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Presented by Wendy Traas at the 2013 OLA Superconference, January 31, 2013.

Presented by Wendy Traas at the 2013 OLA Superconference, January 31, 2013.


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  • 1. DATA LITERACYUsing information visualizations to promote dataand statistical literacy in the classroomWendy Traas, MI Candidate, University of Toronto iSchoolJanuary 31, 2013© 2013 Wendy Traas
  • 2. Information literacy, statistical literacy,and data literacyInformation literacy: Recognizing the need for information,locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.Statistical literacy: Requires mathematical competenciesand knowledge of research methods.Data literacy: Requires technical, software-basedcompetencies.Situated cognition: Theory that describes the importance ofactive engagement with the tools and resources that arebeing taughtAssociation of College and Research Libraries & the American Library Association (2000)Brown, J.S., Collins, A., & Duguid, P. (1989)Scheld, M. (2004)
  • 3. Information graphics: visual representation of data Brinton, W. C. (1923). Graphic methods for presenting facts.
  • 4. Designer: Ivan Cash (n.d.)
  • 5. Data journalism: data-driven investigative reporting and storytelling via visualizations http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/knowntopolice
  • 6. A few resources: data journalism and data visualizationsGuardian UK http://www.guardian.co.uk/dataGapminder www.gapminder.orgData Journalism Handbook datajournalismhandbook.orgVisual.lyEasel.lyInformation is beautiful www.informationisbeautiful.netGood Magazine www.good.is/infographics
  • 7. … some learning outcomes
  • 8. References•  Association of College and Research Libraries., & American Library Association. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: ACRL.•  Brinton, W. C. (1923). Graphic methods for presenting facts. New York: The Engineering Magazine Company.•  Brown, J.S., Collins, A., & Duguid, P. (1989). Situated cognition and the culture of learning. Educational Researcher 18(1): 32-42.•  Cash, I. (n.d.). Infographic of infographics. Retrieved from http://ivancash.com/Infographic-of-Infographics.•  Rankin, J., and Winsa, P. (2012). Known to Police. The Star. Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/knowntopolice.•  Schield, M. (2004). Information literacy, statistical literacy and data literacy. IASSIST Quarterly Summer/Fall 2004. 6-11.

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