Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gapminder World - Minding the Gap

The web 2.0 tool, Gapminder World, was the brainchild of Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling.  Their mission was to create a more interesting way to view fact based statistical information about the world in which we live and view it over time using software they called Trendalyzer.  Google has now acquired the software and the developers who worked on the software initially are still hard at work creating new videos, pdf documents and flash animations to produce fascinating information on how the world has changed over time.  For example, you can look at how age expectancy and income level are related while viewing the changes over a hundred years.  There are plenty of tutorial videos and PDF files to show you how to do this on the teacher section of the site:  Gapminder for Teachers.  There is even a desktop version so that you do not have to be online to use Gapminder.  Gapminder has also included some teaching guides such as the one called 200 Years that Changed the World

This site is simply filled with factual information for use with your classes.  This site is not just just for math and geography teachers!  All students can benefit from learning to use this site to access statistics on all kinds of information on health, wealth, HIV, human development, money, reducing childhood mortality, income distributions, marriage, employment rates and the list goes on and on.  Teachers, check it out and Mind the Gap at today!

Tutorial Video