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Critical questions about pre-college data science education at international statistics conference

Fifty statistics educators from ten countries gathered on July 10, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan, at the International Conference On Teaching Statistics (ICOTS) for the inaugural data science education Special Interest Group (SIG) organized by Tim Erickson of EEPS Media and William Finzer of the Concord Consortium. The large group included university professors, software developers, curriculum […]

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Evangeline Ireland likes to break things. Good thing that’s her job.

Evangeline Ireland

As a software tester at the Concord Consortium, Evangeline Ireland sleuths for bugs in our projects. She ferrets out the source of known glitches (why does hitting the spacebar repeatedly create an error in Geniventure?) and discovers problems before software is released. “If it’s going to be used by teachers without the researchers there to […]

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New Grant to Improve Assessment and Instruction in Elementary Science Classrooms

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia, representing more than a third of the U.S. student population, have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since their release in 2013, and more are expected to follow. To make the most of NGSS, teachers need three-dimensional assessments that integrate disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science […]

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CODAP Helps Students in Puerto Rico Understand the Effects of Extreme Weather

Carla Lopez Lloreda

Students in the Luquillo Schoolyard Project in Puerto Rico are jamming on data. Large, long-term environmental data! And our free, online tool CODAP (Common Online Data Analysis Platform) joined their Data Jam to help students visualize and explore data in an inquiry-oriented way. El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National […]

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National Teacher Appreciation Day & High-Adventure Science: Preparing students for real-world problems

Rock Castle

“Thinking is hard work,” laughs Stephanie Harmon, who teaches physics, Earth science, and physical science at Rockcastle County High School in Kentucky. One of her primary goals is teaching students to think. “So much happens to us on a daily basis that we take for granted as long as everything is going okay,” she says. […]

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Computational Thinking in Biology: What is an InSPECT Dataflow Diagram?

Integrating computational thinking into core science content and practices is a major goal of our InSPECT project, which is developing hands-on high school biology investigations using simple electronic sensors with Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity—a far cry from the simple germination experiments students usually encounter. An article in the Fall 2017 Concord Consortium newsletter (“Science Thinking […]

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