To assist teachers with the creation of lesson resources, we have produced a number of contexts for teaching with Open Data as part of the Teacher Toolkit. Alongside the tools, here are some practical suggestions for connecting the ideas explored with students’ own lives.
We have created a series of lesson blueprints
They are numbered in binary code – the way that digital data is represented.
What databases do you appear on from the first weeks of birth, and how do these grow the longer you live and the more services you make use of?
What geolocated data do your smart devices generate as you use them which can be of value to others?
What do your purchases, and store cards say about you, and how have those changed in the last 18 months?
How do your purchases of clothing impact on the environment and how might information about the clothes you buy influence your future habits? How do websites manipulate you into purchasing things?
How does the change to streaming services for entertainment create data about our viewing habits which is valuable to companies?
0110: What is Google (not) telling me?
Explores the idea of filter bubbles, and how our searches reveal something about us.
0111: How can we filter the ‘signal’ from the ‘noise’?
The title of this section refers to the need to narrow down a search to find what we want.
1000: What’s the best way to get from A to B?
This section explores how technology comes into play when we move around.
1001: Why does that map look different?
This section explores some maps which represent the world in different ways.
1010: What jobs will young people be able to get?
This section focuses on job seeking.
This section focuses on where we will live in the future.
1100: What’s going on above and below us?
Vertical geographies are important to us all, without us always realising this. This section encourages us to look around us.
This section explores the importance of democratic engagement.
1110: Is sharing really caring?
In this unit, we will explore Creative Commons (CC) licensing and other options for sourcing images for use in the classroom.
1111: What does the future hold for us?
This final lesson blueprint looks at our open data future: covering the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML).