Showing posts with label Show World. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Show World. Show all posts

Friday, October 1, 2010

Show World - Infographic Maps

Show World is an interactive mapping website that takes demographic, economic, environmental, and political data sets and creates maps based on those data. This can be done with Google Earth and Google Maps before, but Show World is slightly different. Each time you select a different data set, the size of each country increases or decreases in comparison to other countries. For example, if you select the data set about steel production, the size of China is huge relative to African countries. On the other hand, if you select the data set for students not in school, the African countries swell while China decreases in size.

The maps generated by Show World can be downloaded. You can also embed the animated maps into your blog. To get the embed code you do have to submit your email address.


Applications for Education
Show World is a great way for students to visually interpret data sets. Having students explore the data sets and watch the size of the countries change could be a good discussion starting activity. Exploring the data sets on Show World could also be the starting point for research about the economic and social conditions of countries around the world.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Show World - Geography Lesson Plans

Show World, a mapping and data visualization tool that I've previously mentioned, has recently added some new data categories and begun designing lesson plans for high school classrooms. Since the last time I visited Show World they have added new data categories for aging populations and sovereign wealth funds. The companion to Show World, Show USA, has also added new data categories for stimulus bill jobs and state budget deficits.

The lesson plan designed by Show World is intended for use at the high school level. The lesson plan is designed to help students understand how to use data to describe the world. Students will also learn to compare countries and regions based on data. The lesson plans are not published on the Show World website, they are posted on Slide Share. You can view the lesson plans here.

Applications for Education
While the Show World lesson plan is intended for high school classrooms it could probably be adapted for use in a middle school setting. The visualization of countries expanding and contracting based on data sets makes Show World accessible to students at many grade levels.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Show USA - Customized Maps of the United States

Show USA is a great map service produced by the same people that brought us Show World. Show USA has five categories of data from which you can choose a data set to be represented on a map. The regions and states on the map change size based on the data set selected. For example, if you choose "population over 65" the map makes California and Florida large while shrinking the size of Montana and Wyoming.

You can access both Show USA and Show World here.

Applications for Education
Show USA and Show World are good reference tools and good tools for creating visual representations of demographic, economic, and scientific data.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stat Planet - Interactive Data Visualization

Stat Planet is a thematic mapping website. Stat Planet relies on data from UNESCO is a project of SACMEQ. Stat Planet can be used to create thematic maps based on a variety of development indicators from the fields of education, health care, and economics. Stat Planet can be used online in your browser or you can download Stat Planet. Downloading Stat Planet gives you the option to include your other data sets and create a custom map.

Thanks to Henri Willox for sharing this resource with us via a comment about the website Show World.

Applications for Education
Stat Planet is a good resource for students to use to create thematic maps. Stat Planet can also be used by students to make inferences as to the reason for inequities be
tween countries and regions of the world. After making those inferences students can conduct research to investigate whether or not they were correct.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Show World - Change the World One Map At a Time

Show World is an interactive mapping website that takes demographic and economic data sets and creates a map based on the data. I've seen this done with Google Earth and Google Maps before, but Show World is slightly different. Each time you select a different data set, the size of each country increases or decreases in comparison to other countries. For example, if you select the data set about steel production, the size of China is huge relative to African countries. On the other hand, if you select the data set for students not in school, the African countries swell while China decreases in size.

World Mapper is a similar website that I reviewed about six weeks ago.

Applications for Education
Show World is a great way for students to visually interpret data sets. Having students explore the data sets and watch the size of the countries change could be a good discussion starting activity. Exploring the data sets on Show World could also be the starting point for research about the economic and social conditions of countries around the world.