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Developing Authentic Assessments

Developing authentic formative and summative assessments is challenging, so this column will focus assessment from overarching frameworks to suggestions for lesson-specific assessments.

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Technology Insights

In this column, we will discuss and describe educational technology to support K–12+ pedagogy and practice.

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Where’s Wenda: An Activity on Teaching Middle-School Students Data Privacy

In an attempt to create a hands-on activity based on an interesting and advanced topic (data privacy), we designed a statistics activity called, Where's Wenda, named after the female character in the Where's Waldo books. Since data privacy can be an abstract idea, we wanted students to imagine that Wenda and all the other people in the Where’s Waldo world are people in a data set.

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When Losing Is Winning: An Exploratory Analysis of Data from The Biggest Loser

Students should be exposed to current and interesting data sets. Most, if not all, will have at least some familiarity with The Biggest Loser television show making this activity a great example of using real-world data.

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Sharing a Birthday: Technology-Supported Investigations in Middle School

Although it is clearly possible for two people to share a birthday, our experiences (and intuition) inform us that it is more likely that two people will have different birthdays. That is to say, the probability of a shared birthday between two people is close to zero. However, the chance of a shared birthday may increase if a larger group of people is considered.

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Lesson Plan: EllipSeeIt—Visualizing Strength and Direction of Correlation

(Grades 6–12+) Originally published in February 2017, this lesson focuses on correlation as a way of measuring the strength and direction of a linear association between two numerical variables.

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