Google Public Data Explorer- What Will You Find Out?
Google Public Data Explorer is a fantastic free Google product that gives you direct access to real world statistics. You can view anything from world population to life expectancy, adult literacy rates to fuel prices. It plots graphs of the data for you and even animates the graphs to show how they change through time. Check out this example of a graph of fertility rate vs life expectancy. Click the ‘play’ button to animate the graph.
This could be a great tool for statistical investigations. How about setting your pupils some hypotheses like “Is adult literacy rate a good indicator of life expectancy?” or “Do countries with higher GDPs have higher population densities?”.