In recent decades, statistic has emerged as an essential and desirable branch of knowledge for any citizen. Due to the presence of large statistical information in the media, is necessary for citizens to adopt a critical attitude towards this kind of information. The teaching of statistics has a key role for correctly transmit to student how assessing the information we receive and how using it for decision-making. Thus, the knowledge of statistics may not be solely focused on the development of an occupation but also on the development on certain capabilities that allow us to understand and interpret in a independent way the information present in all the fields within the society where we live.

Throughout every stage of education, the teaching of statistics should be more focused on achieving that students reason and think in a statistical way instead of performing routine calculations that is characteristic of the traditional teaching. Important benefits may be achieved by using real data, obtained from situations close to students. The implication of students in real cases leads to greater involvement of students, allowing contextualize the theoretic contents of statistic and make the subject more interesting.

In this paper, we review the advantages of using real data for the learning of statistics and propose some useful tools for this purpose.