WALTHAM, MA | November 1, 2013
The Oceans of Data Institute at EDC will take center stage at the Big Data and Analytics Curricula Conference this weekend, where institute director and EDC senior scientist Ruth Krumhansl will deliver the opening keynote.
The conference, known as EdCon 2013, draws hundreds of data practitioners and researchers and will explore the challenges related to delivering big data and analytics education. Sponsored by IBM, Syracuse University iSchool, and the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, EdCon 2013 will be held November 2–3 in Las Vegas.
Krumhansl’s presentation, “Preparing High School Students for College and the World of Big Data,” will outline what is being learned, the promising programs being developed, and the challenges of preparing high school students for college and the world of big data.
“Today’s high school science classrooms have unprecedented online access to high-quality scientific data,” said Krumhansl. “But simply making large data sets available to students and teachers isn’t enough. We need to develop skills that enable students to analyze data, spot patterns, and extract useful information. These are gateway skills to full participation in the workforce and civic engagement of the 21st century.”
EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute works to bring big data into the classroom. Working with experts from diverse fields, institute staff research, develop, and test model learning environments that infuse large, authentic data sets into the classroom and develop students’ data-using skills. For more on the institute, go to www.oceansofdata.org.
For more on the EdCon 2013, go to http://edcon2013.ischool.syr.edu/.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org.