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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 (http://oceansofdata.org) 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.

Learn more about the workshop at http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/index.html.

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.

Strategies for supporting students’ explorations of big data

This presentation at AAAS' 2015 Annual Meeting focused on how  teachers and instructional materials can help students transition from working with small, student-collected datasets to large, complex, professionally collected datasets. Strategies include minimizing extraneous information and maximizing insight-rich information in the data visualizations; leveraging the skill set that students bring with them from working with self-collected data; and practicing the use of spatial, temporal and quantitative reasoning to connect claims with evidence.

 

Thoughts on Data Sharing in Geosciences

The Spatial Intelligence & Learning Center convened a small, focused workshop to contemplate the benefits and challenges of establishing a national data archive and data sharing infrastructure for spatial cognition data and associated education data.

Ocean Tracks: High School Learning Modules

Supporting students' work with authentic data requires a carefully developed and rigorously-tested curriculum to help them understand what the data represent, and to guide them in how to use data analysis tools and visualizations to identify meaningful patterns and develop evidence-based hypotheses.

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