K-16 Resources

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Video Big Data, Big Promise

Ruth Krumhansl, Founder of the Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), describes all the ways big data is changing lives today, the challenges that big data brings, and why ODI is working to transform education to include more data-relevant instruction.

Scientific Publication Inspiring Future Marine and Data Scientists Through the Lure of Ocean Tracks

The Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) at the Education Development Center (EDC), Inc.; Stanford University; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been collaborating, with the support of three National Science Foundation grants over the past 5 years, to bring large scientific data sets int

Scientific Publication Thinking Big

"Thinking Big," featured in the Summer 2015 issue of NSTA's The Science Teacher, explores curricular strategies for transitioning students to working with large, complex data sets. 

Scientific Publication Harvesting a Sea of Data

"Harvesting a Sea of Data", featured in the Summer2015 issue of NSTA's The Science Teacher, addresses the fundamental challenge in getting big data into K-12 education: how to build a good interface. The article discusses the work of Ocean Tracks, an innovative program

Presentation Big Animals in an Ocean of Data

This presentation was given during the Exploratorium's Conversations About Landscape series on "From Data to Decisions: How Visualizations of Our Environment Inform Our Actions", held T

White Paper Data Use in the Next Generation Science Standards

Today’s students will graduate into a world where oceans of data are available to influence and drive decision making.

Presentation Oceans of Data Institute: Integrating Data Literacy into Science Education

This PowerPoint was presented at the Cutting Edge Digital Data Workshop in May  2015, and discusses the Oceans of Data Institute's work to-date.

Presentation GMRI Presentation on Ocean Tracks: Investigating Marine Migrations in a Changing Ocean

This presentation was given at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in February of 2015.

Explore the Powerpoint to learn more about the Ocean Tracks project, including background information, goals, and findings to-date.

Presentation Strategies for supporting students’ explorations of big data

This presentation at AAAS' 2015 Annual Meeting focused on how  teachers and instructional materials can help students transition from working with small, student-collected datasets to large, complex, professionally collected datasets.

Presentation Thoughts on Data Sharing in Geosciences

The Spatial Intelligence & Learning Center convened a small, focused workshop to contemplate the benefits and challenges of establishing a national data archive and data sharing infrastructure for spatial cognition data and associated education data.

Curriculum Ocean Tracks: High School Learning Modules

Supporting students' work with authentic data requires a carefully developed and rigorously-tested curriculum to help them understand what the data represent, and to guide them in how to use data analysis tools and visualizations to identify meaningful patterns and develop evidence-based hypothes

Scientific Publication Analysis of Spatial Concepts, Spatial Skills and Spatial Representations in New York State Regents Earth Science Examinations

Research has shown that spatial thinking is important in science in general, and in Earth Science in particular, and that performance on spatially demanding tasks can be fostered through instruction. Because spatial thinking is rarely taught explicitly in the U.S...

White Paper The Relationship Between Direct and Data-Mediated Knowledge of the World

About 20 years ago, psychologist Lynn Liben presented an model of the relationships among a learner, an external (i.e. not mental) representation, and those aspects of the real world represented by the representation (the “referent”).

White Paper Pervasive and Persistent Understandings about Data

This paper describes our current thinking on pervasive and persistent understandings about data

Presentation Visualizing Oceans of Data: Using learning research to inform the design of student interfaces to climate data

Presentation at American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco, December 2013

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