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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Interactive US Population Map

Last winter The New York Times published an interactive map based on preliminary 2010 US Census data. Now the US Census Bureau has published their own interactive population map. The US Census Bureau's interactive population map allows you to view demographic data about the US population on a Google Map. You can view data in five demographic categories; total population, ethnicity, race, sex and age,  and housing status. The data display can be refined down to counties and census blocks within each state.

Applications for Education
This interactive population map could be a good way for students to learn more about their home states and counties. You could also have students use this map as part of a research assignment in which they other parts of the country and compare it with their own communities. You could then have students research the possible causes of the differences in demographics.

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