Big Data: A parent’s guide to computing at home

Author: Estelle Ashman, Curriculum Content Developer

Following on from last week’s workshop,  Starlink: Battle for Atlas this week’s workshop in our computing at home teaching series is Big Data, a workshop that will teach your children about how and why companies collect data through social media platforms.

This workshop is perfect for ages 7 -16 years.

Find all the resources and worksheets here! 

Part 1 of the workshop will introduce the differences between data and information and why computers are so good at analysing data.

·        To begin, learners will create their own survey to find out what their household would like to include when throwing a party

·        Following this we will investigate filtering and different algorithms (step by step instructions that can be followed by a computer) for sorting data

·        Lastly, we will take a look at some of the ethical issues around companies collecting data on social media and ways that you can protect yourself

Part 2 of the workshop will teach your child how to create a Harry Potter themed Facebook style quiz which will tell them what Hogwarts house they should be in!

·        To begin, we will learn how to write print statements and collect input from the user

·        Next, we will investigate how we can store lists of items (such as Hogwarts houses!)

·        Finally, we will learn how to make sure the user inputs their data correctly using validation (programmed rules about how the data needs to be entered)

I hope your little learners enjoy Big Data please do get in touch with me at you have any comments or feedback on the workshop and don't forget to check out all our past workshops, here.

Find all the resources and worksheets here! 

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