Big Data: Now that we have collected big literacy data, what does this mean? What was the point?

Big Data is used by organizations and institutions around the world, let's understand who uses it and why.

Jason McGeorge uses data and analyticas to motivate himeself and his students through objective learning truths. 

Hans Rosling explains the power of big data and helps to make them accessible so that they can be used for learning analytics. 

This video explains how teachers can use Big Data to improve efficiency, learning productivity and learning outcomes through Big Data.

Now that we have seen how big data can be used and can generate positive impact through efficiency within a classroom, let's practise collecting some data of our own! 


Exercise: Collecting Big Data

You have one of two options here: 

Option A: Big Data in the World Around You

1. Think about something in your life that you assume about your friends, family or students. This is an assumption that you treat as a truth when you don't really know (meaning you don't have data to back it up). For example, this could mean assuming your kids/family like all of the groceries you purchase. Or it could mean assuming that the time that you have scheduled to go for coffee/a run/meetings with friends etc are mutually convenient for all parties. 

2. Now think of a way you could collect data on this to confirm or deny (validate or invalidate) your suspicions. For example, if you think your family and kids love all of the food you buy, create a google form to test this hypothesis. And ask if there are any other foods they would rather you purchased. After sending this form out, collecting the responses and viewing them in the review section of forms, see if there are any tangible changes you can consider based on the data. 

3. If you feel comfortorble sharing, feel free to share your data here: 

Option B: Exploring Big Data and Literacy through SiMBi
Much like an earlier activity where we read three pasages using different approaches of: Reading Silently, Reading Out Loud, and Reading While Listening, we will repeat the activity but we will use slightly longer passages, have more questons (including multiple choice for more data) and will use google forms so that data collection and subsequent visualization is possible. 

Steps: After each passage, answer the 5 questions. Please read all 3 and answer all three forms to maximize data and results.