Statistics instructors, have you explored Gapminder yet? It’s one of our favorite data visualization resources! It’s a free site offering many videos and tools, including a graphical simulator depicting 5 dimensions of real-world data in 2D.
Check out how you can use this tool in your classroom to show students the changing relationships between demographic, economic, and societal variables animated over time.
Change the variables to include life expectancy, average income, population, unemployment rate, CO2 emissions, amount of cell phone users, and more. Pinpoint specific historical events to discover their impact through data visualization.
- Correlating development data
Select Chart and compare different indicators, such as Life Expectancy and Income. What correlations can be found?
- Analyzing trends
Try choosing Life Expectancy and analyzing changes over time (select Time for the x axis.) Track selected countries by selecting them, clicking the Trails box, and playing the animation.
- Mapping development indicators
Select Map and look for patterns by selecting different development indicators for the countries.
Along with many downloadable data sets and computational technology instructions, this data visualization tool is available on our free web resource, stat.hawkeslearning.com.
This tool is also integrated within our new text, Discovering Statistics and Data, to bring students toward a deeper understanding of statistics and how we can tell stories through data analysis.
Let us know if you want an exam copy at 1-800-426-9538 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
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