Resources for teachers


Resources for teachers

Videos and articles for you

To help with your understanding of data science

Here are a collection of videos and articles which we hope will help you to understand more about how data is influencing our lives. 

Related websites

Data Education in Schools
Data Education in Schools is developing an interdisciplinary data education curriculum and a set of engaging real world data science teaching materials.

Ada Scotland Festival
The Ada Scotland Festival brings together organisations who are keen to bring more women and girls into computing and IT. It is:

  • a celebration, aligned to Ada Lovelace Day,
  • a new network, joining up people and activities in this space,
  • a hub for girls and young women (e.g. at school) to get inspired about opportunities to study and work in computing and IT.

The Festival grows out of a SICSA workshop, organised by the University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science, to address the gender imbalance in computing. It is organised by a collaboration across several of Scotland’s biggest Computing departments, with teachers and dressCode.
In the long term, we envisage a live festival, with events across Scotland. However, this year, we’re starting online.

DataNation is a fantastic resource which combines official 2011 census data with authoritative Ordnance Survey maps. You can investigate local socio-ecomic conditions, view, analyse and personalise this data to engender critical thinking. Ideal as a Secondary school resource. Check out  their Learning Resources,  where you can find lesson plans, activities and data sets.

Heart of Midlothian Football Club
With restrictions in place on running our digital education clubs at the stadium, we are launching an online platform so that young people can keep learning from home!

Join us for lots of different bite-sized activities that your children can work on from home whilst receiving support and guidance from our industry professional mentors.

Use this time to learn more about the world of digital technology! 

– For Primary schools

– For Secondary schools

BSC Academy of Computing

Although an English initiative, you may want to check out some of their resources. 

TED Talks

We’re All Data Scientists                                                                                        (16:23 min)
The danger of AI is weirder than you think                                                             (10:29 min)

Interesting Articles

These articles should give you a great background understanding of how to communicate to children about data science. 

13 ways to explain big data to a five-year-old

The definitive definition of big data from the experts for the kids (and adults, too).

Can You Explain Your ‘Big Data’ Tech to Kids? Here’s Why You Should Try

We all know there is way too much jargon in tech. I make it my mission to fight it. It’s pervasive. Jargon, like a virus, multiplies.

Donut pictures showing donut getting smaller as eaten

6 ways in which big data is taking a bite out of the food industry

Big data takes a seat at the (dining) table.

Data for good: Wonderful ways data is making the world better

Big data and corporate social responsibility go hand in hand. Here are some ways organizations are using data and analytics tech for people and causes that need it the most.

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It

Samantha Viotty’s activity for visualizing data networks has gummy bears representing people and toothpicks signifying their relationships.

Infographics for children: what they can learn from data visualisations

Graphics and visualisations give us a method to use images to describe a story in a way that we can understand. If children want to comprehend the world around them, infographics can do that, writes Simon Rogers

Teaching Data Visualization to Kids

Think of all the things you learned in elementary school: How to read. How to write. How to count. How to do add, subtract, multiply, and divide. These are all learned skills, things that we are not innately born knowing how to do.