Michael Shelly asked for some feedback about software possibilities for the AP stats course. The student version of Minitab certainly is one possibility, but costs about $50+ per student, as I recall.
A similar possibility is to use the student version of Data Desk, which is less expensive (< 30$ per student), and which in my opinion is a better program, and better suited to the AP course. (Our students are presently using DD in a Mac Lab--not without problems, but these details don't seem important at the moment).
A third possibility is to ask students to purchase the new TI-83 graphing calculator. Students often seem to accept a calculator (portability? stronger sense of ownership?) more completely than software that may be available only at school, etc. The -83 is expected to be available in May or June, will cost about the same as the -82, and is specifically designed to be (among other things) suitable for the AP stats course.
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