It used to be that creating charts and graphs on computers took a lot of work or a learning curve or a fairly expensive program. I’m glad that there are more and more “single purpose” apps out there that do just one thing beautifully and simply.
Enter Viz from the fine folks at Minisimpli. Viz can’t really make itself any simpler – plug in the data you want to talk about and the numbers relevant to that data, and Viz will whip up a chart for you that you can instantly share out to twitter, facebook, instagram, e-mail, or right to your camera roll.
Viz nicely lets you choose different color schemes and a variety of types of charts, from bars, to pie, to rainbow (which they call ‘parliament’ – maybe I’m not into the chart scene enough?).
This could be a great way for students to share simple information or even to tweet progress. One idea could be to ask them to show visually how much homework they’ve done. For example, if they have to read 20 pages they could make a chart that shows that they’ve read 10 pages out of 20 total necessary. Alternatively, a teacher could use it as an accountability tool for themselves to make sure they’re grading papers!
My only qualm is that Viz seems to limit the title of the chart to about 25 characters total. As you can see in the screenshot above, my title got cut off part-way through.
Overall, Viz is a great way to make a simple chart with a learning curve near zero. A great little app for any teacher’s toolbox.