Visualizing Census Data BLEND

Today’s Contributor: Krish Stella

I am the VERY busy librarian from Blazier Elementary School!  This is my 11th year on my campus, and I am fortunate to have formed some collaborative relationships with many classroom teachers on campus.  This has led to some interesting project-based activities in the library.


This year, with the district’s push to try to use BLEND, I approached a third grade teacher and we planned and worked together to create an activity that incorporated class work, BLEND, and Google Sheets.  I had already completed an assignment with her class logging into the AISD Cloud with student login codes and Google Docs.  I wanted to show them other Google Apps that were available.

This was my first project to create in BLEND, and in order to save time, I enrolled each student in my BLEND course, Blazier Library, myself.  I do not have a class roster, so this seemed like a good time-saving measure.  I have only 30 minutes with each class, and students also select library books during this period, so the fewer logins required, the better.  All the students logged in to the portal successfully, but we ended up scrapping the project the first go around when Google Apps was prompting students to enter their AISD email addresses in order to continue.  Instead of them completing the project, I completed it whole group as an example and told the class we’d try again.  In the mean time, I met with Vanessa, my Technology Design Coach, and we problem-solved and were ready for round two!  The following week, things went smoothly.  Whew!

In class, these students were studying immigration.  The teacher introduced the students to what a census is.  I pulled U.S. Census data about immigration from varying countries.  Each group of two students created a table in Google sheets comparing the number of people who immigrated to the U.S. according to census data.  They then changed the table into a pie graph to represent the data in a different format.  We printed the graphs and they were hung in the classroom.


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