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Tools for Teaching with GeoFRED

Tools for Teaching with GeoFRED incorporates lesson plans and activities with GeoFRED, the St. Louis Fed's online data mapping tool.

GeoFRED allows you to map, customize, and share U.S. and international data found in FRED. It's easy to access the details and adjust how the data are displayed. You can also transform the data and download according to geographic category and time frequency.


Creating and Analyzing a Binary Map

This online activity demonstrates how easy it is to master key functions in GeoFRED, the data-mapping tool for FRED. In just a few minutes you can create an engaging binary map that will spur comments and questions. The binary map created in this demonstration displays the following data: real per capita personal income, not seasonally adjusted, quarterly, dollars.

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Editing the Legend and Changing Colors by Mapping an Oil Boom

This online activity demonstrates how simple it is to use key tools in GeoFRED to focus on regional economic growth and development. The activity examines U.S. unemployment data at the county level to explore how employment was affected by the energy boom around the time of the Great Recession.

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Lesson Plans:

Demonstrating the Distribution of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Using Patent Data and a Mapping Tool: GeoFRED® Marks the Spot

Students learn about innovation, the distribution of innovation across the country, and what can be patented. Working in groups, they examine patents and consider the changes the patents brought. They then use a mapping program and interpret data from that map to consider how local resources promote innovation.

Please note: This lesson is currently unavailable and under revision.

Fractile v. Equal

Students work with data that represent the ages of 24 people to learn the difference between categorizing data in fractile intervals and equal intervals. Students discuss dividing bonus points among class members to understand what per capita means. Then students look at per capita personal income by state using the GeoFRED mapping tool. They compare per capita personal income displayed with data in equal intervals and with data in fractile intervals.

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What is Unemployment, How is it Measured, and Why Does the Fed Care?

In this lesson, students read and interpret choropleth maps, which contain unemployment data. They compare verbal descriptions of the labor market from the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book with the mapped data. In addition, students compare unemployment data for different years. Students access or observe how to access this data online, using GeoFRED.

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GeoFRED Tutorials:

Welcome to the new GeoFRED

In this video, learn how to download geographic data, as well as make, share, and print beautiful maps.

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Audience:   High School, Middle School
Language:   English
Subjects:   Economics, Geography, STEM, Data Literacy
Resource Types:   Charts/Graphs, Data, Multimedia, Lessons, Series
Concepts:   Business Cycle, Unemployment, Income, Employment