Concepts to cover when using Data Nuggets in the classroom

What is a Hypothesis?

The Process of Science

Reading Scientific Texts

Constructing Explanations using Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER)


Basic Statistics

Data Literacy

Science communication materials to tell your science story & create a Data Nugget

Other great data and education websites

Repositories for Teaching Resources

Organizations and great teaching resources!

Datasets: Collection of websites that offer freely available online data.

Data & Data Visualization Tools: Collection of websites that offer free platforms for data visualization.

  • DataClassroom – our partner on Digital Data Nuggets, activities where studies easily explore large datasets and make beautiful graphs, develop their data literacy abilities, do statistics, and more!
  • FieldScope by BSCS – interactive online platform that provides citizen scientists with the means to collect and analyze data. Emphasizes spatial citizen science datasets. Allows users to visualize data both spatially and graphically.
  • 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 – online research-based tools and inquiry-based tasks enhance students’ learning and application of essential mathematical, statistical, and probability concepts. Subscription necessary to access materials.
  • Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER Program – A platform developed to easily visualize the data collected by students at the Harvard Forest. The graphing tool can be found here. The data can be downloaded here.
  • Serenity – easy-to-use web-based data analysis interface for data analytics in R, built using Shiny.
  • Laboratory for the study of exoplanets (ExoLab) – Free, online astronomical laboratory. Based on cutting-edge astronomy research and provides students with data from telescopes. Designed to increase study data literacy, while engaging them in the search for habitable worlds beyond earth.
  • NASA Earth Observations (NEO) – Here you can browse and download imagery of satellite data from NASA’s constellation of Earth Observing System satellites. Over 50 different global datasets are represented with daily, weekly, and monthly snapshots, and images are available in a variety of formats including JPEG, PNG, Google Earth, and GeoTIFF.
  • Data USA – Visualization of US Public Data
  • 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).
  • iDigBio – large set of digitized natural history collections, along with educational resources and ideas for classroom use.
  • 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.
  • Dryad Lab – collection of free, openly-licensed, high-quality, hands-on, educational modules for students to engage in scientific inquiry using real data.

Video Series & Podcasts