Presented by:Becca ArnoldAssoc. Professor of Economicsand theSan Diego Center for EconomicEducation Visualizing thehttp://www.cceesandiego.org/ EconomyMarch 2, 2012
What is an interactive map? “a computer-based system that stores geographically referenced data linked to textual attributes (a database) and allows for mapping, display, analysis, and modeling” (http://www.fdlp.gov/administration/handbook/155- appendixe) “A computer application used to store, view, and analyze geographical information, especially maps” (thefreedictionary.com) “A map you can click on” (Becca) Caveat: graphs and tables are part of these lessons
Why use interactive maps? Answer questions more thoroughly http://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/index.php Eye-catching way for students to gain real- world perspective http://www.brightpointinc.com/Gallery/USTradeDeficit.as Practice critical thinking
Research findings Student interest Self-reported helpfulness of maps: 3.8/5 Not all map usage equal… The more students “click” the better And not all maps equal… The less economic indicators per map, the better Caveats College students Old-style maps You tube video: type in “GIS beccasa” and you’ll find it
What makes a “good” map? Reliable source Government statistics Visually“easy” Relatively current Downturn in economy makes this both a challenge and an opportunity
About the curriculum6 lessons One class period per lesson Review concept along with mapping Designed to be done in pairs Follow up questions included Appendices with map links
Let’s look overvisualizing unemployment! Butfirst turn to the section on County unemployment and change that very long url to: goo.gl/jJcyW
Developing a classroomculture of maps Happens naturally with lessons if enough time is given. Extra credit http://www.radicalcartography.net/9thcensus/9th35.jp http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/year_spendin
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