For those of you who just can’t get enough of the Olympic Games, here’s a remarkable site hosted by Vancouver 2010 that is well worth checking out. In this interactive Java applet, the results of the Olympic games are stored, sorted and available for manipulation by your students in a really accessible graphic form. Selecting different attributes like “number of gold medals”, “number of male athletes” or even a specific event changes the size of the green dot for each country on the world map.
Hovering over the dot gives you numeric information, and clicking on it expands the window to get a closer look by country.
There’s way more to explore and compare – take some time with your students and have them investigate their questions. They can even go back in time to 1924 and look for trends in the data throughout history…