Need Data Sets? Look No Further!

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datadepot14Data--that small four-letter word packs a mighty punch! Data is everywhere. Stores use it to determine how to advertise products, politicians use it to support their campaigns, and Google uses it to improve the search engine that may have brought you to this blog! Data is displayed in newspapers, brochures, billboards, as well as on television and the internet.

Faced with a deluge of data, students should understand how it shapes the decisions of others and how to assess and employ it to make their own decisions. In 2014, Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP of communications, stressed the importance of studying statistics “because the ability to understand data [will]be the most powerful skill in the twenty-first century.” Analyzing, comparing, interpreting, and explaining data are all key skills. A statistically literate student must be able to think critically about data, understand the context in which it appears, and analyze it to answer questions or solve problems.

But how do you get students interested in statistics? Using real-world data can be the key. That's where Data Depot comes in.

Data Depot (QL #3001) is a repository of 180+ data sources. By using our new search and filter capabilities, you can easily find the perfect data set for your students.

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Filters make it easy to search Data Depot for data sets relevant to your course and students.

Looking for a data set as you discuss the importance of nutrition during National Health Education Week? Simply search "nutrition," and students can compare the facts for the 20 most frequently consumed raw fruits, raw vegetables, and seafood items in the United States.

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Using search terms can help you find specific data sets.

Need data for your second grade students? Using the filter options, select K-5 and choose from 16 data sets--each available in multiple file formats. Working with spreadsheets? No problem. Need comma-separated values? Look no further. You'll also find SAS and JMP formats for SAS software. And the original source is available for further investigation.

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Each data set is available in multiple formats.

A number of our data sets are accompanied by lessons from Curriculum Pathways. These guide students through the process of analyzing a data set and creating graphs. For example, in the lesson M&M’s: Are the colors evenly distributed? students use data on fun packs to create bar graphs and pie charts and to calculate percentages.

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Some data sets have associated resources.

Curriculum Pathways provides more than 500 math resources, including many that support middle school statistics. Check them out today!

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Staci Lyon

Staci Lyon is a mathematics curriculum specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She taught high school mathematics for 12 years in Wake County and Granville County. She also taught with North Carolina Virtual Public School. She received both a M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology and a B. S. degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. Working alongside a team, she enjoys developing the award winning online math resources for Curriculum Pathways that allow teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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