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Monday, September 28, 2009

Finds: Indexed

I believe it is now common knowledge that visualizations support understanding and impact of information by making it more clear, compelling and convincing. Humor has been found to increase the intake and retention on information. Wouldn't it be great to blend them? Well, someone has....

Humorist Jessica Hagy posts her observations of the world five days a week on her blog Indexed in the form of venn diagrams, scatter plots, and other traditional "visual aid" forms. Although her blog is not educational, per se, it does provide some great inspiration and examples of blending visualization and humor to communicate an idea.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Finds: Visualizing Information for Advocacy


This fantastic online handbook, written by John Emerson of Apperceptive and produced by the Tactical Technology Collective, is an overview and guide to the use of information design and visualization for education and messaging. The target audience is NGO's, but all instructional designers can benefit from the information and advice on the use of graphical interpretation to make data more clear, compelling and convincing. It not only supports learning in the cognitive domain, but helps trigger understanding in the affective domain as well.
The pamphlet provides examples of information design for:
  • Advocacy
  • Analysis
  • Consumer Education
  • Strategy
Then it provides a step-by-step guide, including:
  • Planning the Information Design
  • Assessment of Data
  • Sorting and Sketching
  • Assessing Media
  • Designing and Clarifying Graphics
There are a number of powerful examples as well as an index of further resources.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

del.icio.us Tidbits: Digital Literacy

Here is the periodic sampling from my del.icio.us favorites list. This time I chose the tag "DigitalLiteracy."

Towards a comprehensive definition of digital skills : From the ICTlogy blog, a discussion of what the author considers to be barriers to the creation of a comprehensive model for defining digital literacy and six main concepts that should be included.

Shouldn't We All Be Learning Digital Literacy Skills? : Michelle Martin at The Bamboo Project, outlines the digital literacy skills ID'ed in Digital Citizenship in Schools by Mike Ribble and Gerald Baily.