Organize a census? Nothing easier! Statistics Canada launched the 2011-2012 edition of the project on Monday Census at school attended by 26,000 young Canadians last year. An exercise that integrates statistics and information technologies!
In particular, the data collected during the last school year tells us that around 42 % of respondents feel a lot of pressure because of school work. We also note that physical education is the most popular subject, 27 % of young people identify it as their favorite. Finally, text messaging is the second most common way they communicate with each other… after meeting in person!
The project not only allows participants to discover the responses of other young Canadians, but also those of students in other countries. " Census at school is an international online project that allows students of the 4e year at Cégep (12e year) to discover the world of surveys and statistics. This project started in the UK in 2000, and schools in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are now taking part. […] It offers students a unique opportunity to participate in the collection and analysis of their own data and to live the experience of a mini-census in the classroom ”, it is mentioned on the project site. . Obviously, the questionnaires are completed anonymously and the information requested is not confidential. Completing the online questionnaire takes about fifteen minutes for each student.
The federal body also offers other resources to teachers that it presents in a video seven minutes. In particular, it explains how the E-STAT tool, designed especially for education, works. It allows you to generate dynamic tables and customize graphs and maps using data from the population census.
The kids' corner also offers various activities such as crosswords, memory games, coloring books and maps of Canada.