Friday, 12 October 2012

Wordle - Internet Survey Results

In Digital Literacy today we were inputting our data that we collected from a Primary School and analyzing it. 
We looked at intagrams at first. An intagram is graphic visual representations of data. We used a website called "" and started creating them. I spent about 20 minutes playing around and then Oliver introduced us again to Wordle. Wordle is a website where you put in a load of data, click create and it create a bundle of the most used words. A better way to explain Wordle is: a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. 
I fiddled around for a while with the data inputting it and created this first image: 
I felt that this didn't represent our data to the fullest. Our question for the analysis of information was "Do Boys and Girls Use the Internet Differently?" From the following images you can see that they do in fact use the internet differently. 

Question: Do boys and girls use the internet differently?
Analysis of data:
YEAR 2 GIRLS: (Ignoring boy’s analysis due to lack of data):
With the data which we collected for year 2 children there wasn't a sufficient amount of male results to include into our data for the question "what ways do you use the Internet?" so we decided to just analyse the results for girls in this year group. Some of the data which was collected was very relevant to the question for example some children said they use the Internet to search for things and to use google, which shows us that these pupils understand how to the use the Internet but are unaware of the many different ways in which the Internet can be used. Other pupils didn't understand the question and were giving answers such as 'Microsoft word' which isn't a form of using the Internet therefore is not valid for our analysis of this question. 

YEAR 3 GIRLS: (Ignoring boy’s analysis due to lack of data):
The data that was collected for the year 3 pupils mimicked the data from year 2 in terms of their being a lack of male data therefore we again chose to only undertake the analysis for the girls of the year group. For the question "what ways do you use the Internet?" the majority of children who was asked, misunderstood the question and was giving answers such as "computers" and "interactive whiteboards" which again was not relevant data for this question. Although the data from the bulk of this year group was irrelevant there we're a few useable pieces of data which shows that the children have a brief understanding of the internet for example they knew that the internet was mainly used for searching.  

From the information we collected we can see that the girls we interviewed gave us more information to support our claim that “do boys and girls use the internet differently?” The boys data was very lack and gave us little information. The question we asked the children was “in what ways do you use the information” and it seemed two children misunderstood the question. Answers “tablets, computers and laptops” were incorrect and signs that they did not understand the question. However one child said they used the internet for google showing that this child was on his way to getting the correct answer. One child said they used the internet for “get photos and search for games” presenting that he understood the question.
The girls gave us a lot more information and they understood the question more. We had four year four girls answer and only one misunderstood the question by replying “PCs/Through Smart Boards”. The other three girls answered: “maths, Microsoft powerpoint, presentations and videos”.
The evidence given proves that girls in year four appear to be more educated about how they use the internet. It could also be said that girls don’t feel the need to play up or copy their friends whereas boys do, to feel “cool” or “part of the group”.

From the information that is shown from the results that year 4 boys have answered with, the results show that they have understanding and knowledge about the internet but interpreted the question in different ways. With only 3 boys actually answering the question it was hard to get a good amount of understanding. Two of the three answered the question based around what hardware they used e.g. the computer, laptop ipad etc however the third answered about what he does on the internet e.g. gets photos, searches for games and uses google. For just general websites. With only this amount of data it is hard to fully comprehend how they use the internet as the answers were not very clear.

Half of the boy’s data relates to the technology they use to go on the internet and the other half refers to what they do once they are on the internet.
Two boys who answered the questionnaire referred to Laptops, Computers, Projectors and Ipads as ways they ‘use’ the internet, I think we are allowed to observe that these children may have misunderstood the question.
The other two said they used the internet for research, information, educational games and front covers; this is more relevant to the question.
From the data we can suggest that boys like to be academic when they use the internet, there is no reference to uneducational entertainment games. However, the answers may have been slightly biased as the boys may have felt the need to lie as they were in a school setting whist answering.

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