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In the context of the project for “Fostering Statistical Literacy in Greece”, the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) designed and put into operation, for the first time in Greece, the online platform “Census@School”.
Census@School is a training programme implemented in many countries worldwide. It contains educational material with instructions on the procedure and the activities of a census survey. The pupils are given the opportunity to work together by collecting and analysing statistical data and they can understand the similarities and differences at the level of a class or at the level of a school unit.
The purpose of the educational project is to contribute to the statistical training of pupils, as well as to promote statistical literacy with the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
Procedure: The teacher of each school unit, where the census is conducted, will register in the relevant platform. The pupils of each class will enter the platform and fill in the questionnaire, which includes questions on demographic and personal characteristics, as well as questions concerning, more generally, school, lessons, sports and pupils’ habits. It is mandatory to answer all questions in order to submit the questionnaire online.
Upon completion of the above procedure, the teacher will receive a file containing all the pupils’ answers.
Subsequently, the teacher will discuss the way in which the data were collected, classified, tabulated and graphically represented. The pupils will learn how to read and analyse tables and graphs, as well as how to make conclusions from a census survey, while promoting cooperation and team thinking in the classroom.
Pupils will have the opportunity to understand the processes pertaining to the collection and analysis of data and the use thereof, while promoting cooperation and team thinking in the classroom.
When analyzing the results, the pupils will be able to make decisions on: what would be the most popular sport facility in their municipality or whether a school bus would facilitate pupils’ getting at school, etc.
The teacher can repeat the census in different classes and the pupils could compare the results of their own class with other classes of the same school unit. The similarities and differences could be identified and further discussed.
E-platform: The online platform for the census@school project has been developed under the open source online learning platform “Moodle”. The platform implements principles and techniques that enhance security and ensure the integrity of data and the confidentiality of users.
Through the platform, the teacher will submit an electronic request for access, in order to create and manage an e-class. This request will be approved by the administrator of the system and will, thus, activate the corresponding account in the system.
The roles of the system are: administrator, teacher, pupil. The administrator will be able to access all the verifiers relating to the e-learning system. The teacher will be able to apply for a course, manage the course and the relevant material, but also the members (pupils) who follow his course. In his turn, the pupil will be able to monitor the flow of educational activity offered to him by his teacher for a specific course.
More specifically, the “activity” of each pupil will be the completion of the questionnaire, available at http://censusschool.statistics.gr . The pupil will be able to perform this activity only once and upon completion of the submission of the questionnaire he will be able to see only the replies he has given.
The teacher will be able to see all the replies submitted by his pupils and manage only the pupils who attend his course. Only the teacher of the course and the system administrator will have access to all the replies.
The e-platform Census@School is available since November 2019.