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This is a session of Topic 7: Technology in Statistics education             Full topic list

(Thursday 6th, 10:30-12:30)

Interactive software targeting specific statistical concepts



We all know that students learn best by doing. And they all know how to do things on a computer, especially play. So in this session we will look at software applications that the students can play with to discover or uncover statistical concepts for themselves, and lessons and exercises based on the use of such tools.

The types of applications presented will vary from simple applications where students move a scroll bar to see an effect (for an example, download and open www.deakin.edu.au/~rodneyc/NormalProbPlot.xls - nothing fancy here - just a simple Excel spreadsheet built in just a few minutes) to much more sophisticated applications that might involve interactive game-playing. We may look at applications that illustrate basic statistical concepts but the emphasis will be on illustrating more advanced concepts, ideas or techniques.

The intention is to look at some new innovative ideas that will get the messages across to our students, and inspire our imaginations!


PaperTitlePresenter(s) / Author(s)
7D1Interactive simulations in the teaching of Statistics: promise and pitfallsCamille Peres (United States)
David Lane
7D2Interactive 3-dimensional diagrams for teaching multiple regressionDoug Stirling (New Zealand)
7D3Understanding replication: confidence intervals, p-values, and what’s likely to happen next timeGeoff Cumming (Australia)
7D4What does dragging this do? The role of dynamically changing data and parameters in building a foundation for statistical understandingWilliam Finzer (United States)