Research-based guidance and classroom activities for teachers of mathematics

Using probability computer games

Using probability computer games is a PDF resource from the DfE Standards Unit. The relevant software for the activity is available to download from the same page on the National STEM Centre eLibrary.  

The PDF describes how children might explore a range of probabilistic ideas based around the computer games. In particular the tasks seek to ‘confront and overcome’ common misconceptions. Although we would challenge the notion that misconceptions can easily be overcome, there is no doubt that students need to be aware that their ideas do not always explain behaviour of phenomena as a precursor to their seeking resolutions.

The games require counting equally likely outcomes, thinking about the relationship between theoretical and data distributions, including the crucial role of sample size in that relationship, and the calculation of probabilities of dependent and independent events.

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