Statistics surround us.. They explain, query, state our - habits, political persuasion, - human existence, - natural limits, - natural world…. - We should all identify with Statistics because (apologies for the grammar) they are us!So why … when some students areasked about what their favouriteMaths area is they rarely sayStats/Data??
On asking why Statistics weren’t even mentioned as a favourite Maths area“Statistics are boring – I like gamesbetter..” “I’m not sure what they are… Is that when you do the tally marks?”“Oh, we’ve done them already –you know the class eye colours?” “oh yeah – didn’t see the point in that really. It’s not like our eyes are going to change or anything.”“We’re never going to use themwhen we’re older..”
Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Effective People – The Leader in MeProgram Putting first Beginning things first with the – raw data end in mind with kids Seek first to understand Synergise then to be understood
Putting first things first –Generating raw data with kids
Flisti - A simple poll creator that allows users toshare w/ popular social networks.Obsurvey - A great site w/ a wiki-styleinterface that allows users to create surveys w/ differentstyles of questions (multiple choice, true/false, etc.).Survey Monkey - One of thebest online sites for creating surveys. The free version offers10 questions per survey, up to a 100 responses, and real-timeresults.
Vorbeo - A very easy to use site that lets users embed a poll directly into their blog/website.Ask 500 – my personal favourite because it brings up the map of where people are voting from. We can have fabulous conversations about population pools and the kids get a kick when their question is ‘hosted’.Poll Everywhere – can be used with staff, kids on computers (or phones if you have a liberal school).