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Education News - April, 2010
1. CensusAtSchool News
Questionnaire NOW OPEN - MAKE YOUR SCHOOL COUNT
The 2010 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire is NOW OPEN. The questionnaire for 2010 is proving to be very popular with thousands of students already submitting their questionnaires. Be part of the fun for 2010! Get your class to fill in the engaging, interactive and FREE online questionnaire. The collection phase closes in 80 days. Don't miss out. CensusAtSchool is suitable for Grade 5 to Year 12, as it can be used for simple graphing of data, or more complex regression analysis - and everything in between.
The 2010 questionnaire is shorter than previous years and includes 30 questions on topics about students, including their lifestyle (e.g. method of travel to school, favourite type of music and use of technology), characteristics (e.g. eye colour, height) and opinions on environmental issues. There are also interactive questions to test reaction time and concentration.
Data for the 2010 Questionnaire will be released in July; however data from previous years (2006 and 2008) is available now. CensusAtSchool will run annually from now on. Participation from students across the country and in different year levels is vital to ensure there is adequate data available in the database for students to take samples from different areas and year levels. Do it today! The questionnaire closes on July 2.
New to CensusAtSchool TEACHER SOLUTIONS
CensusAtSchool Maths lessons (CaSMa) have all been updated and now have teacher notes and solutions. This makes it much easier for you to incorporate these into your classroom practice. For further detail, refer to section 3 below or see NEW Teacher Solutions.
CensusAtSchool is now on FACEBOOK
CensusAtSchool Australia is now available on Facebook! Become a fan to receive the latest CensusAtSchool updates including news, events and discover interesting facts. Discuss topics and share lesson plan ideas with other teachers. Click on the following link to view Facebook: CensusAtSchool Australia Facebook.
2. An Idea for the Classroom - Mathematics
This activity has been designed to align with Year 3 content descriptions as outlined in the Draft National Curriculum. Students demonstrate their ability to read, interpret and assimilate information presented in graphs and tables. The four representations show different aspects of one student’s typical Saturday and the task involves students writing a story that meshes together the important details. They can choose to write as a diary or in narrative form using first or third person.
Teacher notes with more ideas for implementing and extending this lesson as well as graphs sets suitable for Years 4 to 7 are available from the Mathematics Extended Activities page on the ABS website. Select 'Four Graph Stories'.
My Four Graph Story Student Worksheet A
When data is collected it is organised into tables and graphs so that any patterns or trends can be quickly identified. The following tables and graphs relate to the activities of a student on one typical Saturday.
Use this set of graphs as the basis to write a story about how the student spends the Saturday. The student can be you or someone completely made up. You must use the information from all of the graphs and tables. Everything you write must be accurate and based on these facts, however you need to make your story as interesting as possible. You can write it as a diary or a story.
Figure 1: Pie Chart Set A
Figure 2: Picture Graph Set A
Figure 3: Bar Graph Set A
Figure 4: Dot Graph Set A
We would love to hear feedback from anyone who finds the activity useful or has ideas for improving it.
Do you have a classroom idea that uses ABS data or ABS Education products? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share it with schools around Australia.
3. NEW Teacher Solutions
Answers for CensusAtSchool Lessons
4. ABS Resources for Teachers - Online Video Tutorials
Education Services has created a range of online video tutorials for teachers. These tutorials have been designed to help teachers find ABS data on the website and introduce them to key ABS products of particular interest to teachers and students. Census focused tutorial topics include community profiles, MapStats and QuickStats. There are a range of online tutorials with a focus on national statistics for commerce and economics teachers. Subjects include Key National Indicators, National Accounts and Consumer Price Index. The last group of online tutorials focuses on key products of interest to teachers including Australian Social Trends, Measure of Australia's Progress and Yearbook Australia.
Follow the link to view the tutorials: ABS Resources for Teachers - Online Video Tutorials
5. New Animated Indigenous Population Pyramid
6. Community Pages - We Want Your Work
Student work for the online Community pages
Have your students been using lessons or data from the ABS? Teachers are invited to submit by post or email exemplary student work to the ABS Education Services Unit. From these, lessons and data will be chosen to be posted in the Community pages of the Education Services section of the ABS website with acknowledgement given to the student and the school. When submitting lessons or data, remember to include your permission to publish work with both your name and school. Also, please ensure that you include your contact details so we can contact you if necessary.
7. Watch This Space
Teaching and Learning Tools for the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum has been recently released, and one of the three Mathematics strands is Statistics and Probability. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Services team will be providing lots of support materials such as student worksheets and marking rubrics through the web pages to provide teachers with a rich collection of resources to draw on.
8. Recently Released Publications
Remember, all ABS publications are free to download from the ABS website.
Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4530.0)
You can view the full range of previously released publications from the ABS under Previous Releases.
9. Contact Details
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Mail: GPO Box 2796
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