Data detectives

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In preparation for the lesson, students will need to bring along an image of their pet. Those who do not own a pet, they can bring along an image of a pet they might like to own.

  1. Divide the class into small groups and provide time for each group to plan a method for collecting and recording the information. Re-group and invite each group to share its ideas. Display the suggestions and name them Methods for Collecting Data.
  2. Display the suggestions and name them Methods for Collecting Data.
  3. Create the record sheet/table for data collection.
  4. Students conduct a simple survey to collect responses from friends.
  5. Student record the survey responses using tally marks, numbers of pictures.
  6. Students organise data using tables and lists.
  7. Share findings through displays that use the computer to present data in a creative way.
  8. Demonstrate how data can be displayed digitally.
  9. Model the creation of a bar graph, pie chart or digital picture graph/pictograph. If possible use an interactive whiteboard.
  10. Whenever possible, support students to use common software, apps or chart- and graph- making tools to present their data creatively (for example as a slideshow, picture graph, bar graph or pie chart). Some software to use may be PowerPoint, Word, Microsoft Excel or Teaching Graphs App.

Curriculum Links:

Digital Technologies Curriculum Area

Knowledge and Understanding: Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams (ACTDIK002)

Processes and Production Skills : Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively(ACTDIP003

Integration :  This lesson could be links to Mathematics curriculum under Data representation and interpretation : Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them (ACMSP050).

Criticisms/concerns:  This lesson can be modified for early childhood to mid-primary years by using different software that is age and year appropriate. Additionally, there are different ways to represent data and so it will be useful to explain that there are many different ways to present data. For example, we can use colours, shapes, pictures or numbers to present our data so that people can see patterns. Students may have different ideas of representing data and need explanation that these may all be correct ways of representing the data.

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