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Unit 6

Using and Analyzing Data & Information

6.1 Unit Overview

6.2 President's Quiz

6.3 President's Quiz Projects

6.4 Big Data

6.5 Abstracting Data to the Web

6.6 List of Lists

6.7 Visualizing Data

6.8 Data Visualization Project

6.9 Abstracting Data to Web Projects

6.10BB Who Owns the Bits?

6.11 Wrap Up

Data Visualization Project


In this lesson, you will work with a partner to identify and analyze a large data set that interests both of you. This project requires developing several questions, or hypotheses, about the data and then investigating them by creating visualizations to answer those questions. As you complete your project, keep track of your process on your portfolio using the reflection questions as a guide.

Unit Objectives

Students will learn to:


  1. Work collaboratively to research, investigate and analyze a large data set making sure that your project meets the following specifications.
    • Data Sources: For this project, your large data set must contain at least 1,000 data values or cells. (You may use one of these examples, but you are encouraged to find others
    • Questions and Hypotheses: Brainstorm with your partner 3-5 questions and corresponding hypotheses that you believe can be answered using your chosen data set.

      First, write a question you have about the data set you chose.

      Now, convert that question into a hypothesis (a statement) with your prediction about the data.

      Hypotheses take the form of "If __________, then _________."

      For example, a hypothesis about student debt data could be, "If the tuition costs are higher at an institution, the student debt will be higher."?

  2. Download the data and put it into a Google Fusiontable. Record where you found the data set and when you downloaded it so you can cite it in your portfolio write-up.
  3. Work collaboratively to use the tools available on the Google Fusiontable platform to determine if your 3-5 hypotheses are correct.
  4. Create your own data visualizations that illustrate your hypotheses. (Do not use any existing visualizations that may have accompanied your data set, but create your own.) If you need a refresher on different types of graphs and when to use them, this short tutorial from MathGoodies may be helpful.
  5. For each chart, make sure it includes a title and has the appropriate values labeled on its axes. (To edit these chart properties, click the change appearance button in the upper left when creating the chart.) For a demo of editing charts in Fusiontables, check out this video.
  6. Complete the portfolio reflection questions.

Make sure that you do the Self-check at this link. Also, make sure that you do the Google Site for 6.8.