The SPIDAS project will innovate and extend best practice in the teaching of data analytics through student-centred, problem-based learning, focusing on the impacts of weather and climate change.
Visit the SPIDAS blog, for more information about the project.
Strategic Partnerships for Innovation in Data Analytics in Schools (SPIDAS) (.pdf)
The everyday use of digital technologies is creating vast reservoirs of data. This data has huge, but largely untapped, potential. It could be used to transform public services, promote sustainability and enhance quality of life. Corporate capacity to understand data has become so central to competitive advantage that ‘big data’ has been termed ‘the ‘new oil’ that will fuel our economy in the coming decades’. But it is useless if we don’t have the skills and creativity to turn it into insight and action. Also dealing with big data will be an essential skill for new jobs and opportunities that will be available for young people.
We will implement our teaching of data analytics through student-centred, problem-based learning, focusing on the impacts of weather and climate change. We will use design-based research methodology and a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, including interviews, assessments, student logs, observation and focus groups in order to evaluate our teaching.
Here you will find (in time) the intellectual outputs of the project including the final SPIDAS toolkit.
SPIDAS brings together a network of three universities, nine schools and colleges, and the Met Office: