We’ve been creating and managing data for centuries, and the recent improvements in technology make more data readily available to more people. This wealth of data can help us make better decisions, understand complex phenomena, and communicate effectively, but only when used appropriately. Visualization is one of the best ways to tell stories from data, but visualizations can also mislead and confuse. In this presentation, I’ll introduce a few exercises you can use with your students to help them learn to design effective information visualizations. We will use real-world data and a variety of software tools to create visualizations that inform, persuade, and illuminate.