I remember first starting out in teaching and feeling pretty confident with displaying data. I would ask my students to collect some data by asking questions to each other and then we would go and find a simple computer program and make a bar chart. We may even have made a quiz online to assist us.
Computing has moved on and now those type of lessons are a lessons of the past.
I recently received some training on how computing really does combine many different skills from different subjects. We were encouraged to examine some data that has already been collected.
With the new English National Curriculum, teachers are now expected to teach a curriculum that uses combined computer programs.
So what project can we give to our students to perfect this skill?
Make an infographic!
Infographics using real life data. Now when this was first suggested I was impressed but I did not see the excitement in using real life data. We were told to explore the website: www.gapminder.org
It was a real eye opener and the website is definitely worth time to sit and explore. I think it could be useful in a range of lessons! It caught my attention because there were a range of topics I was interested in and I just knew that there was data my students would be interested in. Data that would go against their everyday expectations.
We were encouraged to download the data into an Excel document. We were encouraged to pick the relevant information that we needed to make a graph and transfer this into our infographic.
How would we make this infographic?
Using Power Point of course!
We used Google maps and were introduced to the Windows snipping tool.
We were shown how to research interesting facts around the topic and create infographics.
I am looking forward to creating my own infographic so that I can use it as a talking point within my lessons. I am looking forward to setting a research project with my class where they can research data and create their own infographic!
- Gapminder was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling on February 25, 2005. “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. We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet.”
- http://www.gapminder.org/for-teachers/ is for educators who want to use Gapminder in their education.
- On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.
- Pixlr apps are made by Autodesk, creators of innovative software for both artists and everyday folks. Pixlr, the main app is built for the desktop, available for free or with a subscription. It’s an easy-to-use photo editor that has powerful features for pros like masking, double exposure, and blending. The Starter edition contains all the tools for basic photo editing. It’s completely free.
Have you used any of these sites for creating teaching resources?
What do you think of them?
Would you pay to use their services?