It’s never too early to start building data skills
Many higher education institutions have realized the importance of equipping future graduates with data skills. What NYGH has demonstrated is that students are capable of learning and applying these skills much earlier.
Discussing the school’s decision to make data viz a part of the year seven curriculum, Mr. Goh said it would be a waste for students to not make use of the data available to them today.
“If they don’t learn now, when? We believe it’s never too early to see, think, and interact with data,” said Mr. Goh. “Children are already accustomed to seeing data each day, from their YouTube viewer stats to their Spotify stream numbers.”
Visual analytics simplify learning and exploration
In the past, NYGH students learned about data through more traditional statistics lessons. They analyzed smaller datasets with the help of a calculator and plotted graphs with pen-and-paper. These classical skill sets are inadequate for the 21st century, leading the school to develop its own Data Viz curriculum leveraging Tableau.
“Students seldom have the opportunity to search for their own data, interact with that data, and derive their own conclusions and meaning,” said Mr. Goh. “Tableau’s interactivity and ease of use is a game changer and empowers students to be their own knowledge builders.”
With Tableau, students do not have to be experts in working with spreadsheets or write their own code to analyze or visualize their own data. Instead, they can create interactive dashboards using intuitive features like drag-and-drop and in just a few mouse clicks.