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.
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