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NOIR: New Statistics Game

NOIR stands for Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio, and is a game to help students distinguish between the four different levels of measurement.  I had been working on this game all week, and I finally had time for my students to play it in class on Thursday.  After the game, they filled out a review form for the game.  I have already tweaked the game slightly based on their feedback as the cards were not originally numbered, so it was very hard for the answers to be checked.  The students wanted the definitions on the game board somewhere, but I think that having the definitions there would defeat the purpose of helping them learn the definitions.  I did let students use notes during the game, but after they started to get used to the definitions, I saw less and less flipping through the book and notes.

Each group of four students (two teams of two students each) was given two game boards and were asked to play two rounds of the game before filling out the feedback form.  The entire process took about 30 minutes, although I had to cut some groups off in the middle of the second game because we were running out of time.  Surprisingly (to me at least), the students were actually somewhat angry about that!

If you use this game in your class, I would love to hear your feedback!

By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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