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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Statcato

by Margaret Yau
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Sep 19, 2013 by Statistics Editorial Board
Overview: This module is a powerful Java download that allows for basic statistical computations and procedures to be done quickly and thoroughly. It allows for one to manually input data or upload a data file into the spreadsheet. It is very similar to other popular statistical analysis software such as Minitab, StatCrunch or Excel – MegaStat.
Learning Goals: - The learner will be able to easily analyze a dataset both graphically and numerically. - The student can use the ‘Help’ directory to learn the formulas and calculations behind the functions built into Statcato. - The learner will gain a more complete understanding of how the different pieces of statistics all fit together into one cohesive picture.
Target Student Population: Elementary statistics at the high school or college level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: General understanding of spreadsheets would be helpful. Basic knowledge of Excel should suffice. Students should have a basic understanding of inferential statistics so they know which test to run based on their data.
Type of Material: Simulation
Recommended Uses: I’d suggest using this in the classroom during lecture and demonstration. The student can use this at home since it is easily downloaded. This can even be used in a team setting.
Technical Requirements: Statcato requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 or higher.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The tool serves its purpose well. It facilitates statistical practice and is free. It includes adequate resources, including tutorials and help files.
Concerns:

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Module encourages exploration. Ease at which statistical methods can be accomplished will allow for students to gain instant satisfaction. Includes a complete set of concepts covered in an introductory statistical course. Easy to write assignments on data analysis problems, which in turn will promote student discovery.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use! If student has even a basic understanding of Excel, they shouldn’t have any problem navigating this module.
Concerns:

Other Issues and Comments: Incredible free tool! Replaces need for expensive calculators or software to do basic statistical analyses.