Advancements in data technology provide easy access to open data sets that can act as raw material to promote data competencies in the education domain. In this study, we investigate how open data can be used to develop digital and data literacy skills among secondary school students (ages 11–15). Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, we identify how data collection and analysis can be integrated into school education using openly available data sets. We also test the usability of a platform for secondary schools that allows teachers to identify and use open data sets when teaching school subjects such as math, science, and geography. The results suggest that open data have the potential to advance the digital and data skills essential for future generations, as well as enable them to understand their surroundings by using real data sets as part of their subjects. The results also demonstrate that the Open Data Interface helps educators utilize open educational data sets in schools.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104294
JournalComputers and Education
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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  • Digital and data skills
  • Human-computer interface
  • Improving classroom teaching
  • Secondary education
  • Usability assessment


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