Talk and then Make: Teaching with Big Data

This session will ask participants to engage with the concept of big data and how we can help our students better grasp the enormity of the data behind many of the projects/apps/websites they interface with every day either in the classroom or as public citizens.

When we talk, we’ll look at two to four digital projects and popular social media platforms to discuss the big data behind these pretty looking platforms. What are the consequences of big data’s use for historical analysis, historical consumption, privacy and other aspects? Are those consequences different for us and for our students?

After talking, we’ll make. How can we put what we came up with into student facing language? Can we create a lesson plan, activity, clearinghouse or website that deals with it in a way that will engage our students?

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