Infographics in Abundance

I’m always a little bit wary of info graphics, largely because as a scientist/mathematician I want to see the raw data too, just to make sure sure I agree with the presentation of the data.  However, that doesn’t mean that all info graphics are incorrect and they are increasingly more popular, so teaching students to evaluate them is an important 21st century skill.

The Aside Blog has a fantastic page full of links to various info graphics for you to use in class.  I also love the video they highlight by Column Five which talks about specific visualization strategies for presenting data.  So if you’re interested in data visualization and info graphics, head on over to the blog and start indulging your inner data geek.

Toon Doo

Toon Doo

Suggestions for Teacher Use:
– Create a toon to illustrate a concept or idea
– Create a comic book to illustrate step-by-step instructions
– Post fun reminders to your webpage
– Find toons that have already been created and embed them into your page
Suggestions for Student Use:
– Create a toon to illustrate understanding of a concept or idea
– Create illustrations to accompany story writing
– Create a comic book for a debate issue that shows a discussion of both sides of an argument

Go! Animate will  let students create animated versions of their work!

Suggestions for Teacher Use:
– create a video to illustrate the concept you’re teaching
– create a video to introduce a problem or concept for students to respond to
– create an opening scene to a story, then have students create the endings (or vice versa!)
Suggestions for Student Use:
– make an animated short story instead of writing one
– animated debate instead of a live class debate

PhET Experiment Simulations

The PhET website (Physics Education Technology), is a source of great Interactive Simulations for Math and Science.  Many of the simulations can be easily EMBEDDED into your class site.  Unfortunately not all of the simulations are able to be embedded directly, as they are .jnlp files, which run on java script (such as the Acid / Base Simulation), but you can link to them from your page with an easy picture link that they provide.
To EMBED one of the simulations into your own page, you will need to find a simulation on the PhET page that you would like to embed, and then click the EMBED option.  This will bring up the code, and you can either grab the IFRAME code if your site supports it, or if you use WordPress which does not support IFRAMES, then you can grab the second code which will allow you to put a direct link in your page.
These simulations are great for Math or Science, and could be used as a quick way for students to grab data sets for manipulation that they might not be able to generate in your own lab.

Here are a few example simulations that are embeddable in your page!


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Plinko Probability

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Vector Addition

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