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Secondary Magazine - Issue 72: It's in the News!

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Created on 20 October 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 09 November 2010 by ncetm_administrator


Secondary Magazine Issue 72bird wearing police helmet

It's in the News!
Police Tweets 

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 as a framework which you can personalise to fit your classroom and your learners.

On 14 October 2010 Greater Manchester Police used the social networking site Twitter to give details of every incident they dealt with over a 24-hour period. The police ‘tweeted’ 3 205 separate incidents in this time, including one person calling to complain that their builder had turned up two months late and another saying that their television wasn’t working. These trivial distractions sit alongside much more serious crimes and illustrate the variety and intensity of the work of the force.

These ‘tweets’ are recorded on the police force’s website, and are used in this resource to provide a context for students to develop their representing skills, one of the KS3 process skills and a part of Functional Maths.

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