June 22, 2008 at 11:49 pm 4 comments

  • What is it? What does it do?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is part of the U.S. Department of Education. It has a “Kids Zone”, filled with a variety of free games, challenges, and math activities. One of these activities is called CreateAGraph, which allows kids to create different types of graphs. It is extremely user-friendly; it includes a tutorial, but it is possible to learn what you need to know to create a graph just by experimenting with it.

  • What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

This can be accessed using Windows; the site uses Macromedia Flash Player

  • How can you use it effectively in instruction?

This is a great opportunity to move kids away from pencil and paper graphs to computer-generated graphs. This is especially exciting for kids who have difficulty drawing a straight line, even with a ruler. It takes the emphasis away from merely creating the graph without error to focusing on the parts of the graph and understanding what it shows.

  • What are other education applications for this tool?

Students can use this during the math unit that focuses on creating and interpreting graphs. They will also be able to use it when working on their required STEM Fair project—a graph is one component of the final project.

What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool?

Students need a color printer to take full advantage of this website’s product.

  • What are the management considerations for this tool?

Students need to save their work via an email to themselves or by bookmarking it.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gmdevos  |  June 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Great idea for using this program for STEM fair graphs! That is always an issue for my students and providing them with a site to make it easier would really be helpful! Thanks!

  • 2. dmorrison2  |  June 23, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Students may be very interested in using this as a different way to create graphs in the classroom. I can also seeing administrators/teachers using it as a way of presenting information concerning test results.

  • 3. mrigopoulos  |  June 23, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    This sounds like a great tool to use with students. It sounds like mathematics is the subject of choice.

  • 4. becca14  |  June 24, 2008 at 12:03 am

    What a great tool for our students with fine motor difficulties who struggle to use rulers and draw graphs!


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