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Topic: AP Stats software -Reply
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Timothy Brown

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AP Stats software -Reply
Posted: Apr 9, 1996 8:09 AM
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Welcome, Julie. There's been a lot of discussion about computer
software on this list over the past few months, and if my memory
serves me the most commonly mentioned packages (for the Mac, anyway)
are MINITAB and DATA DESK. My preference is MINITAB, but I'm not an
expert, and you'll get a score of other rec's.

I'm responding to you message because I'd like to hear from the
group about exactly how important people feel computer software *is*.
I am trying to teach the AP syllabus for the first time this year,
and I find that it takes a conscious effort to involve the computer,
because *everything* can be done with the TI-82 and some freeware
that is readily available at NCTM conferences (stuff that I suspect
will be built-in on the TI-83). Why do we need computers? It feels
artificial to employ a sledgehammer to drive a thumbtack. Especially
when every student can have the calculator in their hands.

Tim Brown
Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-895-2050



>>> Todd and Julie Reulbach <reulba@bgsm.edu> - 4/8/96 5:33 PM >>>
Hello! My school system is going to be starting the AP Stats
class and will have great access to computers. I was wondering if
anyone could recommend computer software for the course. The AP
Stats info book had a listing of many, but I don't know what is good
(or NOT good). If anyone has any info on either one, please let me
know!!

Thanks, Julie Reulbach








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