Getting Started With Google Data Studio

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Location: Room 346-7
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Alyson Bogue  
Dr. Wanda Terral  

Google's free 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 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:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
  • 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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Alyson Bogue, Lakeland Elementary School

After spending 13 years in the traditional classroom, I moved over to my current position. As an ITF I get to help teachers and students now!

Dr. Wanda Terral, Lakeland School System

Wanda Terral, Ed.D., is a veteran educator who began her career as a band director. After teaching band for nine years, she moved into the world of instructional technology, first as a tech coach and, since 2014, as the director of technology for the Lakeland School System outside of Memphis. She’s a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, co-leader of Google Educator Group Tennessee, and manages her district's Google Workspace domain. In 2019, Terral was named Outstanding Tennessee Chief Technology Officer by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA), and in 2016 she was named the Lead PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for the state of Tennessee. In 2022, she was named Supervisor of the Year by her district. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Memphis, focusing her research on self-directed professional learning for educators. She’s a member of ISTE, TETA, CUE and TCEA. Terral shares resources on and via social media, and is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout the U.S.

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