Here is my Project #1 Revisions:
I don’t know why, but my PDF files came out ridiculously large (~20 MB). I have a feeling that’s why it took an hour and a half to save the four of them. In any case, here is my cover memo and I’ll be adding the four sets of instructions about Google Spreadsheets as they finish uploading. I don’t know when that will be…
Basically, technology hates me.
This deadline was really difficult for me. Not really because of the project itself, but because of technical issues I had. I couldn’t get my PDFs to save as multiple pages, each page was it’s own PDF. It was super frustrating to try and combine them, especially because I had to use Acrobat off of ASU’s My Apps. If you’ve never used the My Apps resource before, try it. It runs so slow. You’ll never want to use it again. I don’t!
I feel like the readings this week, as well as last week, really prepared me for the first project. The information about drafting and critical thinking helped me analyze how I was writing and the I should be writing. I think that the readings from this week helped me focus on what it is that makes a document “good,” so to speak. As far as design and set up go, I think that the overall look and feel of a document really determine how we interpret how reliable something is. Also, just in general how much we like something and it’s visual appeal is also at stake.
I really liked the graph assignment and the C.R.A.P assignment this week. I thought both were pretty interesting at seeing how visuals are very important. I especially liked the graph assignment because of all the humorous graphs and charts that were on that website.
Jing was fun to play with! I tried my Project 2 script, but I definitely need more practice.
Overall, I’d say that aside from some computer issues on my part, this deadline was actually quite enjoyable.
I think that the work involved with Deadline Three was a bit more time consuming and project oriented than the last deadline. I didn’t know what to expect from the assignments for today. The project outlines surprised me. I wasn’t sure about the format, or if I was over-thinking everything. I also have never really used the program that I was assigned to research. This aspect overwhelmed me a bit. I think, however, that learning about a resource that is readily available to me is a good thing, though. I’m a little scared about the Jing videos, however, because you only have one chance to record them. From this week’s deadline I think that it has helped in reaching some of the course outcomes. We’re learning about drafting (HW 5-6) and that it is going to take a lot of research to draft a good document. Many of the outcomes listed involve learning about proper ways to write, and I think that the readings about voice and transnational communication are related to that, too. I took a lot away from this deadline and I am excited to see how the first two projects will go!
Peer Reply Post 1: Jennifer, HW #7
Peer Reply Post 2: Kathryne, HW #5
Peer Reply Post 3: William, HW #7
- I may upload an existing spreadsheet
- I may upload an existing file that is not a spreadsheet.
- Show how to create a simple spreadsheet
- Show how to use formulas
- Show how to use templates
- Show how to change files that have been shared
- Show how to edit files that have been saved online\
- Show how to organize files
- Show how to share documents
- Show how to collab on documents
- Define or describe the real problem or reason for writing
- To provide a guide for faculty, staff, and students from GTU on how to use Google Spreadsheets to upload, create, edit, and share spreadsheets.
- Establish goals and purposes for writing
- To provide enough information for students to use Google Spreadsheets effectively and efficiently.
- Identify stakeholders and what they want or need
- The stakeholders are the faculty, staff, and students reading my IT instructions. They want to be able to use the program with ease.
- Consider the ethical choices involved with the problem
- Is it ethical to use Google jargon? Have I confirmed all information I presented about Google Spreadsheets?
- Consider document formats and delivery methods
- The format of the documents will be PDFs with screen captures included.
- Identify what information you have and what information you need
- I am not familiar with Google Spreadsheets, so I’ll need to do find out everything.
- Choose technologies that will best assist you and your audience
- For reading and creating PDFs, Adobe Acrobat or Reader will best assist my audience and me.
- Determine the types of information necessary and how to get them
- The necessary information is how to upload, create, edit, and share spreadsheets using Google Spreadsheets. I will obtain this information by reading the Google Docs Help that focuses on Google Spreadsheets.
- Conduct research and gather information
- I still need to do in-depth research regarding the use of Google Spreadsheets.
- Organize the information you gathered
- Evaluate the information and decide if further research is necessary
- Further research is necessary.