Inspiration Software has launched InspireData, a new tool to visualize, investigate, and understand data. Aimed at students in grades 4-12, InspireData is designed to help them apply the strategies of visual learning to data analysis in science, mathematics, and social studies to develop deeper content knowledge, build stronger critical thinking skills, and develop data literacy, according to the announcement.
Originally funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, InspireData was developed by TERC and is published by Inspiration Software. TERC is a leading educational research and development lab committed to improving mathematics and science teaching and learning.
Using InspireData, students collect, explore, and interact with data in a visual dynamic inquiry process. Students learn new ways to work with data to question, explore, solve problems, and draw conclusions in science, mathematics, and social studies curriculum. The product supports data visualization with integrated table and plot views so students move instantly from data collection to data analysis, seeing the meaning of data and strengthening their analytical skills.
In the Table View, students collect and input data from projects or experiments in a familiar table format. To get started quickly, they can use one of the built-in tools and import capabilities, or use one of the more than 50 curriculum-based databases provided with InspireData. The integrated Plot View supports multiple plot types including Venn, stack, pie, and axis. Students can also represent data as it moves over time with animated Time Series. With the Slide Show tool, students capture the sequence of their analysis to present data and conclusions.
InspireData comes with resources to help teachers integrate visual learning into instruction. The accompanying "Classroom Projects" book includes subject-specific lesson plans for science, mathematics, and social studies and provides ideas on uses for InspireData, as well as recommended projects and experiments. In addition, more than 50 curriculum-based databases as well as plot examples are included in the product.
Educators interested in previewing InspireData can download a free, fully functional 30-day trial copy from the Inspiration Software Web site at http://www.inspiration.com/freetrial.
Under regular pricing, single copies of InspireData are $79. Through a special introductory offer available until December 31, 2006, there is a $10 rebate offer redeemable online for all single license U.S. purchases. Until June 30, 2007, schools or districts that currently own five or more licenses of Inspiration can save 10 percent on InspireData volume license orders of 20 or more at a time.
Source: Inspiration Software, Inc., http://www.inspiration.com