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

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We look forward to seeing you at tomorrow's sessions! We kick things off at noon Eastern on Wednesday, July 11.

Can't join us live? No worries -- we'll send out archive links after the conference ends.



12:00 – 1:00pm Eastern
Learning Data Science at the Library: Lesson Plans on Data Literacy Skills
Charissa Jefferson, California State University-Northridge
Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Illinois Wesleyan University
Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Moderated by Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan School of Information
You probably have heard that in April the unemployment rate in the U.S. was the lowest since the year 2000. But, do you know if it was higher than the unemployment rate in your State? How can you answer that question? In order to present the quantitative information needed to make an effective argument we need to apply a wide range of data literacy skills. From searching strategically to using visualization strategies that facilitate analysis, abstract data literacy skills can be articulated into concrete knowledge practices through hands-on lesson plans. This webinar describes the elements of a lesson plan focused on data literacy. Join the conversation and contribute your own instructional ideas!
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1:15 – 2:15pm Eastern
All About You, Up For Sale: How Data Brokers Like Cambridge Analytica Construct Consumer Identities
Wendy Steadman Stephens, Jacksonville State University
Moderated by Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
When revelations about political operatives leveraging profiles and connections scraped from Facebook grabbed headlines this spring, the use of personal and demographic information has long determined everything from the mail order catalogs homes receive to the prices listed in those catalogs. Beyond targeting advertising, collocation of these types of information points can have long-term ramifications for our health, wealth and security. Track the evolution of increasingly sophisticated prediction models, consider how the data we share determines how we are marketed to, and increase your personal agency when it comes to data sharing.
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2:45 – 3:45pm Eastern
Maps, Graphs, and More Oh My!: Reading and Evaluating Data Visualizations
Tyler Hoff, University of Michigan School of Information
Moderated by Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan School of Information
Have you ever looked at a graph or infographic, only to realize you had no idea what it was saying? You would be far from the first, or last, person to have that sequence of thoughts. In this presentation we will discuss what makes a good data visualization, what makes an effective one, and tips and tricks for identifying which ones you can rely on and which ones you can’t. First we will discuss those tips and tricks of data visualization design, next look at some real world data visualizations and assess them, and finally discuss how to teach these concepts in an easy and effective manner.
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4:00 – 5:00pm Eastern
Exploring Big Issues with Data in Society: Using Case Studies with Students
Kristin Fontichiaro, University of Michigan School of Information
Moderated by Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR
From Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, Nest thermostats to Fitbits, privacy policies to school recordkeeping, kids interact with data and data-based decisions every day. In this session, we’ll look at case studies in the published volume Data Literacy in the Real World: Conversations and Case Studies as teaching tools for facilitating critical conversations with students.

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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. Questions? Check our FAQ page.

About Our Co-Host ICPSR

An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

ICPSR collaborates with a number of funders, including U.S. statistical agencies and foundations, to create thematic data collections and data stewardship and research projects.

ICPSR's educational activities include the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, a comprehensive curriculum of intensive courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social methodology. ICPSR also leads several initiatives that encourage use of data in teaching, particularly in undergraduate instruction.

ICPSR-sponsored research focuses on the emerging challenges of digital curation and data science. ICPSR leads or takes part in many policy initiatives and grant-funded activities that result in publications that address issues related to data stewardship. ICPSR researchers also examine substantive issues related to our collections, with an emphasis on historical demography and the environment.

ICPSR is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and maintains its office in Ann Arbor.

Be sure to check out their page of teacher resources (screenshot below)!

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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


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.


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.

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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.