Programmable Tools for Teaching Data Literacy in Social Studies Classes – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Programmable Tools for Teaching Data Literacy in Social Studies Classes

Alexandra Rostkowycz


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Research Mentor(s): Mark Guzdial, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Computer Science and Engineering / Engineering Education Research, College of Engineering
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 16
Presenter: 7

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In the world of teaching social studies to k-12 students, one of the key learning objectives that teachers lack the proper resources to teach is data literacy. This study includes the key components that interviewed teachers wanted as part of their data literacy tool. An important takeaway from these interviews was that teachers believed that not many interactive or useful digital timeline tools existed for use in their classrooms. From the established criteria from the interviews, an interactive timeline allowing students to create event blocks that would then appear on a timeline would be the most useful tool for the team to create. First, three individual mockups were created from the criteria and then put together into a finalized mockup on Figma. From the Figma mockup, the best development tools needed to be decided to achieve the cleanest and most functional result. The working prototype was created by splitting up the development into a timeline and event block component which were then joined to create a final functional prototype that satisfies the initial design requirements. This study is part of a larger effort to incorporate useful programmable and interactive tools into classrooms across the country to aid with teaching and learning effectively.

Authors: Alexandra Rostkowycz
Research Method: Computer Programming

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