What is Data?

The aim of Data Education in Schools is to increase data literacy in the children and young people in South East Scotland.

Data literacy is important because as it gets easier for computers to collect large amounts of data, it is increasingly used to make decisions in our everyday lives. From fitness devices to smart meters to You Tube recommendations, our personal data is used by computers and technology companies all the time. Every time we see news articles which report data and charts, we have to decide whether it is likely to be fact or ‘fake news’. We need to know how computers use data, as well as how to use data to help humans make better decisions.

Supporting Teachers and Learners

Data literacy is the set of skills that children and young people need to ask questions, collect, analyse, interpret and communicate about data. It spans right across the curriculum including reading literacy, maths information handling, computing and the social subjects.

The Data Education in Schools project creates learning materials about data for primary and secondary school children. We also offer professional learning to teachers in South East Scotland, and work with partner schools and data science experts on innovative new projects.

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Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen.

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