Betsy has recently created an assignment worksheet, “Using Google Fusion Tables to Explore Data Visualization,” for her students. The worksheet asks the students to explore public data tables and consider the various ways in which the data could be organized, filtered, aggregated, and visualized (e.g. Intensity Map or Line Chart). The students are required to consider the implications and impacts a particular visualization will have on a viewer as well as the data itself. How does a particular visualization change the way a reader understands the data? Is it meaningful? How effective is it?
After exploring Google Fusion’s capabilities, the students will begin to upload their own data and begin to map!