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Artful Analytics with DrawCharts

by Miguel Guhlin
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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve always felt a bit envious of those with a natural talent for drawing. My artistic skills are lacking and I struggle with color coordination. My attempts at drawing often result in unrecognizable shapes. The allure of a simple sketch or a grand painting is undeniable. Combining this allure with graph data could be powerful. But how to do it? Enter DrawCharts, an AI-powered tool that revolutionizes graphs as hand-drawn sketches.

Did You Know?

You can now generate and load your files into ChatGPT Plus. Connect your Google or Microsoft cloud storage. Then, turn ChatGPT Plus loose to make graphs.

Learn more now; sign up for the TCEA ChatGPT for Educators course.

How Does DrawCharts Work?

DrawCharts is a game-changer for anyone who wants to create engaging and fun visuals. You don’t need advanced artistic skills. The platform allows you to generate eye-catching charts and visuals and you can export your creations in a variety of formats, such as:

  • PNG
  • JPEG
  • SVG

Here’s a sample creation:

You can see the design screen below, which is simple:

Arranged into a Data and Design page, you can see several features are Pro only. These paid features include a CSV file import and removing the watermark. There are several hand-drawn styles that can make the graph visually appealing.

Why Use DrawCharts?

Instead of relying on pre-made graphics, you can now create a unique visual. This visual chart maker tool allows you to:

  • Illustrate stories,
  • Create informative charts for your projects, and
  • See how powerful hand-drawn sketches can be

What’s more, it can inspire you to make your own hand-drawn graphs with their prototype.

Can Students Use It?

Since you don’t need to have an account to use the free version, students can use it as well. Then they can snap a screenshot of the graph with a tool like Lightshot or use the built-in export to PNG or JPG image format. This makes it an ideal tool for Chromebooks or web browser-centric machines.

Some TEKS correlations appear below:


Grade LevelTEKS Focus AreaSuggested Use of DrawCharts
Grade 6Ratios and Proportional RelationshipsCreate bar charts to compare ratios and proportions in different contexts.
Grade 7Probability and StatisticsUse pie charts and histograms to represent data distributions and probabilities.
Grade 8Linear Equations and FunctionsDevelop line charts to visualize linear relationships and functions.
Algebra IQuadratic FunctionsUse scatter plots to represent quadratic data and fit quadratic models.
GeometryGeometric RelationshipsCreate diagrams to illustrate geometric proofs and theorems.
Algebra IIPolynomial FunctionsDevelop bar and line charts to compare polynomial functions and their properties.
PrecalculusTrigonometric FunctionsUse polar charts to represent trigonometric functions and their transformations.


Grade LevelTEKS Focus AreaSuggested Use of DrawCharts
Grade 6Earth and Space ScienceCreate interactive timelines of geological events and visual representations of the rock cycle.
Grade 7Life ScienceUse flowcharts to illustrate the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
Grade 8Physical ScienceDevelop charts to compare and contrast different types of chemical reactions.
BiologyGenetics and EvolutionCreate pedigree charts and Punnett squares to visualize genetic inheritance patterns.
ChemistryChemical ReactionsUse bar charts to represent reaction rates under different conditions.
PhysicsForces and MotionDevelop vector diagrams to illustrate forces acting on an object.
Environmental ScienceEcosystems and BiodiversityUse pie charts to show species distribution and bar charts for population studies.

Social Studies/History

Grade LevelTEKS Focus AreaSuggested Use of DrawCharts
Grade 6World Cultures and GeographyCreate map charts to show cultural regions and migration patterns.
Grade 7Texas HistoryDevelop timelines to illustrate key events in Texas history.
Grade 8U.S. History to 1877Use flowcharts to depict the causes and effects of major historical events like the American Revolution.
High SchoolWorld HistoryCreate comparative charts to analyze different civilizations and their contributions.
High SchoolU.S. GovernmentUse organizational charts to illustrate the structure of the U.S. government.
High SchoolEconomicsDevelop bar and line charts to represent economic data and trends.

Sample Science Lesson Plan for Ninth Grade Biology

Lesson Plan ComponentDetails
ObjectivesStudents will understand the structure and function of cells and viruses. Students will learn to create and interpret various types of biological charts and diagrams using DrawCharts. Students will be able to compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.Students will investigate cellular processes such as homeostasis and transport of molecules.
PrerequisitesBasic understanding of cell biology.Familiarity with using computers and web applications.
Duration2 class periods (90 minutes each)
MaterialsComputers with internet accessAccess to DrawCharts (https://drawcharts.xyz)Biology textbooksProjector and screenHandouts with instructions for using DrawCharts
IntroductionBegin the lesson by discussing the importance of visual aids in understanding biological concepts. Explain how charts and diagrams can help in visualizing complex processes and structures. Introduce DrawCharts as a tool that can be used to create these visual aids easily and effectively.
GlossaryProkaryotic Cell: A cell without a nucleus or other membrane-bound organelles.
Eukaryotic Cell: A cell with a nucleus and other membrane-bound organelles.
Homeostasis: The ability of an organism to maintain a stable internal environment.
Cell Membrane: The semipermeable membrane surrounding the cytoplasm of a cell.
Virus: A small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism.
ReferencesTexas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Science, High School Biology [12][13]Biology Lesson Plans – The Learning Hypothesis [2]8 Lesson Plan Template Resources for Biology Teachers – Biology Junction [1]Visible Biology – 3D Visual Guide to Biological Processes [9]
Applicable TEKS for 9th Grade BiologyB.4.A: Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including their complexity, and compare and contrast scientific explanations for cellular complexity.B.5.B: Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including their complexity, and compare and contrast scientific explanations for cellular complexity.B.5.C: Investigate homeostasis through the cellular transport of molecules.B.5.D: Compare the structures of viruses to cells and explain how viruses spread and cause disease.

Final Thoughts

Use DrawCharts to make professional-looking visuals without advanced skills. Give it a spin and see how it can transform your content. And don’t forget to let your students explore it, too. Surprise yourself with your creativity.

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