Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hans Rosling's The Joy of Stats

I saw this terrific video last week and thought this is a must share item. Like some many thoughts that race through one’s head, it was in and out as I moved on to something else. Checking my Google Reader this morning, I read Larry Ferlazz’s post “You Can’t Miss This Video”. There it was again “200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes” by Hans Rosling. My best learning takes place with a visual presentation, therefore this piece of work really appealed to me. I think you will find the information most interesting.

Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

I find this presentation most fascinating! Extrapolating this presentation into the future, what are the implications for education? I would enjoy reading your comments.

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