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Lesson Plan: A lesson using motion sensors for understanding time-distance graphs.

Subject: Mathematics.
Age of students: 11-12 years.
Hardware: Computer with Pasco data logger and echo sound sensor.
Software: Pasco SparkVue software.
Functionalities of Technology: Processing and Analysing.
Time needed: 90 minutes.
FaSMEd partner: Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The objectives of this lesson in terms of knowledge and competencies to acquire are: to be able to connect a graph and a situation given by a story, and vice versa, and to recognise and discuss different graph shapes related to the students walking speed and distance from the echo sound sensor.  Type of formative assessment used: Establishing students’ prior knowledge in beginning of session, feedback to student groups during their group work, and feedback to groups of students presenting their results on the screen.


This tool describes ways in which digital technology can be used to support formative assessment. The original materials (pen-and-paper) were designed by the Mathematics Assessment Project and can be found under the link above.

Formative assessment in Science and
Mathematics Education (FaSMEd)
The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching
Newcastle University