Data is all around us and learning how to use data is an essential learning outcome for our students. Data collection, analysis, and visualization are important in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math; “Measurement and Data” for K-5 and “Statistics and Probability” for middle and high school. The theme for this month is Learning with Data.
Many young children love to survey their friends and family on favorite ice cream flavors, but do they know how to represent their data with tables, pie charts, pictographs, and bar graphs? Older students might collect data on social issues; gather data from water samples from a nearby stream; or interpret political polls, for example. Regardless of how youth learn data analysis, we can all agree that the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are part of data collection, analysis, and representation are critical.
It’s important enough to develop an interactive e-learning course: Thinking Critically with Data. The course examines critical thinking with a focus on data analysis in our information-rich world. You’ll find other data ideas on Engage, such as:
With all the tools, apps, resources, and data out there - where to start?
Well, we have 30 days or 43,200 minutes or 2,592,000 seconds to share ideas for teaching students how to be intelligent consumers and competent creators of data.
Let's get started: What ideas do you have for incorporating data collection, analysis, and visualization skills in your classroom?
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- Post and reply in Data and You
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