I'm hoping that you will be able to help us.
Our district has set a goal to have all 11th graders demonstrate their
ability to use the Internet and use a spreadsheet program. The way it is
stated is as follows:
"Given a problem situation, all 11th grade math students will
demonstrate their ability to use the Internet to obtain statistical
information and use a spreadsheet program, such as ClarisWorks or
Microsoft Office, to organize the information in a table and create an
appropriate graph. A written analysis of the data and solution to the
problem will accompany the data."
We have been told that this problem situation can be anything of our
choosing. We will be having a dept. meeting in a week to brainstorm for
this project.(Of course, I only have 7 juniors. But I will have to meet
this goal with them, and extend this project to the tenth graders in
those classes as well!)
My real problem is that I would like to relate this whole internet
experience to the class which they are currently taking - GEOMETRY. I
think that the whole spreadsheet would lend itself very easily to
algebra concepts, but I guess I'm having a problem making the leap to
geometry with the statistics end of this project.
ANY IDEAS?
Marylu