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Topic: Interactive Statistics tutorial on CDROM
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Jack W. Lewis

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Interactive Statistics tutorial on CDROM
Posted: Apr 30, 1996 10:07 PM
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Hello everyone,

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.

Jack W. Lewis
HighText Interactive, Inc.
"Innovation in Adult Multimedia Courseware"
voice: 619-793-4141 fax: 619-793-1955
Order page: (type HighText)
Home page: (coming soon)

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