I am the lead developer of an interactive statistics tutorial that HighText Interactive and Jandel Scientific are jointly developing. Al Coons came by our booth at THE NCTM NATIONAL CONVENTION and after seeing a demonstration of the tutorial, kindly invited me to attend the AP Statistics meeting and told me about this listserv. We passed out preliminary material to the attendees at Al's meeting that describes the course. I thought others who were unable to attend the meeting or the conference might be interested in a brief description of our course. If you desire further information, please send me an e-mail.
Our course is designed for anyone desiring a first "serious" course in statistics. There are seven units (a detailed lesson plan for each unit is available, please e-mail your mailing address) which cover:
1. Basics 2. Probability Distributions 3. Sampling and Estimation 4. Testing Hypotheses 5. Chi-square and ANOVA 6. Correlation and Regression 7. Nonparametric Methods
The course is a complete self-teaching tutorial requiring only an Algebra II mathematics level. It is highly interactive, containing numerous computer-aided interactive statistics experiments, ranging from coin flipping/dice tossing to an interactive simulation that lets the user verify the sampling means distribution theory. The course also contains numerous animations, calculators for z, t, chi-square and F statistics, and is fully narrated.
Tightly integrated into the tutorial is a nearly full working version of Jandel Scientific's SigmaStat, a $495 statistical software analysis and graphing package. Digital video tutorials on how to use the software and how to apply the software to solving practical problems are contained in the tutorial in a Show and Try format. SigmaStat can be launched from within the tutorial and used to solve problems as they are presented in the tutorial.
The tutorial has built in internet access for registered owners to private Web page sites at HighText Interactive and Jandel Scientific. We intend to provide students with the ability to ask statistics experts at Jandel and HighText for help with problems.
The course will be available in June 1996 at a single copy introductory price of only $49.95. The first version will only be available for Windows95 and Windows 3.1 computers equipped with 8 megs of ram, operating under Windows95, or 16 megs of ram if operating under Windows 3.1. A sound card and a CD drive is required. Multiple copy and site licens pricing will be available at time of release.
I am very interested in getting feedback from the teaching community on this course as I want to make sure future versions are configured to meet the AP statistics requirements. Since the first version is sheduled for release in early June, I have an immediate need for reviewers who will provide quick turnaround feed back (2 weeks) on the first "beta" due out in mid May. I can provide free copies to only the first five teachers who respond. If you would like to participate in our beta test program and have a computer system that meets the requirements, please send me an e-mail.
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