Datasets: Collection of websites that offer freely available online data.
- Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Datasets – Funded by the NSF. Data can be searched through their portal.
- Dryad Lab – collection of free, openly-licensed, high-quality, hands-on, educational modules for students to engage in scientific inquiry using real data. Data contributed to the Dryad Digital Repository directly from scientists who collected it.
- Climate Change and Phenology Datasets
- Paleoclimatology datasets from NOAA – Over 10,000 available paleoclimatology datasets derived from natural sources—such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean and lake sediments. Students can use these datasets to study ancient climates, prior to the widespread availability of instrumental records.
- Lilac flowering phenology: Excel file of long-term trends of flowering time in two species of lilac. Also available here.
- Project BudBurst: Hosted by Chicago Botanic Gardens participants make careful observations of the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of plants throughout the year.
- Ice cover duration for Michigan lakes: Collected by Michigan State scientists showing long-term trends of ice cover in Gull and Fair Lakes.
- Nature’s Notebook: A national plant and animal phenology observation program. Students can contribute their phenology data as citizen scientists.
- ebird: A global bird observation program through Cornell University, students can become citizen scientists and enter data on local bird counts
- New Zealand air temperature data (1981-2015)
- Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest Datasets
- Amazon Large Datasets Repository
- USGS Lake Erie Biological Station – Western Basin Trawl Survey
- Data USA – Visualization of US Public Data
- Google Public Data Explorer
Data & Data Visualization Tools: Collection of websites that offer free platforms for data visualization.
- Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) by Concord Consortium – easy-to-use web-based data analysis platform, geared toward middle and high school students, and aimed at teachers and curriculum developers. Designed to help students summarize, visualize and interpret data, advancing their skills to use data as evidence to support a claim
- Tuva Labs – research-based tools and inquiry-based tasks enhance students’ learning and application of essential mathematical, statistical, and probability concepts.
- TerraScope – worldwide environmental and social demographic data in a manipulative digital platform that can drive inquiry investigations (TerraPopulus datasets synthesized from a variety of sources for broad application).
- FieldScope by BSCS and National Geographic – online mapping for citizen science investigation
- iDigBio – large set of digitized natural history collections, along with educational resources and ideas for classroom use.
- Serenity – easy-to-use web-based data analysis interface for data analytics in R, built using Shiny.
- TinkerPlots – software for dynamic data exploration
- StatKey – collection of web-based statistics apps, written to pair with the statistics textbook “Statistics: Unlocking the power of data” by Lock^5. Has datasets available or you can upload your own.
- NOVA Labs – games and interactive activities that foster authentic scientific exploration
- Excel Easy – Excel online tutorials
- Spreadsheeto – Excel online tutorials
- Guru99 – Excel online tutorials
Using Data in the Classroom
- Using Data in the Classroom – information or background about pedagogical or practical issues in using data in the classroom
- DataONE – DataONE is committed to educating the community about data stewardship, including outlining best practices for data management and providing educational materials for use by those that support researchers.
- Maine Data Literacy Project – offers a framework, teaching materials, and professional development for middle and high school teachers to help students acquire skills and language for making sense of data and graphs as evidence to support their reasoning
- Build your own Model with SageModeler