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Preparing Students for a Data-Rich World

This slide deck was presented at East Bay Educational Collaborative Professional Development Center in Warren, Rhode Island on April 12, 2016 where Ruth Krumhansl was a guest speaker. In addition to this presentation, Ruth also led several workshops on EDC Earth Science. The audience was about 45 teachers from all across New England.

Learn more about the workshop.

Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue-Workshop Report

What does it mean to be data literate in the world of “big data”? What should we be teaching students to better prepare them to participate in today’s workforce and society? What steps need to be taken to develop critical data literacy skills in schools? To seek answers to these questions, EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) convened an expert panel of both data analysts and educators for a workshop on data literacy.

Big Data, Big Promise

Ruth Krumhansl, Founder of the Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), describes all the ways big data is changing lives today, the challenges that big data brings, and why ODI is working to transform education to include more data-relevant instruction.

"Data will be part of [student's] future and it should be part of their instruction too".

 

Profile of a Big-Data-Enabled Specialist

ODI gathered a panel of experts from the scientific, education, business, and law enforcement fields to develop an occupational profile that describes the specific skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. This work is the first of its kind in the field. It is our hope that the results will help inform conversations about college and career readiness at the K–16 education level.

Ocean Tracks Interface

This program is developing and classroom testing a Web interface and data analysis tools that engage students in scientific investigations using data from the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) Program, NOAA’s Drifter Program, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design

Large, high-quality online scientific datasets give today’s students the opportunity to work with authentic data and participate in real scientific work. Yet the educational promise of these datasets will not be met without concerted effort. ODI has created two reports to support interface and tool designers in their efforts to create data visualization tools for the classroom.

The Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP)

In collaboration with Concord Consortium and the University of Minnesota, EDC's Oceans of Data Institute is developing and classroom-testing an online, open-source data analysis platform that can be used in conjunction with a variety of data types and curricula. CODAP is geared toward middle and high school students. It can help students visualize and interpret data, and make evidence-based claims from the data.

Go to CODAP.

Differences in How Data is Approached Across Industry & Academia

Massive amounts of data are generated every day on Earth and beyond - upwards of 2.5 quintillion bytes a day, as estimated by CloudTweaks. This offers exciting opportunities to work with data, in both academia and industry. Which setting is a better fit for you? It depends on how you want to work with data. Although data propels work forward in both academic and non-academic settings, academic and industry folks have different needs of data, and therefore different relationships to data.

Data Investigations to Further Social Justice Inside and Outside of STEM

This article focuses on discussion and preliminary findings from classroom testing of the prototype learning module: Investigating Income Inequality in the U.S. In this module, students examine patterns of income inequality using person-level microdata from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the U.S. decennial census.

Profile of an Ideal Pathway Director

The colleges affiliated with the Coast Community College District (CCCD) in Southern California collaborate on delivering career pathways in several industry sectors. Their successful operation largely depends upon the individuals serving in the role of Pathway Director. Pathway Directors build partnerships with employers, provide outreach to schools and communities, and coordinate career related services to students. The profile of a Pathway Director describes these responsibilities in greater detail and identifies the skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to be effective in the job.

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