4T Data Literacy Conference | July 11-12, 2018

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We're just a week away from our third and final 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy and look forward to seeing you July 11 and 12, from noon - 5pm Eastern.

Please read over the following so the only surprises you have during the conference are delightful ones about new resources and ideas!


With eight hour-long webinars spread over two days, we're exploring many facets of data literacy for those working with high schoolers. (We're happy to have you whatever you teach, though our focus is high schoolers!)


12:00 - 1:00pm Learning Data Science at the Library: Lesson Plans on Data Literacy Skills

1:15 - 2:15pm All About You, Up For Sale: How Data Brokers Like Cambridge Analytica Construct Consumer Identities

2:45 - 3:45pm Maps, Graphs, and More Oh My!: Reading and Evaluating Data Visualizations
4:00 - 5:00pm Exploring Big Issues with Data in Society: Using Case Studies with Students


12:00 - 1:00pm Building Data Literacy Among Students Using the ARDA’s Free Online Resources

1:15 - 2:15pm Practical Obscurity: My Right to Fail Versus Your Right to Know

2:45 - 3:45pm Fantastic Statistics and How to Use Them: Data for School Newspaper Reporting

4:00 - 5:00pm Helping Students Ask Better Questions About Data

**All presentations times are in the Eastern time zone.

Logging on for Sessions: You Can Do It Now or Wait Until Conference Day!

Thanks to ICPSR, we're using GoToWebinar as our webinar platform this year. Links for each session have been posted on the conference schedule page.

For those who like to be organized in advance, you can visit the links now to get personal login credentials via email for each session.

If you prefer to log in on conference day, that's easy, too. Click on a session link no sooner than 30 minutes prior to a session and provide your name and email (use your Michigan Department of Education MOECS email address if you're attending for SCECH credits), and you'll be fast-tracked right into a session.

Got questions? Just ask Amy at


While you can use the GoTo Webinar apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android for this conference, your experience will be enhanced if you use a laptop or Chromebook because it will be much easier to see the details in the datasets and graphics shared by our presenters.

Got questions? Check our FAQ page.


In previous newsletters, we told you about one of our two publications made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Data Literacy in the Real World: Conversations and Case Studies.

If you're looking for a book that lays the groundwork for data literacy and visualization concepts, including how our team of experts frame, discuss, and implement concepts in their work with high school students, we invite you to check out our project's first book, Creating Data Literate Students.

Several of our presenters have chapters in this volume:

  • Our moderator Lynette Hoelter gives you the run-down on statistical basics.
  • Wendy Steadman Stephens points you toward some datasets you might find useful when integrating data into your curriculum.
  • Tasha Bergson-Michelson helps you hone your data search strategies and consider "statistical storytelling," or how data gets framed in written language.
  • Connie Williams shares her tested-and-true techniques for breaking infographics creation down so the focus is on the thinking, not the tech tool.
  • Susan Ballard shows you how you can gather your own data by designing action research projects. Once you get a handle on how data improves your classroom or library, you'll be ready to set your students loose on their own projects!

Thanks to our IMLS funding, you can download this book for free here or hop over to Amazon for a full-color, illustrated print copy, where those versions are priced at cost for you (we don't make a profit!).

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We offer two ways of validating attendance for educators. Check out the one that applies to you:

  • Free continuing education credits for Michigan K-12 educators: As a state university, we are pleased to be able to offer 4-8 free SCECH credits to Michigan K-12 educators registered with the Michigan Department of Education's system. You must attend the entirety of at least four sessions to qualify. Click the link below for details.

  • Certificates of attendance for those who are NOT Michigan K-12 educators: We heard you last year that you wanted to be able to get proof of attendance, too. Again this year, we're partnering with our parent conference, the 4T Virtual Conference on Educational Technology, to offer certificates of attendance for a $25 fee. Click the link below for details. 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.).

Please be aware that we must receive all digital documentation by 11:59pm on Friday, July 13, 2018 -- we go on vacation after that and it will be too late!

For more information, visit our SCECH/certificate page.


We understand that some of you who registered for the 2016 conference are receiving spam emails from someone masquerading as us, using the group email address we set up for that event. We apologize for the inconvenience and have deleted that group email address.


You can reach Amy from our University of Michigan team at .


The 4TDL is a satellite conference of the 4T Virtual Conference on Educational Technology and a sister conference to the 4T Digital Writing Conference.

If you're receiving this newsletter from a friend, please join us. You can REGISTER HERE!

This conference is a project of the University of Michigan School of Information and ICPSR and made possible in part by the Institute of​ Museum and Library Services RE-00-15-0113-15.