Reflections from a teacher: Engaging Students in Ocean Tracks

“This week in class, you are going to be doing ‘college level’ work.” My high school students in my marine biology course stared back at me with their eyes wide, but I didn’t hear the groans that I was expecting. Instead, did I detect some excitement that the bar would be raised?

Ocean Tracks: Immersing students in complex data

“Data drives discovery, decision-making, and innovation. … However, our current education systems have not been equipped to produce either the workforce or the citizenry with the skills, knowledge and judgment to make wise use of the data streams that our technologies are delivering.” A Call for Action for Promote Data Literacy Workshop for Building Global Data Literacy, October 2015

Inspiring Future Marine and Data Scientists Through the Lure of Ocean Tracks

The Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) at the Education Development Center (EDC), Inc.; Stanford University; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been collaborating, with the support of three National Science Foundation grants over the past 5 years, to bring large scientific data sets into secondary and postsecondary classrooms.

Thinking Big

"Thinking Big," featured in the Summer 2015 issue of NSTA's The Science Teacher, explores curricular strategies for transitioning students to working with large, complex data sets. 

Harvesting a Sea of Data

"Harvesting a Sea of Data", featured in the Summer2015 issue of NSTA's The Science Teacher, addresses the fundamental challenge in getting big data into K-12 education: how to build a good interface. The article discusses the work of Ocean Tracks, an innovative program that gives students access to authentic data to investigate marine migrations.



Big Animals in an Ocean of Data

This presentation was given during the Exploratorium's Conversations About Landscape series on "From Data to Decisions: How Visualizations of Our Environment Inform Our Actions", held Tuesday, May 19th.

Data Use in the Next Generation Science Standards

Today’s students will graduate into a world where oceans of data are available to influence and drive decision making. When the Oceans of Data Institute ( surveyed 300+ students from community college and university settings, 85% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the ability to make sense of data is important to get a good job and will help in their future careers. An overwhelming 90% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that learning to make sense of data will help them be more effective and informed citizens.

Oceans of Data Institute: Integrating Data Literacy into Science Education

This PowerPoint was presented at the Cutting Edge Digital Data Workshop in May  2015, and discusses the Oceans of Data Institute's work to-date.

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GMRI Presentation on Ocean Tracks: Investigating Marine Migrations in a Changing Ocean

This presentation was given at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in February of 2015.

Explore the Powerpoint to learn more about the Ocean Tracks project, including background information, goals, and findings to-date.

AGU Poster on Developing an Occupational Skills Profile for the Emerging Profession of "Big-Data-Enabled Professional"

This poster was presented at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Fall meeting in 2014 to describe the DACUM process and present the finalized occupational profile.


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