18 Educators from Mass., Vermont and New Hampshire, gathered at Harvard Forest on December 15, 2016 to learn how to work with Schoolyard Ecology Data
Dr. Betsy Colburn Introduced Looking at Data
- It was great to hear where other people are with citizen science and to see that I have done some good work and that I have great areas for expansion of all of this too. I liked looking at examples of graphs with Dr. Colburn and talking about how we all interpret them. .
- It created a great mindset for the importance of data and the stories they can tell.
- It is always wonderful to learn something new that you can use immediately. And I liked how some of the participants talked about data being a story. I will use that in my practice.
- Just seeing other ways of presenting the data helps me bust out of my fixed point or line-scatter plots
Dr. Emery Boose introduced beginning Schoolyard Teachers to Data Management and Input
- Dr. Boose did a wonderful job starting from the beginning and being very patient and clear.
- I especially enjoyed the importance placed on making copies and keeping track of metadata. This is an important step to stress with students as well.
- I wish could have started entering data sooner in the day.
- Needed more time working with my data.
Harvard Forest Staff Mentored Teachers in Working with Project Data
- I was supported fully.
- It was very nice to have such experts on hand.
- Thank you for having so many ready to help out!!!!
- We had a great time together.
- Matthew was terrific helping us interpret our own pond data and instructed us on using pivot tables to create graphs. Excellent!
- All were incredible patient in giving us the tools to communicate science effectively to our students.
- Everyone is sweet, kind , responsive and professional.
- I learn best by hearing, seeing, doing, messing up, fixing and shouting "yeah!"
- It helps me to see the exercise being done and to walk through it with a mentor helps be understand the process.
- It was very valuable to have time to "do the work".
- I was happy to have time to work on google docs and google sheets. I identified that I definitely need more practice manipulating data in this way.
- Today was very helpful since I practiced making graphs on excel and really did not know how to do that before today. I also worked with my own data and that was very helpful to work on making graphs that can help my students interpret the data from our school.
- boy, did I ever graph!
- I was able to get wonderful guidance entering my data and beginning to use the graphing tools on the websites. I simply ran out of time and would have loved to ask more question about graphing.
- I enjoyed hearing about the different graphing techniques and seeing the presentations from Betsy and Emery. I also enjoyed talking and sharing with other teachers over lunch.
- I tackled Google sheets for the first time - and had it crying "Uncle!"
- I never did this before so the practice was so helpful
- It was great to have time to do this work not isolated at school but in a community of like minded teachers and expert ecologists. In addition, I am very grateful for the ecologists taking the time to patiently explain.
- I have realized how much I need to learn about working on google sheets. This is a good thing, especially because this is the spreadsheet system available to students at my school and I am glad to know I need more practice before I introduce it to them.
- we already are, we will continue. They will presenting the story of their tree to their classmates next week!
- I think I will certainly show them graphs and other representations of the data. I'm not sure I will have them analyze data this year.
Emery Boose Data Workshop Level I Presentation .pdf 2016 Data Management, Data Entry Intro.
Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Database to download or graph project data.
Fall Phenology Summary and Graphs 2016.pdf . Dr. John O'Keefe's updated Phenology graphs.
Later this winter, look for updates to our:
Dr. Betsy Colburn's Updated Looking at Data Presentations
Schoolyard Ecology Field Site Map
Branch To Tree Level Data Conversion Sheet
Compilation of Teacher-Created Graphs from 2016 Data Workshop
Schoolyard Ecology Data Synthesis for the Buds, Leaves and Global Warming Project
Announcement of Spring Workshop for Teachers