Category: data informed

I want to share my data, but it’s private. Now what?

I want to share my data, but it’s private. Now what?

Have you ever wanted to share an example of a spreadsheet or dashboard with someone else but you were worried about having them see the real data because of privacy issues? Many times, I need to create a sample data set, but still keep the integrity of the actual data. I’ll show you a few ways to quickly create sample data sets to use in Google Sheets or Google Data Studio.

Help Your Students Understand How to Organize Data

Help Your Students Understand How to Organize Data

Unit planning for next year Recently I was working with my colleague, David Lee, on designing a grade 5 math unit for next school year.  The unit is the first unit of the year for Grade five around the Number And Operations In Base Ten strand of the Common Core Curriculum. The basic concepts are […]

Efficient Spreadsheets for Teachers: Automatically Highlight What Cells Look Like

Efficient Spreadsheets for Teachers: Automatically Highlight What Cells Look Like

Automatically highlight your data with Conditional Formatting! Here are a few ideas basic ways to get started. There is also a custom formula for advanced users!

Efficient Spreadsheets in the Classroom – Cell Referencing

Efficient Spreadsheets in the Classroom – Cell Referencing

What are spreadsheets again? In my last article I talked about the basic layout of a spreadsheet.  I also mentioned a few of the most common uses for teachers and educators.  Based on my experience, teachers have used spreadsheets primarily for the following: 1. Lists:  tasks, items in an inventory, birthdays, emails, attendance 2. Grades: […]

Efficient Spreadsheets in the Classroom – Helpful Tips for Teachers

Efficient Spreadsheets in the Classroom – Helpful Tips for Teachers

This is the first part in a series on beginner tips for using spreadsheets to help teachers be more efficient in the classroom. Common Digital Tools Teachers understand Google Docs & Google Slides, but not so much with Google Sheets. Word processing documents, presentation software, spreadsheets.  As teachers, these are digital documents that we use […]

Building A Foundation for Strong Data Culture in Schools

Building A Foundation for Strong Data Culture in Schools

photo by lukas blazek on unsplash Overview Collaboration, communication, creation, workshops, conferences, professional development. These are all concepts that go hand-in-hand with teaching. Teachers are used to workshops and conferences where they are able to connect with other educators on current best practices in education. These opportunities allow them to improve on their own teaching […]

Coaching in Schools: Using Data to Clearly Communicate Your Work to Others

Coaching in Schools: Using Data to Clearly Communicate Your Work to Others

If you are an instructional coach, technology coach or data coach in a school or district, the following scenario might sound familiar to you. In my role as a technology & innovation specialist I am the point person for 28 classroom teachers, 22 instructional assistants and 630 second grade and third grade students.  In addition […]

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