TinkerPlots is a data analysis software that provides students with the ability to manipulate sets of data into colourful graphs and other forms of representations, while improving their understanding of data, numbers, probability, and graphs. Students have the opportunity to build their own data tables that they can graph and analyze in multiple ways.

 What function does TinkerPlots provide?
  • Displays numerical data in plots
  • Provides quantitative measures of central tendency
  • Generates multiple simulated samples to gauge variation
  • Draws informal comparative inferences about two populations
  • Develops a probability model and compares probabilities from the model to observed frequencies
  • Finds probabilities of compound events using simulation
  • Represents sample spaces for compound events
  • Constructs and interprets scatter plots for bivariate measurement data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities

 How can students use TinkerPlots to graph data?

TinkerPlots introduces an exciting and innovative method of creating graphs that engage students in the learning process and support Ontario curriculum expectations for a given grade and subject or course, while taking into account the needs and abilities of different types of learners (e.g., visual, tactile). Students develop creative thinking skills, through the formation of histograms, dot plots and scatter plots, for example), which are essential to being successful in their future education and work endeavours, as well as in their personal lives.

Students can make graphs by:

  • Manually inputting data into "Data Cards";
  • Copying and pasting information from a spreadsheet or word processor document; and
  • Dragging and dropping the URL of a website, which contains data, directly into the TinkerPlots interface document.

 How can students use TinkerPlots to analyze graphs and data?

Students can build connections between different properties through the comparison of individual sets of data and/or graphs. This allows students to understand the relationship(s) and/or correlation between data sets that can be discovered through the analysis of a graph.

A graph created in TinkerPlots can be analyzed by sorting, adding connecting lines, or counting how many cases exist in a specific area of the graph. The colourful visual representation will help students make sense of real data and recognize patterns as they unfold. Other common data measures of the graph, such as mean, median, and mode, can also be found using TinkerPlots.

 How is TinkerPlots helpful to teachers in the classroom?

Teachers can find prepared and accessible lesson plans and graph files on the TinkerPlots website. This feature provides an opportunity for teachers to enhance their teaching strategy by referencing more complex, supplementary examples. This software will enable students to investigate and/or explore relationships of data.

 How does TinkerPlots connect with Differentiated Instruction?
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • TinkerPlots plays an important role in the implementation of Differentiated Instruction in the classroom. With its colourful and interactive interface, TinkerPlots keeps students engaged in their course content. Since it is a very visual and tactile way to graph and analyze data, it attracts the interests of students who learn visually or kinaesthetically. Students learn best when they are actively involved in their environment and TinkerPlots provides them with the opportunity to do this. Students will demonstrate interest as they are able to independently select a topic or trend to analyze or graph.

 How does TinkerPlots connect with the Ontario Curriculum?
  • The Ontario Curriculum

TinkerPlots is intended to be used by students in Grades 4 to 9 in a variety of subjects. The software supports:

  • elementary curriculum subjects, including Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies (grades 4-6), History and Geography (grades 7 & 8), and Health and Physical Education; and
  • grade 9 curriculum subjects, including Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Business Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Guidance and Career Education, and Technological Education.

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By adding text and images, a student can turn a TinkerPlots file into a colourful report. TinkerPlots encourages student activity because of its interactive, easy-to-learn interface. Graphing has never been so easy and fun!

Inputting Data

Analysing Data

Graphing Data

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How do I add a Data Card to my TinkerPlots document?

A: The Data Cards are available on the left side of the Object Shelf at the top of your document labelled "Cards". Just drag and drop it to wherever you want to place it.

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 Q: How Do I Access TinkerPlots for my classroom?

A: Access to TinkerPlots is provided through your Operational Contact. Click here for your board name.