In my limited classroom experience, I’ve already noticed how some of the most impactful and engaging data related activities for the classroom are those which incorporate and analyse student-generated data.
As a result, one of the most useful data sources for classroom activities can be a simple survey, using either Google Forms or Microsoft Forms. Students can generate their own questions, or answer teacher generated questions, and then use the resulting information to plot their own graphs before interpreting them. When recently using this in a classroom, students not only included questions they’d seen in sample surveys (‘Where were you born?’ and ‘How old are you?’) but also added their own questions for their classmates (‘What language do you speak at home?’ and ‘What is your favourite subject?’).
Further to this, Year 4, 5 and 6 students can also generate their own data in line with HASS (Geography), Science and/or Maths outcomes using digital technologies. Examples of suitable apps include Sound Meter or Seek by iNaturalist. Sound Meter allows children to measure the volume in decibels of different spaces or places, or the same place at different times of day. This could then be collated by students into a data set and then be analysed collaboratively or independently by students in the context of a maths lesson. Seek by iNaturalist allows students to ‘collect’ specimens on the app – various Science, Maths and/or HASS activities could align with the generated data. Both apps allow students to generate interesting previously unobtainable data and do not require student email addresses or allow for communication – maximising online safety.
Misraraj, A. (2020, May 21). Seek by iNaturalist. iNaturalist. https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app
Đinh Le, T., & Thắng, L. (ND). Decibel X Pro Sound Meter. Skypaw.