By: Lisa Blessington
“According to Glassdoor.com the ninth best job in 2015 is going to be that of the Data Scientist. This is a job that pays very well, is in high demand, has excellent career opportunities and… it hardly even existed just a few years ago. As we continue to collect more and more data about every possible facet of life on this planet (and beyond), the ability to decipher and understand the vast amounts of information is becoming more and more essential. So how do we begin developing the Data Scientist in our students? How do we encourage students to be inquisitive about data and be able to spot trends and patterns?
1. Scissors, paper and glue
It’s easy to expect that technology can just suck in data and spit out pretty charts and infographics. The reality is that without careful thought and understanding, visualizations can be confusing, misleading or in many cases completely useless. To try and highlight this point, have your students create their first visualizations using physical materials. This is a great way to build simple models where the tactile act of creation will encourage students to take more time to fully understand and comprehend their data. For an extra challenge and dose of creativity, try asking your students to use material that is relevant to to their subject data (ie. A nutrition infographic made of fruit, etc.).”
To read further please click here: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2015/02/18/students-visualize-data-infographics/