Think Critically with Data
How can you make sure you have all the information you need to understand your topic? You know how to cite credible sources of reliable information. You must also be able to turn this information into knowledge. An annotated bibliography is an effective way to summarize your sources. Sometimes, you cannot find enough information in existing sources. When you know how to collect data, you always have another source for the information you need. Spreadsheet applications are powerful technology tools for analyzing and representing data. Learn how to use a spreadsheet application to create a workbook and enter data into a worksheet.
In this module:
- Summarize your sources by annotating your bibliography
- Write effective questions for a poll on your topic
- Learn to collect data effectively through personal interviews
- Learn how spreadsheet applications work and what they can do for you
- Create a workbook and enter your polling data into a worksheet
Activity 1: Annotated Bibliography >
How can you turn information into knowledge? First you need to organize the information. You can organize information by summarizing your sources in an annotated bibliography. Organize your information by annotating the sources you cited in the last activity.
Activity 2: Poll Questions >
How can you create a poll on your topic? The key to a good poll is writing effective questions. You can use critical thinking skills to help you write effective poll questions. Use the knowledge you gained from annotating your sources to write effective questions for your poll.
Activity 3: Personal Interviews >
Are you ready to collect data with your poll? How you collect the data is just as important as writing effective questions. Learn how to collect data by conducting personal interviews. Use your poll questions to collect data by interviewing your classmates or other students.
Activity 4: Spreadsheet Basics >
A spreadsheet is an application that provides powerful technology tools for analyzing and representing data. You can use a spreadsheet application to analyze and represent your polling data. Learn how spreadsheet applications work and how you can use them to represent data.
Activity 5: Data Entry >
Before you can use a spreadsheet application to analyze data you have to enter the data. Entering data correctly is an important part of data collection. Use a spreadsheet application to create a workbook and enter your polling data into a worksheet.
Look Back >
Reflect on what you learned in this module. Are you ready to analyze the polling data you collected? Use the checklist to make sure your tasks are complete. Use the rubric to assess your poll questions, annotated bibliography, and worksheet. Talk about what you learned and how you did your work.
Checklist: Before you begin, review the checklist for this module. Use the checklist to make sure that you complete all the tasks for each activity.
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Rubric: Before you begin, review the rubric for this module. Use the rubric to help you understand what is important to know and do.
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