We are developing a range of Data Education Resources to support teachers offering data learning in their classroom. Our resource library is being added to all the time. We aim to provide a wide range of content from short settling activities through to comprehensive units of learning that encourage learners to develop a more in-depth understanding. We offer resources that do not use technology as well as those that do. You can filter for resources that use devices in the Topics & Themes section.  You can also search by things like the type of activity, related Scottish curricular area, current issues and more.

All resources are free to edit to allow each teacher to tailor it to their class or setting. We have sought to provide both the original file (such as Word or Powerpoint) as well as a pdf. Resources developed by the Data Education for Schools team are predominately structured around the PPDAC Problem Solving Framework.

In addition to our own resources we plan to highlight the best of those available elsewhere. The increasing importance of data education is being felt worldwide and we are proud to be developing relationships with a diverse group of data educators and organisations who are also developing learning ideas. We are also keen to meet and work with teachers in Scotland. If you have an idea for a lesson or activity or have tried something in your classroom and would like to submit your resource to us then we’d be delighted to chat! Contact us on dataschools@ed.ac.uk

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The PPDAC Framework is the pedagogocal approach used to deliver Data Education. You can read more about each stage within the website.

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Spooky Data – Learning about Databases

This resource uses the Scottish witch trials as the context to develop learners’ data literacy skills and to introduce the idea of a database.

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The Boy at the Back of the Class – Using Data

This activity provides data learning opportunities for classes reading ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

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Spotify Data Analysis

Spotify Data Analysis makes use of secondary data from Spotify.

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Reading Exponential Graphs

These activities support learners in reading exponential graphs and interpreting the data.

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Introducing PPDAC At Early Level

Introducing the ‘Problem Plan Data Analysis Conclusion’ data problem solving cycle (PPDAC) At Early Level.

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Getting Started in Data – Family Learning

Getting Started in Data – a home based activity that helps parents and young people start to think about data literacy

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Gapminder Cards – Data to Challenge our Assumptions

A card game to help us understand how we can use data to challenge our assumptions about our communities and cities.

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Data Sweets

Gathering data about sweets and explaining what we have discovered in a data visualisation.

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Useful Datasets for Data Education in Schools

A wide range of useful datasets that can support data education in schools.

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Make a Top Trumps Game

Helping learners become familiar with the idea of data and how it can be categorised.

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Make a Sticky Note Dance

Introduction This a great example of how technical concepts like computational thinking can be developed through creative subjects such as dance.

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