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Organizing your Post Video (Categories and Tags)

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Using the Content Editor

This video will describe the basic functions of the content editor and explain how to add media and headers to your content.

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Fool Me Twice (A Misleading Data Collection and Analysis Project)

Purpose:

This project will help you realize that different visualizations highlight data in different ways


Group size:

The size can be either one or two people. The number should be based on how many people are necessary for the project. For example, if you are analyzing how people react in traffic, you will certainly need 2 people – one to watch cars and motorists and the other to write the information down.


Part One (Learn How to Mislead)


Part Two (Data Collection)

Forming a Question: The first task of your group is to decide on an INTERESTING question to investigate. “What’s your favourite colour?” is not such a question. Part of the process of answering your question involves creating a hypothesis and deciding whether the data you have collected is statistically relevant. You will also need to research some background information about your topic. A good question involves finding something out that people may want to know.

  • The class must agree that the topic is of interest before it is approved.

Creating a Design Plan: You will collect your data through observational study or a survey, whichever is appropriate. Please make sure your data collection is ethical. Please complete the following mini lesson on Study Design. Create a detailed plan that illustrates how the data will be collected. For example, a survey will include the questions, who will complete the survey, and what you intend to do with the data.

  • Your teacher will need to approve your plan before you move on to step 3.

Collecting the Data: You will collect your data through observational study or a survey, whichever is appropriate. Make sure you collect the information in a clear and organized manner. The data collected will need to be included in your report.


Part Three (Data Representation)

Your digital report will be in a formal reporting format.  You may use PowerPoint, Prezie, Weebly or any other program pre-approved by your teacher.

Home Page: Create a home page that includes an interesting visual or video, to get the audience interested and your research question. This is where you can use the background information you found in part 1.

Design Plan: Explain, in detail your design plan.

Raw Data: List your raw data in a simple table format.

Create Misleading Graphs: Create at least 3 different graphs that emphasize different aspects of the data. For each graph include a summary of what they are meant to highlight. Remember your goal is too mislead people using these graphs.

Create an Advertisement or Public Announcement: Using your graphs and collected data, create a media artifact of deception. The idea is that you are purposely trying to use your visuals to deceive the public.


Examples of Broad Topics to Consider:

Mental Health Issues – anxiety, depression, self-esteem – do students at North suffer from this in a different proportion than the national levels?

Physical Health – diet, access to healthy food, water, exercise, sleep, stress,… – possibly how one or more of these connect to each other, to school achievement, to mental health…

Consumerism – what do people buy, how is this different from other areas in the province? The country? The world?

Waste – how much garbage do we produce at North?  How does it compare to other Burnaby schools? To the province/country at large?  On a global scale?

Recycling & Food Waste – are people recycling?  Using food waste bins?

Gender Issues – at North, in Community, …

Race Issues – racism and its effects

Violence – bullying at school, on internet.  Violence and video games

Politics – so many questions here!

Advertising & Ethics – effects of hypersexualization of society

Motivation – intrinsic versus extrinsic, connected to grades, percentages, feedback from teachers,…

Inclusion – do all members of your school community feel included?

Climate Change – what effects of climate change are we seeing today?  What is in store for the future?

 

 

module 2 post 5 (How to: Perfect air pressure)

This is a youtube video about karting and tire pressure. It is an informational video explaining how to get the perfect tire pressure. Getting the perfect tire pressure is important because when the tire heats up, the pressure gets high which causes the tires to lose grip. If you set the pressure to high, the pressure will rise and you will lose tire grip early in the race causing you to lose time. If you set it just right, your tires will have grip the whole race. This video will help because of how important it is to have the perfect tire pressure.

module 2 post 4 (Le Cont Red tires)

This is the karting tire I use in big racing competitions. This tire is the Le cont Red tire. It is the harder compound of the two Le cont tire compounds. Harder compounds of tires are more often used for junior karting competition, which is what I race. Tires are the most important part of karting as the karts have no suspension meaning tires are the only thing keeping you on the track.

module 2 post 3 (tire pressure gauge)

This is the tire pressure gauge I use in my kart racing career. A tire pressure gauge like this when plugged into the tire displays the air pressure in the tire and is able to take hair out of the tire with the push of a button. In karting tire pressure is important because when the tires get to a certain heat the pressure rises and as the pressure rises the tires start to lose grip. Setting the right tire pressure before a race helps a lot during the race.

module 2 post 2 (MG tire chart)

This chart is much similar to the chart in my module 2 post 1. The difference is this chart refers to a different tire brand and another one of the tires I race with. The lower the number, the softer the tire, but the softer the tire the shorter its life. This chart will help me to figure out how much the compound of tire makes a difference.

Module 2 post 1 (Bridgestone tire chart)

This is a tire chart for the tire maker Bridgestone. Bridgestone is a very popular tire brand in karting. As I am focusing on tires for my project, this chart will help because Bridgestone tires are one of the many types I use and it shows the info I need in an organized format. This info shown is the durability of the tire. The softer the tire, the faster the lap time but the less amount of laps the tire will live for. On this chart the lower the number the softer the compound. This will also help because it will help me find out how much difference the compound of the tire makes.

Module Two Post Five ( Savannah Ballet- The Geometry of Dance)

For my last post I decided to reuse this site:http://www.savannahballettheatre.org/about/education-outreach/the-geometry-of-dance-powerpoint

Although the site is titled the geometry of dance, there are actually a lot of examples for how symmetry is involved as well. I wanted to reuse this site because it was becoming quite difficult for me to find other websites that I had’t used already, and I remembered that this site had a lot of great examples. Although this is a slideshow and there are no words, there are a lot of pictures that are easy to visualize and that are pretty self explanatory.

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