Exploring students' intuitive ideas of randomness using an iPod shuffle activity

Laura Ziegler, Joan B Garfield

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Abstract

This article presents an activity that engages students in considering characteristics of a random sequence, in this case, a randomly generated playlist of songs using the iPod shuffle feature. Students examine simulated sequences of randomly generated songs from a small music library in order to identify characteristics that are used to develop rules that they then apply to judge whether three suspicious lists are likely to be nonrandom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching Statistics
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • Enquiry based learning
  • Randomness
  • Statistical literacy
  • Teaching

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