Big Data: Student Reflections

The first project of the year – Project Big Data – is just winding down. I need to write about my own experiences but loved reading what the students wrote about the project. So many good reflections on what the students learned and now feel as they reacted to the driving question of How do we use data to describe and improve ourselves, our community, and our world?

Student Reflections on the driving question of Project Big Data:

“Looking back on Big Data, I learned how people find, analyze, and store Big Data. What Big Data was like in the 1900s. Also, what good things and bad things can be done with your data. For example, when we were planning for our essay researching about Big Data, that was when I started to understand more about the subject Big Data. By collecting data about the Wenyu River, we can find out many a lot of things about the river. For example, if you collect data about the amount of dissolved oxygen in parts of the river, we can find out about if the water is safe for fish to live in. When we were doing the Feltron Project, I realized that according to the information, the books I was reading were way too easy for me because I was reading way too fast. From now on, I will try to challenge myself by finding more challenging books to read.

Before this project I used to think that our data was always safe and that no one could take it from us unless they were some kind of professional hacker. But now, I know that there are different ways that people can find our data. For example, a company could just take your data by having you give them your email. Sometimes, they do include it in the Terms and Conditions agreement, but they do know that people never really read those.

Looking back on Project Big Data, I realize that I have learned many new things, in the many subjects of FA. In music, math, science, and humanities, they all have something connected to Big Data. For example, in music, we were learning about how we can collect data by going outside and recording what we hear, then with that, we can create music by changing things like pitch, rhythm, and speed. In math, we were collecting data by finding more about ourselves, like how long we sleep, and how much we read. In humanities, we wrote an argumentative essay about Big Data, seeing if it is good or bad for us. In science, we went to the Wenyu River to collect data and answer the driving question we made. I think the most important thing about this project for me was to learn more about Big Data and how it can change through time. I think the core of this unit was to learn more about Big Data and what it is.” ~SC

Looking back on Big Data, I learned that we can use data to improve our daily habits. For example, I found out that I sleep less than I thought I did, so I stated sleeping more. Before this project, I used to think that our data is only collected if we agree to it, but now I think that many websites or companies collect our data without us even knowing it. For example, I used to think that companies mainly collected data on us by surveys or reviews, but companies can collect data from us without knowing, including google maps and more. Looking back on project big data, I realize that big data can improve our lives but we still need to look at how big data is being used. For example, our privacy can be at risk and so can our jobs.” ~AC

Looking back on the Big Data project, I have learned many things about how our society, life, and the world is being tracked, and that you don’t really have as much privacy than you think. For example, when you click on links, the websites can track you. Before this project, I thought that our privacy was really… Well, private. But now, I realize that many websites and many apps keep track of what you browse, like, or see on a daily basis. Looking back at project Big Data, I realize that data is really useful, and without it, we would not have the lives that we have now. One example of this is that we can use data to find out what we can improve on. For example, the feltron project. We used the data that we collected to see if we could improve the way we live, and become a healthier individual.” ~AN

Looking back on Big Data, I learned that data collection can or cannot benefit us in ways. For example, sometimes it can be good in ways that it can help people who are missing or find offenders. It might not be good in the way that people could use it for bad ways! Or sometimes, data collection can tell you about your habits, like in the Feltron Project. I realized that I slept around 9 hours each night and that if I wanted to be healthier, I could sleep more! I also learned that I eat a lot of different food every day.

Before this project, I thought I knew how much companies could know about me and my family. Now I know that companies use my data in more ways than I thought they did. They can use my data to track me and target me. For example, they can use someone’s facial ID to look at their interests and all about them using that data. Looking back on Project Big Data, I realize that in the science factor, I have improved on a lot of things and also in essay writing! For example, I learned how to write procedures and make data tables. I also learned how to model and make explanations. In the essay writing, I learned how to give credit and make claims as well as support them with evidence and reasoning. This unit certainly was amazing!” ~KW



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