Saturday, February 23, 2013

TftD #13

Why is it that in spite of the fact that teaching by pouring in, and learning by passive absorption, are universally condemned, (educators) are still so entrenched in its practice?

Education is not an affair of 'telling' and being told, but an active constructive process.

-- John Dewey, Democracy and Education (1916)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Story and Data Visualization

An interesting white paper by Robert Kosara and Jock Mackinlay about the potential relationship between Story and data visualization.

...Stories package information into a structure that is easily remembered, which is important in many collaborative scenarios when an analyst is not the same person as the one who makes decisions, or simply needs to share information with peers. Data visualization lends itself well to being a communication medium for storytelling, in particular when the story also contains a lot of data. 

TftD #12

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

-- e.e. cummings

Friday, February 1, 2013

TftD #11

The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see.

-- Alexandra Trenfor