Science researchers and instructional designers from EDC's Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) published two articles in a special Summer 2015 issue of the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) journal The Science Teacher that is focused on the potential of big data to transform science teaching and learning. Both articles offer teachers tips and strategies for integrating more data-intensive activities in their classroom.
"Harvesting A Sea of Data"—by Research Associate Amy Busey, EDC Principal Scientist/ODI Founder Ruth Krumhansl, Researcher Julianne Mueller-Northcott, Research Scientist Josephine Louie, EDC Senior Research Scientist/ODI Director Randy Kochevar, Research Associate Kira Krumhansl, and Virgil Zetterlind (Chief Technology officer at EarthNC)—provides a close-up look at EDC's and Stanford University's innnovative Ocean Tracks program. Ocean Tracks is a Web interface that provides students free access to authentic data collected from migrating elephant seals, white sharks, albatross, tuna, drifting buoys, and satellites, as well as customized analysis tools modeled after those used by scientists.
The article "Thinking Big"—by Krumhansl, Senior Instructional Designer Irene Baker, and former EDC Principal Scientist Kim Kastens—seeks to support teachers who are ready to make the move to engaging students in working with large, online data sets collected by scientists and engineers. The authors explore challenges, instructional strategies, and sources of appropriate lesson plans.
- View the report on which Ocean Tracks is based, Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design.
- Read two blog posts by Ruth Krumhansl related to the work of EDC's Oceans of Data Institute: "Preparing Students for the World of Big Data" and "Exploring the Potential of the Profile of Big-Data-Enabled Specialists."
- Learn more about our work to foster data literacy and all of our Science initiatives and STEM initiatives.
Last Updated: August 10, 2015