Monday, February 24, 2014

Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager

Here is the Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager, which provides illustrations of trends in baby names, using data from the 1880s to the present.

It is a good tool for demonstrating why graphs can be more engaging than tables when presenting data. When I use this in class, I compare the NameVoyager data display to more traditionally presented data from the the Social Security Agency. Additionally, I teach in a computer lab, so my students were able to search for their own names, which makes the example more self relevant.

Yup. I am one of many, many Jessicas that are around my age.