Showing posts with label the guardian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the guardian. Show all posts

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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

China and the U.S. Compared In One Simple Graphic

On The Guardian's Data Blog I found the following graphic that does a nice job of depicting the statistical differences between China and the United States. The chart shows comparisons of things like GDP per capita, government bank accounts, population, pollution, and Internet use. A full explanation of the graphic including explanations of data points and commentary from readers is available here.  

Applications for Education
China v the U.S. could be a good graphic to use in an introductory lesson social studies lesson on China. I would use the graphic and ask students to share their ideas for possible explanations in the statistical differences in the various categories on the chart.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Animated Map - Britain's Royal Navy in WWI

The Guardian recently published a neat animation of British Royal Navy ship movements in the years just before WWI, during WWI, and the years just after WWI. If you watch the animation you'll notice shifts in the patterns of activity during the years depicted. The animation moves quickly and is not interactive so I had to watch it a few times to notice everything it depicts. The animation itself is neat, but what I actually found more interesting is the data that was used to create the animation. The animation was created using these ship logs. To see images of some the ships in the logs, visit this ship list.

Applications for Education
When I saw the animation my first thought was to ask students to investigate why some routes were maintained during the war while others were abandoned. A good follow-up could be to have students try to investigate U.S. Navy ship patterns for the same time period.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Build Your Own Year in Review Collage

It's that time of year again when the major media outlets begin to run "year in review" stories. One year in review that you might like to share with students comes from the Guardian. The Guardian's 2010 Year in Review is an interactive collage of images from the year. Click on any image in the collage to learn about the event(s) of that day.

You can also build your own year in review collage using the tools provided by the Guardian. Your 2010 allows you to build a collage of your own by selecting one story for each month of the year. You can then share your collage with others by sending them the unique url assigned to your collage.

H/T to Jeffrey Hill.

Applications for Education
The Guardian's Your 2010 could be a good tool to have students use to build their own year in review collages. Have students work through the stories from each month and select the one's they think are the most important. Then have them share their collages with you and each other or have them present their collages to the class with an explanation of why they picked each event.

For an entertaining year in review, check out Flocabulary's Year in Rap.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Guardian's Data Store Looks Promising

The Guardian recently launched a new component to their website that they are calling the Data Store. The Data Store is designed to showcase infographics, interactive displays, and articles that use data to illustrate an idea. The Data Store not only features the work of Guardian writers, but also pulls and shares information from other prominent data blogs. The Data Store has categories for European data, world data, development data, and US data. Additionally, there is an A-Z index of data-related articles and graphics in the Data Store.

Applications for Education
The Data Store could be a good place to find current news resources to use in your classroom. The combination of text and graphics could make materials more accessible to more students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Is It Better to Rent or Buy? Interactive Infographic
Teaching With Infographics
Insightful News Infographics