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

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ring around NYC from National Geograpghic

Sharp and illustrative visual from National Geographic that illustrates in simple and stark terms the number of international phone calls by receiving location originating in New York City.
March 2009 NGM, online at

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shifting the debate

An interesting resource that tracks You Tube videos according to the political prespective of referring websites.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bush years map

This graphic appeared in the January/February 2009 online edition of the Atlantic Monthly. The graphic accompanied a story titled Then and now by Timothy Lavin on how the United States has changed in the nine years since George W. Bush's election. The map does a nice job conjuring up the notion of the United States, by using the geographic shape of the U. S. to frame the data. Unfortunately, the positioning of information is unrelated to place. Also, I get a vague sense that the map wants to be a cartogram, but the only relational data presented is inside the individual frames and these are simply graphic illustrations.

There are a couple of, perhaps, coincidental geographic placements. A pig sits right around North Carolina and of course that state is know for is pig and hog farming and BBQ. There is a boat in Florida as well as a graphic illustrating growth in home ownership, appropriate given the housing boom in Florida. On the disturbing side is a graphic around New York illustrating yearly paper use that looks a lot like the World Trade Center Towers.


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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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