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Data Visualization & Infographic Tools

Data VisWordualization 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!

The Atlantic 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 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!

Flowing Data When do Americans Leave for Work? and How Americans Get to Work reveals commute data from the American Community Survey.

Gap Minder

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.

Coggle1 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!

Google StorybuilderGone 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!

Urban InstituteMapping 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.

New York Times 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.


National Public Radio displays the most common job in every state from 1978-2014.

PeopleMovin  Peoplemovin reveals the international flow of migrants, as of 2010, through the use of open-source data.

Gender  Population Pyramids of the World displays patterns of aging in countries around the world, from 1950 to 2100.

US Cluster MappingThe 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 Data  World Bank Open Data provides free and open access to data about development in countries around the globe.

World Resources Institute World Resources Institute offers a collection of incredible infographics and data visualizations with a global perspective.

UNESCOUNESCO’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.


download (2) Reflective Tool: Adept at multi-tasking with technology? Check your skills! Test your focus.

US map 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!

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