In this session, we are going to explore Data Basic. DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners to explore different sets of data. It is a project of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College and the MIT Center for Civic Media.
In this pre-assignment, we are going to review some tools and submit some data that we will share and discuss during our session. We are going to use these data tools to generate data, collect data, and tell stories about ourselves.
Their resources are found here:
For the evaluation of these tools see here:
Here is an image of the "Data Process."
Exploring the Data Process
The Data Process takes the learner from Warm Ups using data to telling a story with that data. In our session, I am going to have you explore several tools as a warm-up, which I will use to gather data, and then we will analyze our results in the zoom session to see what stories we can tell.
WordCounter: A basic word counting tool that takes unstructured text as input and returns word frequency, bigrams (two-word phrases) and trigrams (three-word phrases). Check out the sample files you can compare, like Beyonce's lyrics.
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How often do you use text in class?
Could you have students analyze that text with a simple online tool?
Consider things that you are ALREADY DOING, what could you add a text analysis on to?
Search for a teaching quote that is inspiring you for the next year. What is something you could share with your peers? We will use this text as part of our word counter to see what common things are inspiring us.
ConnectTheDots shows you how your data is connected by analyzing it as a network.
Analyzing the connections between the "dots" in your data is a fundamentally different approach to understanding it. This tool shows you a network diagram to reveal those links, and gives you a high-level report about what your network looks like. Check out the Les Miserables cast co-occurrence example.
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Have you ever used something to look at networks like connect the dots? (e.g. a network diagram, organization chart, food web)
Please submit the next 4 questions to help use show connections across our community.
In the next text boxes, please put your (1) name and last initial, and then the NUMBERS of the (2-4) three closest major freeways/highways.
Example for me would be (Adam T, HWY 99, I-5, HWY 20), so I would put in Adam T, 99, 5, 20.
Please enter your first name and last initial (ex. Adam T)
What are the numbers representing the closet major freeway or highway to you?
What are the numbers representing the second closet major freeway or highway to you?
What are the numbers representing the third closet major freeway or highway to you?
What are some ways you could ask your students to look at connections to help build community during COVID-19? (e.g. food they are growing, similar hobbies, interests, takeout spots, project groups, etc.)
Exploring our stories and Telling a Story
In our session, we will explore the data you have provided and tell OUR story. And then, we will do a fun activity that will require you to have household items on hand.
Craft materials (plastic bottle tops, wire, fuzzy balls, colored paper, wood blocks, construction paper)
Tape, glue, scissors
DO NOT include pens, crayons, or anything else to write with (otherwise people just draw instead of building)
DO NOT include LEGO bricks (otherwise people just build bar charts)
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