project Based Learning Explained

Monday, April 26, 2010

Follow the 2010 Census in Google Earth

The 2010 US Census will provide us with valuable data that can be used for a variety of academic purposes. For that data to be collected the Census must be completed. To track the collection of Census data Google has created a layer for Google Earth in which you can view completion rates by county. The file uses time-stamps to show updates to the completion rates. You can view the layer here in your browser or download it here. Watch the video below for an overview of the layer.

Applications for Education
This Google Earth layer presents teachers with an opportunity to visually show students how much farther their local areas have to go in order to fully complete the Census. In a Civics class you could show students this data then challenge them to create their own campaigns to get people in their communities to complete the Census. Students could create a video or a multimedia collage (try Glogster) to encourage people to complete the Census form.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Debunking Census Myths and Census History

Debunking Census Myths is a short clip from CNN in which common misunderstandings about the US census are clarified. The clip address questions of citizen obligations and questions about what the government does with the data it collects.

On a related note, I recently stumbled upon a short video about the history of the US census. From Inkwell to Internet traces the history of the US census from 1790 through today.

Applications for Education
Both of these videos could be used for helping students understand why the United States conducts a census every ten years. After watching the videos you could transition into a lesson in which students analyze census data using Google's Public Data Explorer.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Significance of the 2010 Census
The History and the Purpose of the US Census

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The History and the Purpose of the US Census

This year a census of the United States is being taken. The CBS Fast Draw team has produced a short video that outlines the history and the purpose of census taking in the United States. The CBS video goes well with Say It Visually's video on the same topic.

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