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NspireD2 on visualization

  1. Low stress image activities (12/8/2015) - several media-making activities basically involve adding text to an image
  2. Building a visual syllabus (8/19/2015) - examples and help for creating a visually appealing syllabus
  3. Turn your syllabus into an infographic (8/26/2014) - advice on how to create one, with examples and tools
  4. Wind map – visualization inspiration (12/11/2013) - try asking students to create this kind of work
  5. Classes can collaborate on Pixton comics (12/4/2013) - they offer a class group setup and are testing a collaboration option
  6. Try Coggle for concept maps (11/26/2013) - an easy-to-use tool with versioning and other features
  7. See web pages in 3D with Firefox (7/23/2013) - a neat visualization that helps solve problems
  8. CLMOOC virtual visualization (6/27/2013) - created and filmed in Second Life
  9. Revisiting comic creation (5/24/2013) - students can use Pixton to explain or demonstrate a concept
  10. Creating a visual resume (5/22/2013) - using Prezi or infographic tools for projects and e-portfolios
  11. Math sandbox also makes concept maps (10/27/2012) - a review of Oovium - a fascinating app that has a way to go in the ease-of-use department
  12. 5 word cloud sites, top choices, and why (9/4/2012) - Tagxedo is a great alternative to Wordle - other sites are also listed - plus some ways to use word clouds
  13. A quick look at Instagrok (5/11/2012) - a tool for visualization and learning
  14. Best online collaboration tools? (4/20/2012) - an interesting visual without much practical value
  15. Timelines from Google spreadsheets (4/10/2012) - an easy way to create dynamic visualizations
  16. Infographics – tools and student projects (3/19/2012) - new resources plus several examples and suggestions for student projects
  17. A dozen graphic organizers and mind maps (1/24/2012) - Describes an ERIC resource with instructions and examples
  18. A spicy tool for interactive concept maps (12/21/2011) - A review of SpicyNodes, a free visualization tool
  19. Divided brain, animated video (11/14/2011) - Iain McGilchrist clarifies split brain misconceptions while an artist illustrates his talk.
  20. Encouraging visual thinking (11/2/2011) - One conference session used visuals to elicit new ideas - another shared ways to promote visual thinking in class.
  21. Review of Pearltrees (6/2/2011) - Where social bookmarking and concept mapping meet. Students can use it to collaboratively build trees.
  22. Best tools and practices for concept mapping (5/10/2011) - Ways to use them, software, and resources.
  23. AP 202: virtual academic posters (3/3/2011) - Paper posters are hi-res but you can post screens online. Read about a course project and see its assessment rubric.
  24. AP 101: basic academic poster tech (3/2/2011) - Software options and a list of resources for creating posters on your computer.
  25. Visualizing with Google Fusion Tables (2/22/2011) - Google Fusion Tables is a web-based system that can “fuse” multiple sets of data and visualize them. You upload spreadsheets or choose data sets, then apply filters and display the result. When you’re done you can email a link to your visualization or embed it into a blog post. If the data are updated, your […]
  26. Speedy presentations Ignite creativity (2/8/2011) - A while back, I wrote about Pecha Kucha, a speed presentation technique. I recently discovered an even speedier variation, called Ignite, which is sponsored by O’Reilly Media.
  27. Google visualizes 2010 search data (12/14/2010) - Google has created a look back at 2010, based on the billions of search queries people typed in this year. The Google Zeitgeist 2010 website features a wealth of map-based visualizations and bar charts to help make sense out of the data. Don’t miss the dropdown menus under “United States” and “Other Regions” at the […]
  28. Amazing visualization video (12/3/2010) - Here’s an excerpt from the BBC’s “The Joy of Stats” series, hosted by Hans Rosling, the popular Swedish professor who brought us Gapminder. If you want to see more of Rosling, try his TED video. (tip o’ the hat to Andrew Williams-Clark for sharing the video)
  29. Mapping the news (6/4/2010) - The Washington Post’s TimeSpace provides quick, map-based access to articles, media and commentary. Zoom in on the hot-spots or use the timeline to see peaks in coverage or view items from a particular day. There’s a general world map or you can explore topics like the oil spill disaster, earthquakes, and swine flu. There’s even […]
  30. Cool image viewing tip (5/11/2010) - Cooliris is a browser plugin I have mentioned before that provides interactive slide shows of online images. In “My Own 2.0: uCoolIris Demo at Northern Voice” Alan Levine at CogDogBlog explains how to use the CoolIris tools to do a unique presentation.
  31. Review of Preceden time line tool (4/19/2010) - Preceden is a time line tool released in beta last February. It’s very easy to use and has a decent feature set.
  32. Visualization contest (3/22/2010) - ReadWriteWeb and Tableau Public are sponsoring an Interactive “Graph” Contest. Released last month, Tableau Public is a free tool for making interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables (ReadWriteWeb is a blog about tech products and trends). To enter the contest select one of their four data sets, then create and publish a “viz” on your […]
  33. Infographics in the classroom (3/12/2010) - Yesterday I read an article at Bionic Teaching that featured an “infographic” by Stephen Taubman. Based on a cheesy 2009 sci-fi flick, Taubman’s Mega Shark poster explains the physics of an enormous creature leaping out of the ocean and bringing down an airplane (I’m not making this up). It’s a beautifully crafted image that cleverly […]
  34. Creating seriously good comics online (3/4/2010) - I have always wished I could draw, but I don’t have the talent and I never had the patience to learn how. One of the reasons I was (pardon the pun) drawn to computers back in the ’80s was that they provided tools for creating great-looking visuals. Many of us have used PowerPoint for this […]
  35. Zooming in with Prezi (2/19/2010) - Prezi is an online alternative  to PowerPoint that lets you create a canvas of text and visuals, then identify a path from one item or group to another. When you show the presentation, Prezi zooms in on each successive item. If something is placed at an angle, the canvas rotates as it zooms in.
  36. Horizon Report – visual data analysis (2/11/2010) - [This is part of a series on the annual Horizon Report, which identifies technologies likely to impact teaching, learning, or creative inquiry.] Visual data analysis refers to the use of advanced computers to visually display complex data in meaningful ways. This technology is expected to have wide impact on teaching and learning four or five years […]
  37. Visualization tool bonanza (12/21/2009) - Theresa Neil recently assembled a long list of tools for creating graphs, charts, diagrams, calendars, gauges, maps, pivot tables, and more. See “28 Rich Data Visualization Tools” at O’Reilly’s “Inside RIA” (Rich Internet Applications) blog. The illustrations are so pretty, you should go and look at the article even if you’re not all that interested […]
  38. Software to help map a concept (11/20/2009) - A concept map or “mind map” is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. It is a graphical tool for representing knowledge.
  39. SmartArt in MS Office (11/17/2009) - Okay, I admit that I do not carefully study the list of new features every time a piece of software is updated. Bad Chris — for shame! I usually stumble on the bits I missed sooner or later. A good example is the way a recent post in Alex Ambrose’s EdVibes alerted me to SmartArt. […]
  40. More on word clouds (11/17/2009) - A while back I wrote a post titled, “Using word clouds.” Last week and this week, George Williams at ProfHacker has a great deal to say on that subject. He provides some detailed examples of word clouds based on poetry, as well as some great links to sites like the New York Times Visualization Lab. […]
  41. Open source calculus with interactive applets (11/5/2009) - When Alex Himonas agreed to publish his course materials on Notre Dame’s Open CourseWare (OCW) website he had three goals: 1) help students decide which calculus course to take, 2) enrich the learning experience, and 3) reach outside of Notre Dame.
  42. Using Word Clouds (10/22/2009) - In a word cloud graphic, the relative occurrence of each word in a text is represented by size – words appearing most often in the text show up the largest in the picture. Tag clouds are a variation of this, using the descriptive words found on many social media sites. For this post I used […]
  43. Visualization widgets (9/23/2009) - The Simile project at MIT is offering free, open-source widgets that let you create data visualizations on web pages. The four options are “Timeline,” “Timeplot,” “Runway” (creates a cover flow), and “Exhibit” (supports sorting and filtering). Below is an sample of a “Runway” visualization. Learn more at I tried the widget myself ( The […]

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