This course is designed for individuals in both primary and secondary sectors to learn about the emerging field of Data Science and discover practical activities to teach learners about data gathering and presenting information.  It will give an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for teaching Data Education through the Computing Science and Numeracy experiences and outcomes.

The focus will be on learning how to teach data science through a set of accessible lessons that can be introduced into the school as a STEM/STEAM or interdisciplinary project.  Computing Science and Numeracy outcomes will be covered by analysing information to identify trends and creating data visualisations

This course is particularly suitable for Primary and Secondary staff who want to include data education and computing science concepts and strategies within another subject area such as Maths, Art, PSE and Social Subjects as well as non-CS subject Secondary specialists who are new to teaching Computing Science.

This interdisciplinary course will give you an opportunity to explore with colleagues the challenges of introducing and expanding data education and computing science experiences for learners in your school.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • be familiar with a set of accessible lessons for teaching Data Education and Computing Science concepts across the curriculum
  • consider ways of leading, motivating and developing the staff in your school so that data education, information handling and computing science concepts can be introduced across your school,
  • gain an understanding of the emerging field of Data Science and the importance it has to our society and the benefits to our learners
  • learn about strategies and take away materials that will be of practical value to you as a teacher/principal teacher/faculty leader.

Throughout the session, there will be opportunities to network with fellow participants, and for discussion including sharing practice, challenges and opportunities for change in schools.

Who this course is for? 

Teachers, Principal Teachers and School Leadership Teams.  Suitable for Educators of Second, Third and Fourth Level learners.  Particularly suitable for Secondary teachers without a specialism in Computing Science who are teaching Computing or Digital Literacy in BGE.

Key words/concepts: 

Data Science, Computing Science, Information handling, Maths, Statistics, Numeracy, computational thinking, learning, teaching, assessment, attainment and achievement, creativity, collaboration, curriculum development, professional learning, STEM, STEAM, problem solving, challenges, improvement.