ODI has a lot to be thankful for.
Since we began in 2013, we've been fortunate to partner with big data businesses like IBM, community colleges such as Sinclair Community College in Ohio, higher ed institutions including Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and teachers like Julianne Mueller-Northcott. We've created products such as the workshop report Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue, Ocean Tracks College Edition modules, and the Profile of the Big-Data-Enabled Specialist. And we’ve doubled the number of data literacy projects in our portfolio, including 3 new projects funded in the last few months!
Zoom In! Teaching Science with Data is an NSF-funded project which will take EDC’s Zoom In platform (designed to foster evidence-based inquiry and explanation in social studies) and integrate it with the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) tools from our friends at the Concord Consortium. This combined platform will support the use of authentic biology and earth science data by high school students.
We are also working with the Concord Consortium folks to build an expanded version of our Ocean Tracks learning interface, enhanced with an expanded set of inter-operative data visualization tools so users can graph more, explore more, and gain new insights through the animal tracking data that has made Ocean Tracks so appealing.
Finally, we are just wrapping up the first round of work designing the experience middle school students will have when they visit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Cohen Center on field trips, through our NASA-funded Real World, Real Science project. After months of exploring various possible avenues for sharing NASA weather and climate data, we are focusing on the earth’s changing climate – how scientists are studying these changes, and how they are affecting the world around us, now and in the future.
In each of these projects, we are teaming up with our expert partners to create engaging, informative learning experiences that help learners use authentic scientific data to better understand the world around them.
Thank you to all of you who have supported us this year and in years past. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ODI!
Randy Kochevar, Director
The EDC Oceans of Data Institute