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Secondary Magazine - Issue 68: It's in the News!


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Created on 01 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator
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Secondary Magazine Issue 68
 

It's in the News!
The world's fastest texter

The fortnightly It’s in the News! resources explore a range of mathematical themes in a topical context. The resource is not intended to be a set of instructions but a framework which you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners.

Is there a mobile phone nearby? How quickly can you type the sentence: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” into the phone? Have a go! If you beat 25.94 seconds then you could be in for a world record!

This It’s in the News! provides a context for students to design and carry out an experiment or survey to test the hypothesis that it’s faster to text using a touch screen rather than a push button phone. This follows from the news that a Salford woman out shopping may have a claim to being the world’s fastest texter using a new touch screen mobile.

This resource is not year group specific and so will need to be read through and possibly adapted before use. The way in which you choose to use the resource will enable your learners to access some of the Key Processes from the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.


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