Sensor data collection for class projects


Collect data with sensors for classroom exploration.

Involving students in the first step of the data collection process promotes engagement and interest.

It’s hard to collect accurate data in the real world. Students must learn to be aware of different variables that impact readings and to harness their critical thinking skills to troubleshoot often.

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a small, microcomputer processor with an average cost of $25-$35. This simplistic device can be outfitted with different sensors, including those that measure temperature, moisture, humidity, and so much more.

Without a keyboard or monitor, the Raspberry Pi can be set up in any location in a classroom and take measurements of sensor data at requested intervals.

Once collected, data can be downloaded and used for analysis.

Hawkes is using these devices to set up several experiments to provide a live data feed for free use, and you can too!

Here are 3 ideas for experiments that we have in the works using Raspberry Pi:

1. Bamboo growth
Follow how quickly different bamboo plants are growing and what impacts their growth. You can also check out the cool sensor data PiPlanter is collecting, including soil humidity and ambient light, to create a clever irrigation device!

2. Air quality control
Track carbon monoxide emissions and see how the readings change as distance to humans varies.

3. Temperature
Assess temperature in different locations of the room. Watch out for variables such as air conditioning drafts, sunlight, and proximity to people and computers.



The impact of sensors and data collection in today’s world is covered in the NEW Discovering Statistics and Data text.

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2 videos to kill math intimidation

Students fear failure and, too often, math.

What are two things that can help?

1. A mastery-based approach to learning
The word “mastery” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s not just a word to us at Hawkes Learning; it’s the core of what we do.

This type of learning ensures students with different skill sets understand the same material by adapting to their needs and providing additional support for those who require more time.

A mastery-based program should set clear goals for students, hold them accountable for achievement, and reward them fully for success.

Discover why Hawkes’ approach works:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation - Hawkes' approach

2. Detailed, error-specific feedback
Most students don’t see that mistakes are learning opportunities rather than evidence of not being a “math person.”

The Explain Error tutorial diagnoses exactly where students went wrong on a problem. It explains specific errors and allows students to learn from their own mistakes in real time, answering the most important question: Why am I wrong?

Watch Explain Error in action:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation Explain Error

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Halloween edition: Homework that students don’t fear!

Haunted by Homework?

While October has been a month of spooky, scary Halloween fun, students won’t appreciate homework they’re afraid to attempt.

To make sure homework doesn’t scare your students, consider these three factors:

  1. Practice that doesn’t spook students

Why punish students for making mistakes on homework? If students fear failure, they may not even try. However, when provided with unlimited opportunities to succeed, they’ll feel less pressure and attempt the lesson work.

After all, learning is a process that must be practiced over and over again.

  1. Scare up detailed feedback

A textbook that just stares blankly back at students doesn’t always help students to truly comprehend the lesson content.

Detailed, step-by-step tutorials that walk students through problems and break the content down into manageable pieces allows students to interact with the lesson in a greater depth that will translate to better homework grades.

  1. Fear of failure

No one likes to fail, but it’s crucial to learning! And as students go through a trial and error process, they need feedback that really counts during those errors.

With error-specific feedback, students learn from their mistakes, rather than feel discouraged by them.

Hawkes Learning provides a penalty-free homework space for students that gives detailed feedback for incorrect answers. Students take advantage of key learning tools such as Explain Error, which anticipates and diagnoses specific errors. See the tool in action by watching this 3-minute video.


🎃4 ways to make grammar less scary🎃

How do you ensure your students don’t get spooked by grammar?

For many students, the rigidity of grammar instruction feels like a nightmare. Here are a few ways to make it less scary:

  1. Keep It Relevant.

Many viral memes focus on hilarious grammatical errors. Compile a simple slideshow of them and discuss why grammar is important and how the comical errors can be fixed.

Draw connections with everyday experiences to make grammar concepts meaningful.

  1. Team Up.

Prompt collaborative activities among students. Display an erroneous paragraph and give each team three minutes to find as many errors as possible. Have the groups share their discoveries and correct all the mistakes as a class.

  1. Examples, Examples, Examples.

If tough grammar concepts are a foreign language, contextualized examples are the translator. Offer as many as possible when giving feedback and require students to do the same during peer review.

  1. Give Tech a Chance.

Use technology as an ally. Proofreading features like Microsoft Editor can give detailed explanations of grammatical mistakes. Many submission platforms offer customizable comments, tags, and peer review options for a collaborative writing environment.

Hawkes Learning provides grammar resources:Grammer workbook and reading handbook

  • Grammar Workbook helps students develop their understanding of grammar by asking them to annotate reading passages, identify parts of speech, and define key terms.
  • Reading & Writing Handbook contains reading, writing, grammar, and research tips that students can use across multiple disciplines.
  • Grammar Diagnostic Test identifies individual skill gaps and provides custom lesson plans.


Tuesday Tip: Text assignment reminders to students

Fall classes are about to start, which means homework is about to be due. Now, we all wish students would have our classes at the top of their priority lists so that as soon as they got home or back to their dorm, they’d immediately start their work that we’ve assigned.

Since we know that’s rarely the case (hey, we understand students have a lot going on, just like we do!), giving students a gentle reminder about what’s due soon is a good idea. Set up assignment reminders and encourage students to receive them via text message rather than just email. After all, the majority of students check their text messages far more frequently than their inboxes!

Students will need to add their phone number to their personal settings in order to receive these text reminders. Add these steps to your syllabus or go over them in class:

1. Navigate to your Personal Settings, located in the drop-down menu underneath your name, in

2. Select the Account tab.

3. Add a secondary email address to your web platform account in the form of your cell phone carrier’s text-to-email domain. Instead of “number,” use your actual cell phone number:

4. Check the box to receive communication at this alternate address:

A box is around a check box for the option that says "I would like to use a different email address for course communication," as well as the text fields in a Personal Details form that say Email Address (Secondary) and Confirm Email Address (Secondary).

5. Select the Save Changes button.

6. Receive text notifications (rather than email).


Tuesday Tip: Add shared Question Builder questions to assignments

Do you have a colleague who has mastered Question Builder and created some fantastic questions you’d like to use? As long as they’ve chosen the option to share these questions, you can incorporate them into your assignments too!

To input these questions into your own curriculum, follow these quick steps:

1. Log into your Grade Book.
2. Navigate to Assignments > Curriculum.
3. Open desired section (Or go to Manage by Curriculum and open desired curriculum).
4. Open desired lesson.
5. Select Question Bank > Instructor.

A drop-down menu shows the options

6. Folders will be listed below. Open the desired folder.

A list of questions for chapters is shown. They each are called

7. Add any desired questions to the assignment by dragging and dropping it into the right pane or selecting the checkbox and clicking Add Selected.

The button labeled

If you’d like to add questions from a shared folder to your WebTests, simply open up a WebTest (Assignments > WebTest) and follow steps 5-7.

If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-426-9538
or connect with your Training and Support Specialist.