Infographicmania! Schools of the Future Conference, 2012

The “Stained glass windows of our century”

I think I’ve always been a little obsessed with data visualization – perhaps it’s because I have a thing for mid-century minimalism and many “infographics” and other examples of data viz embody that.

Like this one:


In the past couple of years I’ve used data visualization in the high school classroom in the Theory of Knowledge course (as an exploratory theme addressing sense perception, the arts, the nature of data/information, etc.) and in World History (as a culminating unit project).

***scroll to bottom of post for links to these

Personally, I think analyzing, interpreting, critiquing, and even creating visualizations with data sets is an essential part of media literacy.

I’ve been a part of the Hawaii Association of Independent SchoolsSchools of the Future grant program (and a team member at my school) for the past 4 years. In 2011 I co-presented in a workshop about E-Portfolios (which led to some of my personal branding efforts later).

For this year’s SOTF Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center I was privileged to present


Screen Shot 2012-12-04 at 10.10.13 PM

Site link:

Once again, I found that creating an HTML website using Wix allowed me to embed and organize all the elements I wanted, set up a contact page for further queries, and offer the attendees something of a “digital goodie bag” to take home.


Links to some of my other Theory of Knowledge posts on Data Viz:


MY BLC posts (Alan November: Building Learning Communities)

I was absolutely THRILLED to attend Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference in Boston this July. 

Prior to the conference, I set up a Posterous blog for my colleagues and provided tutorials on Twitter and using the Posterous blog.

Here are my personal posts from BLC12:

Welcome to our Blog

Amy’s C’s of BLC

Getting Started with Twitter

Ewan McIntosh and Design Thinking

LJA iClub iPad Presentation (VIDEO)

Facecard (networking)

How to Blog on Posterous

Little Italy: Photographic Memoir

MIT Media Lab: Scratch (pre-conference)

Posting from your Personal Site

OOPs- using ipad to Post?

Pre-Conference Twitterverse

Guess I Tweet A Lot

Mark Wise: Teaching 21st century Kids with 19th Century Content

David Seedhouse: The Values Exchange

Dr. Eric Mazur Learning catalytics (preconference)

Analyzing Questions with Eric Mazur

Silvia Tolisano: Presentation Makeover

Shannon Miller: Empowering Students to Create, Connect, Collaborate

Garth Holman and Mike Pennington: Autonomous Mastery Learning

Darren Kuropatwa: Learning is…

Darren Kuropatwa: Storyfinding

Tom Barrett: Crowdsourcing EDU

Phil Stubbs and Learnology (2 sessions)

Additional Misc. Resources

Here are my personal posts from the BLC11 Wiki I created for our group:

Editor Instructions

BLC Overview

Photo Memories

Suggested Readings

Alternative Projects and Social Media (Tom Daccord)

Augmented Reality with Ewan McIntosh

Data Reveals Stories with Ewan McIntosh

Design Thinking with Ewan McIntosh

Digital History Classroom with Tom Daccord

Digital Learning Farm with Alan November

Global Connections with Mark Wise

Music Production with Marco Torres

Passion-Driven Learning with Angela Maiers

Planning Media Projects with Marco Torres

Risk-Reward with Ewan McIntosh

Teaching Failure- Dr. Howard DiBlasi

Wiki textbook with Garth Holman and Mike Pennington