Data is critical, but data has not always lead to success. If data is not communicated clearly, the results can be disastrous. Design lets us communicate data so it can be understood. Dr. Rankin believes that “when we’re fluent in visualizing our ideas, we can communicate them across global boundaries, across spoken language barriers, and across other obstacles thrown in our paths.” In her talk, she illustrates how heroes effectively used data to communicate various messages and tells us about how we can communicate data more effectively by making data over-the-counter. Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, who will teach at University of Cambridge in 2016 for the PostDoc Masterclass, is an award-winning educator and an active member of Mensa. She has served as a teacher, school administrator, district administrator, and the Chief Education & Research Officer of Illuminate Education, an edtech data systems company. She presents her research findings annually for the U.S. Department of Education at STATS-DC and at other noteworthy conferences. Dr. Rankin has served as judge for the University of Pennsylvania’s Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competitions and played a role in numerous state and national initiatives related to assessment data. She serves on several research committees, including those for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Dr. Rankin also served on the Panel of Experts and Advisory Board for the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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