For Task 2: Data-Patterns and Play, I have chosen Option 2 to find online data sources and detail some ideas on how to use them in the classroom:
- UNData (https://unstats.un.org/unsd/envstats/qindicators.cshtml)
- The United Nations (UN) provide a series of International statistical databases available for download (often in .xlxs or .csv formats)
- An example includes the air pollution database that shows the total volume of CO2 emissions from 1990 to 2018 in 190 countries. This database could be reduced to only include the last decade or only the countries that students have visited, and they can represent that dataset in whatever way they wish. This could link to a Science or Math integrated program.
- Earth Data by NASA (https://earthdata.nasa.gov/)
- By visiting the website link and selecting ‘Visualise Data’, students can explore various types of long-term databases collected using satellites viewing Earth. Patterns can be seen, such as surface UV index is greatest around the equator. Databases also include natural disasters and hazards, and science disciplines. The online database is represented visually using colours to indicate the range distributed around the globe which is stunning and allows students to very easily identify and see patterns.
- A list of other databases that are available online and for free was posted by Piktochart: https://piktochart.com/blog/100-data-sets/
- Here, there is data relating to population statistics, food preferences, the weather, transportation and many more.