Statistics Resources

This week I will be studying Statistics with both Year 8 (UK, age 12-13) and Year 12 (UK, age 16-17). This prompted me to revisit my Statistics and Probability Resources list and happily I was reminded of some of the excellent resources available. (This is one of many lists on the I’m Looking For……page).

To highlight a few sites from that list:

From the always excellent Standards Unit, we have ‘Mostly Statistics‘. An activity I particularly like which has worked very well in class is S4 Understanding mean Median Mode and Rangeselecting the link takes you to a new page which includes a PowerPoint for the activity with an introduction and the solutions.

I have mentioned Hans Rosling’s excellent use of Gap Minder before. Note the links to a guide to the software and a page for teachers.

For more data sets, also for some very useful Excel files see Douglas Butler’s collection.

Another site I posted on some time ago is Mike Hadden’s excellent collection of resources which includes several Statistics resources.

For older students Jonny Griffiths has a wonderful collection of activities – Making Statistics Vital.

An excellent source of real data for students, from unicef, ‘The State of the World’s Children‘; choosing a report for any year will show you several downloads including some under the heading Statistics; these include Excel files such as this:  SOWC_2013_Stat_Tables_EFS_FINAL

The Tools and Calculators section of the list includes virtual dice, also coins and dice simulations.

A quote to end the list!
“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.”
Mark Twain.

7 comments on “Statistics Resources

  1. Pingback: Math Teachers at Play #62 | Let's Play Math!

      • I have used ‘Counting Trees’ to discuss the impact of sampling with a Stats GCSE class discussing specific sampling methods but this could be discussed without this specific knowledge. Softdrinks is great as a starter to discuss conclusions on samples and I intend to use ‘German vs English’ as a starter later this week to discuss the interpretation and use of pie charts.(Update to follow!)
        I love these tasks since they are truly rich(hence they rightly ‘live’ in your rich task list) and stimulate some really nice discussions.
        Thanks for your blog again – it really makes me think about some of my favorite resources every weekend, too.


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