Data Tells a Story

Data Tells a Story

Data literacy is the ability to read, understand, and interpret data. This infographic features the impact of fires on air quality and how data literacy can help communities understand this impact.


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California State University, Bakersfield

Data can be shared as numbers, graphs, maps, and other media, and data literacy is the ability to read and interpret this information. This infographic highlights an example of how data literacy can help people understand issues in their own communities. Give students this infographic and ask them to interpret the information shared in the illustration. Ask them to explain the illustration in their own words. Ask: What would you tell Bakersfield residents about their air quality?

Have students work in pairs to create an alternative way of sharing the data featured in this infographic. They might choose to use words, graphs, photos, or other tools to convey the information. Post their work around the classroom or on a class website.Facilitate a discussion about whether students feel they have strong data literacy.If not, what could they do to increase it?

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Mary Ford, National Geographic Society
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Anne Haywood, Mountain to Sea Education
Dr. Brittney Beck, California State University, Bakersfield
Peg Keiner, 31 Days of Citizen Science
Kerryanne Monahan, Saint Edward's School
Last Updated

March 21, 2024

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