Now I don’t know if it was just me, but graphing was the best part of learning math growing up (I know, I know—it was only me). If graphs were not your box of juice as a kid, have no fear! With Hans Rosling’s graph presentation methods you too can wonder at the awe of graphing.
Okay I know that was a cheesy introduction but seriously, you’ve got to check this out! The video below shows Rosling giving a TED Talk using un-boring data models. He explains how he was able to use these interesting presentations to engage his students with material on international development over time.
The first time I saw one of Rosling’s presentations it was a bit more high-tech than what he was able to do during his TED Talk. The video below is shorter than the TED Talk, so definitely take a look! It shows Rosling using historical statistics to create a moving graph showing the changes in average life expectancy rates and average income rates for 200 countries over a long period of time.
I found these videos to be especially interesting because of the potential they demonstrate for the future engagement of students and audiences. Was anyone else as awed by them as I was?