WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING
What are some ways to collect data? How can the
Internet be used to collect primary and secondary data?
paper and pencil
Kids from different places all over the world
use the Internet to get help with their school work, to talk to friends,
to look up information, and to share ideas. Go to a Web site designed
for kids, which has collected data on kids' opinions and tastes, to
find out what kids are saying online.
- Click on this link: Fact
Monster: Online Almanac, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help
- Browse the list of surveys (called "polls" on the Web site) that
have been conducted. To find out more about a survey, click on the
survey's question. To see the results of the survey, click the "see
results" link under the VOTE button.
- Choose a survey that you find interesting.
- The results of each survey are represented as percentages. The Web
site also provides the total number of people who voted. For the survey
that you chose, calculate the number of votes each choice received
and display this information in a table. Explain your steps.
- Graph the results of the survey. Choose the most appropriate type
of graph for the data.
- What conclusions can you draw from the information displayed in
- Describe a situation in which you think this information would
a. Do you think the survey was biased in favour
one group? If so, do you
think this bias affected the survey results? Explain your answer.
Give an example of when using the Internet
to collect primary data would create bias
that would affect the results of a survey.
- What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of conducting
a survey using the Internet? Explain your thinking.
the type of graph you chose appropriate for your data?
you include all the important details in your graph?
your answers and explanations clear?
you include examples when appropriate?
you make reasonable conclusions?
you justify your conclusions?