Students entering University in South Africa are generally diverse in cultural background, motivation, academic orientation, learning sophistication and stages of emotional maturity. They may have home or first languages other than the language of the tertiary classroom. The home language may possibly also be without a published text in statistics, or even without a statistical vocabulary of its own. Students’ interests and the school curricula to which they were exposed mean they will also vary in access to and experience of technology of any kind (smartphones, pc, internet, etc.). This presentation will describe ideas used to capture the imagination of students, using classroom examples and techniques to create the experience of small learning environments where every student matters even within large lectures.