The state of Minas Gerais in Brazil recognized the importance of data literacy and invited Connection Lab to lead a number of programs for various audiences in the capital of Belo Horizonte. We’ve recently published a peer-reviewed paper in the International Journal of Community Informatics about a data mural we created there with students at the PLUG Minas public/private school. Read the paper online.
Current efforts to build data literacy focus on technology-centered approaches, overlooking creative non-digital opportunities. This case study is an example of how to implement a Popular Education-inspired approach to building participatory and impactful data literacy using a set of visual arts activities with students at an alternative school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. As a result of the project data literacy among participants increased, and the project initiated a sustained interest within the school community in using data to tell stories and create social change.