Think Critically with Data
Describe with Technology
The Think Critically with Data project is about using technology for learning. It helps you develop the skills you need to use technology effectively. You can use these skills for the rest of your life. In this project, first you research a complex topic that interests you. Then, you collect and analyze data about the topic. Finally, you publish a newsletter to share what you learned about the topic.
In this project:
- Use critical thinking to choose and research a complex topic
- Conduct a poll and enter the data into a spreadsheet application
- Use a spreadsheet application to analyze and represent your data
- Publish a newsletter to share what you learned with an audience
Critical Thinking >
Do you know how to think critically? Critical thinking can help you understand complex topics. Anyone can become a critical thinker by learning some basic skills. What does thinking critically with data mean? Data is information that has been collected by observation or measurement. Polling is a formal way to collect data on people’s opinions. Learn the basic skills you need to think critically and interpret polling data. In this module, use critical thinking skills to choose and research a complex topic for your own poll.
Data Collection >
How can you make sure you have all the information you need to understand a topic? You can organize information by summarizing your sources in an annotated bibliography. Sometimes, you cannot find enough information in existing sources. When you know how to collect data, you always have another source for the information you need. You can use critical thinking skills to write effective poll questions. In this module, conduct a poll and enter the data into a spreadsheet application.
Data Analysis >
Why do you need to know how to analyze data? When you can analyze data, you can learn almost anything about any topic that interests you. You can use critical thinking skills with a spreadsheet application to analyze and represent your polling data. You can analyze your data with formulas and functions and represent your data visually with charts. Charts are a common way to make data easier to understand. In this module, use a spreadsheet application to analyze and represent your data.
Newsletter Publication >
How can you share what you have learned from your research and analysis with an audience? You can use critical thinking skills to create a graphic organizer showing what you learned. You can use narrative nonfiction to describe your topic with specific details and help readers understand different points of view. Desktop publishing and graphic design can help you produce a publication that is visually appealing and easy to read. In this module, publish a newsletter to share what you learned with an audience.