Periodic Data Collection


Technology Implementation Plan: Online Development Guide

 
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Periodic Data Collection

     Some projects are structured so that student can take turns gathering data from the Internet on a regular basis. Each day a different student is given the responsibility of checking the web site, obtaining the necessary data or information, and reporting back to class.  Keep in mind that students may need written instructions on how to gather the data so that they can work independently.  Additionally, if they need to go outside the classroom to access the Internet you may need to make special arrangements.

Example

Students in Hudson county, New Jersey monitor the air quality every day for a month, with a different student each day responsible for retrieving the data and reporting back to class. The class makes a graph or chart of the daily readings and the designated "reporter" for the day is responsible for updating the graph or chart. At the end of the month, the class reviews the graph or chart and determine if there is any trend in the data.
Questions

Consider these questions as you review your project.

  • Is there any part of the project that you have selected that lends itself to the periodic gathering of data? If so, which part? 

  • What data will be collected? 

  • Over how many days will data be collected? 

  • How will the class be organized to accommodate this type of activity?

  • Will students need written instructions on how to gather the data? If so, will you need to develop these?

  • Where will the students go to gather the data?  What arrangements may need to be made?

Resources

Periodic Information Gathering
When using real time data from the Internet it can often be necessary to collect data over a long time period.  For example, if you are interested in seeing how levels of ground level ozone change with the seasons you will need to spend several months, if not more, collecting data.  Trying to do this during regular scheduled class time can often interfere with other activities.  Instead, you can set up a data collecting schedule with your students so that each day a different student is given the responsibility of checking the web site, obtaining the necessary data or information, and reporting back to class.  They can do this either in class or by going to the library, computer lab or even from home if they have access.  This can allow you to collect large amounts of data or other information over long time periods without having to take time away from your regularly schedule class time.

 

Cooperative Groups Teacher Presentations Computer Lab Saving Online Information Learning Centers

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