BIG DATA

You have probably heard of Hans Rosling and maybe even seen some of his amazing presentations on TED http://www.ted.com/speakers/hans_rosling.html
His Gapminder website http://www.gapminder.org/ has a lot of fantastic resources to allow you to analyse some very interesting data sets using the same visualisation tools he uses in his presentations. 
The technology behind the visualisations, Trendalizer, was bought by Google in 2007 and since then they have launched Motion Chart https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/motionchart#Loading  which will  let you make charts from your own data. 
You can  code your own charts at the Google code playground. 
https://code.google.com/apis/ajax/playground/?type=visualization#motion_chart
Google public data explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory allows you to tap into a wide range of data and visualise it using the same technology.
Using any of these tools you could even create your own amazing presentations in the style of Hans Rosling although you may not be able to match his sword swallowing skills…..

Hans Rosling | Profile on TED.com
In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development—with some surprisingly good news—snaps into sharp focus.

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I won some Pi! Thanks to the good people at #OCR at the #Bett_show .

I won some Pi! Thanks to the good people at #OCR at the #Bett_show .
Check out their Computing MOOC at:
http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/  

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The hour of code is coming!

The hour of code is coming!

The Hour of Code is coming

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$147M Bitcoin transfer with a $0 fee! 

$147M Bitcoin transfer with a $0 fee! 

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View information about a bitcoin transaction 1c12443203a48f42cdf7b1acee5b4b1c1fedc144cb909a3bf5edbffafb0cd204

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Hello everyone

I am the Technology Director at St Julian's School, Portugal. I also teach IB computer Science and IB ITGS.  I look forward to getting groups of students connected in the near future.  

St. Julian’s School
St. Julian’s School Is a private co-educational school with a strong record of academic achievement and extra curricular activity. Its students are from Portugal, the United Kingdom and more than 45 other countries.

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I love the internet

Having half an hour to spare I wander through a series of feeds in my Feedly account (my Google reader substitute) and within that time find out that there are around 400 free online full text books published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://goo.gl/U4wzNG). I read a great blog post on "Froebel and the pedagogy of computing"(http://goo.gl/hK9fJX) and  I realise that I really want to buy a micro dronecopter! (http://goo.gl/QOhwv6) 

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Google Teacher Academy Application

I have applied for a place in this year's #GTA2013.
http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-teacher-academy/
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