Using Technology to Improve Student Learning of Statistics: Resources


  • Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE), 

A collection of resources and services aimed at supporting and advancing undergraduate statistics education in the areas of resources: peer-reviewed collections of examples, datasets, activities, tools, professional development, outreach, and research.

A collection of materials related to a quantitative literacy course developed around current news stories involving probability and statistics. Resources include an ongoing archive of articles, videos, data, activities, and other teaching aids.

 A library of datafiles and stories illustrating basic statistical methods. Searches can be conducted by topic, statistical method, or data subjects.

 A collection of datasets submitted by instructors with background details and instructions for classroom use.

Includes java applets that can be downloaded for off line demonstrations, an online statistics text, case studies, and an analysis lab of basic statistical analysis tools.

An informal collection of applets useful for data analysis, sampling distribution simulations, probability, and inference.

A collection of materials and software geared to helping students understand core concepts underlying statistical inference, including sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and P-values.

A selected Web Links that are useful school mathematics education resources on the Internet. A section on data analysis & probability is provided. Each resource has been approved by an NCTM editorial board.

A library of interactive, Web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project in Utah State University includes data analysis & probability learning tools related to the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000).

This resource provides portable online aids for probability and statistics education, technology-based instruction, and statistical computing. SOCR tools and resources include a repository of interactive applets, computational and graphing tools, instructional and course materials.

A collection of interactive Java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics that includes sections on statistics and probability.

Books and Journals

An online journal that reports on studies of the use of technology to improve statistics learning at all levels, from kindergarten to graduate school and professional development.

The proceedings of the 1996 International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) Roundtable that discussed the current state of research on the role of technology in statistics education (Garfield & Burrill, 1997).

The proceedings of a conference that was dedicated to the recent increase in the use of the Internet as a resource for helping teach statistics.

The proceedings of a conference that was dedicated to the current research and practice on the use of technology to teach statistics.


  • Ben-Zvi, D. (2000). Toward understanding the role of technological tools in statistical learning. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 2(1&2), 127–155.
  • Ben-Zvi, D. (2007). Using Wiki to promote collaborative learning in statistics education. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 1(1). 
  • Biehler, R., Ben-Zvi, D., Bakker, A., & Maker, K. (2013). Technology for enhancing statistical reasoning at the school level. In M. A. Clements, A. Bishop, C. Keitel, J. Kilpatrick, and F. Leung (Eds.), Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education (pp. 643–690). Springer.
  • Chance, B., Ben-Zvi, D., Garfield, J., & Medina, E. (2007). The role of technology in improving student learning of statistics. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 1(1).
  • Garfield, J., Chance, B., & Snell, J. L. (2000). Technology in college statistics courses. In D. Holton et al. (Eds.), The teaching and learning of mathematics at university level: An ICMI study (pp. 357–370). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Malone, C. J., & Bilder, C. R. (2001, July). Statistics course Web sites: beyond syllabus.html. Journal of Statistics Education, 9(2).
  • Mulekar, M. (2000, July). Internet resources for AP statistics teachers. Journal of Statistics Education, 8(2).
  • Rubin, A. (2007). Much has changed; little has changed: Revisiting the role of technology in statistics education 1992-2007. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 1(1), Article 6.
  • Velleman, P. F., & Moore, D. S. (1996). Multimedia for teaching statistics: Promises and pitfalls. The American Statistician, 50, 217–225.

Statistical Software for Teaching Statistics

The following are well-known statistical software packages but by no means is an exhaustive list

Other Statistical Software

Class Management Software