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Data is the element of the 21st century classroom

The role of a teacher is changing into a data analyst who would have to sieve through a huge amount of data to find information that would be backed up as evidence of effective practices implemented in a classroom.


Data and record-keeping have been a powerful source towards tracking the growth of humanity. Today we can look back from those records and data to compare, analyze and speculate the future.

No other era has been as data-wise as the 21st century. The biggest network called www(world wide web) has become a cauldron for crunching data for every activity worldwide. Today every business and its balance sheets are a summary of numbers that generates huge information for both stakeholders and clients. With a large database, people can make better choices and leading to the smooth functioning of their businesses or trades.


The era of big data

All the activity of an individual on the internet is being analyzed to extract information. This process has taken the world by storm lately. Data mining has sipped in everything; from a website, an app to a single click of a net surfer. A simple example is a tailored advert while surfing the web. A single click by a net surfer reaches millions of data crunchers who would meet the needs of millions of client-hungry businesses. Hence all the adverts projected, on your side panels of the screen, while browsing websites would target your search curiosity.


Data Analyst

The role and job of a data analyst is and will be the job of the future till the combination of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and quantum computer merges together. A piece of news published about the US visa authority & future modification to its policy is worth noting. The US visit visa will be issued only after analyzing the 5 years of the web search history of an individual. This piece of news demonstrates how much information can be extracted from available data through analyzing the online presence of an individual. Data is not a bugbear but a piece of complex information among numbers that provides clarity to take informed decisions.


Teacher dominated era

In the past, teaching was dominated by teachers, and hence their words were a final judgment on the progress of teaching and learning. However, in the present era, data-wise decisions have become a pillar for charting the roadmap of success collectively by various stakeholders in education.


Teacher as a data analyst

The knowledge of collecting and analyzing teachers could assist in taking the best educational decisions for learners. Moreover, it also allows teachers to self-reflect upon their own pedagogy. With data in hand, teachers could identify areas of concern and plan intervention or extension of learning for their pupils. Similarly, compiled data could provide teachers with concrete information about their own proficiency, areas of strength, and areas of development. All this information through data would help to chart the learning journey of both teachers and learners.

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