Using statistics to lie, and why democracy needs statistical literacy

August 3, 2012
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I have often argued that we should encourage more statistical literacy in school and society in general.  This is not just because I am a statistics nerd.  Statistics is a language just like English; you can use it to describe the world, to clarify and the generalize.  You can also use it to lie or […]

Simplicity

July 6, 2012
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I am a busy person these days.  I have been teaching at a San Antonio community college and will be moving next semester to teaching High School Algebra I.  Also, among other things, I have been researching education data for a national nonprofit. During this project, I needed to simplify some visualizations.  Not dumb down, […]

A new infographic – please comment

November 2, 2011
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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
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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 […]

The Potential for Data Visualization in Education

October 22, 2011
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I have been spending my free time during the last couple of days putting together a paper for an upcoming e-learning conference in Austin, TX (Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education).  The theme, which at least I find potentially very interesting, is using data visualization in education, both for teaching and assessment. A colleague […]

[Repost] Taxonomy vs. iconography in data visualization

October 3, 2011
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This is a repost from a previous date. During college I worked at the University of Chicago Special Collections, where they keep the old, valuable, and/or particularly noteworthy volumes in the Library’s collection, among other things. It is a very, very cool place (if you are in Chicago, it is definitely a place to see […]

A view from above

July 4, 2011
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Hey all! I have been pretty busy recently with my new job at the Alamo Colleges, and with a mountain of other projects that I don’t even want to think about right now. Anyway, after a long-ish hiatus due to those work demands, here’s a quick post about something neat I ran across the other […]