Initial Publication Date: January 10, 2008

Online 3: Sharing Your Second DataTools Investigation Plan


Welcome to another asynchronous Web-based collaboration of the DataTools program. This event will extend from Thursday, January 10 through Sunday evening, January 20. The focus of this event is on sharing your plan for your second DataTools Investigation.

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  • Between Thursday, January 10 and Wednesday evening, January 16, please complete the top section (planning section) of the Investigation Template (Microsoft Word 37kB Oct5 07). Right-click on a PC or control-click on a MAC to download the template from the link. When you name your plan, please include your initials in the file name.

    Access the discussion area and post your plan

  • Between Thursday, January 17 and Sunday evening January 20, please review the plans of your colleagues and make comments if you have suggestions or questions, or feel inspired to try a colleague's investigation in your own classroom.

Note: We are close to the end of the program, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues. The patterns of sharing that you establish now can certainly extend beyond April 5, the date of our final meeting.

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We realize that some of you have already posted two full investigations. The program does not require a third investigation, but in the interest of keeping your students engaged with the tools and with data analysis, we hope you'll post a new plan and keep the work going, and we'd like you to participate in the sharing of ideas. Alternatively, you might consider posting a demonstration or mini-investigation using the Demo/Mini-Lesson Template (Microsoft Word 32kB Oct20 07). Right-click on a PC or control-click on a MAC to download the template from the link.

Access the Mini-Lesson posting area

We also realize that some of you have not posted any plans yet. We'd like to have all of you graduate, with stipends, on April 5, 2008, but if you need a little extra time to work on that second investigation, we'll keep working with you.

A Reminder About Help
Please ask for help as you may need it, from your colleagues or from the DataTools program staff. We are always available to help.

One Important Note
Each time you start a new discussion strand, a link will appear beside the title of the strand that reads, "Notify me of new posts." By electing this option, you will receive an e-mail notification when someone asks a question or makes a comment within the strand.