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Tech Tip #57: How to Create a Chart Really Fast

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: What’s the easiest way to introduce 3rd graders to Excel charts?

A: Before making charts, try this easy and fun intro to Excel columns, rows and tools (Click the link; scroll down to Dec. 9th 2010, to creating a gingerbread house in Excel).

When students have gone through the basics and feel like that scary interface (with the blank boxes and letters and numbers) isn’t so scary, you’re ready to create a chart. Collect class data (for step-by-step, go to Jan. 24th on my 3rd grade wiki,). Highlight the labels and data and push F11.

That’s it–a simple chart.

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6 thoughts on “Tech Tip #57: How to Create a Chart Really Fast

  1. Just thought I’d share a (non Excel, but useful) link I’ve used before: http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/
    Easy to use and offers tutorials as well.
    The one lesson I learned the hard way is that when people save graphs it saves it with a simple name ‘graph’ and if you have a bunch of students working on the same wikispaces wiki then the most recent graph gets re-saved over previous graphs… so you have to make sure students create a unique name for their graph file before they add it to your wiki.
    Cheers,
    ~ Dave.

    • I’m so glad you mentioned that website. They do a great job with lots of learning concepts, including graphs. I’ve sent my fifth graders there informally so didn’t run into the ‘save’ issue. Thanks for the clue.

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