Showing posts with label Chart Making. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chart Making. Show all posts

Monday, April 4, 2011

Create Useful Charts on the Visual Support Engine

Visuals Engine is a useful free resource from ConnectABILITY. The Visuals Engine provides six customizable templates for creating choice boards, story boards, schedules, and achievement charts. To use the Visuals Engine just choose a template then choose images or upload images for each box on your chart. You can type text to accompany each image on your charts. When you've finished editing you can print your chart or save it as a PDF.

Applications for Education
ConnectABILITY provides suggestions for using each type of visual chart for which they offer a template. One of their suggestions is to create "I want boards" to assist children in articulating their choices between two or more options. Another of their suggestions is to create a "token economy" board that contains images of the rewards students can earn for completing tasks.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Chart Go - Quickly Create Charts and Graphs

Chart Go is a free service that allows users to quickly and easily create pie charts, area charts, bar graphs, and line graphs. Chart Go does not require any registration to use the service. To create your chart just select the chart style and chart dimensions. Then enter your y-axis and z-axis data. Chart Go generates your chart based on your specifications and data input. When your chart is done, you can save a copy to your computer or share it via a unique url assigned by Chart Go. My sample chart is pictured below. In my sample I did not include a title or a key, but those options are available.

Applications for Education
Chart Go could be a good tool for students to use when they need to make charts for presentations.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Widgenie - Quickly Create Charts Out of Spreadsheets
Need Graph Paper? Get it Here

Monday, July 13, 2009

Slate Box - Collaborative Mind Mapping

Slatebox is a slick, new tool for collaboratively creating mind maps and organizational charts. Slatebox offers a variety of good-looking templates and intuitive tools for designing and editing mind maps and charts. Creating a mind map is a simple matter of selecting a template and using the visual editor to place text and images in boxes. Those boxes can be resized and rearranged using the drag and drop editor. If you need more text boxes, simply add more.

Inviting people to join you on Slatebox is easy to do in part because of the variety of sign-in options. It is possible to use Slatebox without having to create a new username or password. To use Slatebox you can sign in with your Google, Open ID, Facebook, AOL, or Windows Live account. If you don't have one of those accounts you can create a unique Slatebox username and password, but you will have to wait for an account verification email.

Applications for Education
Slatebox could be a great way for students to brainstorm with each other over the Internet. Slatebox could also be used on an interactive whiteboard. On a whiteboard you could have students take turns editing elements and moving elements around the mind map.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Widgenie - Quickly Create Charts Out of Spreadsheets

If you or your students do any work with data sets and spreadsheets you should take a look at Widgenie. Widgenie provides a set of tools that allows you to easily take data from a spreadsheet and turn it into bar charts, pie charts, line charts, area charts, and tabular charts. You can import data from Excel spreadsheets, Google spreadsheets, or any CSV file. If you just want to test out Widgenie you can use their sample data sets.

Applications for Education
Widgenie could be a good tool for students who need to make visual representations of data that they have collected. Students can share their Widgenie charts in your classroom blog, wiki, or use them as visual aids in oral presentations.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
iCharts - Create Interactive Charts Online
Flashcards and Word Searches Using Google Spreadsheets

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is a great chart that displays ideas for creating visualization charts. The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods is divided into six categories of visualization types; data, strategy, information, metaphor, concept, and compound visualization. If you're not sure which type of visualization chart to create, explanations of each are provided by

Thanks to my Twitter network for the link to this chart. I can't remember who I saw post it, if it was you please leave a comment and take credit.

Applications for Education
The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods could be a great reference when you're trying to create graphic organizers appropriate for your content and students. This is also a great reference for students trying to find the best way to present and share their knowledge and or research findings.