New Blog Posts featuring Slow Reveal Graphs (August 2020)

There were two blog posts published last recently that featured Slow Reveal Graphs! Kassia Wedekind described an enactment of the routine, while Andy Cotgreave referenced it as a way to think about engaging adults about data.

Kassia Wedekind (@KassiaOWedekind) wrote about using a #slowrevealgraph with elementary students in “Students as Reasoners in the Hands Down Conversation” (August 12 2020). In the post, Kassia details a “hands down conversation” she had with fifth graders last spring, centered on a graph about adolescent vaping use.

I think we sometimes ignore outside of the text reasoning in math. We think that all students need to know is right there in the problem. But math is not neutral nor objective and we all bring our own perspectives to it. Data and graphing is a beautiful place to highlight this idea and value the understandings that students bring to the texts we present them. 

Kassia Wedekind, “Students as Reasoners in the Hands Down Conversation.” Hands Down, Speak Out, August 12, 2020.

Andy Cotgreave (@acotgreave) wrote a blogpost (published on Information Age and Tableau) about the “importance of data storytelling in the next decade of data.” He focuses on how adults can use data storytelling (in the vein of Hans Rosling and Cole Knafflic) to pique interest and help their audience make sense of the data.

Instead of presenting a singular conclusion, data storytelling methods should be about encouraging a wider and more open conversation about what the data insights are saying. Ask your audience to join in on the conversation; invite them to ask questions, critique and add in their point of view…. Data storytelling should generate conversations, not just a passive virtual shrug.

Andy Cotgreave, “The importance of data storytelling in the next decade of data.” Information Age, August 5, 2020.

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