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Outside of the modules, there are a few additional assignments you need to do during the semester:

Pre-course survey:
Syllabus / hybrid form:
  • Return the sheet of paper with the signature blank for you and a parent/guardian that says that you read the syllabus and agree to abide by it.
  • If you wish to take advantage of hybrid privileges, please return the signed hybrid form
About me post [Pethan]:
  • Check your email for the invite to Blogger.   If you don't have one, talk to Mr. Pethan.
  • Use your Byron apps email and password to sign-up.
In Blogger, create a new blog post.  Include the following:
  • Your name and how to pronounce it.  Ex: Mr. Pethan (pet-on)
  • Something(s) you enjoy and are passionate about -- these may include sports you play, activities you do, side hobbies, a business you're working on, this class (I'm funny), etc.
  • Why you decided to take statistics this school year.
  • A picture or two of you doing something you enjoy or something that represents you.  This should be a real picture, not something from Google images.  Include a brief caption.

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Weekly feedback:
Each of you has been assigned two different weeks during the quarter to take a short survey.  The purpose of this survey is to provide me with a continuous stream of student feedback so I can adjust the course quickly as we go while making sure that I hear from all students during the quarter.  Taking from the big ideas of statistics, I use a sample of students each week to estimate how everyone feels without burdening the whole class with a weekly census.  You can find which weeks you are assigned to by looking on your grades webpage.  As you complete the survey and I check your results, the date will be turned into a numerical score to earn you points.  As long as you complete the survey honestly and fully, you will receive full points regardless of how positive or negative you feel about the course.

Live presentation:
During quarter B, you need to give two live presentations to the class.  Presentations can be made almost any Monday of the quarter.  Remember to sign up ahead of time so there is time set aside.
  • One is sharing someone else's work -- a video you found, an interesting article you want to discuss, etc -- and helping the class interpret it.  Plan on taking about 10 minutes total unless I tell you it can go longer (such as a longer TED talk).   A 4 point presentation will share something interesting, inspiring, or thought-provoking, will engage the class, and will connect to the themes of the course.  This is an INDIVIDUAL presentation.
  • The other presentation is on your own work as either (1) a structured update/feedback session on something you're working on or (2) a polished final presentation of something you did and want to share.  If you choose a polished presentation, you should have clear visual aids, a concise explanation of your project, and make your work relevant to the rest of the class.  If you choose for a mid-project presentation, you need to have enough work complete to collect criticism and ideas from the class.  Either way, a 6 point presentation is relevant and interesting to the class, shows forethought, and connects to the major themes of the course.  Like the first presentation, you have about 10 minutes.  This is a TEAM presentation.
Course improvement project:
During quarter B, you need to create a course improvement (CI) project.  The goal is to find an area of the course that could be better, or does not yet exist, design a plan to improve/build it, and carry out the plan.  You can work individually or in teams.  Not everyone's project needs to be of the same scale -- the number of points possible will be based on your proposal, and the number of points earned will be based on how much quality work you carry out from the plan.  This means that some teams may take on smaller projects, such as building online quizzes for modules that do not have them, but only earn a few points.  Others may take on much larger projects such as building and testing a series of programming modules as an alternative way to cover the core material.  The teams that put more time into things like this would have fewer elective points to earn in other areas since they earned a larger chunk of points through the CI project.  Your CI project proposal must include a minimum of 20 elective points.

Consulting project:
During quarter B, you need to find an external client to provide free statistical consulting.  Ideally, this client will be a non-profit organization, but helping a business is also acceptable.  The purpose of this project is to allow you an opportunity to understand what different organizations could actually benefit from while using your new statistics skills.  The project should also require communication with and empathy for the people in the organization in order for you to do an effective job addressing their needs.  You will present on what you worked on and how it helped the organization when you complete your work.  You must earn at least 30 elective points with this project.

Blog post:
During quarter B, you need to write your own blog post on the class blog.  You can write about a team project you had worked on, an individual project, or a polished reflection of the big themes of the course.  The post is worth 10 points -- quite a few points -- because I want you to put a lot of thought and time into digitally capturing one major snapshot of your learning during the quarter.  This blog will be read and commented on by me, your classmates, parents, other math teachers (in Byron and across the nation), and the world at large.  I am happy to look over your work and pre-grade/critique your post, and you will have an opportunity to improve it to the full 10 points before publishing it online.
  • Go to byronstats.blogspot.com and login with your Byron Apps account
  • Create a new post.
  • Add your content (text, pictures, videos, embeds).  Save your draft when you finish or as you work.
  • Ask me to review your draft and grade it.
  • Make final improvements and resubmit to me for grading.
  • After I grade it, I will publish the draft live to the web for others to view and comment.