Professional Development

Kids can do big data: Pushing the limits of classroom science with your students.

Session Description:

More than ever the Next Generation Science Standards are pushing for science classrooms where students learn the process of science by doing science. These standards push the idea that K-12 students should have the opportunity to conduct scientific investigations connected to core topics in the science and engineering disciplines. As teachers in the STEM subjects adapt their teaching to work toward this goal, educators may find themselves struggling with the question of, What does an authentic scientific investigation look like when it is done by kids in a middle or high school classroom? Just how much real science are kids capable of?

In his career as a high school biology teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, DataClassroom founder Aaron Reedy wrestled with those question as he led classroom experiments with his students. That produced a collaboration with scientists that allowed his students at Thomas Kelly High School to conduct original work that was published in the journal Behavioral Ecology. Now as a professional scientist and cofounder of Evolution Education, Reedy works with teachers from around the country to see just how far they can push the classroom science experiment. Reedy will share his experiences working with Evolution Education Teacher Fellows as well as the classroom projects that shaped his thinking. This session will provide hands-on training on conducting data analysis to help teachers tackle bigger labs and experiments in their own classrooms. This session will prime educators to help students learn the data skills that are becoming increasingly important in a wide range of professional fields. Participants will learn to use DataClassroom to meet the data skills demands of the Next Generation Science Standards and ease kids in grades 6-12 into the world of data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing. Workshop participants will receive free teacher and student access to DataClassroom Beta. 

Full day: $155/educator (minimum 8) 

Half day: $90/educator (minimum 8)

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“Having the opportunity to sit down in a relaxed, one-on-one setting with the creator of DataClassroom was an invaluable experience! Working though examples step-by-step gave me the confidence to implement this versatile statistics tool with my own students. I would highly recommend this professional development opportunity to any teacher looking for an engaging and effective way to facilitate data analysis in their classroom.”

-Aaron Willey, High School Biology Teacher, North Carolina