Build Data Dashboards With Google Data Studio

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Dr. Wanda Terral  
Data Studio turns your data into informative, shareable, fully customizable dashboards and reports. Learn to use the drag and drop report editor to build dashboards including charts, graphs, maps, tables, links, images and more.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: In order to create a Google Data Studio report/dashboard, the attendee will need a Google account with access to Managed G Suite accounts may not have access to Data Studio but attendees could use a consumer Google account if needed.
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model effective use of technology tools and resources to systematically collect and analyze student achievement data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
For Educators:
  • Use assessment data to guide progress and communicate with students, parents and education stakeholders to build student self-direction.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will become familiar with what is possible in Google Data Studio by exploring a collection of dashboards. The presenter will point out the various capabilities of the tool.

Attendees will participate in hands-on activities as they learn to take Google Sheets of data and create an interactive dashboard in Google Data Studio ( Attendees will share links to their dashboards with fellow attendees (if sample dataset is used).

Attendees will brainstorm use cases for their school / district and begin to formulate an action plan for making use of the tool. Attendees will contribute their ideas to a shared workspace.


1 - What is Data Studio?
2 - What kind of data can be used with Data Studio?
3 - Explore some sample data dashboards
4 - Prepare your data (can use own data or can use provided sample data)
5 - Connect the data to Data Studio
6 - Using the Data Studio Editor - This is where the bulk of the session time will be spent if the session is 90 minutes.
7 - Limitations of Data Studio
8 - Sharing access to the dashboard
9 - Generating reports
10 - Use cases
11 - Additional resources

Supporting research

Forum Guide to Data Visualization - National Center for Education Statistics.

Hands On With Google Data Studio: A Data Citizen's Survival Guide -

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Dr. Wanda Terral, Lakeland School System

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