Analyze this! Data-based decision-making is an important 21st century skill. The programs described below provide opportunities for students to search for, display, and analyze data, and make recommendations based on the data. Students learn to make informed connections between the subjects they study and the world in which they live.
The Boston Renaissance Resource Kit, a project of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy (CURP) at Northeastern University, Boston.
The Boston Renaissance Resource Kit provides in one place social-science data covering the Greater Boston metropolitan area from 1950 to 2000, including greater Boston neighborhoods, cities, and towns. The data can be displayed on your desktop through easy-to-use chart, table, and map-making programs. Photographs are also available.
TinkerPlots, a project of the Statistics Education Research Group (SERG), associated with the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
TinkerPlots is data analysis software developed for middle school students under the direction of Cliff Konold of SRRI. A set of basic software operations, TinkerPlots allows students to build their own plots to analyze data. Students graph data by progressively organizing individual cases on the screen; they drag cases into separate groups and then order and stack them. TinkerPlots was developed to teach students data analysis in line with recommendations of the curriculum standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
ResearchNet, a program of the Boston Fed's economic education unit.
ResearchNet is designed to support students doing primary research into the economy of their local community. Students examine the capital, trade, and technology affecting a particular town or region. The program provides a network of experts and other resources to support their work. Students' final projects may be a videotape, audiotape, poster exhibit, PowerPoint presentation, web site, or publication. ResearchNet is intended to nurture local economic research and provide an extended venue for celebrating students’ research into the economic history of their communities.