Bias in Statistics and an Introduction to Technology Activity (Elementary Statistics Activity)
This is a perfect activity for a beginning statistics class! The activity discusses bias in statistics and how easily numbers and opinions can be influenced. Furthermore, the activity takes students through the basics of data input into a graphing calculator or a spreadsheet.
Activity Evaluation: Students will have the option to save and turn in the spreadsheet they created during the activity. Evaluation for the graphing calculator portion must be by teacher observation, depending on the technology available in the classroom.
A TI-84 graphing calculator is used in this activity, but the concepts are similar for any other graphing calculator. Similarly, Microsoft Excel 2011 for Mac is used in this activity, but the concepts are similar for any other spreadsheet software.
This activity includes:
-Guided Notes and Activity (PDF, PowerPoint, and SMART Notebook)
-Blank Guided Notes and Activity (PDF and SMART Notebook)
-Explain how statistics can be used and misused.
-Explain the importance of computers and calculators in statistics.
-Understand the basics of using a graphing calculator for statistics.
-Understand the basics of using Microsoft Excel (or other spreadsheet software) for statistics.
-Input raw data into a list on a graphing calculator.
-Sort a list on a graphing calculator.
-Find One-Variable Statistics on a graphing calculator.
-Use multiple lists on a graphing calculator.
-Input raw data into a spreadsheet.
-Make visual adjustments to a spreadsheet.
Optional Technology Objectives:
-Create a drop down menu in a spreadsheet.
-Name the spreadsheet in a workbook.
-Freeze the column headings in a spreadsheet.
-Sort the data in a spreadsheet.
Common Core Standards:
S.IC.6 - Evaluate reports based on data.
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