So, 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: