Teacher of the Week – Anne Kridle

Anne Kridle
Junior High Science Teacher
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
Yorba Linda, CA

“I am new to using Tuva data sets, but have found it to be very user friendly and something my students enjoy as another fun learning tool.  My middle school students have been using it on their iPads and are able to navigate the system and discover different ways to analyze the data, graphs and draw information from the data sets. I look forward to using it more with my students!”

Teacher of the Week – Jill Spellman

Jill Spellman
Computer Teacher K-8
HolyTrinity Interparochial School

“The Tuva web site is a fantastic resource for viewing and manipulating
data which I have recently used in my 3rd-8th grade computer classes
at Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield, NJ. 

the ability to instantly move attributes to the x or y axis, to
change chart types, and to effortlessly apply functions like sums and
percentages, provides the student with powerful tools to personalize
and visualize a data set which could otherwise present itself as dull
statistical information. 

example, students were fascinated to be able to click on a dot in a
plot and learn about an individual passenger who had been onboard the
Titanic.  Once they caught on to how to manipulate the attributes, I
heard comments like, “Oh look, this is so sad – here’s a four
month old baby boy named Gilbert who did not survive”.  Others
looked through the data in a table format to see if they could find a
passenger who shared their last name.  

classes did an activity with dog breeds.  A student informed me that
she really wanted to get a dog and she asked me for a pencil and a
sticky note so she could report to her parents which breeds were
“good with children”.  The eighth graders had recently read the
Diary of Anne Frank, so I thought it was appropriate to have them do
an activity relating to the Holocaust.   To see the numbers of
deaths in European countries in a graphical format was a poignant way
for the students to understand the magnitude of devastation.  

The Tuva
website provides an engaging way for students to learn how to
extract useful information from data and to help them form arguments
and draw conclusions.”

Teacher of the Week – Kayla Telford (Poland)

Kayla Telford (Poland)
High School Science Teacher
Wake County Public Schools
Apex, North Carolina

“Tuva is very easy to use and they have a very responsive staff to help you through any troubles you might have. Tuva is also very receptive to new ideas and feedback. They quickly gathered and uploaded a data set that was requested within the next two weeks. Tuva has developed the next generation graphing tool and they care about it is used in the classroom. They aim to make it as easy as possible for the teacher to use with their class.”

Teacher of the Week – Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Earth Science, and AP Environmental ScienceDirector of School Gardens at The Barstow School in Kansas City, MO

“Tuva has inspired me to incorporate more data into my science classroom. The powerful interface is easy for students to understand and allows them to pick out trends and generate questions based on the data. Tuva staff is helpful and quick to respond to my inquiries. I am excited to share this amazing resource with my colleagues and students!”

Teacher of the Week – Elisa Baughman

Elisa Baughman
Grade 7/8 Computer Technology Teacher
Freedom Middle School
Franklin, TN

“I am in my 23rd year of teaching, but my first year teaching 7th and 8th grade computer technology classes. As a former ELA teacher, I found Tuva to be fascinating. Although I felt a little rusty on my “data analysis” and “math” lingo, I was immediately intrigued by how quickly and easily my students learned to discover for themselves all that Tuva has to offer. I gave them a few trial lessons and then let them choose data sets that interested them to create their own activities for others.  To quote an 8th grade boy in my class- ‘It’s a good source of data, but the multiple ways to look at the information makes it fun!’”