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.
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".
EDC worked with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to create an engaging set of curriculum activities that involve students in using data encoded in the light from distant stars to search for exoplanets and possible life beyond Earth.
Research in the sciences is currently undergoing a massive transformation, as technological advancements shift big data into the forefront of investigative tools, and early education is looking for solutions to keep up. The Ocean Tracks program offers a structured learning tool that supports both students and teachers in tackling big data in the classroom.
By rKochevar on March 05, 2018
The company Strava was in the news recently for its ability to display highly accurate maps using position data from personal fitness devices (e.g., Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.). Not only are GPS fitness devices tracking a person’s mileage on land, many also track water activities, such as swimming, to within a few meters.
By rkrumhansl on September 13, 2016
What an expert sees in a data visualization is not what a novice sees. This is an important lesson learned from a two-year project undertaken by the Oceans of Data Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation.
Looking for data activities and resources for your classroom? ODI has compiled a collection of ODI and non-ODI resources for teaching with data.
Browse below or explore by resource author: ODI Resources | ODI Collaborations | Non-ODI Resources
By rkrumhansl on March 10, 2016
Why Analytical Thinking?
In 2014, ODI gathered an expert panel of professionals that work with big data. After 2 days of intense discussion, this expert panel developed a list of the knowledge and skills essential to working with big data. Their work was then validated by almost 100 peers who work as big data analysts. As you can see below, Analytical Thinking ranked highest in both the knowledge AND skills essential to being an effective big data-enabled specialist.
By rKochevar on February 10, 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Portland, Maine to meet with colleagues at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). I had never been to Portland, coming from California, but had been told that Portland was a great foodie town, with the largest number of small brew-pubs per capita east of Portland, Oregon. That sounded great to me, and in truth, it was even better than that! Portland is filled with local shops, charming side streets, as well as restaurants right on the water.
"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.