Google gadgets for presenting data

One of the issues in learning in an era of information abundance is the need for tools to help visualize data. Examples of this are emerging including Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth andHans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen. Our experiments are more modest, using Google to graph data and share it, below, and in a gadget being built by Corinna Lo in support of our Harvesting Gradebook work. In both the graph below and Lo’s work, data in a Google Doc Spreadsheet is being fed to a dynamic graphing tool that can then be mashed up into another presentation.

Contrast the current data above with the idealized trajectory in this WHO/CDC composite.

Graph of levels of infection vs stages in flu pandemic

Graph of levels of infection vs stages in flu pandemic

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