SA 2003 project was an amazing success. The website has now had over
40 000 hits (in less than 12 months).
Below are just a few testimonials from the hundreds of teachers who have used this learning resource.
"...the Australian Science and Mathematics School made extensive use of the 2003 census with every student participating in the data collection phase and then, at a later stage, every student undertaking a significant project requiring the use of the data from the census. The students found the census data on their fellow students in SA (and beyond) of great interest and many went well beyond the set tasks ........... As a teacher I appreciate the way in which you have restricted the size of the samples that students can take - thus enabling us to practise our estimation of population parameters .........
up the good work - the census is the best statistics teaching resource currently
available to schools.
year 12s and staff at TVCS found the data from Census-on-line a most useful
resource in 2003. We used the information to gather samples and make statistical
analyses before population results were released. Students were enthused since
they knew that the data included their personal information. However we revisited
the site after the population data was released and students were asked to
carry out some more analyses on questions where I knew results were published.
This generated even more discussion as students compared sample and population
data immediately, looking at reasons for similarities and divergences. Thank
you for all your efforts to facilitate this website."
Torrens Valley Christian School.
students really enjoyed this DI and appreciated the power of the technology
to provide real data at ones finger tips. As they contributed to the data
base by putting in their student information earlier in the year they were
able to understand that the data was from real people like themselves. The
concepts associated with statistics like sample means etc were I feel more
easily understood. The students were very positive and appreciated the learning
experience. One said maths can be interesting and not always boring."
Coomandook Area School.
has been vary useful. Not only for project in year 12 Studies, but also it
is getting plenty of use with our year 11 maths - both pure and applications.
one really importany aspect is its user friendly!!"
Sacred Heart College (Senior School).