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“The Future Will Turn Out Alright”: Hope, Opportunity, and Norwegian Vocational Schools

July 30, 2016 by

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What makes a good school?  A good school system?  A good society?  Recently, my wife and I traveled to Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, and I came back both heartened and saddened.  The more I learned about education in those countries—particularly in Norway—the more I got to thinking about our own system of education.  Of course, you start by […]

The Macroscope

May 24, 2015 by

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As a public school teacher, I frequently feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information I receive. I get data about student performance, about equity measures, about student’s lives and about parent’s aspirations. Yet at some point during my graduate coursework I started to rethink how I approached exactly what value I was getting from […]

Review: Now You See It by Stephen Few

August 2, 2013 by

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My conclusions: Awesome book. Buy it here: Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis. With the advent of computerized visuals in the late 1960’s, statistician John Tukey pointed out that exploring data would be one of the greatest strengths of interactive computers. In Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative […]

Review of Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data Through the Eyes of Experts

August 1, 2013 by

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Edit: You can buy the book off of amazon here: Beautiful Visualization on Amazon.com I just finished reading the excellent book Beautiful Visualization: Looking at Data through the Eyes of Experts, and I have to say, I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in either data visualization or basic data analytics. There are twenty […]

Simplifying data-and why it can be dangerous

May 4, 2013 by

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Is simplicity in data always desirable? Part 1 I recently stumbled on a really cool blog post looking at the alignment of buildings on the Open Street Map (OSM) database.  The author loaded the OSM database for the British Isles, and then calculated the azimuth* of each building.   His results are interesting. What does […]

A new infographic – please comment

November 2, 2011 by

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This is going to be a short post. I recently made an infographic for a client.  It actually started out as a poster for an academic conference, which was why I went with a simple, white/blue/black design, but they wanted a web-compatible format as well.  I have almost no experience with this kind of work, […]

Using data visualization for educational reform

October 31, 2011 by

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I recently wrote a brief post suggesting that data visualization may, in fact, have a place in education. I think a recent find from BYU may be able to elucidate this point further. David Wiley, a Professor at Brigham Young, suggests that teachers may want to visualize test grades in an easily understandable form using a new […]