Category Archives: 4. Tech Apps

Per. 4 Tech Apps Class from Tri 2 2015-16

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T3 Course List For Forecasting Asmt.

History 11/12
Shakespeare and Politics
Probability & Stats
Human Anatomy
Yoga
Spanish 2
Spanish 4
Spanish 5
English 9
Publications/Yearbook
English 10
Senior Exhibition
Genetics 9
Art/Science
Tech Apps
Web Server Apps
Advanced Web Design
Intro Java Programming
French 3
French 4
French 5
Health B
Consumer Science
Modern History 10
Media Literacy
XV
PreCalculus
Calculus C Advanced
Adv. PreCalculus
PE 2
Paint Studio
Photography
Art/Science
Choir C
Algebra 2B Advanced
Algebra 2B
Nationalism/Ethnic Conflict
Alg 1
Physics 12
Weight Training

Tues. 2/1 Tech Apps Lesson

Sorry I couldn’t be with you all today.   Today’s lesson is focused on lying with charts.

Here’s an example from 2012.  Take a look at it and see if you can figure out how this chart perhaps misrepresents the data as it is labeled:  fbn-cavuto-20120731-bushexpire

Next, I want you to read through this:  https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~ricko/CSE3/Lie_with_Statistics.pdf

And then, I want you to try it out with your advertising analysis.  Can you create charts that imply contradictory things.  For instance, can you provide one chart that shows women are underrepresented and one that shows they are overrepresented. No cheating, you have to use the numbers you actually found (if you want to add someone else’s numbers to your data to get a broader sampling, you may).

Web Advertisement Analysis

Develop an Excel workbook with a data sheet and a reporting sheet.

The datasheet needs the following columns:

  • Site the ad is on
  • Company advertising
  • Product
  • Product Category (data validated from list on reporting sheet)
  • # of males pictured in the ad
  • # of females pictured in the ad
  • # of cats in the ad
  • # of dogs in the ad

It may be necessary to disable ad blockers for this assignment.

You’ll go looking around the web — especially sites that provide information or service for free — think news or television sites, weather, recipes, song lyrics or what not, and look at the ads companies are paying to put on those sites.  Find at least twenty-five different ads.

The reporting tab should calculate:

  • Count of Advertisements
  • Total number of males depicted
  • Total number of females depicted
  • Average number of males depicted
  • Average number of females depicted

It should perform those calculations for all the advertisements combined, and also separately for each individual category.  The categories are:

  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Cosmetics
  • Home goods (appliances…)
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Recruitment

 

Research Tools Assignment

Download and learn to use one of the three selected research tools we discovered:

Use the research you found in doing your 5-hour project.  Put the research into the tool.

Then, write a 5-paragraph style essay using Microsoft Word and use the tool you chose to manage the research piece of it – notes, citations, works cited.

The goal here is more to learn the tool than to write a great paper.  Using real research means that you will find out how the thing works and run into the realistic advantages/disadvantages of the tool you chose. This is the kind of learning people are seldom interested in when they have a paper deadline coming, but it is the kind that, once you have, can make that deadline and research more manageable.

 

 

 

Citation Managers

Here are some of the citation managers we discovered before we go ahead and research them:

  1. BibMe (Miles)
    1. finds information automatically, but often misses some things (especially publisher)
    2. No plugin for Word unless you pay for a subscription.
    3. Does not store unless you pay
    4. Perfect…except for a pay wall
  2. Noodle Tools (Nolan — doesn’t work)
  3. Citation Machine (Maya)
    1. Editable on page
    2. Gets information automatically based on URL
    3. Save and copy to Word, but not integrated.
    4. Have to pay for a subscription to store your projects
    5. Just citations, not research notes
  4. Cite Fast (Caleb)
    1. Quite fast
    2. Choose web site, book, or whatnot.
    3. Came up with good bibliography and inline citations.
    4. Advantage: easier to use, faster, available everywhere
    5. does not let you take notes.
    6. Does not plug directly into Word
    7. Get information from URL
  5. EndNote (Malena)
  6. Citation Producer (Gavin)
    1. Just about useless
    2. Two different citations, but that’s it
    3. Limited abilities — probably not up to our standard
  7. Citation Creation (Alexa – doesn’t work)
  8. CiteThisForMe.com (Roland)
    1. Cite easily. Just put the title in, and it finds all the pertinent details.  You can download the final works cited page in place. Checks for plagiarism. Have to make an account, and there are ads.
    2. Just handles the citation. Is available anywhere.
  9. CiteFast (Max)
    1. Can export to Word
    2. Saves all the citations
    3. Can do multiple citation styles
    4. Pay for full version to get the plugin to Word
    5. Can take research notes alongside sources
  10. Works Cited For You (Emma)
    1. Does not store research notes
    2. Integrates with Word
    3. Follows MLA rules
    4. Saves online. Creates Works Cited. Can’t edit the works cited on page directly. Had to edit in Word
    5. Finds some information automatically for you
  11. NightCite (Clayton)
    1. Enter source information manually
    2. Does save information, and creates works cited.
    3. Does allow research notes
    4. Does not plug in to Word
    5. Is difficult to use
  12. Citation Wizard (KJ – doesnt’ work)
    1. Essentially just does what Word can do for you, but with an old-style interface
  13. Writing House (David)
    1. This one is OK –
    2. Various styles
    3. Finds some information automatically
    4. Can type in
    5. Can make an account to save information
    6. No plugin to Word
    7. No research notes
  14. BibDesk (Jack)
    1. Fee service
    2. Not usable
  15. BibBase (Alexa)
  16. RefBase (KJ)
    1. NO good because you can’t use it, and it’s files are not usable without creating a full web server to host it on.
  17. recipes4success (Reece)
  18. WorksCited4U (Joe)
    1. Type in all information, then in some cases it went away
    2. Searched for the sources for you.
    3. Could not take notes related to a source
  19. Zotero (Brian)
    1. Does everything we wanted, create citations for large numbers of sources.
    2. Citing a web page takes a little work — a little buggy in this one respect.
    3. Download Word plugin. Taskbar
    4. Web account as well. — access anywhere.
  20. Mendeley (Nolan)
    1. Download
    2. Get a Word doc or PDF file and put it in the
    3. Annotate PDF or Word Docs
    4. Does everything we asked. for.
  21. Bibsonomy
  22. Easy Bib (Alma)
    1. Can’t take notes – just creates citation.
    2. Have to sign up
    3. Monthly fee for it
    4. Enter URL for web site, it will go find some of the information for you.
    5. Or enter manually

We want these to be able to:

  • Hold Source Information
  • Sort the sources
  • Manage different citation styles
  • Create a Works Cited Page
  • Handle inline citationsTie research info to source
  • Save (constantlY)
  • Available everywhere (web)
  • Integrate with Word (plugin)

Windows Tour

Today we talked about some of the translation from Mac to Windows, and we talked about using the revision/editing tools in Word.

 

Included in our discussion of Windows vs Mac were these comparisons

 

Mac Windows
Finder  Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 4.10.00 PM Explorer  explorer
Spotlight, Launchpad, Apple Menu  Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 4.09.30 PM All handled by Start Menu  Start Button
Settings  Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 4.11.18 PM Control Panel
Dock Taskbar
Force Quit Task Manager: End Task