Ideation Session: Data Tools Within STEM

Session 1



  • Identified research questions:
    • Q: What materials for data representation are currently in use in classrooms?
    • Q: How is data currently used in classrooms?
    • Q: How is data currently represented in classrooms?
    • Q: What is the average digital literacy of Irish school teachers and second-level students?
  • Should look at exterior organisations (e.g. Cool Planet Experience, Blackrock Castle Observatory) as potential collaborator and/ or source of data
  • Design Question: What are the different ways of interacting with data? E.g. Changing, expanding, revealing insights or trends, comparing… Could be a useful exercise to take a data set and explore how it can be manipulated.
  • Maker space should be used as a base for initiating design activities.

 Session 2



  • Perhaps the UDOO kit could provide the beginnings of a connection between data rep. projects and the UMI-Sci-Ed project
  • There are several design activities that I can begin immediately, including:
    • Create an ideation area in the maker space
    • Re-initiate tech explorations in the maker space
    • Investigate and cultivate different data sources
    • Explore the potential of tech to collect data
    • Explore the different ways of manipulating data
  • A study on digital literacy should perhaps follow or coincide with design activities, given that Tangible Interaction is my intended approach – consequently a relatively low level of digital literacy should be required of users.
  • Potential Research Question: An exploration into different types of data, and how it can be represented. For example, discrete data points for scientific values such as boiling/ freezing/melting points of water would need to be accurate and readable, whereas other concepts, such as population densities around the world, need not be so specifically represented. This, of course, would depend upon learning goals – does the teacher want to present precise information, or describe an overall trend? Perhaps a deeper analysis into the effects of the parameters of learning goals and data nature on data representation is required? (With the added factor of interaction overlaid on top of these)
2 years ago

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