Showing posts with label Silk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Silk. Show all posts

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Silk Says Goodbye

A few years ago Silk.co was one of the best tools for creating robust data visualizations. I used it in a number of social studies lessons. Unfortunately, the service is shutting down. As announced in email sent to users, the Silk team was acquired by another firm. The Silk site will be online until December 15th to give current users the opportunity to download any data that they have stored in the service.

Current Silk users who are looking for another way to create data visualizations may want to try some of the features of the Explore function in Google Spreadsheets. Google's Public Data Explorer is an option for some data visualization purposes. And Silk is recommending Plot.ly.

Google's Ngram Viewer is a neat data visualization tool for a specific type of data visualization.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

How to Quickly Create a Variety of Data Visualizations

On Friday afternoon I wrote about Silk.co's updated tools for creating data visualizations. The first time that you use Silk the account dashboard can be a little confusing. A couple of folks emailed me about it last night and this morning so I decided to make a little screencast about Silk.co. That video is embedded below.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Silk Offers Great Tools for Creating Data Visualizations

Silk is a free tool that I first tried a couple of years ago when it was primarily a digital portfolio and simple web page creation tool. Since then it has evolved to include some fantastic tools for creating and sharing data visualizations.

To create a visualization on Silk you can upload data in a spreadsheet, manually enter data, or use one of data sets that Silk provides in their gallery. Once you've uploaded data or selected it you can use it to create fourteen different visualizations. To create a different visualization of the same data set simply choose a different visualization style from the Silk menu. See my screenshot below for further explanation.
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Silk visualizations can be made public or kept private. If you keep your visualizations private you can still share them directly to other Silk members by inviting them to your project. Public visualizations can be embedded into blog posts as I have done below.




H/T to The Next Web for the update on Silk.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stats and Facts About UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The people at Silk, one of my preferred digital portfolio tools, recently published a great site about UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The site contains maps, images, data sets, and data visualizations about all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but is focused on the sites added to UNESCO's list in 2014.



Applications for Education
Silk's site about UNESCO World Heritage Sites includes a section on the process of a site becoming recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. I can see developing a project in a geography class around this process. Students could select and propose a site to be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As part of the project students would be required to explain how their chosen sites meet the criteria established by UNESCO.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Silk Adds Support for Drag & Drop Editing of Your Collaborative Digital Portfolios

Silk, one of my frequent recommendations for a good digital portfolio tool, has added support for drag and drop editing of your collaborative digital portfolios. Now you can just drag items from one part of your portfolio to another instead deleting an item and then re-uploading it to move it to a different section of your portfolio.


Silk is intended to be a place where you can share collections of materials as well as write text directly into your webpages. Your Silk dashboard provides a place to organize your materials into collections and subcollections. Your collections can include documents, videos, images, charts and graphs, and links to other sites. You can create multiple sites within your free Silk account. Your Silk sites can be public or private. Creating collections on your Silk site can become a collaborative activity by inviting others to be editors or administrators on a site.

Applications for Education
Silk could be a good tool for students to use to create digital portfolios. Teachers could use Silk to create digital collections of information to supplement or replace textbooks for their courses.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Silk - Collaboratively Create Digital Portfolios

Silk is a free service for creating webpages organized around a theme or topic. Silk is intended to be a place where you can share collections of materials as well as write text directly into your webpages. Your Silk dashboard provides a place to organize your materials into collections and subcollections. Your collections can include documents, videos, images, charts and graphs, and links to other sites. Take a look at a sample Silk site here.

You can create multiple sites within your free Silk account. Your Silk sites can be public or  private. Creating collections on your Silk site can become a collaborative activity by inviting others to be editors or administrators on a site.

Applications for Education
Silk could be a good tool for students to use to create digital portfolios. Teachers could use Silk to create digital collections of information to supplement or replace textbooks for their courses.