Teacher Review for Gapminder

Great visuals, but not the easiest to navigate.

Amy K.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Gap minder is a visual way to present a number of global trends over the past 200 years. The graphs are helpful, and you can highlight specific countries. The site is not easy to navigate, though. It might seem at first that there's only one available graph to investigate, when in reality there are many.
My Take
Gapminder focuses on the past 200 years of development across the world. It shows the life expectancy, GDP, and other shifts. There are blog posts, videos, downloads, and a number of "how-to"s to help users along the way. It provides statistical data that would work great in a current events or world history class, but also could be used meaningfully in statistics or other math classes.