How I Use It
I use Data Classroom to help students visualize and engage with data. There are other data collection and graphing tools but this is the only one that encourages kids to document, hypothesize, and manipulate their data. Having the capability of changing the size and color of points and regression lines helps kids visualize and personalize their data. The integrated lab notebook provides guidance for forming hypotheses and documenting findings with just the right amount of scaffolding to challenge and support students through complicated statistical analysis.
My favorite thing about Data Classroom is that it was developed by a Biology teacher who understands the needs of teachers and students. The program is extremely intuitive and because of this, empowering to students. I expect that all students will become more independent with and improve their data analysis skills due because it takes complicated data analysis and brings it to the level of the students. The Google Classroom integration is important to me because this means that students can submit work and I can create assignments easily in the platform that we use every day.
As a student, I always had difficulty with mathematics and data analysis. As a teacher, I would struggle to find ways to support my students through the same data analysis and statistics that challenged me. Data Classroom makes it easier to integrate the NGSS science and engineering practice expectation of analyzing and interpreting data into multiple units over the course of the school year.