Lesson Plan: Visualizing Difference with Tableau Public

Mac Scott

Data, Lesson Plans, Pedagogy, Tools, Uncategorized

In his much referenced TED Talk, David McCandless says that “if you start working with [data] and playing with it in a certain way, interesting things can appear and different patterns can be revealed” (5:57-6:14). And Virginia Kuhn argues that there are “two main uses for information visualization: discovery and representation.” With this in mind, data visualization software can certainly be a productive tool for research and invention. We can begin to identify patterns in what might otherwise be a

On Break

Beck Wise


Macro image of a snowflake

Our staff are taking a well-deserved winter break. We’ll be back the second week in January with a collection of lesson plans for teaching with wearable technology, as well as exciting new posts about sonic rhetorics, student think-alouds, and more. Featured image: “Onward and Upward” by Lady Dragonfly.

Cool Tools: Online Mind Mapping



Mind maps are a useful tool for students to organize their thoughts, papers, or both. There is a wide variety of mind mapping software now, among them Novamind  and Vue that are installed on our lab computers. (We also have several lesson plans that involve mind maps).

Inspecting Lesson Plan Templates

Rhiannon Goad


Students and teacher stand together, text reads "Planning a Successful Lesson"

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m currently working on lesson plans for our instructors. Starting out, I knew I wanted ways for instructors to simplify using digital resources into a writing classroom. However, I didn’t realize how from scratch I’d have to start.