I truly believe that data visualization combined with social networking is going to make a difference in how our world is controlled. More than ever before we can all have informed input.
So…. Here are three videos that I think all educators should consider
- The Hans Rosling TED talk about visualization of statistics: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_at_state.html
- Rosling’s new video where he answers questions posed by TED viewers: http://www.gapminder.org/videos/ted-and-reddits-10-questions-to-hans-rosling/ (my favourite part was hearing that he’s working to get this into schools for kids to mess around with and visualize any data they want to)
- Clay Shirky — talking about the “Largest increase in expressive capability in human history” http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history.html He shows that things really are on the cusp of being very different: Many-to-many. Everything in once place. We can all be producers as well as consumers. Citizen journalism. And of course — Twitter!