Category Archives: Data Literacy: Big Picture

Overarching ideas about the flow of information from data to knowledge and wider needs and goals of building data literacy.

Building Blocks for Data Literacy

Are you wondering what kinds of data skills and ideas your students could be developing in your classroom?

The value of students developing data literacy is becoming recognized across disciplines, from STEM subjects to social sciences and even in language arts, with emphasis on communicating ideas and developing arguments. Despite the enthusiasm, deciding how to build data literacy as part of classroom instruction challenges many educators.

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A Central Dogma for Data

In biology, the Central Dogma describes the fundamental process by which molecular information coded in DNA in the nucleus of a cell is transcribed, translated, and transferred to the cytoplasm, where it is used to instruct the synthesis of proteins. Proteins then carry out functions throughout the body such as transport, regulation, storage, structure, communication, metabolism, repair, and other actions that keep us alive and healthy.  That sounds a lot like what happens when someone analyzes and interprets a collection of data and reports findings to peers or a community, who then follow through with informed action.  

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