Anyone ever tried working with data visualization or interactive maps in a classroom setting?

I'm playing around with the idea of using some interactive maps and data
for part of a Social Studies unit, there are lots of great current
event maps and data out there at places like http://www.mint.com (who just came out with a great interactive map of unemployment in the US) and even the
Huffington post does some data visualization stuff. I was just wondering
if anybody else had done something like this with technology, how it went and if you have any better, more focused sites to recommend.

I also ran across this site while I was looking for stuff: http://www.onlineschooling.net -- doesn't seem to have anything interactive, but there are definitely a
lot of great educational posters and visualized data over there. 
Thoughts? Suggestions?

Tags: current, data, events, sites, suggested, visualization

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I think you should go for it! Unfortunately, I am still in college finishing up my education degree so I have not had the opportunity to use something like this in the classroom, but I do think that it would be beneficial. I think the use of interactive maps & visualization maps would help to get students interested in what they are learning as well as help them to remember the different places that they have learned about. I think this is a really cool and unique way to teach. I could definitely see myself using something like this in my classroom. I would love to hear how it goes.

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