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Nigel Coutts

Why we fear data and how our perception can change. - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    Data occupies a somewhat curious place within education. Mention it to teachers and you tend to get one of two responses. One group will roll their eyes and with great sarcasm how data is "so exciting". The other group responds with something akin to "actually I quite like data" indicating that experience has shown them that they are members of a small group. The question is why do some people find data to be a useful and fascinating tool while others see it as a good method for inducing sleep? 
Glenn Hervieux

What's At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data? | MindShift | KQED News - 64 views

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    Some interesting material in this article to consider in regards to testing and it's effects on students, teachers, and the education system itself.
Thieme Hennis

MyPISA - Home - 16 views

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    PISA data. Freely available statistics on education Welcome to MyPISA, ACER's official website for the management and implementation of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This website consists of publicly accessible web-pages that you see right now, and secure pages designed for the exclusive use of those people directly involved with the implementation of PISA."
Thieme Hennis

OpenClass - 78 views

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    This looks pretty fabulous! "Leading the Revolution in Education OpenClass is a dynamic, scalable, fully cloud-based learning environment that stimulates social learning and enables the distribution of content at massive scale to students wherever they are. And did we mention it's completely FREE? With OpenClass there are no hardware costs, licensing costs, or hosting costs. Why would we do that? Because "free" enables the widespread adoption of the most effective approaches to learning that encourage interaction within the classroom and around the world."
Chris Smith

Kickboard: a data driven instructional application for teachers by teachers. - 92 views

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    Kickboard keeps classrooms afloat. Integrated student academic and behavior records highlight trends. Automated classroom management systems save teachers time. Customizable settings mean Kickboard fits your school's existing systems from the start. Has free version for one teacher, other options for whole school.
tab_ras

Online media use in Australia 2007- 2011 | Australian Policy Online - 15 views

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    An interesting report with the most interesting data being that "100% of students are online in 2011". While the survey data is apparently representative of the Australian population, I would argue that this figure is not the case and that deeper research needs to be undertaken before these figures can be used as a foundation for embedding technology and internet into education. However, it does show the increasing rate of uptake of online activities within Australia and the trends for access information.
Christina Rajsz

For Teachers - Gapminder.org - 100 views

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      Intro2011 class .... Click on this link!
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    Gapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view. You'll find shortcuts to tools and guides for Gapminder in a classroom.
Bonnie Grover

Information is beautiful - 147 views

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    From a review by Alice Yoo (here: http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2011/05/top-6-sites-that-inspire-and-educate.html) "Information is Beautiful was started by London-based writer and designer David McCandless. It's a blog that takes information - facts, data, ideas - and turns it into well-designed charts, graphs and data visualizations. Relevant to not just designers but anyone who appreciates statistics and facts, this site will not only keep you entertained, it will educate you on the world we live in." Love infographics - love to be able to do them as well as these people!
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    Graphic representations of information.
D. S. Koelling

Embracing the Cloud: Caveat Professor - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Ed... - 37 views

  • My work as chief privacy and security officer at a large public university has, however, given me pause to ask if our posture toward risk prevents us from fully embracing technology at a moment of profound change.
  • Consequently, faculty members are accepting major personal and institutional risk by using such third-party services without any institutional endorsement or support. How we provide those services requires a nuanced view of risk and goes to the heart of our willingness to trust our own faculty and staff members.
  • The technologically savvy among us recognize that hard physical, virtual, and legal boundaries actually demark this world of aggressively competitive commercial entities. Our students, faculty, and staff often do not.
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  • But can we embrace the cloud? Can the faculty member who wears our institution's name in her title and e-mail address, to whom we've entrusted the academic and research mission of the institution, be trusted to reach into the cloud and pluck what she believes is the optimal tool to achieve her pedagogical aims and use it? Unfortunately, no. Many faculty and staff members simply use whatever service they choose, but they often do not have the knowledge or experience needed to evaluate those choices. And those who do try to work through the institution soon find themselves mired in bureaucracy.
  • First we review the company's terms of service. Of course, we also ask the company for any information it can provide on its internal data security and privacy practices. Our purchasing unit rewrites the agreement to include all of the state-required procurement language; we also add our standard contract language on data security. All of this information is fed into some sort of risk assessment of varying degrees of formality, depending on the situation, and, frankly, the urgency. That leads to yet another round of modifications to the agreement, negotiations with the company, and, finally, if successful, circulation for signatures. After which we usually exhume the corpse of the long-deceased faculty member and give him approval to use the service in his class. We go through this process not from misguided love of bureaucracy, but because our institutions know of no other way to manage risk. That is, we have failed to transform ourselves so we can thrive and compete in the 21st century.
  • But our faculty and staff are increasingly voting with their feet—they're more interested in the elegance, portability, and integration of commercial offerings, despite the inability to control how those programs change over time. By insisting on remaining with homegrown solutions, we are failing to fall in lockstep with those we support.
  • Data security? Of course there are plenty of fly-by-night operations with terrible security practices. However, as the infrastructure market has matured (one of the generally unrecognized benefits of cloud services), more and more small companies can provide assurances of data security that would shame many of us even at large research-intensive institutions.
  • If higher education is to break free of the ossified practices of the past, we must find ways to transfer risk acceptance into the faculty domain—that is, to enable faculty to accept risk. Such a transformation is beyond the ability of the IT department alone—it will require our campus officials, faculty senates, registrars, and research and compliance officers working together to deeply understand both the risks and the benefits
Roland Gesthuizen

Action Research Projects for Teachers - 5 views

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    Action research is a great solution teachers' questions  I highly recommend learning about it. .. By collecting data and analyzing the results, teachers can change their practices in the classroom as needed. The principle of action research is to plan a change, implement the change, collect any necessary information, and analyze what happened. Action research can make use of data already being collected or needed for classroom practice."
Lisa DuFur

Mapping America - Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey - NYTimes.com - 40 views

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    Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. Because these figures are based on samples, they are subject to a margin of error, particularly in places with a low population, and are best regarded as estimates. Create tons of lessons around this data. WOW
Jim Connolly

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be "Data-Informed" & Not "Data-Driven" | Larr... - 115 views

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    Data should "inform" decision making in schools, not "drive" it.
Phil Brown

Data Resources Online for Project Based Teaching and Learning - 109 views

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    Some great sites to locate data for student projects
Tony Baldasaro

Chasing Data « TransLeadership - 14 views

  • I have spent the good part of the past 6 years of my professional life analyzing assessment data.  NWEAs, NECAPs (NH’s state assessment), school-based assessments, surveys, etc.  I have studied proficiencies, RIT scores, grade reports and AYP calculations.  I have taught professional development courses on how to use assessment databases and I have met with administrators from other districts to compare our data sets and strategies for improvement.
Trevor Cunningham

kmlfactbook.org - 4 views

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    View CIA data sets with Google Earth technology. Download data sets, generate kml files, and compare areas of the world easily.
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    CIA World Factbook visualized interactively with Google Earth. Allows you to download .kml files for the data set of interest, as well as edit the style...wow.
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    CIA World Factbook visualized interactively with Google Earth. Allows you to download .kml files for the data set of interest, as well as edit the style...wow.
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