I hope all who traveled to NCTM arrived home safe and rejuvenated. While at the conference I did some thinking (daydreaming??) about how to make my computer lab sessions more interactive. I would like to learn more about Minitab macros in the hopes that the lessons could be more demonstrative of stat topics. Christine Sarris, the Minitab rep at NCTM, pointed me to the minitab home page (http://www.minitab.com) which has sample macros in the support section. One macro demonstrates the central limit theorem. Anyhoo, the reason for the rambling Sunday night message is to solicit some feedback:
Are there experienced stat teachers who have written education specific macros that they would be willing to share? I would be willing to serve as a collector/compiler of these macros to be posted or distributed at a later date.
Should this be a session at NCTM next year?
I think this could be a means (sorry) for extending the abilities of some of my high end students. With such a wide variety of abilities in AP Stats, I am always looking for ÃÂmini-projectsÃÂ for kids to do and macro writing may appeal to the kids that enjoy programming. However, in order to teach macro writing I guess it would be a good idea to learn about them first. (Right now I know only the basics, but am willing to learn!!!) I realize that this is a busy time of year, but if the macros are collected now they can be distributed before the summer.
Any ideas or suggestions??
Happy reviewing!!! Frank --
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. -- Socrates
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