Using Interactive Charts to Present Data, Facts, and Figures in E-Learning #357

This week's challenge was to use interactive charts to present Data Facts etc.

I found some statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month of November 2021 and downloaded those for my project.

There was a map at the same site which presented some basic info when you hovered over a state.

I wanted to try and recreate that but didn't want to take all day.

Here are my results:

I started by looking up interactive United State Maps in the Articulate downloads section and was fortunate to find a wonderful version created by Nicole Legault.  (

That gave me a great foundation to begin.

I transferred the data from the BLS pages to an Excel spreadsheet.  I saved the spreadsheet to my desktop then opened up MS Word.

In Word, I created a mail merge and formatted it so that the output would match my color-scheme in my Storyline file.  Then I ran the merge.

mail merge image

Using a sniping tool, I created PNG files for each state.

Then I was ready to simply paste the first PNG where I wanted it on the first layer.  Once I was happy with the placement it was merely a matter of copying and pasting to each layer and replacing the photo with the appropriate one.

A quick visit to for a good sound effect to match my animation and I was good to go.

Want to learn more?  Download the Storyline File.

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