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Volume 4, Number 10

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8 March 1999                                    Vol. 4, No. 10


ThinkQuest for Tomorrow's Teachers | Rice Virtual Statistics Lab |
Stats for Writers THINKQUEST FOR TOMORROW'S TEACHERS A contest that offers $500,000 in prize money to K-12 teachers, prospective teachers, and higher education faculty, challenging collaborative teams to build exceptional Web-based educational materials for K-12 classrooms or teacher-education programs, and promoting the effective use of technology as an everyday tool for students. There are three award categories: - materials by grade groups (K-4, 5-8, etc.) - materials by content area (e.g., science and mathematics) - materials that can be used in teacher education (tools to be used by college faculty in teaching prospective teachers) New changes to the rules make it easier to participate, and the deadline for 1999 entries has been extended to March 31. For information on eligibility and how to enter to win cash prizes, see: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- RICE VIRTUAL LAB IN STATISTICS - Rice University A comprehensive interactive resource for studying statistics, in four modules: - HyperStat Online An introductory-level hypertext statistics book, with links to other statistics resources on the Web. - Simulations/Demonstrations Java applets that display simulations on topics such as: binomial distribution, the central limit theorem, Chi Square, confidence interval, correlation, central tendency, regression, skew, t-test, and more. You may also search for simulations by keyword. - Case Studies Examples of real data with analyses and interpretation. - Data Analysis Lab Some basic statistical analysis tools. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- STATISTICS EVERY WRITER SHOULD KNOW - Robert Niles Numbers can't talk, but may tell you as much as human sources can. Here in plain English are some basic statistics concepts every reader and writer should know: - for beginners: mean, median, percent - the next step: per capita and rates, standard deviation and normal distribution, margin of error and confidence interval, data analysis - FAQ: sample sizes - where to go for help: the Stats Board See also Finding Data on the Internet, a journalist's guide: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Internet Resources Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \

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