Books and Links

There is a wealth of information out there on using Excel and building data visualizations. While there is nothing specific for education, you can still learn a lot from the views offered by the business world. These are some of my favourites.

Stephen Few has written a series of very accessible books about using design to communicate data. If you're struggling to identify what makes a table, chart, or graph look good---and make no mistake, this is critical in order to get your point across---then start here:
Some of the bloggers on the sidebar have written books on specific software or tools, while others offer courses or special features on their websites. Check out titles by Debra Dalgleish for pivot tables or pick up Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics by Nathan Yau from Flowing Data.

Here are a few other books you might find useful:

I keep most of my data viz links on Delicious. Go there to find a variety of resources that you can sort by various tags (e.g., Excel, visualization, lesson). I add new resources on a regular basis.

The websites listed below have additional information you can view and access to support your work.