4T Data Literacy Conference | July 20-21, 2017

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Gear up for Friday!

Tomorrow (Friday), we've got four great sessions lined up for you. If you cannot join us live, we'll send you links to the archived sessions. Just as a reminder ...

  • Laptops or desktops recommended! We'll be switching over to the Zoom platform this year. While Zoom does have apps for Android and iPhone, some of the tools we will be using during the webinars are not mobile-friendly. For the best conference experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer to access the conference in lieu of a mobile device.

  • Need free continuing education credits for Michigan K-12 educators or a low-cost certificate for other attendees? Click here to learn what is available. We appreciate your understanding that we will not accommodate other requests for verification (e.g., letters to administrators, attendees, school districts, or personnel files; completion of school, district, or state paperwork; etc.).

  • We're high-school focused for these sessions, but we're excited to see so many people from such diverse backgrounds joining us. Take advantage of the chat to ask questions of fellow participants!

Links to Friday sessions

We've got four sessions tomorrow. Click on the links below and join us! We've got plenty of room for everyone, so you don't even need to arrive early.

noon – 1pm Eastern
Science in the Wild: How to make the most of Citizen Science Projects at your School
Debbie Abilock, NoodleTools; Susan Smith, Harker School; Connie Williams, Knowledge Quest blog
Abilock, Smith, and Williams invite you explore the many ways that Citizen Science Projects can fit into your classroom in order to build student skills, collaboration, and confidence. Together we will explore the process of incorporating Citizen Science and other participatory projects into a specific course or curricular area. We will review university, governmental, and non-profit portals that offer projects, and the pros and cons of the formats and goals. We will also discuss how to discern perspective, identify funding and scientific oversight, and how to best match your curricular objectives to the organization and project.
Moderator: Kristin Fontichiaro
Session Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/aa28c8d3abd71e41d746f627e8486654 (requires free registration)
Evaluation Link: http://bit.ly/4tdl-citizen-science

Friday, July 21, 1:15 – 2:15pm Eastern

Big Data And You: Normalizing the practices of privacy
Jole Seroff, Castilleja School
You may have heard of Big Data, the process of collecting millions of pieces of data and drawing conclusions from them. From the metadata that is attached to photographs by default to the kinds of information your browser can reveal, we want you and your students to be aware of the kinds of data being quietly collected in online and digital situations so that you can make savvy, informed decisions. Seroff will share tools and resources to help you make active decisions about managing your digital privacy.
Session Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9e7692b7be310a0266858a512be5123a (requires free registration)
Evaluation Link: http://bit.ly/4tdl-seroff

Friday, July 21, 2:30 – 3:30pm Eastern

Student data privacy: Protecting the personal information that informs instruction
Jennifer Colby, Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Using student data to develop and inform school curricula and classroom instruction is useful and effective, but we need to weigh the benefits of using this data for school improvement with the dangers of exposing students’ personal information. If we understand student data privacy we can be better stewards of our students’ personal information.
Moderator: Kristin Fontichiaro
Session Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/d54d6c0d0d318c53c5b9141539e44ee6 (requires free registration)
Evaluation Link: http://bit.ly/4tdl-colby

3:45 – 4:45pm Eastern

Databasic.io: Tools & activities that help introduce newcomers to data storytelling
Catherine d’Ignazio and Samantha Viotty, Emerson College Engagement Lab
There has been a proliferation of tools created to assist novices in gathering, working with, and visualizing data. The problem is that many of these tools prioritize creating flashy pictures without scaffolding a learning process for newcomers to data analysis and storytelling. In this talk, we showcase the motivations behind creating the free, online platform Databasic.io. We will demo the tools and activities that Databasic offers as well as discuss the learning goals that they fulfill.
Moderator: Kristin Fontichiaro
Session Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/bbcb286b889da018c5b9141539e44ee6 (requires free registration)
Evaluation Link: http://bit.ly/4tdl-databasic

What about the books they kept talking about?

Throughout Thursday's webinars, you heard us make reference to the books related to this and last year's virtual conference. Both are in the works and being rolled out in the next few months. These titles will eventually be available as PDFs on our website, in a machine-readable version for those with accessibility needs, as an Amazon Kindle eBook, or as a print-on-demand title.

Book one, Creating Data Literate Students, is now available in PDF form here. Other formats are coming by Fall 2017! This title features chapters in which expert educators unpack nuanced strategies for understanding, discussing, and working with data, statistics, visualizations, infographics, and more at the high school level.

Book two, Data Literacy in the Real World: Conversations and Case Studies, will be available in multiple formats in Fall 2017. This book is designed as a professional learning reference with some components that can also be used directly with high school students. In Part I, we bring the experts to you, providing plug-and-play PD via high-quality archived webinars from the 2016 and 2017 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy along with discussion questions and hands-on activities. In Part II, we share over 40 case studies about data literacy in the real world. With issues drawn from the headlines, these case studies can serve either as PD with colleagues or as classroom conversations.


Did you miss a session on Thursday? You'll be able to catch up with the archived versions soon - our data elves are hard at work. We'll update you when they are ready!



You can reach our University of Michigan team at contact.data.literacy@umich.edu .

The 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy is a satellite conference of the 4T Virtual Conference led by the U-M Schools of Education and Information. This conference is a project of the University of Michigan School of Information and the U-M Library. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of​ Museum and Library Services RE-00-15-0113-15.

Register here!