Get and Give Data.

swivel logoSo, you’ve gotten student feedback, but you’d like to share it on your website … Or you’re looking for that visual hook for a class discussion on a controversial topic … Swivel may be a great resource for you.

There seems to be a community for everything out on the Web. And that isn’t always a bad thing. Swivel is a tool and a community, dedicated to storing and presenting data. With this resource, you can upload data from Excel or Appleworks or your own classroom poll and display it in a number of ways. Each graph can be embedded into your webpage or blog or wiki. At the moment, all data is posted publicly, but there may be a private option available soon.

Since the Swivel is a community of information as well, it can also be a great resource for tables and graphs about a host of topics, from the annual pay of NBA players to monthly ozone readings over the last 40 years. The best data sets, like the best web sources, are well-documented. This site has some good and bad in this respect, but overall the data is being posted by individuals interested in using the ability to embed their researched results into personal web spaces. The resulting community, and its creations, are now a resource for all.

A sample graph:

The dot-com boom's legacy

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3 Responses to Get and Give Data.

  1. Megan says:

    What exactly is a “wiki?” I hear so much about them but I’m unclear as to what they are. So Swivel is another to post info much like Wikipedia but it will offer a private option?

  2. dmcallister says:

    A wiki is a type of website that a group of people can edit. Sites like Wikipedia have a host of people sharing knowledge as they add information. At a very basic level, anyone who can type can contribute, if the moderator of the wiki allows this level of access. More advanced users can drop in pictures, presentations, or graphs. Many of the Web 2.0 tools I cover here allow a person to create a product in one tool and paste it in another, all without housing the information on a physical desktop or laptop.

    Swivel creates graphs that can be shared in this way. In a way, the site does work like a wiki, with people from around the world posting information the public can access. And yet it is different because where wikis are usually used to present information, Swivel is used to create information. It is first a tool, and then a community. Wikis tend to be first a community, and then the results of that community become a tool.

  3. jack jackson says:

    I’m not sure… I searched for teen literature and it did not locate anything.
    I reduced the search to literature and it brought up a lot of adult material and interesting statistics.

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