Monday, May 2, 2011

More than Meets the Eye #edtech

I'm a visual learner and I know I'm not alone. So when I find a new visualization tool, I feel the need to share it with you. I discovered Many Eyes which is provided by IBM. There are a ton of data sets that have already been uploaded.  Of course, you can also upload your own. Once you pick your data set (depending on how it is structured) there are 20 different types of visualization tools including word clouds, maps, traditional graphs and scatterplots.  I'm still digging through this site but am fairly impressed. As an example, let's take President Obama's speech from Sunday night.  your average word cloud would look something like this:
Notice that it's interactive. But what if you wanted to see how the words in the cloud actually interact? You may want to generate a Word Tree:

As you can see, you can embed your visualizations. I'll let you explore the ins and outs of this site on your own to discover how it can work for you. I hope you find it as intriguing as I do.
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