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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus The focus for this entire block will be in developing a data collection project.  In this session, the focus is looking at the collected data for patterns that will give answers to the original questions posed. Students should have some collected data and organised it in some format to look for patterns and answers.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words application, file format, portability, open source, proprietary, standard, SMART These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

find patterns in data

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students will need to show that they can interpret data and look for patterns which will give them information about the data collected What sort of patterns are we looking for?  How we will know that we have something useful?  Are there any formula to use with patterns which are universal?
Learning Objectives
  • analyse their data for patterns
  • be able to explain basic relationships between data patterns and real life
  • be able to discuss data patterns

Students may need some assistance in how to interpret their findings.  They should have some basic idea of principles such as amplitude and wavelength, and can apply these to their data observations

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • Overview of data patterns
  • Introduction to data patterns recognition
  • Students can break into groups and work on analysing their own findings
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings
  • Group or individual work on developing their own data interpretation

Students will have a range of different types and amounts of data and will need some simple methods for looking at and interpreting patterns that they find.

Use some of the student's ideas and examples to flesh out a solid understanding before progressing

Question students about how and why they did what they did.  Check for understanding.


Lesson Structure Possible structure
  1. introduce how to look at data for patterns
  2. take a detailed look at types of patterns and their possible meanings
  3. group work to work on some of their own ideas about pattern recognition
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

Sine wave graphic

Depending on the type of input of data the students use, various ways can be introduced to show how to look at the data and to see patterns and what this might mean.  This could also be used for understanding anomalies that lie outside of the expected patterns and what these might mean.

Seti logo is quite a good way for students to see large data sets being analysed in real time.  If they download BOINC at home, they can look at data for (in the case of SEIT) aliens, or they can look at finding cures for cancer, looking for the HIGGs Boson etc.  All of this is carried out with the spare computing power of their computers.  The resulting graphs are a useful way of looking at data patterns.

Seti at home screen shot

That nature of the data collection will determine how students look for the patterns and what those patterns will mean.  Work with their chosen subject areas may be necessary.

Homework Get students to begin working on how they will present their project.  What application will they use and why Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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