Resources for Educators Using Data in the Classroom

ODI has compiled a collection of ODI and non-ODI resources for teaching with data: ODI Resources | ODI Collaborations | Non-ODI Resources

ODI RESOURCES

Sorted alphabetically. 

EDC Earth Science
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded
A full-year high school earth science course fully aligned to A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas (NRC, 2012), EDC Earth Science is designed around the belief that students are capable of rigorous and in-depth explorations in science when given adequate support, structure, and motivation for learning. Students perform data-intensive investigations set in real-world contexts and engage in a variety of activities that build critical data-using skills.
Sample data activities include:
Looking at Climate Data,
Patterns in Surface Currents,
The Peru Current, and
Water Running Dry.

Ocean Tracks: High School Learning Modules
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded
The Ocean Tracks interface is designed to simplify the processes of accessing and analyzing data so that students can focus on making meaning of the data to investigate complex scientific questions. Ocean Tracks provides a suite of student-friendly tools that can be used to analyze and describe the movements and behavior of migrating animals. The interface also supports students in relating this behavior to aspects of the physical ocean environment, including sea surface temperature, surface chlorophyll, and ocean currents.
Modules include:
Introduction to Ocean Tracks,
Prey Maps,
Biological Hotspots,
Human Impacts, and
Conservation Strategy.

Ocean Tracks College Edition Modules
Grades: 11-16
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded
These modules were developed to engage undergraduate students with authentic scientific data through investigations that mirror those currently being conducted by scientists studying the broad-scale effects of climate and human activities on top predators in ocean ecosystems. Using the Ocean Tracks interactive map and data analysis tools, students will explore and quantify patterns in the migratory tracks of marine animals in the northern Pacific Ocean and relate these behaviors to fluctuations and trends in physical oceanographic variables.
Modules include:
Interpreting Patterns in Ocean Tracks Data,
The Making of Biological Hotspots, and
Proposing a New Marine Protected Area.

Thinking Big
Teacher’s Reference
Discipline: Science
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.

Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design
Teacher’s Reference
NSF-funded
This reports presents more than 70 cross-cutting and specific guidelines for interface and data visualization tool development and discusses key considerations (principles, research, and theory) that inform these guidelines. Through specific examples, the report explains how to avoid visualization pitfalls and make scientific databases more broadly accessible to meet the needs of diverse learners. A follow up report, Visualizing Oceans of Data: Ocean– A Case Study discusses the design and development of the Ocean Tracks interface, and reflects on the design guidelines in light of students' and teachers' experiences with the interface. 

 

ODI COLLABORATIONS

Sorted  alphabetically. Data resources that ODI collaborated on. 

The Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP)
Grades: 6-12
Discipline: Multiple
NSF-funded
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. Learn more.

Data-Enhanced Investigations in Climate Change Education (DICCE)
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science
NASA-funded
Supports and resources to allow high school teachers and students to access and use climate-related data from the Goddard Interactive Online Visualization and Analysis Intrastructure (GIOVANNI) data portal.

Other Worlds/Other Earths Curriculum Activities
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science, Astronomy
NSF-funded
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. In addition, EDC also helped the Center for Astrophysics with develop, pilot, and field test a Web interface that allows students to detect exoplanets using online telescopes and Web-based data analytical tools. Learn more.

 

POTENTIAL NON-ODI RESOURCES

Sorted by grade level. Please note that ODI has not created nor used the following resources.

K-16

Data Nuggets
Grades: K-12
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded
Free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers. Students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence.

10 Sources to Free Big Data Sources
Grades: K-16

Discipline: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
10 options for free big data sources for use in your classrooms.

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program: Other Education & Public Outreach Programs Using Real Data
Grades: K-16
Discipline: Astronomy
The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program has compiled a list of astronomy programs that use real data, in addition to listing public-web-access robotic telescope options, citizen science programs, research opportunities for students, and more.

Using Data in the Classroom
Grades: K-16
Discipline: Science, Math, Geography, Physics
NSF-Funded
Extensive set of resources for educators and resource developers interested in effective teaching methods and pedagogical approaches for using data in the classroom.

 

ELEMENTARY

TERC Inquiry Project
Grades: 3-5
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded
Using this curriculum, students use measurement, mathematical and graphical representations, and discussion to build scientific explanations about objects and materials in the world around them.  In particular, the investigations on VolumeHeavy for Size, and Two Scales, have children working with data.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

NOAA NODE Project
Grades: 6-8
Discipline:  Science

Five curriculum modules that demonstrate techniques for using real data in the classroom to explore El Niño, sea level, water quality, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL

Gapminder
Grades: 6-12
Discipline(s): Geography, Social Science

A UK data visualization tool for middle to high school geography and social science courses with lessons and resources available for teachers wanting to use Gapminder in their classrooms. See an example lesson.

High-Adventure Science
Grades: 6-12
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded

Six free Earth and space science modules for middle and high school students to explore and engage in real-world data on unanswered science problems.

Maine Data Literacy Project
Grades: 6-12
Discipline(s): Science, Math, Statistics

This project provides a framework, teaching materials, and professional development for middle and high school teachers to help students acquire skills and language for making sense of data and graphs as evidence to support their reasoning.

NOAA Data Resources
Grades: 8-12
Discipline: Science

A list of NOAA and NOAA-related data resources for educators.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Biointeractive
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science

Hundreds of free science education multimedia resources. Includes apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual lab.

Fathom
Grades: 9-12
Discipline(s): Math, Statistics

Fathom is a software for teaching data analysis and statistics. Teacher resources for Statistics, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Calculus, as well as a collection of data-driven physics labs is provided.

Model My Watershed
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded

This watershed-modeling app is a tool to analyze real land use and soil data in your own neighborhood and watershed, model runoff and water-quality impacts, and compare how different scenarios could modify the watershed.

Science Education Solutions
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Science

This is a high school Earth Science curriculum that integrates Geo Information Systems (GIS) software and data to engage students in authentic, real-world data.

Stats4Stem.org
Grades: 9-12
Discipline: Statistics

NSF-funded

This is a collection of learning, assessment, tutoring, data, and computing resources for statistics educators and their students.

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND POST SECONDARY 

DataBasic.io
Grades: 9-12, Post-Secondary
Discipline:  Not specific

Provides 3 tools—Word CounterWTFcsv, and SameDiff—as well as sample activities to introduce students to the skills needed to analyze large datasets.

 

POST SECONDARY 

Teaching with Data
Grades: Post-Secondary
Discipline: Science
NSF-funded

This is a collection of social science resources from both free and subscription-based sources.

 

Know of other great data literacy resources for educators? Email us at oceansofdata@edc.org.

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