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A Guide for Using and Developing Data for the Classroom

Providing data in a format appropriate for use in the classroom is a challenge to both researchers and educators. Posting data on the web allows researchers to share their results with the world. For educators, using data in the classroom helps to illustrate learning principles and facilitate the investigative process for students. However, it is often difficult for educators to find data on the web that are presented in a format that can be easily used in the classroom. With this challenge in mind, we hope that both researchers and educators will use the following criteria when posting and using data on the web.

Good data :

  • are accurate
  • have sufficient resolution
  • record time and space
  • are appropriate to answer the question posed
  • Good data representation includes:

  • time
  • latitude/longitude
  • units
  • representation
  • that students are familiar with (ex. bar graph)
  • source of the data
  • legend
  • description of the data
  • cognitive effectiveness
  • access to original numbers

    For more information visit the NSDL Using Data in the Classroom site. This site provides information and discussion for educators and resource developers interested in effective teaching methods and pedagogical approaches for using data in the classroom.

    Criteria compiled by the Oceanography/Data substrand at the DLESE 2002 meeting. Members included Randy Kochevar, Holly Dodson, Carl Katsu, Amy Lorenzen, William Prothero, Elizabeth Smith, Frances Lightsom, Susanna Musick.



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