Data and more data! It’s a challenge for today’s students, educators, administrators, and policy makers alike. The US Government just unveiled a new portal for education data. I spent some time browsing, and found a set of data I’d like to see in a map with a chart: high school graduation rates.
As an educator, I might push this data into a shapefile and post it for students to use, or ask them to go through the exercise. The first route maximizes time for analysis, the S and M elements in STEM; the second route maximizes development of the T and E in STEM. Either way, it’s a benefit.
I used the same data enhancement process described in a previous blog. There is a basic US states shapefile available online for enhancement. I downloaded the graduation data, and carefully pushed it into the basic shapefile. I signed onto ArcGIS Online, pushed up my new data, made a map, and customized the popup. Here’s the result, as displayed in my iPad.
Students today are facing exploding universes of data, and the need to learn how to make decisions about its quality, its relevance, the ways it can be employed, and what it means. They need frequent practice with these tasks. It needs to become second nature if they are going to be good problem solvers in the years ahead.
- Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Education Manager