Technology in statistics education
Technology can play a central role in the education of our students at all levels. Access even to simple modern technical machinery can provide alternatives to mathematical manipulations for exploring fundamental statistics concepts. New visualization technologies can provide distinctive insights into the nature of data and data patterns which assist comprehension of information and inform judgement. Virtual environments offer access to authentic scientific inquiry through simulation and through interactive modes of data manipulation. The Internet provides access to data with rich structure that is of topical importance. Technology now enables educators to reinvent the statistics curriculum and to attain sustainable experience of engaging with uncertainty, in particular through acquisition of creative computing skills for evidence-based problem solving. Thus students can be prepared for collaborative cross-disciplinary partnerships and settings, and hence to advance in the modern technological workplace. These sessions explore how technology can radically impact what students can learn and how our teaching can be substantially enhanced.