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Water Analysis Project: Data Collection in the Field
Christine Hemby

Unit created on 9/20/1999 EST.
Last modified 2/21/2000 2:18:52 PM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

Through an in-depth field study involving data collection and data analysis of water samples collected from a nearby stream, students will explore and gain valuable field experience in collecting water samples. Data collection using a variety of probes, tests, and CBL's will stimulate and generate student interest as new technology is applied to a current issue. Data analysis through simple mathematical statistics, graphing, and comparative research will be used to organize and quantify collected data.

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs. Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information. Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning. Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works. Investigate and apply expert systems, intelligent agents, and simulations in real-world situations.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

The student who is information literate: Standard 1 Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators: 1.recognizes the need for information: 2.recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making; 3.formulates questions based on information needs; 4.identifies a variety of potential sources of information; 5.develops and uses successful strategies for locating information. Standard 2: Evaluates information critically and competently, as described by the following indicators: 1.determines accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness; 2.distinguishes among facts, point of view, and opinion; 3.identifies inaccurate and misleading information; 4.selects information appropriate to the problem or question at hand. Standard 3: Uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators: 1.organizes information for practical application; 2.integrates new information into one's own knowledge; 3.applies information in critical thinking and problem solving; 4.produces and communication information and ideas in appropriate formats. Standard 9: Participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information, as described by the following indicators: 1.shares knowledge and information with others; 2.respects others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledges their contributions; 3.collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to identify information problems and to seek their solutions; 4.collaborates with others, both in person and through technologies, to design, develop, and evaluate information products and solutions.

Relevance (help)

The Water Analysis Project has been designed as a real-life field experience that promotes scientific inquiry, data collection, and data analysis for each student in a collaborative setting. Students will learn and demonstrate proper techniques of quanititative data collection using a variety of probes and water testing apparatus. They will use current research to make valid comparisons between their data and data from documented sources. Data analysis affords each student...

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Testing a Statistical Hypothesis

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