[Open-education] Using data in the classroom

alannah fitzgerald alannahfitzgerald at gmail.com
Tue Aug 11 20:11:57 UTC 2015

Yes, a very insightful blog post, thanks for sharing, Marieke. And, very
valid points, Terry, on government priorities aka propaganda.

I just signed up for the FutureLearn MOOC at the OU on Learning to Code for
Data Analyses https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/learn-to-code, which will
be using Python and the Jupyter Notebooks platform. Open datasets from the
WHO and the World Bank will be used, and I think the journalist who does
the trailer for the course makes a very good case for how open data  is
used in journalism and it's potential uses elsewhere, including as we know,

With all good wishes,


Alannah Fitzgerald

Open Fellow with the Open Educational Resources Research Hub at the UK Open

PhD Candidate in Educational Technology at Concordia University, Canada

FLAX Language Project at the University of Waikato, NZ (*flax.nzdl.org
www.alannahfitzgerald.org / @AlannahFitz / www.slideshare.net/AlannahOpenEd

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM, Terry Loane <terryloane at aol.com> wrote:

> Thanks for the links, Marieke. The blog article is great and the Tuva tool
> appears to be very good (although I have not really had the opportunity to
> play with it).
> I sometimes worry that there is too much data in the world (because this
> makes us fall into the error of thinking that all the world's problems
> require numerical data to understand or solve them). But, as it says in the
> blog article, it is essential for democracy that people can understand data
> and statistics. People might, for example, be more inclined to question
> government priorities if they understood that the data shows that we are
> more likely die by being stung by an insect or by drowning in the bath than
> from an act of terrorism.
> Best wishes
> Terry Loane
> On 11/08/2015 19:22, Marieke Guy wrote:
> Great post on Edublogs about using data in the classroom:
> http://digitaldollar.edublogs.org/2015/08/02/tuva-shows-students-that-data-is-cool/
> They are using the Tuva tool to do it:
> https://tuvalabs.com/
> Marieke
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