Showing posts with label visualization methods. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visualization methods. Show all posts

Friday, February 4, 2011

Better World Flux - Create Animated Data Displays

Better World Flux is a free data visualization development tool that was created for the World Bank's Apps for Development Challenge. The purpose of the challenge was to encourage app developers to create products that could be used to highlight the development data hosted by the World Bank.

Better World Flux allows users to create animated visualizations of development data. To use Better World Flux (no registration required) all you have to do is select a data set from the menu provided and select a country or countries from the menu provided. From there Better World Flux creates an animated data visualization for you. The visualization will change as the years on the timeline at the bottom of the visualization change. This way users can see growth and recession of a statistic over time.

Learn more about Better World Flux in the video below.


Applications for Education
Better World Flux and other applications like it can be helpful for students who when just looking at data sets might not always be able to recognize patterns or changes. Visualization apps can help those students see the patterns and changes that may exist in a data set.

Better World Flux is just one of many apps developed for the Apps for Development Challenge, I encourage you to explore the gallery of entries to find ones that you and your students can use.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is a great chart that displays ideas for creating visualization charts. The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is divided into six categories of visualization types; data, strategy, information, metaphor, concept, and compound visualization. If you're not sure which type of visualization chart to create, explanations of each are provided by Visual-Literacy.org.

Thanks to my Twitter network for the link to this chart. I can't remember who I saw post it, if it was you please leave a comment and take credit.

Applications for Education
The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods could be a great reference when you're trying to create graphic organizers appropriate for your content and students. This is also a great reference for students trying to find the best way to present and share their knowledge and or research findings.