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Education News - October, 2010
1. CensusAtSchool News
2010 CensusAtSchool Summary Data NOW AVAILABLE
Summary data from the 2010 CensusAtSchool project is now available to view online. This summary data is useful in many ways such as looking at trends, habits or lifestyle of Australian students. You can also make comparisons of students between states and year levels.
The 2010 summary data contains an array of interesting results:
The 2010 Summary Data is available from the Education Services website. Please note that this data is only made up from Australian students who voluntarily completed the questionnaire; it is not representative of all Australian students.
Teacher Registrations now open
Teachers new to the CensusAtSchool project can set up a CensusAtSchool Teacher Account from the CensusAtSchool webpages. It's quick and easy to complete! Choose your school using a postcode or keyword search then create a username and password. Once you have set up your account, it will remain active year after year.
Teachers who have previously set up a Teacher Account do not need to re-register. You can simply log on using the CensusAtSchool Account Login from the CensusAtSchool webpages. If you have forgotten your username or password go to the Forgotten Password section and submit your registered email address.
The Teacher Account is used to generate Student Access Numbers (SAN) that students need in order to submit a questionnaire in 2011.
Remember, the more schools that participate, the richer the data resource for teachers and students to use in the classroom.
More Quick C@S Mathematics Activities Available
View the latest Quick C@S Mathematics Activities available online including more activities for Year 11 and Year 12 students. All Quick C@S Mathematics lessons are designed to take about 20 minutes in the classroom and there are activities for all year levels from Grade 5 to Year 12. Each activity can be can be used as is, or you can modify them for your class and learning environment.
Solutions and Marking Rubrics NOW AVAILABLE for C@S Mathematics Extended Lessons
Our Teacher Consultants Jean Arnott and Mary-Anne Aram have been busy adding Teacher Solutions and Marking Rubrics to the CensusAtSchool Mathematics Extended (CaSMa) lessons already available online. Solutions for each lesson include teachers' notes, whilst Marking Rubrics cover the following areas of proficiency: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. Each individual lesson contains Teacher Solutions and Marking Rubrics as Word attachments at the bottom of the individual lesson page.
Below is an example of the Marking Rubric available with the CaSMa01 lesson on Eye Colour:
Become a Fan of CensusAtSchool on Facebook today
Did you know that CensusAtSchool has a Facebook page. Become a fan of us on Facebook to join the CensusAtSchool community!
Our Facebook page is a fantastic opportunity for you to discuss CensusAtSchool and share your views with other teachers and users of CensusAtSchool. Discuss the new 2010 Data, how you will use CensusAtSchool in the classroom, and share tips with other teachers to make the most of the CensusAtSchool experience!
Become a fan of our Facebook page – just visit the link Facebook and click ‘like’ – you will also receive regular updates about CensusAtSchool. Join the CensusAtSchool Facebook community today. It’s fun!
2. STATS QUEST: We Want Your Students’ Work for Our Community Pages
Student work for the online Community pages
Have your students been using lessons or data from the ABS? Teachers are invited to submit copies of exemplary student work by post, fax or email to the ABS Education Services Unit. From these, student work will be selected to be posted on the Education Services web pages with acknowledgement given to the student and the school.
You can find the submission form on our web pages Education Services For Teachers and clicking on the Stats Quest and Competitions link.
All students who submit work, regardless of whether or not it is displayed on our web pages, will be acknowledged with a certificate... a great way to reward students and promote high quality work in your classroom!
Please note that, unfortunately, we are unable to return original work samples.
3. An Idea for the Classroom - Mathematics
Article created by Jean Arnott - Maths Specialist Teacher Consultant
4. International Statistics Poster Competition - Get Ready for 2011
The International Statistical Literacy Project is running the second International Statistics Poster Competition for students. Currently there are 20 countries involved. Each country coordinates a national competition with the winning entries sent to the ISLP who choose an international winner. Winners will be acknowledged at the 58th ISI World Statistics Congress in Dublin, Ireland in August 2011.
students born in 1995 and younger and students born in 1992 or younger.
Teams: must be either 2 or 3 students and registered with ISLP by a teacher
Format: physical—A1 (841594 mm) or electronic—file size maximum 2 MB
Registration, guidelines and teacher’s notes for the competition can be found on the ISLP website.
5. Interact with ABS Data!
Recently the ABS released a number of new interactive tools to help visually display the data it produces. Called Interact with our data the tools include animated graphs of population and relative population change, capital city house price movements over time and more.
Watch how the population has changed in your State/Territory since 1788 and how it compares to other States/Territories.
Calculate what the purchasing power of $5 in 1901 would be in 2008 (you can use values up to $10,000,000 and years between 1901 and 2010).
See how the population and median age for each State and Territory is projected to change between now and 2056.
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6. Celebrate World Statistics Day on October 20, 2010
Celebrate World Statistics Day with your students on 20 October this year. World Statistics Day has been established by the United Nations Statistical Division to highlight the role of official statistics, the many achievements of national statistical systems and to raise awareness of the importance of statistics. Countries from Armenia to Zimbabwe will be celebrating the first World Statistics Day.
In the Maths classroom you could use October 20 to complete some of the Quick Stats lessons from the ABS Education Services website. You could also raise the importance of statistics by examining and discussing some of the many statistics collected by the ABS and other nations' national statistical offices. From the World Statistics Day website, your students could use the UN Data page to compare countries on different measures. This also allows you to discuss how data is collected, when data is comparable, what assumptions underlie any particular data set and many other questions that will improve your students' statistical literacy.
8. Recently Released Publications
Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010 (cat. no. 1370.0)
This publication is designed to help Australians address the question, 'Is life in Australia getting better?'. MAP provides a digestible selection of statistical evidence in answer to this question. Australians can use this evidence to form their own view of how our country is progressing.
Internet Activity, Australia, June 2010 (cat. no. 8153.0)
Contains details of internet activity supplied by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia. It includes information on internet subscribers and their type of connection, the type of user (business/household), the volume of data downloaded, the speed of the internet connection and the location of the subscriber (by state or territory).
Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, July 2010 (cat. no. 9314.0)
Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3235.0)
This product contains estimates of the resident population by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex as at 30 June 2004 and 30 June 2009. The areas for which estimates are provided are Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2009 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4183.0)
Contains estimates of funding for arts and cultural activities by the three levels of government in Australia.
Energy, Water and Environment Management 2008-09 (cat. no. 4660.0)
This publication presents estimates of energy expenditure and usage, environmental and water management practices and eco-innovation by Australian businesses, for the 2008-09 reference year. These data were compiled from the Energy, Water and Environment Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is the first time the collection has been conducted.
Mental Health of Young People, 2007 (cat. no. 4840.0.55.001)
This article provides a brief overview of the mental health of young people aged 16-24 years in Australia. It includes information on the prevalence of mental disorders for people in this age group, as well as their socioeconomic characteristics, level of impairment and the health service usage of young people with mental illness. Data are sourced from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Migration Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 3412.0)
This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, internal migration (including interstate and intrastate) within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia.
Australian Economic Indicators, August 2010 (cat. no. 1350.0)
A monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes. Primarily a reference document, the publication provides a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy and includes statistics that can be applied to both macro-economic and sectoral analyses. The publication contains statistics under the following headings: national accounts, international accounts, consumption and investment, production, prices, labour force and demography, incomes and labour costs, financial markets, state comparisons and international comparisons.
You can view the full range of previously released publications from the ABS under Previous Releases.
9. Contact Details
How to contact ABS Education Services
Free Call: 1800 623 273
Mail: GPO Box 2796
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