Dynamic visualisation of data



This is a one day professional development course investigating how data can be visualised using technology.

By using technology we will consider how changes to the data affect these visualisations and how, through these changes, we can help to develop students' understanding and appreciation of summary statistics, their ability to make comparisons between different data sets and their ability to efficiently analyse data.  

We will be using spreadsheets and the Desmos graphing calculator throughout this course and it will be essential to have access to a laptop. 

Over the course of the day we will develop these ideas to show how random samples can be generated and visualised along with developing these concepts to perform hypothesis tests. 


  • Introduce dynamic visualisations of data by using the Desmos graphing calculator
  • Use the Desmos graphing calculator and spreadsheets to support students understanding and learning of statistics
  • Use of Desmos and spreadsheets to take random samples of data sets and produce visualisations from these

Who will benefit from attending?

This course will be suitable for all teachers of Mathematics who wish to develop their students' understanding and ability to analyse and interpret data from KS3 to KS5.


During this course we will be using real data, spreadsheets and the Desmos graphing calculator to visualise and analyse this data. Over the three session during the day we will focus on

  • Generating summary statistics, changing elements of the data and seeing the effect, analysing single and bivariate data sets.
  • Using the Desmos graphing calculator to effectively generate multiple random samples and how the sample and sample size can effect the summary statistics obtained. 
  • Developing how the random sample obtained impacts the outcome of a hypothesis test

Along with suggesting ideas that may be useful for all Key Stages


Materials and Equipment

To get the most from this course you will need to use a laptop with spreadsheet facilities as we will be manipulating and using spreadsheets. 

Guest access to WiFi will be provided.


Other Information


 Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day, please put any dietary requirements on your application.


Any teacher working in a school or college in the UK can apply for this course. However, due to the way we are funded, priority will be given to teachers in state-funded schools and colleges in England.

Applications from those teaching GCSE or A level Mathematics in other institutions will be confirmed if there is capacity. 

Study Schedule

Timetable of the day

9:15 - 9:30 Arrival and registration

9:30 - 11:00  Session 1 - Introduction to Desmos graphing calculator, using data and producing visualisations

11:00 - 11:15 - Break

11:15 - 12:45 Session 2 - Producing random samples with Desmos and Excel 

12:45 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 Session 3 Using random samples and hypothesis testing

15:00 - 15:15 Evaluations

Key Facts

Event ref:




Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, 11-16 maths

Mathematical focus:

Statistics, Use of technology

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

6 hours




Altwood C of E School,
Altwood Road,


Thu 13th Oct 2022

Course times:

09:15 - 15:15


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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Yvonne Scott
[email protected]
07411 070111

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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