Showing posts with label gapminder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gapminder. Show all posts

Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Use Gapminder Desktop

In a post earlier today I mentioned Gapminder. Gapminder is a great tool for creating data visualizations. Gapminder gives users the ability to create graphs of hundreds of demographic and economic indicators. I like Gapminder because it provides a good way for visual learners to see data sets in a context that is significantly different from standard data sets.

Gapminder has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, model lessons, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder. For teachers working in schools with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder has a desktop application that you can download and install for Mac or Windows computers. The video below demonstrates Gapminder desktop.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

200 Years in Four Minutes

This video has been circulating around the blogosphere for a few days now and I finally got a chance to watch it myself today. In the video below Hans Rosling, co-founder of Gap Minder, presents 200 years of history in four minutes. The video focuses on the connections between health and wealth from 1810 through 2010. As you might expect, the video shows what can be done with Gap Minder.


Rosling has also presented some interesting TED Talks over the years. You can see one of them below.


Applications for Education
Both videos are models of using data to tell a story. While your students might not produce stories of the same depth of those made by Rosling, they could use Gap Minder to begin to create a story based on data sets they find or create.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gapminder - Graphing the World's Data

Graphs of data sets on their own can be useful for understanding the causes and ramifications of many types of economic, social, politica, and scientific problems. Interactive graphing tools can make it easier to explore data sets related to those problems. That is the purpose of the graphing tool Gapminder. Gapminder gives users the ability to create graphs of nearly 500 demographic and economic indicators. Tekzilla Daily has a video demonstration of Gapminder in action. Watch the video below.


The TED Talk below features Gapminder's founder Hans Rosling using Gapminder.

Applications for Education
Gapminder has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, a lesson plan, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder. For teachers working in schools with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder has a desktop application that you can download and install for Mac or Windows computers.

Gapminder is a good tool for visual learners to see data in a way that changes the data from numbers to bubbles for easy comparison.