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Data Science Education Technology Conference
You’re invited to the Data Science Education Technology conference! Please join us at this groundbreaking event in the emerging field of data science education from February 15-17, 2017, at the beautiful Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The Concord Consortium’s Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) project will be featured. Funding from the National Science Foundation supports this free event. Space is limited. Register online: codap.concord.org/dset
- Connect. Join a growing community of data science educators and expand your network. There will be plenty of downtime for informal and impromptu connecting with colleagues. We’ll provide innovative networking tools.
- Innovate. Work with programmers and educators and learn new strategies to make use of open-source software, new methods of integrating data science with content learning, and new ways to provide learners with access to data.
- Discover Data Solutions. Get access to CODAP and other free, open-source technologies to help as you develop online materials in which students
- Participate. Learn, discuss, design, and create. Session leaders are experts in making use of CODAP and other data technologies for developing online materials for courses, citizen science, and public dissemination of data.
Middle Grades Students’ Understanding of Big Math Ideas
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, we will collaborate with Michigan State University (MSU) to develop digital capabilities associated with MSU’s Connected Mathematics project. The project aims to understand how digital presentation of the curriculum and digital tools including drawing and sharing capabilities can help students collaboratively construct, manipulate, and interpret their digital drawings and representations. The project will conduct research on the effects of this digital environment and representations on learning, examining evidence of student thinking and the conceptual growth of big mathematical ideas.
Zoom In to Data Literacy
With funding from the National Science Foundation, our new Zoom In to Data Literacy project will create and evaluate six supplementary, drop-in digital curriculum modules—three in biology and three in Earth science—that enable students to learn and practice data literacy skills while answering compelling real-world science questions. We will integrate our Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) with EDC’s Zoom In online instructional platform, which supports deep literacy by scaffolding and making student thinking visible and gives teachers tools to assess and respond to students’ learning in real time. Project research will investigate whether engagement with data-rich digital curriculum modules improves high school students’ learning of data literacy skills and concepts in the context of regular science instruction.
Enhancing Statistics Teacher Education
The Concord Consortium, in collaboration with North Carolina State University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Southern Indiana will develop approaches and resources for statistics preservice teacher education in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation. We will expand our Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) with functionality to support statistical content, and create and curate videos of teachers and students engaged with statistics in classrooms. These and other resources will be widely available and packaged into an open resource repository for mathematics teacher preparation programs. We will research how infusing technical and educational resources into undergraduate teacher preservice courses affects teacher statistics learning and their ability to design activities for secondary students.
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