ImageQuilts

Image Quilts is a browser extension that will, with a click of a button, tile together all the images on a page. Why would you do this? Well, it is an effective way to see an overview of your subject matter and create connections. You’ll be able to manipulate your image quilt and see the results- you can make them black and white, you can shuffle the order, you can take out some images, and you can zoom in or out.

In the example below, I’ve done a Google Image search for pie charts, and then used the image quilt extension, desaturating the images and reshuffling them. I wanted to know what happens when you desaturate pie charts. Do they still make sense? How and why?

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Or, what if I want to examine Rodin’s sculpture, The Kiss? I can quickly look at it from all angles with the quilt.

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The quilts are not only a way to see your subject matter in a new light- they also make beautiful graphics!

How to Use ImageQuilts

It’s free! All you need to do is to use the Chrome browser. (If you don’t have it already, you can go here and download it.) Then, go to this link, and download ImageQuilts. After it has downloaded, you’ll see a little “IQ” in the top right of your Chrome browser window. On any given webpage, if you click this button, you’ll be taken to the ImageQuilts site with your newly created quilt displayed- made from all the images from the webpage you were just on. You’ll be able to manipulate it and download it to your computer. I find it works best when I’m on pages with lots of image on it- like a Google Image search page.

(Note: if you are going to download and print out your quilt for use in the classroom, make sure that the images you are using follow fair dealing copyright.)

This tool was brought to my attention by one of the creators, Edward Tufte, when I took his data visualization course. Among other things, Edward Tufte is a professor from Yale, and a pioneer in the field of information design. Read more about him at these links:

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Tufte

 

 

 

 

 

Infographic on Community Growth in the Tri-Cities, British Columbia

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This asset provides a recent snapshot of the population and land-use changes that characterize the Tri-Cities region, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Population density is calculated in two ways – first, using the total land surface area; and second, using only the residential land-use area. These two representations of density provide contrasting perceptions.

 

Use in course:
The goal of the asset is to provide a case study summary. The asset provides a context for discussing and applying the principles presented in the lecture. Typically, the lecture content is presented and then the asset is introduced for discussion.

Accessibility:
View or download the asset: PDF format (4.34 MB)

Infographic on Global Water Use and Water Wars

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This asset is a summary of the water use situation for the planet. It uses a systems approach to map the key stages of water availability, water usage and water consequences. Of particular importance is the impact of water scarcity and inaccessibility, and the use of technologies to manage water in order to mitigate against escalating conflicts.

 

Use in course:
The goal of the asset is to provide a case study summary. The asset provides a context for discussing and applying the theories presented in the lecture. Typically, the lecture content is presented and then the asset is introduced for discussion.

Accessibility:
View or download the asset: PDF format (0.73 MB)

Educational media as a process

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Since the beginning of the EdMedia course, I was trying to wrap my head around the concept of “Educational Media”. The lectures to date have all been informative. In an attempt to clarify my own understanding, the above graphic was created to characterize Educational Media as a PROCESS. I would be bold and say the above figure is an Infographic!! Everything was created in PowerPoint and took about 1 hour to complete.