Jane Crawford▸ F-6 Digital Technologies MOOC

 Recent school swimming carnival timesheets are a fantastic data resource that can be used in lots of different ways. The data can come from any school carnival – athletics events, swimming, cross country.  The possibilities are endless from simple graphing in Junior Primary to complex compare and contrasting of decimal placings in upper primary using software to present the findings. The data can be sorted and graphed according to decimal placings and age.  Differences between genders can be explored which leads to all sorts of lessons on the physiological differences between boys and girls bodies and muscle formation.  Predictions can be made about how fast a swimmer might swim a 100m event given their 50m time from the carnival.  Differences between age groupings can also be charted and examined.  I found the best lesson was in the maths area looking at decimal placings – this activity makes decimals real and relevant and something students can understand.  Comparing swim times with qualifying times for the State carnival and with Olympic selection times gives perspective to the numbers that can be meaningless.  When children have recently gained the results themselves at a carnival, the data is much more relevant. #csertask2

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