Data Literacy for Primary and Secondary Schools

The Urban Data School is a joint initiative by MK:Smart, The Open University smart city project, Milton Keynes Council and local schools to enhance the teaching of environmental issues in primary and secondary schools.


The Urban Data School aims to bring data literacy education to primary and secondary schools. While environmental issues are taught in most schools and pupils occasionally use sensors to collect environmental data, pupils are not trained in understanding large complex data sets.


We believe that data literacy is fundamental for an informed citizenry and for tackling environmental issues at a global and local scale, and thus should be taught as a core skill to every pupil.


We want to enable pupils to understand the importance of data by providing them with the basic tools to critically analyse data, and to use data to foster an understanding of sustainability and environmental issues.



Credits: Image "Books" by McCutcheon on Flickr (CC Licence )

Our aims

Urban datasets

Create urban datasets covering energy, transport, water, social and economic aspects of cities. Provide access to the datasets through the MK:Smart datahub.

Educational materials

Co-develop educational materials with teachers in order to facilitate learning and practice of dataskills. Enable pupils to use data to design and evaluate Urban Innovation Projects.

Educational tools

Develop educational tools to enable schools to access datasets and bring data skill education into the classrooms.

Data literacy

Enable pupils to handle, manage, question and interrogate urban and environmental data set. Enable pupils to tell engaging and effective stories with data that help them to understand their communities.

Active citizenship

Our long term vision is to reach every child in the country, help them realise that they are not passive bystanders, but that every one of them can play an important role to help their local community and city move forward by developing a better understanding of environmental and sustainability issues – and by devising effective solutions on the local, urban and global level.

Open data

It is intended to release all data sets and educational materials developed as part of this project as openly available educational resources (OER). This requires effective outreach, collaboration with city councils and organisations that hold data, to open up their data for educational purposes.

Who we are

ANNIKA WOLFF

ANNIKA WOLFF
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Computing and Communications Department
The Open University

GERD KORTUEM

GERD KORTUEM
PROFESSOR OF COMPUTING

Computing and Communications Department
The Open University

JOSE CAVERO

JOSE CAVERO
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Computing and Communications Department
The Open University

EIMAN ELBANHAWY

EIMAN ELBANHAWY
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Computing and Communications Department
The Open University