Academic journal article The Science Teacher

InspireData: The Foremost Tool to Visualize, Investigate and Understand Data

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

InspireData: The Foremost Tool to Visualize, Investigate and Understand Data

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InspireData: The

Foremost Tool to

Visualize, Investigate

and Understand Data

By Inspiration Software

$69. Kit. Inspiration Software, Portland,

OR. 2006. ISBN: 1933238712.

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For any teacher who has spent hours trying to explain how to create graphs in Excel, this program is a great time saver. InspireData is a data analysis and graphing tool that cuts across grade levels. Students enter data into a user-friendly chart that is easy to set up. Then students can construct a graph from that data in one of five plot formats. The most interesting of these is the venn plot, which compares attributes by separating groups based on characteristic. This format is powerful for showing similarities and differences in a variety of natural phenomenon or sets of numeric data.

Other plot types include a stack plot, a pie plot, an axis plot, and a time-series plot. Unique icons make this program stand out. Data points can be instantly labeled and on or off. They can also be color-coded based on qualitative or quantitative characteristics. …

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