Assignment: Statistics

Create a short film demonstrating the understanding of some element of basic statistics and how they apply to the real world.

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Suggested techniques

Commentate on sports footage, explaining what the different statistics actually mean. (For example, if we say that the Reds beat the Blues 75% of the time when it's raining, and 60% of the time when it's not raining, what can we actually predict about the outcome of the next game if there's a 25% chance of rain?)

Take a statistic such as x% of people in such a demographic exhibit such a trait, and then show how that can be an effect of other factors rather than or as well as the most obvious one. (For example, x% of Latinos go to college, but the wider picture is that y% of people in these socio-economic groups go to college, and z% of Latinos are in that group.)

You could show that a particular activity "doubles your risk of getting cancer", and show how that actually means your risk is increased from x% to 2x%, which may still be very low.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. You could do this as a studio presentation or lecture, and display the images on a screen behind the presenter, or else you can make the images go full-screen.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere, and ensure you have a striking title sequence.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This helps students understand statistics as presented in the media and see how statistics are applied (or misused) in the real world.
  • Visualising statistical information helps students understand what they actually mean.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.

Suitability

  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for solo work
  • Mathematics, media studies

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