Empowering Digital Natives: InstaClone - A Novel Approach to Data Literacy Education in the Age of Social Media

Anna Hartl, Elena Starke, Angelina Voggenreiter, Doris Holzberger, Tilman Michaeli, Jürgen Pfeffer

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Abstract

Social media has become an integral part of the lives of young people, who, despite being regarded as digital natives, lack essential skills in terms of the reflective use of data, thus underscoring the potential of computing education to empower their data literacy. To this end, this paper presents InstaClone, an innovative educational tool for classrooms that allows students to engage with social media platforms within a secure learning environment. With an appearance and functionality resembling Instagram, InstaClone offers a lifelike learning environment in which students can generate data, which are then processed and visualized on integrated data analytics dashboards, facilitating the development of individual data literacy. A case study with year 9 and year 10 students in a K-12 computer science class demonstrated that InstaClone convincingly emulates the real platform and that students benefit from using the tool by developing a deeper understanding of the data collected by social media platforms and the underlying algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2024 - Proceedings of the 55th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages484-490
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9798400704239
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2024
Event55th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2024 - Portland, United States
Duration: 20 Mar 202423 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2024 - Proceedings of the 55th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Volume1

Conference

Conference55th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland
Period20/03/2423/03/24

Keywords

  • computer science education
  • data literacy
  • k-12
  • social media

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