Teacher Introduction to Pandem-Data

Welcome to Pandem Data!

If you are a teacher who has already added biostatistics material to your biology course, you may have found these concepts and skills more difficult to teach than your more science-oriented course content. This is not unusual. Students often have a more difficult time with this material and are not as receptive to or engaged in the learning, depending on the approach.

Biostatistics and data science are often better received by students and more easily taught if they are situated within a real-world context. Epidemiological investigations provide an excellent context for increased student engagement and critical thinking opportunities, presenting a compelling and relevant setting for teaching the scientific method, infectious disease, epidemic modeling, data science, and mathematical reasoning.

Pandem Data supports high school biology teachers in introducing and addressing the characteristics and importance of Big Data in science and engages students’ learning about infectious disease processes, epidemiological investigations, and the use of Big Data in disease modeling simulations.

The resources in this section describe the three modules in the Pandem Data curriculum and provide tips to help you implement them:

About the Modules describes the goals and objectives of the project and provides an overview of the lessons. Suggested extensions recommend alternate activities to engage your students in the subject matter and to provide a richer experience.

Tips for Teaching with Pandem Data offers guidelines for implementation that allows you to better choose which materials will be more effective in your class, depending on your students’ grade level, ability levels, and previous science courses.

A Scope and Sequence details the order in which you should present the material, but also provides some options for content choice. Standards are aligned with each lesson of each module. For a more complete list of standards see Standards in Home.

It is our hope that this guide helps you implement Pandem Data modules and that your students benefit from an increased knowledge of infectious disease, epidemiological investigation methods, increased practice of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, application of comparison reasoning, and the collaborative atmosphere of the epidemic modeling activities.