Data Skills

Preparing High School Students for College and the World of Big Data

Keynote Address, IBM's Big Data and Analytics EdCon 2013, November 2, Las Vegas

The world is awash with data. This growth of data shows no signs of slowing, and indeed seems to be accelerating. Analyzing data, spotting patterns, and extracting useful information have become gateway skills to full participation in the workforce and civic engagement of the 21st century. Yet pre-college classrooms are falling short of preparing students for this world. And they’re missing the opportunity to harness the power of big data to transform student learning.

What precursor understandings underlie the ability to make meaning from data?

(June 2013)

Young children have the ability to reconstruct events based on the traces left behind by those events. Would nurturing this ability help them make meaning from data they did not collect themselves?...

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Teaching and Learning with Data

This talk focused on helping students span the transition from working with small student -collected datasets to large professionally-collected datasets....

Is the Fourth Paradigm really new?

(October 2012)

The "Fourth Paradigm" of Science, which seeks insight by mining vast archives of existing data rather than by doing experiments to gather new data, is being touted as a new method of doing science.  But Walter Pitman mined data archives in 1966, as did Tanya Atwater in 1970, so is “The Fourth Paradigm” really new?...

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