48 Charts, Data, and Numbers: Activities and Resources

Lynn Meade


There are so many helpful videos and activities that I want to share with you so I decided to create this overflow section.  Whether you are a student wanting to know more, a business person looking for insights, or a teacher looking for classroom ideas, these extra activities and resources are here for you.



“99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”
― Ron DeLegge II, Gents with No Cents

On Date visualization, The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures.
―Ben Shneiderman

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.
―Stephen Few

Visualizations act as a campfire around which we gather to tell stories.
―Al Shalloway


Andraka, J. (2013). A promising test for pancreatic cancer…from a teenager. https://www.ted.com/talks/jack_andraka_a_promising_test_for_pancreatic_cancer_from_a_teenager?language=en

  • “This makes it 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive than our current standard for pancreatic cancer detection.”

Rosling, H. (2007).  Debunking third world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUwS1uAdUcI


Liddell, M. (2016). How statistics can be misleading. https://www.ted.com/talks/mark_liddell_how_statistics_can_be_misleading Standard YouTube License.

Data storytelling. Five Tips to Improve your charts and graphs. Visme. https://youtu.be/4pymfPHQ6SA

McCandels, D. The beauty of data visualization. https://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization?langua ge=en

Chalabi, M. (2017). Three ways to spot a bad statistic. https://www.ted.com/talks/mona_chalabi_3_ways_to_spot_a_bad_statistic


Look for .gov
Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
National Center for Education Statistics https://nces.ed.gov/
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/
United States Census Bureau https://www.census.gov/

Try This

Look up one of these websites of statistics. Come up with creative ways to help people understand large numbers.


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