Teaching Data Visualization Through Coffee Prices Photo by Brian Legate (Flickr) #jiconf / 2.8.13 Jake Batsell, SMU @jbatsell
Introducingstudents to “datajournalism” can be Image by Brett Jordan(Flickr)INTIMIDATING
By adapting an exercise from Thornburg’s “Producing Online News” and adding a dose of caffeinated competition... STUDENTS CAN MASTER THE BASICS OF DATA VISUALIZATION IN 48 HOURS.
STEP ONE:Put students in small groups. The mission • Use a combination of reporting skills and data tools to create an interactive map that visualizes local coffee prices.* * 16 oz. drip Photo by codepo8 (Flickr)
STEP ONE (cont’d):Groups create reporting strategy. • Settle on data elements. • Create Google spreadsheet. • Agree on reporting methods: Shoe-leather, phone calls, Web research, crowdsourcing, etc. Photo by codepo8 (Flickr)
STEP TWO:Collecting the data. • Finalized spreadsheets due by start of next class. • Standardizing is key. • If crowdsourcing, must vet contributions and decide whether to use them as is, correct them, or exclude.
STEP THREE: Visualizing the data.• Groups reconvenein class to turnspreadsheets intointeractive maps withGoogle Fusion.• Class time is forpolishing andtroubleshooting only;no additional reporting.