Designed for KS3 students, TinkerPlots brings an interactive dynamic dimension to data explorations in maths and science classrooms!

TinkerPlots helps students see the connection between collecting and analysing data and formulating and testing their own hypotheses.

TinkerPlots was developed by the Statistics Education Research group (SERG) at the University of Massachusetts. The group's mission is to better understand how people reason about probability, statistics and data analysis, and to use this understanding to improve the teaching of these topics.

Students use TinkerPlots to create colourful visual representations of data - making sense out of numbers and recognising patterns as they unfold. TinkerPlots' amazing computer learning environment lets students learn by investigation. Download TinkerPlots leaflet.

What can you and your students do with TinkerPlots?

• Collect data. Download data from the Internet, copy and paste it from another program, or enter it by hand.
• Design your own plot. Organise data by ordering, stacking, and separating data icons to create pie charts, histograms, scatter plots, or graphs of your own creation. Colour the icons by another attribute to show even more patterns.
• Drag the data. Or add more, or delete some, or just select it. Whatever you do, every representation and calculation updates automatically.
• Investigate cool data. TinkerPlots comes with about 40 data sets covering everything from the weight of students' backpacks to the orbit of the planets. Each data set has a question to get you started.
• Make use of support options. Can't remember how to do it? Use TinkerPlots Help. It even has movies that show you some of the basics.
• Master the coursework. Explain the problem, show your data and graphs, outline your process, write your conclusion - you can do it all in TinkerPlots - and print out your work.
• Share your data. Teachers and students from all around the world can post data on the Online Resource Centre.

Above: A look at the nutritional value of cereals. Click on screenshots to see bigger versions

Minimum System Requirements: Windows: Pentium-based system or equivalent, Windows 98, XP or later, 64mb RAM, 100mb free disk space.
Macintosh: PowerPC-based system, Mac OS 10.1 or later, 128mb RAM, 100mb free disk space. Published by KCP.

Prices and Licences

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