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The learning intention for this lesson was to physically create a boxplot using our class to represent their reaction times. I wanted to try and get them hooked into the learning by literally getting them to be part of a boxplot.

The video shows the students using the reaction tool to take their reaction times, how they organised themselves to create a boxplot using their reaction times and explains a student's follow up activity, which took place on a different day.

Detailed plan and reflection here


Creating a Human Boxplot was lots of fun for the students and the teacher. I had tried it with a Year 10 class before and it was good to know that the senior students still found it an engaging activity. I didn't realise how long the collection of data for the reaction time would take, this meant that less time was used for planning the boxplot. This showed with the boxplot not accurately matching up with the student data - a few students were out of place! Next time I would split this up into four lessons - collect the data; planning the boxplot; taking photo; and then creating the boxplot on the computer.

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Instructions on Google+

Today we are going to investigate who has the quickest click in class!

You have 5 attempts that will calculate your average reaction time using this tool.

After you have your reaction time, record your result in this shared Google Sheet.

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