Visual Times: Using visual information for teaching and learning

This blog presents visual information in pedagogical contexts; considering how information is presented in visual form and how we can learn from these presentations.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Visualizing Words at the Republican Convention, the

From the New York Times, August 30, 2012 


A look at how often speakers at the Republican National Convention have used different words, based on an analysis of transcripts from the Federal News Service.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Naming Names

A look back 5 years to a classic visualization from Jonathan Corum and Farhana Hossain at the New York Times

December 15, 2007

Naming Names

Names used by major presidential candidates in the series of Democratic and Republican debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses.

Source: Debate transcripts

Jonathan Corum and Farhana Hossain/The New York Times

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pentagon Papers: A visual presentation of data

Recently, the National Archives and Records Administration released an un-redacted version of the Pentagon Papers, official knows as United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by The Department of Defense, (for more see my post on Learn Digital History at The publication is organized in 47 volumes, one of which is Part IV. C. 10. Evolution of the War. Statistical Survey of the War, North and South: 1965 - 1967. This document includes 23 visual displays of statistical information about U.S. military involvement in Vietnam from 1965-9967. Data reported in the document included troop levels, the number of military operations, air sorties, and casualties. The display features 117 events featured on horizontal axises delimiting 3 month periods or yearly quarters. A small black triangle indicates the date of the event with descriptive text to the right of this chronological mark. Events are arranged in a cascading fashion from top to bottom, with the listing of events continuing at the top when space at the bottom runs out. The result is a series of five cascading lists running right to left across the 12 quarters. On top of the event chronology are line graphs displaying data sets. Each data set is represented separately on the even chronology display.

Below is one of the 23 visual. This one displaying U.S. deaths.

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John Lee is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at North Carolina State University. His scholarship is focused on pedagogies of digital history. This work includes the design and implementation of online resources that extend the boundaries of history through online networks and the digitization of historical source material. In addition to this focus on digital history, John is also interested in the historical literacies needed to negotiate online historical resources and visual representations of historical information. For more please see

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