I just found this presentation by Hans Rosling discussing analyzing data about populations, income, and life expectancy around the world. Sounds pretty boring, right?
No. This is a cool presentation. Sometime when you have 20 minutes that you can actually dedicate to paying attention, I highly recommend you listen.
Besides just being a very good presenter, there is a moment where Rosling looks at continent/regional data and splits it into country data and then into sub-country data that really goes a long way toward highlighting why you can’t do something like come up with a plan to “fix Africa.” Too much diversity even within very small areas.
As a side note, and for a desperate attempt to find a reason why I should be talking about this here, wouldn’t it be amazing if our students regularly were exposed to using technology as an educational tool in such an amazing way?