Thursday, November 10, 2011

7 Billion and Counting

If you're getting ready to teach your data management unit, here's a site that contains some pretty amazing data that can spark a lot of discussion in your classroom:

BBC Newsworld
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515

There are several pieces of authentic data students can get from the site:

1. Students fill in their birth date and find out what their number is.  This is represented in graphical form.  Here's mine:




2. Students indicate the country they're living in to find out the birth/death/immigration rate. 




3. Students indicate their gender and find out some related facts about the life expectancy of males and females.




Finally, there's a really great video that illustrates the growth of the world's population:




Other than connections to large numbers, ratios, rates etc., how else can you use this site in your math program?