I have written in early posts about the marvelous Swedish teacher Hans Rosling who is able to make statistics come alive for any audience so that historic trends can be seen and clearly understood by a greater number than ever before.
I have to thank Merry Merryfield for reminding me that the source that makes this possible is available on the net at www.Gapminder.org. The non profit website founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling on February 25, 2005, uses a special software called Trendanalyzer. The software is able to translate statistical information into animated movies that cannot help revealing trends in new ways that help those (like myself) who have a hard time understanding and appreciating statistical information presented in usual boring formats. You will be seriously blown away by this use of Gapminder to tell the story of how India and China were kept down by the colonial powers and then after the second world war and caught up rather dramatically. The lecture is truly an awesome way for any student to appreciate the global dimensions of the post war world:
If you like this lecture there are plenty of other awesome displays if you check out the TED website and search under Hans Rosling.