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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thematic Census Data Maps

The U.S. Census Bureau records and publishes lots of interesting data about the population of the United States. The Maps & Data section of the U.S. Census Bureau's website is a good place to find that data in a visual format. In the Maps & Data section of the U.S. Census Bureau's website you can explore thematic maps about the population of the United States.

Applications for Education
Census data can tell us a lot about the United States. Comparing census data sets over time can tell us a lot about how the United States has changed through the years. Seeing those changes can be challenging to students when all they have is a data table. Mapped representations the data can make it easier to recognize patterns and make meaning from census data sets. After looking at the maps ask students to investigate possible causes of changes in population profiles over time.

H/T to Maps Mania

Sunday, July 6, 2014

An Interactive Look at the History and Distribution of Baby Names in the U.S.

How Baby Names Spread Across the U.S. is an interactive map that showcases the history and distribution of baby names. The map draws on data from the U.S. Census Bureau to show the popularity of baby names since 1911 through 2012. Enter a baby name into the search box and click "go" to see the distribution of that name. You can place your cursor over a state to watch the data for just that state change. I did this with the name Michael and the state of Wyoming to learn that from 1926 to 1930 none of the babies born in Wyoming were named Michael.

The map was developed by Brian Rowe and published on The Guardian's Data Store.

Applications for Education
How Baby Names Spread Across the U.S. could be the start of an interesting research exercise for social studies students. You could have students pick a name, perhaps their own names, and try to determine why that name is more popular in one state or region compared with another.

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.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Significance of the 2010 Census

Say It Visually has created a new video that explains the significance and possible implications of the 2010 US Census.

Applications for Education
This video does a nice job of introducing some of the ways in which the data collected in the US Census is used. I might use the video in my Civics class when we begin to talk about how the government makes decisions about program funding.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Data.Gov Makes Raw Government Data Accessible is a source of raw data sets generated by the various agencies and departments of the US government. Some of the agencies providing data on that may be of particular interest to educators are the National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation, and the US Census Bureau. is still in development and search options aren't as polished as I would like, but is still a potentially useful database.

Applications for Education could be useful in any high school content area that teaches statistical analysis. In particular, I can see environmental data being used in an Earth Science classroom and data from the Economic Research Service could be used in an economics or business course.