Thursday, April 19, 2012

Don't be afraid of data!!

Fun new webinar from ICPSR!

Quantitative Literacy Through Social Science: Don’t be Afraid of Data!
Join us for a Webinar on April 30

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
It is important for students to become knowledgeable consumers of information that is delivered to them through various media sources, an increasing amount of which is being presented in tables, graphs, or other quantitative formats. The use of survey data can help convey course content in an interesting way while building students’ quantitative literacy. This session is designed to introduce even the most “number phobic” instructors to 1) the importance of including quantitative skills in courses outside the traditional STEM disciplines, 2) a multitude of sources of data-based exercises for classroom use (most of them free!), and 3) the additional benefits of using data in lower-division social science courses. This session will be a webcast version of a recent presentation presenters Lynette Hoelter & Linda Detterman conducted at the 2012 International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.

Title: Quantitative Literacy Through Social Science: Don’t be Afraid of Data!
Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What did your grandmother tell the Census Bureau in 1940?

For all of you data heads out there, the 1940 Census became available yesterday from the National Archives. Apparently the release was so popular that the servers were overloaded! You can look up individuals by their location information or enumeration district. You can even view maps for locations.

They also provide some useful guides: