Sunday 30 March 2014

Coming soon to an event near you...

We've been working with the very talented designer Bryan Ledgard to create some further materials with more information about the course, and which will also be used at various events around Europe.

They have been printed and are now available for distribution.

If you're going to be at the GA Conference, come and see us.

I-USE Dissemination materials

Coming soon to an event near you - wherever you are in Europe...

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Apps to investigate further

There are quite a few apps for tablets and smartphones which provide some useful materials on statistics, and development issues. The World Bank has produced a range of apps, which connect nicely with the work that we are doing on the I-USE project.

The World Ban, for example have produced a free app which offers a range of useful options for accessing development data.

Datafinder 3.0 is a free app for iPad

The app looks like it will be useful for anyone exploring development issues, for example.

A full list of the World Bank's apps can be seen HERE.

A full list of useful apps for statistical literacy will be shared during the summer term.
Please pass on any suggestions or recommendations for your favourites.

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Thematic Engine

As part of the discussions at previous meetings of I-USE partners, there was discussion on the way that development data can be mapped.

One of the ways that this can usefully be done is with the Thematic Engine website.
This creates a file which can be downloaded in Google Earth, taken from the CIA World Factbook and UNData database. Students could usefully explore the relative merits of this data source compared to some of the others which are reviewed on the I-USE website.

Google Earth remains a tool that many teachers have familiarity with. The focus for Google may have shifted a little bit towards their mapping rather than Google Earth, but this still provides a good opportunity for exploring and visualising statistical data.

Sunday 2 March 2014

The website takes shape...

Our I-USE website is now up and running...

Content is being added to flesh out some of the areas, and we are adding further materials in the run up to the next meeting in April 2014.

If you take a look, please tell us what you think of it.

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I-USE in Portugal

Alan Parkinson from the I-USE project team visited the Alentejo region of Portugal, and was invited to speak to a group of teachers from across the region while there at a teacher development event in the town of Vidigueira.
Also present in the audience was Herlander de Mira.

Alan presented on the curriculum, and how it is made within the classroom. As the curriculum changes, one of the things that needs to be included is an element of statistical literacy. He talked about the project, and provided a link to the website where materials are being added.

Making sense of data

As a further reminder that the work we are doing with I-USE is at the forefront of what educators want, there is a new GOOGLE-led mini-MOOC starting in a few weeks.

It's called DATASENSE WITH GOOGLE and you can follow the link to sign up.

It might get you in the mood for engaging further with the I-USE materials as they emerge this year.

Here's a short video aimed at introducing the course, which includes something on Google Fusion Tables, which is something I want to get better at using...

Saturday 1 March 2014

Beautiful Data

One focus for the I-USE project is the way that data is visualised. There is an exhibition which those who are in London before May 2014 may be interested in.

It's an exhibition at the British Library, which explores some of the key examples of data visualisation, from the early days of the 'craft'.
Here's William Farr's visualisation of mortality and temperature in London as a result of cholera as he tried to work out the source of the outbreak. John Snow's famous map is in the exhibition as well as early work by Florence Nightingale...
A fascinating reminder that data visualisation and the importance of statistical literacy is nothing new!