One 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.