Tuva Releases Tuva Premium Giving Educators Interactive, Graphical Tools and Content to Teach Data Literacy
Data and Statistics Training Solutions for K-12, Higher Ed and Corporate Markets
NEW YORK – October 5, 2015 – Data about California’s significant drought are more plentiful than rainfall and Tuva is helping students learn how to analyze and interpret this information. Tuva – a data literacy platform where teachers use interactive, visual graphing tools and curated datasets to teach problem solving, modeling, evidence-based thinking and other essential skills – has launched Tuva Premium to give educators hundreds of curated datasets from authentic primary sources. Click to tweet.
Teachers across all subject areas, including math, science, social studies and language arts are grasping for ways to teach data, measurement, probability and statistics not only because new learning standards (including the CCSS, NGSS and the new SATs) require it but because our data-laden society needs citizens to be able to make sound, informed decisions. (See the California drought data set here.)
“Being able to critically think about and make sense of data and information have become gateway skills for successful participation in the workforce and civic engagement with our community,” said Harshil Parikh, Tuva founder and CEO. “Tuva Premium gives teachers access to our entire, growing bank of curated datasets as well as ready-to-use, inquiry-based activities and tasks.”
Now with Tuva Premium, teachers can choose from hundreds of additional primary sources including NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NASA, the U.S. Census Bureau, the World Bank and many others. Teachers use these data sets, alongside Tuva’s interactive, easy-to-use graphing and charting tools, to bring inquiry-based activities and lessons into their classroom. Students can choose from a dot plot, bar chart, histogram, box plot or other ways to display the data and then consider what the chart tells them about the attributes’ relationships as they develop foundational analytical skills.
In addition to curated sets, teachers and students can upload their own datasets into their own secure and private repository. For example, students around the country have used Tuva to explore, visualize and analyze data from their biology, chemistry and physics labs.
“Tuva is addressing a very real need, empowering educators to teach and learners to learn data, statistics, modeling and evidence-based thinking. Our research-based, interactive and highly visual graphing tools make data come alive for learners,” added Parikh. “We are pleased to offer Tuva Premium to schools and districts across the country.”
Tuva is a data literacy company that offers solutions for K-12 as well as enterprises. Tuva helps data novices and learners develop data literacy and critical thinking skills through graphical, interactive analysis of curated datasets from open data sources. Activities guide learners through analysis and interpretation of data and teach how to spot patterns and extract useful information – essential gateway skills for STEM jobs and full workforce participation in the 21st Century. Visit tuvalabs.com to learn more. @TuvaLabs #dataliteracy #opendata
Apperson Expands Internationally
Europe then Australia to have access to Apperson’s award-winning assessments
Charlotte, N.C. – Oct. 2, 2015 – Assessment leader Apperson is bringing the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), an assessment and intervention system that addresses students’ social and emotional (SEL) skills to the United Kingdom through its partnership with Hogrefe Ltd., Europe’s leading publisher of psychology journals, books and psychometric assessments. Based in Oxford in the UK, Hogrefe supplies a wide range of assessments for use in clinical psychology, health, social care and education. Hogrefe Ltd. offers Apperson its first reach into the European market.
Apperson is also bringing the DESSA to Australia for the first time through a partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a leading nonprofit educational research center based in Camberwell, a suburb of Melbourne. ACER will leverage Apperson’s cloud-based application, Evo Social & Emotional, to bring the benefits of the DESSA to a whole new continent.
“Hogrefe is a leader in selling scientifically validated assessment tools in schools in the UK and throughout Europe and ACER has built a strong reputation with education policy makers and professional practitioners,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “It is important for educators in every country to understand their students’ social and emotional skills. By understanding the whole child, educators are best able to serve the needs of each and every student.”
Research shows that a child’s social and emotional health impacts his or her academic performance. Apperson’s Evo SEL platform helps educators measure and track students’ social and emotional competencies over time while providing targeted, interventions and teacher resources to specifically address children with needs and to further build upon existing strengths. The tool uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (the DESSA), a strength-based standardized screening and assessment tool, to measure a child’s social and emotional development and identify students who may be at risk for social-emotional difficulties. Schools and other youth serving organizations can use that data to employ intervention strategies. This can help reduce behavioral issues and improve academics.
Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information. To learn more about Apperson, visit http://www.apperson.com/.