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Session 7G. Software Tools Designed for Statistics Education

Session Organizer(s)

Rodney Carr (Australia) rodneyc@deakin.edu.au

Session Abstract

There are many software packages that are used in statistical education - one could count just about any of the "standard" statistical packages, for example. In this session we will see some innovative tools and packages that are more than computational aids. Possible examples:

- Interactive packages that allow for rapid "what-if" investigations to be carried out by students;
- Packages that incorporate tutorials that guide the user to appropriate analyses and maybe explain the underlying ideas at the same time;
- Packages that provide visual simulations illustrating various statistical procedures;
- Products that incorporate new ways for visualizing data.

We will possibly include software development tools that, while not specifically designed for statistical education, can be used to produce such tools. Flexible tools such as MS Excel could fit into this category, for example.

Talks that demonstrate new and interesting ways of using existing software products for teaching and learning may be incorporated into the session.

This is not a session where software developers simply display their products, and we are especially interested in new and innovative ideas that might stimulate active discussions and encourage other people to experiment and come up with ideas of their own. At this stage, it is not essential that the ideas be supported by research showing pedagogical benefit, but such evidence would be nice; at least we would hope to discuss plans for such research.

Presentations

Presentation 7G1 Using Excel to Teach Statistics in New Zealand Secondary Schools
Owen Giles (New Zealand)
Siva Ganesh (New Zealand)
Presentation 7G2 A Data Analysis Tool that Organizes Analysis by Variable Types
Rodney Carr (Australia)
Presentation 7G3 Using Fathom to Promote Dynamic Explorations of Statistical Concepts Robin Lock (USA)

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