Showing posts with label Interactive Infographic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interactive Infographic. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What the World Eats - A Comparison of Diets

National Geographic Education is currently featuring an interactive infographic comparing the diets of people around the world. What the World Eats features a pie chart of six categories of food; sugars & fats, produce, meat, dairy & eggs, grain, and other. Click on the pie chart to see what percentage of the average person's diet is comprised of foods from each category. Clicking the chart will also show you a comparison of diets across countries. For example, you can compare the diets of people in China with those of people in the U.S.

Below the pie chart on What the World Eats you will see a play icon. Click the play icon to see how the composition of diets has changed since 1961. The playback will show the change in diets of the world as a whole and the change in diets in individual countries.

Applications for Education
What the World Eats is an interesting infographic to use in a lesson that incorporates elements of health education and social studies education. I would consider having students examine how the composition of diets has changed since 1961 then ask them to research some of the causes of the changes. For example, I would like to see if students can make the correlation between China's industrialization and its increase in meat consumption over the same time period.

Monday, July 7, 2014

This NY Times Interactive Compares Renting vs. Buying a Home

A few years ago The New York Times produced an interactive infographic about the costs of renting a home compared to buying the same home. The infographic was recently updated to include more variables. Some of the updated variables include mortgage rates, closing costs, and tax status.

Users of the interactive infographic can enter variable data such as home price, interest rates, rent prices, rental rate increases, and housing market changes to determine when it's best to buy a home rather than rent. Users can also account for information like insurance rates, condo fees, and opportunity costs.

Applications for Education
The big variable in this interactive infographic is the piece that says "if you can rent a similar home for less than.... then renting is better." The challenge then is to find a home to rent at the same monthly cost. Ask students to go on a real estate website to see if it is possible to find similar homes to rent and buy at the same monthly cost. Then ask them to justify if it is better to rent or buy their towns or regions.

The other pieces of this infographic that I like are the glossary and the break-down of the "hidden" costs of home ownership. Students often don't account for hidden costs in determining how much a decision costs in the long run.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thinglink Edu - Your Students Can Use Thinglink Without Email Addresses, Here's How

Thinglink was a big hit in the workshop that I facilitated yesterday in Bettendorf, Iowa. Thinglink can be used to turn any static image into an interactive, multimedia image. Yesterday, we used PicMonkey and PicCollage to create collages about what a good learning environment looks like to us. After creating those collages we saved them as PNG files and uploaded them to Thinglink where we added videos, audio files, and links to articles to enhance our collages and make them interactive.

Thinglink can be used by students who are under the age of 13 and or do not have email addresses. To enable your students who are under 13 and or do not have email addresses you should register as a teacher on Thinglink Edu. As registered teacher on Thinglink Edu you can create and manage student accounts. In the screenshots in the slides below will walk you through the process of creating Thinglink accounts for your students.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Musical Infographic About Bullying - And How to Create One Like It

Last month I shared a new tool called EWC Presenter. EWC Presenter is a free tool that makes it easy to create slideshows, banner graphics, and interactive infographics. Infographics created on EWC Presenter can have background music added to them. This is similar to  what Glogster used to offer for free. I was tipped off to this option through this infographic about bullying that is embedded below. It's a nice example of what your students could do with EWC Presenter. The shortcoming of this infographic is that it doesn't include links to the sources of the statistics presented in it.

The video below offers directions for using EWC Presenter.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How Far Is It To Mars? An Infographic

How Far Is It To Mars? is a neat infographic that provides a pixel scale to show you how far it is from Earth to the Moon and the distance from Earth to Mars. The infographic is a motion infographic so you have to click on it to make it move. The distances are represented by pixels. After you get to the moon on the infographic click it again then sit back and watch as it takes a while to scroll to Mars.

Applications for Education
How Far Is It To Mars? could be a nice resource for showing students the scale of the universe. You might consider pairing it with one of these five resources for showing students the scale of universe.

H/T to Cool Infographics

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The U.S. Electoral Compass

The U.S. Electoral Compass is an interactive infographic from The Guardian. The infographic breaks down which political policy issues are most important to the people of each state. Select a state from the list and the compass will show you a list of which issues are discussed most frequently in news articles and in social media in that state. You can get data for every week from July 2 through November 12, 2012.

Applications for Education
The U.S. Electoral Compass could be a good source of conversation and research starters in a social studies class. You could have students discuss and research why some issues are more important in their state than they are in another.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Interactive Infographic - Tracking American Poverty

Tracking American Poverty is an informative infographic that I found on Cool Infographics. The infographic has six screens that you can move through to find poverty statistics divided by race, gender, education, age, and family type. Each screen allows you to drill-down to more refined statistics. You can look at statistics by year from 1967 through 2010. 

Applications for Education
The screen that I think will be of most interest to educators is the screen about poverty according to level of education. Not surprisingly, the group with the highest rate of poverty is the group with the lowest level of education. The