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Google Fusion Tables Announced: Visualize Data

cgasell Posted by cgasell in Everything Google on Sep 26, 2011 8:48:42 PM

Picture 1.pngOne of the hot topics in education is visualizing data. As far as I can remember, students always score poorly in this area on state tests. From interpreting data to creating their own data, I've known students to struggle. As a practical skill, I think visualizing data is important because it requires students to think about data and more easily communicate it with others through shapes, colors and other visual elements. I also think that visualizing data forces students to think critically and process information visually.

 

Google has recently released Google Fusion Tables. According to Google, "Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online." I immediately thought about having a classroom full of student collect data into one spreadsheet and then immediately create a map, chart or graph that represents the data. Students could then make conclusions and predictions based on the visualization.

 

Read more about Google Fusion Tables.

 

Example Gallery.

 

Enjoy!

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