AP Statistics implements DataCamp

Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics teacher Dr. Alison Shelton has reinforced DataCamp, a free online website that teaches students data science, in her class curriculum to encourage her students to familiarize themselves with basic programming languages such as R, Python and Data Visualization.

Because the AP Statistics exam requires students to be able to read computer output, Shelton assigns her students activities from DataCamp every other week to expose them to course lessons and practice problems.

“One of the things I really like about DataCamp is [that] it gives you the opportunity to work with the real data and make statistical decisions, even if you’re using a Chromebook, which doesn’t run the programs,” Shelton said. “One of the reasons I started looking into it is because I was looking for ways for my students to be able to use these programs over the web browser. The fact that you can use DataCamp on the web browser is what I really like.”

Shelton is now integrating DataCamp more this year than the past few years because she was offered the premium subscription, in which her students have access to all DataCamp courses offered on the site.

“DataCamp is a very simple and accessible student tool. It allows us to learn coding in a simplistic manner. It is beneficial because the future is all about coding and technology, and everything will be done on a computer,” AP Statistics student senior Sebastian Hernandez said. “In order to get a good job, coding is important, and DataCamp helps with that.”

With DataCamp, Shelton hopes students become more comfortable with data analysis and technology in general. Students will continue to have access to DataCamp beyond this school year.

“I like that I’m helping my students learn how to use a software that’s free, so if they need to do some statistical analysis when they get to college, they can,” Shelton said. “I hope that they are more comfortable with using technology in general, because a lot of the newest jobs that are being created, even the ones that aren’t here yet, are technology-based. So the more comfortable [you are] utilizing technology as a tool, then the more earning power you’re going to have in the long run.”

By Olivia Chiang, Coverage lead
Photo by Emily Ng

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