Digital Fluency Part II

Sensational Spreadsheets

Presenter: Doug Drover

Numbers can be fun! - @Stats_Canada on Twitter. Read the by-line! And, do check out @StatCan

Creating Stories with Numbers: Infographics

"taking a complex data set and turning it into an easily understood picture" (Five Questions to Ask Before Jumping on the Infographics Bandwagon)

What is an Infographic?
1. It's a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something.
2. It's visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way.
3. It stands alone and is completely self-explanatory.
4. It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged.
5. It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding.
6. It's universally understandable.

Example: Are Canadian Students Engaged?

What makes a great infographic?

Data and Story
  1. reliable and compelling data
  2. tells a story with new information/perspective
  3. has a quickly understood key message

8 types of Infographics and when to use them

The Beauty of Data Visualization (TED: David McCandless)
Creating Infographics: ScreenCast Tutorial ( and

Teaching Infographics
  1. As a class deconstruct an infographic
    1. poster or infographic
    2. type of infographic (see link above)
    3. images, fonts, colour, white space
    4. examine how the data is visualized - e.g. types of charts used, flow between text and data
  2. Students collect infographics (could use a class pinterest page with each student having their own board)
    1. list what they have in common and critique
  3. Students create an infographic to show understanding of a concept (summative assessment)

Examples of Infographics
Education Infographics
Infographics collection

Powerful Presentations

Why would you use words when they do just fine in your mouth? Words belong on paper, Powerpoint is for ideas. Seth Godin

Dodging Bullet Points (PPT)
How to Create Presentation Slides that are out of this world - take notes - observe
Super PresentationMan
Haiku Deck (iPad)
Keynote (iPad)
Before you get started...where to find images
Creative Commons - what is it?
  1. Creative Commons Search