In the book How to Lie with Maps Mark Monmonier claims that “a good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. Reality is three-dimensional, rich in detail, and far too factual to allow a complete yet uncluttered two-dimensional graphic scale model. Indeed a map that did not generalize would be useless.” Maps are just one type of representation in a rapidly growing field of information visualization, evident by the popularity of websites such as the following:
Any visualization contains gaps and tells an incomplete story. During our discussion, we’ll explore the potential that these gaps hold to create rich learning environments in which students and teachers participate together in the rough and tumble enterprise of deep learning. Join us for a discussion of strategies and examples of how visualizations can facilitate rich dialog and exploration in the classroom.