Solve Problems with Data
Persuade with Technology
This project is about using technology for learning. It helps you develop the skills you need to use technology effectively. You can use these skills for the rest of your life. In this project, you first research a complex problem that interests you. Then, you collect, organize, and analyze data to solve the problem. Finally, you plan, produce, and publish a Web site to persuade an audience that you have a solution to the problem.
In this project:
- Use critical thinking to define a complex problem and explore alternative approaches
- Use data management to collect and organize information relevant to the problem
- Make a convincing argument for a solution that is supported by your data
- Plan, produce, and publish a persuasive Web site to share your solution with the world
Do you know how to solve problems? Critical thinking can help you solve important problems. Critical thinking requires the ability to look at a problem from multiple points of view. Critical thinkers define problems precisely and gather accurate and reliable information from credible sources. They explore alternative approaches before they plan and implement solutions. Anyone can become an effective problem solver by learning some fundamental skills. In this module, use critical thinking to define a complex problem and explore solution alternatives.
How can you plan and implement a solution? Gathering and organizing factual information is one way to collect data. Because most problems affect people, opinions are important data too. You can collect data on opinions by writing and administering a survey. Data management can help you organize statistical and survey data that is relevant to a problem. When you can manage data, you can create a database of information that is useful both to you and other researchers and problem solvers. A database application is a software program that specializes in storing and managing data for quick and easy retrieval. In this module, use data management to collect and organize information relevant to a problem.
How can you make a convincing argument for a solution? You can analyze statistical and survey data. You can also create charts to help you evaluate alternatives and make choices by visualizing relationships among data. Data analysis and visualization are important parts of persuasive communication. You can make your persuasive arguments more convincing by using images, audio, and video legally and ethically. In this module, make a convincing argument for a solution that is supported by data.
How can you share solutions with an audience? Effective problem solvers know how to define a problem, gather information, explore alternatives, and plan and implement solutions. When you have an opportunity to share your problem solving skills with an audience, make the most of it! You can share your solution with a global audience by planning, producing, and publishing a persuasive Web site. You can create a Web site that is interesting and entertaining as well as persuasive. In this module, plan, produce, and publish a persuasive Web site to share a solution with the world.