An image from Ocean Tracks


Analyzing data, spotting patterns, and extracting useful information have become gateway skills to workforce and civic engagement in the 21st century. Yet U.S. classrooms are falling short in preparing students for this data-intensive world.

Ocean Tracks—an interactive, Web-based learning resource developed by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute—attempts to address this gap. Based upon guidelines presented in Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design, Ocean Tracks gives students the tools and support they need to investigate scientific questions and develop critical skills in data literacy.

Key Activities

Ocean Tracks is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art educational interface that enables students to use authentic, professionally gathered data sets to explore the habits and behaviors of marine wildlife. The project’s activities include the following:

  • Develop Ocean Tracks interface based on best practices in educational interface design
  • Develop curriculum materials to support classroom use of the interface
  • Conduct pilot tests of materials


Ocean Tracks has garnered significant interest from students, teachers, and educational developers. Learners from all 50 U.S. states and over 80 countries have visited Ocean Tracks.

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National Science Foundation

Stanford University, EarthNC, Lifelong Learning Group at the Center for Research and Evaluation

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