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Larry Peterson

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Software for AP Statistics
Posted: Jan 31, 1996 5:53 PM
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I am currently teaching a class for teachers preparing to teach AP
Statistics next year. We called directly to MiniTab at Penn State
University. They sell the student versions of MiniTab for $49.95.
We ordered this for each teacher. They have all found it easy to use
and useful for student use and classroom presentations with a LCD view
screen adapter for a computer with overhead projector.

Last summer I attended a day long informational seminar by the
Development Committee for AP stats. They were quick to point out
that students can share one or two computers in a classroom
to study data that cannot be analyzed with a TI-82 or -83. The
Course Guide from the College Board stresses that course is not to
make student proficient at computer usage, but to make sure thay can
interpret results obtained from a variety of technical sources.
Students should be comfortable with the output format of well-known software
packages and how to recognize key information. The math proficiency
level required is listed as Intermediate Algebra. More emphasis will
be placed on the statistical process of setting up a study and
interpreting the results than doing the math.

Larry Peterson
Bonneville High School 801-476-5808
Home 801-731-4267

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