2+2 != Maths

September 17, 2011

Update: iPad Gaming in Math and Science

Filed under: classroom — Numbat @ 17:45
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Hi All,

a few weeks ago I was really excited about this lesson I’d prepared for my Year 7 ICT class.

As the early indicators showed, the kids were even more excited about the class than I anticipated, perhaps too excited.  During the experiments they were far more interested in the “procedure” than the “recording” and while many of them obtained some excellent data, getting that data out of them in a usable format was quite difficult.

Still, the whole thing was a huge success both with the students and for myself and I am already planning on improving it for next year.  I can also see how I can expand on this lesson for stats class in Maths by introducing an analysis and graphs of the results.

The first thing I need to do is to give the students more time. If there’s anything I’ve learned this year it’s that I am underestimating the amount of time students take to do things.  Even simple things like fill in a short survey take them a lot longer that I expect.

With that in mind, I offer the following data to anyone who’d like to analyse some real world, student collected data.  I asked the students to fill in a short survey I’d created before they did their own experiment so that I could collect some data for myself.  It was a rushed job, a last minute thought and I needed to do better.  Next year I will plan it and present it to the students better, perhaps even get them to assist with the preparation, so that the data might be more comprehensive.

If you use this data and find some conclusions please come back and share them with us here in the comments.


The data file is in excel format and has notes for each of the columns on a separate sheet.  The data file can be downloaded here iPad Experimental Data


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