This is a collation of some of my attempts at visualizing information for the classroom, compiled for an upcoming conference. I hope to soon upload a link to the Prezi that integrates and explains these examples.
Example 1: Excel spreadsheet used as table: “[Geography and] History in the Time of Isaiah and Jeremiah”
Example 2: Excel spreadsheet with line chart: “Rare Old Testament Names for God”:
Example 3: Literary Guide to the Lord’s Prayer PowerPoint: a mostly autonomous presentation:
Example 4: ‘A Stable World and a Shaken World’: an interlinked PowerPoint with a master diagram and twelve detailed slides illustrating non-linear and potentially teacher-independent use of PowerPoint:
Example 5: a schematic Prezi heatmap, ‘Levite References in the Old Testament’, that could act as a navigational page in a website if image-mapped:
Example 6: a Prezi that is both a map and a timeline. Too much, perhaps?
Example 7: Psalm 148 mindmap using FreePlane, with aim of displaying intricate literary structure:
Example 8: Chart of genres in Joshua, illustrating a kind of data visualization requiring some human judgment:
Example 9: Prezi diagram of the history of interpretation of Genesis 1 demonstrating prominent use of a visual metaphor, that of a tree. An example of a very content-rich diagram that seeks to remain intuitive at the macro level:
Example 10: the risk of using a picture instead of an icon: risks distracting the viewer with extraneous detail:
Example 11: Prezi on Psalm 79 using Star of David motif to categorize interpretive questions such as those of history, literature and theology, as well as the motif of the Greek letter chi to guide a student exercise looking for symmetrical use of terms in the psalm:
Finally, example 12: a great open access NASA photo from Wikimedia Commons supplies an attractive backdrop for an exercise in getting acquainted with Exodus: