Digital literacy: Presenting survey results
Using an online graph tool to present results.
To foster cooperative learning.
To develop digital literacy.
Access to onlinecharttool.com.
Survey results that the pupils have collected.
Question X was …, out of X pupils …, X replied …, all of the pupils …
Author: Usoa Sol
- Show the class the website onlinecharttool.com, which is a free online resource to create all sorts of graphs.
- Here are the instructions for pupils to create their graphs. Read them together with the pupils and clarify any questions they might have:
- a) Go to www.onlinecharttool.com
- b) Choose “bar”.
- c) Choose the direction, the shape and the size of your graph. (The most common bar graphs are vertical, shaped as a rectangle and 3D in style).
- d) Click on “Next” and give your graph a title. You’re going to make one graph per question, so the title of your graph is going to be one of your questions.
- e) Then, choose the number of items in Data Set. This means the number of answers you have for each question (typically, four).
- f) Next, type in your answers in the “Item name” section and the number of classmates who have chosen that answer in the “Value” section.
- g) Finally, click on “Next”, select the font which is going to be used in your graph, click on “Next” again and your graph is created!
- As it’s probably the first time pupils will be using this website, it’s best to actually show them how to create a bar graph “live”, that is, to show them on a screen as you’re giving them the instructions. That way, they’ll be familiar with the different concepts in the graph so they’ll be able to create their own must faster.
- As a sample for the example question (How often do you surf the Internet?), you can show the following finished graph:
- Ask your pupils to create one graph per survey question. After creating each one, they should copy and paste it on a Word document (one per each group).
- Once all of the pupils have their graphs ready, they can use them to present their survey results to the whole class.
- In order to help pupils with their presentation, it’s useful to give them some key language for them to use as scaffolding. For example, you could teach them the following items:
- Question number 4 was How often do you play video games?
- out of the 30 pupils in the class, 16 replied that they go to school by car.
- 14 out of the 30 pupils in class said that they eat toast for breakfast.
- With lower level groups, give them the sentences in writing for the pupils to change the underlined words and personalise them with their own results.
- As an extension activity, the graphs could be used to create a poster that pupils could display in their classroom or in the school corridors for everyone to see. This way, the project would have an end product for students to be able to show to their classmates, friends and relatives.