I then asked if they wanted to put the data into a bar chart or pie chart and everyone’s hand shot up with a room full of eager volunteers. The first step was dragging the spreadsheet from my desktop into the Qlik Sense interface and all of the data was immediately made available.
Next, I had the students decide what they wanted to visualize and we quickly constructed some visually appealing charts with just a few simple drag and drops. To spice things up, we added in some clip art images and labeled the charts. The ensuing discoveries were loads of fun and in our first pie chart experiment, we learned that 51 of the 67 students have brown eyes and only 5 of the 67 students had mint as their favorite ice cream flavor.
Our final experiment involved more advanced techniques such as treemaps and filters. I introduced the concept of a “dashboard” where they could combine multiple interactive charts onto a single sheet.
To my amazement, the students followed along and we made some added discoveries such as Classroom “R” having 11 students with Pink as a favorite color but Classroom “H” having only one. Upon further analysis (and the teacher’s help), we found that Classroom “R” had a higher number of females and all of the Pink selections came from females.
After the hour long session, I couldn’t believe how quickly the students grasped the Qlik Sense software and they had lots of fun doing it. My favorite memory was a small girl telling me “I want to do what you do when I grow up” as I was packing up to leave.
In the end, this myth buster was proud to confirm that 1st graders CAN be users of BI software if it’s presented in a way that is meaningful to them. If you are interested in seeing some live examples of Qlik Sense demonstration apps, you can interact with them on this public demo site.