Love Statistics? Love Desmos? Want to Make Something Amazing?

I have a problem, and I need your help.

I love teaching young students about data and statistics. And I enjoy finding ways to make data and statistics matter more to young students. I’m troubled by how we teach students to think about data and statistics, and I have some ideas on how we can make it better.

I wrote two blog posts about my thinking here and here, but let’s cut right to the chase in this post.

I have an idea about how to use Desmos and Estimation180 to make short (10-15 minute) activities that get students talking and debating about data and statistics. I need some collaborators that know the Computational Layer for Desmos to help me make these activities.

I’m making some headway learning the Computational Layer by myself, but I’m a dreadfully slow and inefficient learner on my own. I’m seeking some collaboration. You can find a deck of Desmos slides that describe the flow of the activity here. I’ve made notes in the Teacher Tips and also in the components to explain what I’m trying to figure out on the computational layer.

I’m hoping that the #MTBoS community can help me crowdsource this. I’ll bribe you with beer, wine, coffee, nerdy t-shirts, a handwritten sonnet, younameit. Maybe you think it’s worth making, and you want to help because we need better instructional tools to make statistics alive, dynamic, and worth talking about for our students.

If you have a few minutes, please give the activity a look. Can we make it work? How can we make it better?

Shoot me an email if you’d like, find me on Twitter, or post in the comments.

Stay nerdy my friends.

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