Additional Numeracy and Related Literacies Links

(Feel free to add some of your own to the list!)
Numeracy in the News
Numeracy involves not just basic number skills, but also the ability to integrate basic skills in contexts that require high levels of literacy to interpret situations and make judgments. The Numeracy in the News website will hopefully inspire teachers and students to read their local newspapers and find other articles which illustrate the different aspects of numeracy.

Swivel
Swivel is a place where curious people explore data — all kinds of data. Swivel lets you explore data and share your insights with others. Swivel has data about politics, economics, weather, sports, business and more. It's sort of like YouTube for surfing data.

Mrs. Cassidy's Class 1000 Names Wiki
My grade ones and twos want to know what 1000 looks like. We are collecting 1000 names. Can you help us by adding your name to our wiki? Just click on edit at the top of the page, add the next number and your name, then click save. Kathy's Classroom Blog is here.

The Hole in the Wall Experiment
An Indian physicist puts a PC with a high speed internet connection in a wall in the slums and watches what happens. Based on the results, he talks about issues of digital divide, computer education and kids, the dynamics of the third world getting online.

The Mega Penny Project
Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?"

Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

K12 Online
A world wide grassroots conference. Presenters come from all spheres of the education sector across the world. The theme for 2006 was "Unleashing the Potential." There were four strands: A Week in the Classroom, Basic/Advanced Training, Personal Professional Development and Overcoming Obstacles. All presentations are archived and accessible any time by anyone. All content is free. Subscribe to the conference blog to stay informed about K12 Online 2007.

Running the Numbers (An American Self-Portrait)
This ... series [of photographs] looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics tend to feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or $12.5 million spent every hour on the Iraq war. This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.

How Much is a Million? Billion? Trillion?
Interesting web page to help put large numbers in perspective.

What Does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?