Scientific Reasoning Research Institute - SERG Statistics Education Research Group (Konold et al.) en For TinkerPlots Software and Materials <h1>go to &nbsp; <a href=""></a></h1> <p><BR /></p> <p>Click here for <a href="">downloads</a>, <a href="">support</a>, <a href="">activities</a>.</p> <p>TinkerPlots has a <a href="">new publisher.</a></p> <p>TinkerPlots was developed at the University of Massachusetts as part of the NSF-funded <a href="/tinkerplots-project" title="TinkerPlots Project page">TinkerPlots project</a>.</p> <div class="img-center"> <a href=><img src="/sites/srri/files/TinkerPlot-logoV2-cmyk.jpg" width=400 /></a></div> Product Current SERG Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:36:40 +0000 Jang Kreetong 25 at Announcing TinkerPlots Version 2.2 June 30, 2014 <p class="MsoNormal">Today we are releasing Version 2.2 of TinkerPlots.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>This is a special, free version, which will expire in a year <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>&#8212; August 31, 2015. <!--break--> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>To start the downloading process</b>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Go to <span style="mso-spacerun: yes"></span>the<a moz-do-not-send="true" href=""> TinkerPlots home page</a> and click on the <b>Download TinkerPlots </b>link in the right hand panel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>You'll fill out a form. Shortly after submitting it, you'll get an email with a link for downloading.</p> <b> </b> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Help others find the TinkerPlots Download page</b><br> <br> If you have a website, blog, or use a social media site, please help us get the word out so others can find the new TinkerPlots Download page. You could mention that you are using TinkerPlots 2.2 and link to <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href=""></a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Why is this an expiring version?</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As we explained in <a moz-do-not-send="true" href="">this correspondence</a>, until January of 2014, TinkerPlots was published and sold by Key Curriculum, a division of McGraw Hill Education.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Their decision to cease publication caught us off guard, and we have yet to come up with an alternative publishing plan.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>We created this special expiring version to meet the needs of users until we can get a new publishing plan in place.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>What will happen after version 2.2 expires?</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">By August 2015, we will either have a new publisher lined up, or we will create another free version.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>What is holding us up right now is our negotiations with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who currently owns TinkerPlots.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Once they have decided about their future involvement with TinkerPlots, we can complete our discussions with various publishing partners.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>If I have versions 2.0 or 2.1 should I delete them?</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">No, you should keep them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>You already paid for these, and they are not substantively different from version 2.2.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>If and when a new version of TinkerPlots is ready for sale, you may not want to pay for it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>So keep your early version that you've already paid for.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <br> Cliff Konold and Craig Miller<br> The TinkerPlots Development Team<br> Scientific Reasoning Research Institute<br> University of Massachusetts Amherst<br> Amherst, Massachusetts<br> Email:<br> Web:<br> <a href="/tinkerplots">TinkerPlots Software Page</a> SERG Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:21:59 +0000 cmiller 657 at Kreetong Presents Data Games at UMass <p><a href="/jang">Kreetong</a> presented "Play and Learn with Data Games" at the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=event_reminder&amp;utm_term=eventname&amp;ref=eemaileventremind">2014 Symposium for Research and Innovation in Education</a> held at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center on April 18, 2014. <!--break--></p> SERG Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:47 +0000 Jang Kreetong 628 at An Open Letter to the TinkerPlots Community <p>March 21, 2014</p> <p>As you may have discovered by now, you can no longer purchase TinkerPlots. Many of you who have been using TinkerPlots in courses and workshops have found your way to us asking if and when it will be available for purchase again. We expect soon, by this June. But to allow you to make informed decisions about future instructional uses of TinkerPlots, we need to provide a little background. <!--break--> On December 10, 2013, we received a letter from McGraw-Hill Education giving us notice that in 90 days they would be terminating their agreement with us to publish TinkerPlots. For those of you who remember Key Curriculum as our publisher, McGraw-Hill Education acquired Key in August 2012, and as part of that acquisition became the new publisher of The Geometer's Sketchpad, Fathom, and TinkerPlots.</p> <p>Though McGraw-Hill Education had informally told us of their plans to terminate sales of both TinkerPlots and Fathom as of December 31, 2013, we were nevertheless surprised when they actually did this. We were assuming this wouldn't happen until mid March (i.e., 90 days). In any case, since January 1 of this year, no new licenses for TinkerPlots have been sold.</p> <p>Fortunately, TinkerPlots is actually owned by our University, so we are now free to find another publisher. We are in ongoing discussions with four different organizations who have expressed interest in publishing TinkerPlots. But there are many components of TinkerPlots in addition to the application (data sets, activities, help manual, instructional movies, tutorials, on-line course materials, artwork, the license server/installer, the list of existing users), which McGraw-Hill Education does own that would be hard to do without; to replace them would require a significant undertaking. Fortunately, McGraw-Hill Education has indicated their willingness to transfer most all of these assets to us, and we are very grateful for this because they are not legally bound to do so. However, we have not yet received any of these resources or written permission that we can use them. Until we do, we cannot realistically build and release another version of the application. We are in regular communication with people at McGraw-Hill Education who have assured us that they will begin very shortly to deliver to us these materials and official permissions for their use.</p> <p>We have been telling folks that a new version of TinkerPlots will be available by June 2014, and we still think this a reasonable timeframe. We'd give it about an 85% probability. By August, 98.2%.</p> <p>In the meantime, if you have unused licenses for TinkerPlots, you will still be able to register new computers on that license number. To see how many licenses you have, go to License Information... under the Help menu. If you have one license, our memory is that you can actually register 3 computers on it — they built in a little leeway. From that same dialog box you can also deregister a computer and in this way free up a currently used license. (We just checked, and when the deregister dialog comes up, it now has the name of Sketchpad where TinkerPlots should be. But ignore that. It's just an indication of the publisher slowly phasing the name TinkerPlots out of its system.)</p> <p>Also, the resource links under the TinkerPlots Help menu still take you to resources such as movies on the publisher's site. They have told us, however, that after March 2015, they will discontinue hosting these materials on their web site. But by that time, all these should be available on the site of the new publisher.</p> <p>We are so sorry for the inconvenience this interruption and the lack of communication has caused many of you. McGraw-Hill Education has not notified its existing users, and we don't know who most of you are. We have heard of several instances where teachers planning to start a course or workshop in a few days have suddenly learned that their students will not be able to purchase TinkerPlots, and they have had to quickly redesign their course. We understand that because of this ordeal, some of you will decide to jump ship on TinkerPlots. But we certainly hope that most of you will stick with us through this bumpy transition. We have put nearly 15 years of ourselves into the creation of TinkerPlots and the development of its community, and we are committed to keeping both going.</p> <p>Cliff Konold and Craig Miller<br /> The TinkerPlots Development Team<br /> Scientific Reasoning Research Institute<br /> University of Massachusetts Amherst<br /> Amherst, Massachusetts<br /> Email:<br /> Web:<br /> <a href="/tinkerplots">TinkerPlots Software Page</a></p> SERG Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:47:44 +0000 Jang Kreetong 622 at TinkerPlots Dropped by McGraw Hill Education <p>As of December 31, 2013, McGraw Hill Education (MHE) stopped publishing TinkerPlots (and Fathom). While you cannot currently purchase it, you can still get access to TinkerPlots resources on <a href="">MHE's website</a>. <!--break--> We are working on locating a new publisher or distribution mechanism and expect that TinkerPlots will again be available for sale sometime late this spring. We are really sorry for this disruption and the inconvenience it has caused many of you. The decision by MHE caught us off guard.</p> SERG Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:00:24 +0000 Jang Kreetong 619 at Kreetong Presents at ICOTS 9 <p><a href="/Jang">Kosoom Kreetong</a> will be presenting research on students' statistical reasoning at <a href="">the 9th International Conference on Teaching Statistics</a> (ICOTS 9) , which will take place on July 13-18, 2014 in Flagstaff, Arizona. <!--break--></p> SERG Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:03:37 +0000 Jang Kreetong 618 at NCTM Research Conference 2014 <p>We will be presenting results from our research on data organization in the symposium "Connecting data and chance through modeling" at the <a href="">NCTM Research Conference</a> in New Orleans, April 7-9. <!--break--></p> SERG Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:43:14 +0000 Jang Kreetong 617 at Konold Participates in Stat-Ed Research Workshop at Kibbutz Dalia, Israel <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> presented research related to TinkerPlots and the Data Games Project at <a href="">a small workshop</a> held on February 12-14, 2014 at Kibbutz Dalia, Israel. <!--break--></p> SERG Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:37:52 +0000 Jang Kreetong 616 at Ship Odyssey at ARHS <p>The Data Games project team headed to Amherst Regional High School on December 5, 2013 and January 14, 2013 to observe the Ship Odyssey game being implemented in Stats1 and Stats 2 classes.</p> SERG Thu, 05 Dec 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Jang Kreetong 615 at Konold Presented Data Games at SRI International <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> presented results of the Data Games project at <a href="">SRI International</a> in Menlo Park, CA on November 13, 2013.</p> SERG Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:46:05 +0000 Jang Kreetong 614 at New Versions of Games <p>New versions of the games Chainsaw and Ship Odyssey (v.2013.10.28) are now available at <a href=""></a>.</p> SERG Mon, 04 Nov 2013 18:42:29 +0000 Jang Kreetong 613 at Ship Odyssey at Greylock Elementary <p>The Data Games project team headed to Greylock Elementary school, North Adams on October 22-23, 2013 to observe seventh graders playing our game Ship Odyssey.</p> SERG Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:08:54 +0000 Jang Kreetong 612 at Data Games Follow-up Meeting 2013 <p>The <a href="">Data Games follow-up meeting </a> was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Middlesex House, Room 224 from 9am to 3pm.</p> SERG Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:58:34 +0000 Jang Kreetong 611 at New Versions of Games <p>New versions of the games "Chainsaw" and "Ship Odyssey" are now available at <a href=""></a> <!--break--> <img src="/sites/srri/files/chainsawshot.png" width="255" /> <img src="/sites/srri/files/shipmap.png" width="200" /></p> SERG Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:43:38 +0000 Jang Kreetong 606 at SRTL-8 <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> presented research at <a href="">the Eight International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy</a> (SRTL-8), which was held August 18-24, 2013 at Superior Shores Resort &amp; Conference Center, Two Harbors, MN. <!--break--> The theme of the conference is "Reasoning about Uncertainty in the Context of Making Informal Statistical Inferences".</p> SERG Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:34:44 +0000 Jang Kreetong 605 at Data Games in Phoenix <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> presented Data Games in teacher workshop in Phoenix on June 5-6, 2013.</p> SERG Thu, 06 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Jang Kreetong 604 at SERG Moved from LGRT to Middlesex <p>The SRRI Statistic Education Research Group has moved from Lederle Graduate Research Tower Fourth Floor to Middlesex House Second floor. <!--break--> Cognitive Learning in Science Group remains in Lederle Graduate Research Tower Fourth Floor where their members have resided in the past ten years.</p> SERG Thu, 30 May 2013 16:33:25 +0000 Jang Kreetong 599 at New Game Programmers Joined Data Games <p>Two energetic game programmers, <a href="">Russell Phelan</a> and <a href="">Michael Salyh</a> have joined the Data Game Project team. <!--break--> They are new additions to our small team of programmers to further develop and refine several educational games. These games will be tested in classrooms later this year.</p> SERG Tue, 28 May 2013 19:44:13 +0000 Jang Kreetong 596 at Data Games at Greylock Elementary <p>The Data Games Project team headed to Greylock Elementary School, North Adams on May 13-14, 2013 <!--break--> to observe sixth and seventh graders playing our game Chainsaw and then developing and critiquing game score formulas.</p> SERG Wed, 15 May 2013 21:17:11 +0000 Jang Kreetong 597 at Game Programmer Wanted <p>We are looking for a Javascript/Actionscript Game Programmer (Departmental Assistant) to join our development team for short term, on-site work in our game lab at the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI), UMass Amherst. <!--break--> The programmer will work with our small team to refine our 4 small games written with Flashbuilder, creating several new games (probably in Javascript) to our design, and integrating them into the <a href=>DataGames</a> web application. We are developing these games as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, and will be testing them this year in local schools.</p> <p>Must be able to demonstration proficiency with either (1) FlashBuilder and Actionscript programming for event driven programs that include animation, sound effects, data exchange with external applications, and game logic, and/or, (2) Javascript/CSS/HTML/JQuery/Rafael programming for event driven programs that include animation, sound effects, data exchange with external applications, and game logic. Must be able to work with software designers, researchers, student programmers, understand the needs of educational software development. Requires BA Computer Science or equivalent experience.</p> <p>Salary: $20-30/hour commensurate with qualifications and experience.</p> <p>To apply, please visit the Employment Office at 167 Whitmore Administration Building to fill out an application or call (413) 545-1396 to have an application mailed to you and reference R30468 by March 15, 2013</p> <p><em>The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.</em></p> SERG Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:22:39 +0000 cmiller 590 at Student Game Programmers Wanted <p>Student Game Programmers Wanted: We are putting together a small team of Javascript/Flash/Actionscript student programmers to further develop and polish several educational games for Mac/Windows/iPad. These games are being developed as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, and will be testing them this year in local schools. The position is for 10-20hrs/week at a starting pay rate of $10/hr, for Spring, Summer and Fall 2013, work-study or non-work study.  You must be able to demonstrate a simple working program written in HTML/JavaScript/JQuery or Flash/ActionScript3 that you have designed, programmed, or extended, which has some game-like characteristic (e.g. animation/event driven). No references are required. Apply by email to Craig Miller <a href="&#109;&#x61;&#105;&#108;&#x74;&#111;&#x3a;c&#109;&#x69;&#108;&#x6c;&#x65;&#114;&#x40;s&#114;&#x72;&#105;&#x2e;&#x75;&#109;&#x61;&#115;&#115;&#x2e;&#101;&#x64;u">c&#109;&#x69;&#108;&#x6c;&#x65;&#114;&#x40;s&#114;&#x72;&#105;&#x2e;&#x75;&#109;&#x61;&#115;&#115;&#x2e;&#101;&#x64;u</a>. More information about the project at <a href=></a>.</p> SERG Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000 cmiller 591 at TinkerPlots 2.1 Released <p>The new version of TinkerPlots (TinkerPlots 2.1) has been released.</p> <p>Most importantly, we've made TinkerPlots 2.1 a lot more stable. We've fixed a large number of bugs, both major and minor. As a result, the probability of a crash is much lower. Heavy users of TinkerPlots were very helpful to us, submitting descriptions of problems they'd encountered along with requests for some changes.</p> <p>One of these requests was, "What happened to the frequency axis for stacked dot plots?" We had removed it from version 1.0 for what we thought were good reasons. Our reasons be damned. We heard enough complaints that we've added them back in. Sorry.</p> <p>Another common complaint was that it was often difficult or impossible to set a reference line exactly where you wanted it. So we've added to both reference lines and dividers a snapping capability for when you're dragging and also the ability to just type in the value you want. Yet another issue was that the percent and N values on a graph could be obscured by the data. We've fixed that. We've added to the Ruler Tool the ability to collect some additional statistics that some of you requested.</p> <p>We've also taken the opportunity to update many of the data sets, like, with the most recent information and added map backgrounds to plots of data like</p> <p>Even though there is nothing earth shattering in version 2.1, we think it will make your TinkerPlots experience just a little better. That seemed worth the effort.</p> <p>For more information about downloading and updating TinkerPlots 2.1 see <a href="">here</a></p> SERG Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:43:36 +0000 Jang Kreetong 581 at Presentation at University of Minnesota to Statistics Education Group <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> visited <a href="">Joan Garfield</a>'s Statistics Education group at the University of Minnesota. See <a href="">their blog post</a>. <!--break--> on November 29-30, 2012.</p> SERG Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:45:37 +0000 Jang Kreetong 580 at Presentation of Data Games at MIT <p><a href="/konold">Cliff Konold</a> gave a presentation about the <a href="/datagames">Data Game project</a> at MIT to the <a href="">RELATE group</a> <!--break--> (Researching in Learning, Assessing, and Tutoring Effectively) on November 7, 2012.</p> SERG Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:39:46 +0000 Jang Kreetong 579 at Data Games Summer Workshop 2012 <p>Data Games Summer Workshop was held at SRRI on August 6 - 10, 2012. This weeklong teacher workshop was conducted to prepare a cohort of teachers for classroom field-test this year. <!--break--> During the workshop we explored some fundamental ideas in mathematics and statistics using <a href="">DG</a> : a Data Games web application that embed games in a data analysis environment - data generated from game play remains accessible for analysis.</p> <p>We are planning to do our first classroom field-test in the Fall 2012.</p> SERG Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:11:34 +0000 Jang Kreetong 575 at Review of TinkerPlots on <p>TinkerPlots is "particularly well suited to inquiry learning" and "the flexibility and ease of use of the program lend themselves to students exploring and developing questions of their own about data sets." For more on one person's perspective of the power of TinkerPlots 2.1 in supporting student learning, see the review at <a href=""></a> or download the attached PDF below. <!--break--></p> <table id="attachments" class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><a href=""></a></td><td>151.29 KB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> SERG Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:14:18 +0000 Jang Kreetong 573 at Presentation at Joint Statistical Meeting 2012 <p><a href="">Cliff Konold</a>, invited panelist in the session "Models and Modeling in Introductory Statistics Classes" at the <a href="">Joint Statistical Meeting</a>, San Diego, CA in July. <!--break--></p> SERG Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:47:07 +0000 Jang Kreetong 568 at 2012 DR K-12 PI Meeting <p><a href="">The Discovery Research K-12 PI meeting</a> was held from June 13-15, 2012 in Arlington, VA. At this NSF-hosted conference, <a href="">Cliff Konold</a> presented <a href="">"Data Games: Can Data Modeling Improve Strategies and Mathematical Understanding?"</a> with Bill Finzer and Rick Gaston.</p> <p>They also presented two posters: "Data games: Tools and Materials for Learning Data Modeling" and "Research on Student Understanding of Data Organization."</p> <p>Click on the image for a larger view.</p> <p><a href = "/sites/srri/files/Data Games Poster 2012.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/srri/files/datagames_thumb.png" width="600" /></a></p> <p><a href = "/sites/srri/files/NSFPI2012ResarchPosterForWeb.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/srri/files/dataorg_thumb.png" width="600" /></a></p> SERG Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:59:45 +0000 Jang Kreetong 560 at eCOTS: Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics 2012 <p>The first ever <a href="">eCOTS</a>: Electronic Conference On Teaching Statistics was held May 14-18, 2012. <!--break--> <a href="">Cliff Konold</a> presented "Online Games for Teaching Statistics from the Data Games and Playing Games with a Purpose Projects" with Bill Finzer, KCP Technologies and Shonda Kuiper, Grinnell College. He also participated in the interactive panel, "Teaching Statistics for the Modern Student."</p> SERG Fri, 18 May 2012 14:23:00 +0000 Jang Kreetong 570 at NCTM 2012 Annual Meeting <p><a href="">NCTM 2012 Annual meeting and exposition</a> was held April 25-28, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. <a href="">Cliff Konold</a> delivered the invited, featured presentation: "Breathing Life into Data and Chance with TinkerPlots 2.0."</p> <p>The photo shows Cliff (between the pillars of light) about 2 minutes before the start of the presentation. It was so popular, people had to be turned away, as you can see for yourself.</p> SERG Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:14:49 +0000 Jang Kreetong 569 at