Data Visualization and Infographic Tools provide accessible methods for exploring text, images, and large data sets.
These tools support engaging discussions where students can be invited to notice patterns, make predictions, and ask questions. Each site, listed below, is interactive!
Norway: Then and Now is a joint project between the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and Norsk Folkemuseum. Tilbakeblikk means “retrospect” or “looking back” in Norwegian, describing the project’s use of photographs taken of the same places separated by long periods of time to illustrate landscape changes in Norway.
Bloomberg’s State by State site is a data destination for comparing up-to-date economic health and political status across the United States… Other visualizations available at this site too!
Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. They are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet. Also, listen to Hans Rosling talk about this incredible tool!
Wordle creates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds assign greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.
Coggle produces beautiful notes and mind maps – quickly and easily. Share them with friends and colleagues to enhance your ideas collaboratively. Use with your Google account!
Gone Google Storybuilder provides the perfect visual platform so students can collaboratively create dialogue for their next story. Students instantly produce short videos and even add music!
Mapping America’s Future provides a glimpse of how the US population might change by 2020 and 2030. The results will change depending on whether you choose low, average, or high rates for future births, deaths, or migration.
Immigration Explorer demonstrates where groups of immigrants settled across the United States, from 1880 to 2000. Consider taking a peek at these lesson plans from The New York Times too! Here is another gorgeous look at this data on Insightful Interaction.
- Norway, The Slow Way is a MUST see!
- Mapping the Nation’s Well-being demonstrates the quality of life, by state, by looking at everything from depression to dental visits.
- Mapping America: Every City, Every Block uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009.
- In Climbing the Income Ladder, Location Matters provides a look into the odds of achieving the “American dream,” city by city (based on a Harvard University project).
- In an Improving Economy, Places in Distress features a report from Economic Innovation Group, based on US Census data, that shows the variability of recovery rates after the 2009 recession.
- At Top Colleges, an Admissions Gap for Minorities explores graduation rates by U.S. post-secondary institution.
- The Jobless Rate for People Like You shows how the 2009 recession affected individuals in the U.S.
National Public Radio displays the most common job in every state from 1978-2014.
Peoplemovin reveals the international flow of migrants, as of 2010, through the use of open-source data.
Population Pyramids of the World displays patterns of aging in countries around the world, from 1950 to 2100.
The U.S. Cluster Mapping site provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments in the U.S. to promote economic growth and national competitiveness. It is led by Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.
World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe.
World Resources Institute offers a collection of incredible infographics and data visualizations with a global perspective.
UNESCO’s Global Flow of College Students shows where college students travel to study. The rise in internationally mobile students reflects patterns of enrollment around the world.
Something fun! Take this quiz to see which U.S. city is the best fit for you!
Quick Quiz! See how many states you can name in four minutes! Ready! Set! Go!