Tutorial 2: Using Google

The tutorial this week involved learning the proper Google syntax in order to be able to search more effectively.

Here are some interesting things that I learned:

  • Google is based on an index of information
    • Google searches are only searching Google’s database using spiders which fetch information based on your search
    • A giant web is created
    • Page rank rates the importance of the website to help guide your search
  • Coming up with the best search query will help you tremendously in your Google search
  • Extra words can bring in unrelated results
    • The choice of words, and the ordering is important
  • Things can become challenging when you are searching and using acronyms. Capitalization and special characters does not matter in your search query. However, symbols like “+”, “-“, “#”, “@”, “%” do matter
    • Searching for twitter handles, dollar conversions, trending hashtags, etc.
  • Google provides extra information on the right side panel after you search, as well as auto-filling previous and common queries
    • Selecting the nature and document type you are looking for in Google will narrow down your search time
      • Images, videos, news
      • Filetype:_____ [keywords]
      • Site:__________ [keywords]
    • Google’s Ellipsis extracts a summary text from the page that best matches your search
  • The minus sign will exclude terms that you do not want to be in the search query
    • Handy when you are searching for a very broad topic and want something specific
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Tutorial Questions

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

To search for an exact word, use the “+” sign. This will force the search to include the specific word. In order to find an exact phrase, use the quotation symbols around the text. Longer and unique phrases will be easier to find, rather than ones which are general, short, and common.

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

There are two ways to approach this question. Option A is to be utilized when you are on a web page and are looking for specific text. On Mac’s, you press Command-F, and on Window’s, it is Control-F. This will find and highlight the text you are looking for.

Option B is to be utilized when you are still searching for the correct web page. This technique will limit your search results to what is discovered on the desired site. To do this, your search would look like this: site:________ keywords.

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

Google is an easy way to quickly find a definition.  This is how your should would look: define:______.

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

To search for a product within a specific price range, it is important to use the keyword’s of the product’s name and also the use of the “$” character. If I wanted to buy a new dining room table, that was only 500-600 dollars, this is how my search would look: dining room table $500..600. The two periods indicate the amount between the variables.

5. How would you search for a specific filetype?

There are two ways of solving this question. Option A is to be utilized when you are searching for a keyword and are willing to explore the different file and media types. An example would be searching “Toronto”, and looking through the Web, Images, Video and News tabs. Option B is useful when you are searching for a file and you know the exact document type, which could include .doc, .ppt, .csv, etc. Your search would appear like this: “keywords filetype:____”.

6. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

In order to ignore words in your search, you would use the minus symbol. This has the exact opposite effect of utilizing the plus sign. Here is an example: “carrot soup recipe –ginger. This will provide you with carrot soup recipeis that do not include ginger.

7. How would you find related pages?

Using many of the Google search commands will help narrow down your results. To find related pages, you must copy the URL of the page you are currently on and return to Google. In the search bar, you can use the ‘related’ command to find the pages you may be interested in. This is how your search would look: related: your pasted URL.

8. How would you find pages containing one of several words you are interested in, though not all of them?

To find pages that contain one of many words include in your search, you must use the OR command (capitalized intentionally) to allow either one of the keywords to appear. Here is an example: large OR small dogs in Westminster show.

9. How would you find the time in another country?

To search the time in another country, your search will look like this: time [country]. Ex. time Australia.

10. How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

In order to search for a conversion, you must type in the number and the measurement, and what you would like it to be converted into. To answer this question, this is how your search would look: “20$ Canadian to Egyptian pound”. The answer that appears reads the following: 20 Canadian Dollar equals 129.00 Egyptian Pound.

Resources:

“Power Searching with Google.” Power Searching with Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014. <http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/course/ps/course.html&gt;.

Tutorial Activity 1: Digital Etiquette

It is estimated that by the end of 2014, over 3-billion individuals worldwide will be using the Internet (ITU, 2014).  Not surprising as without the Internet, we would not be able to connect with one another throughout the day.  However, we often disregard the potential consequences of how we represent ourselves online.

Our digital identify is developed when we type the letters of our First and Last name. Many would consider this identity to be a personal brand. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or your own website, thanks to Web 2.0, your online self is part of you developing your own brand.  Creation of your own identity and brand cannot be properly down without an appreciation of how it is received and viewed by others.

Infographic showing the social media statistics of 2014. Taken from: https://leveragenewagemedia.com/blog/social-media-infographic/

Infographic showing the social media statistics of 2014. Taken from: https://leveragenewagemedia.com/blog/social-media-infographic/

A question arises, is the content inserted one that results in “poor digital etiquette”.  While that problem may arise by simple accident, it may arise by a conscious choice to cross the social boundary.  All electronic communication devices facilitate and rely upon social media.

Is there a proper separation between one’s personal life, and one’s public career?  Is the broadcast and sharing of information appropriate and within the boundaries of proper etiquette.  If not, one may be quickly penalized for improper dissemination of information.  Take, for example, the nurse who was dismissed for Instagramming a snapshot and caption of the emergency room after a trauma incident.

 “The second big problem associated with interopability is the increasingly urgent issue of personal data privacy” (Palfrey & Gasser, p. 34)

There is no true ability to remove something once it is online.  Whatever you comment or share traces back to YOU.  It is highly recommended that on all social media platforms which one uses, the representation and portrayal of oneself, one’s brand and identity remain as consistent as practical.  And in addition, prudently use the privacy settings to assist your goals.

 

Resources:

“Statistics.” ITU. Web. 7 Sept. 2014. <http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx&gt;.

Farberov, Snejana. “Nurse starring on medical reality show FIRED for posting photo of messy trauma room that had just been used to treat a patient hit by a train captioned ‘Man vs 6 train’.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 8 July 2014. Web. 7 Sept. 2014. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684687/Nurse-starring-medical-reality-FIRED-posting-photo-messy-trauma-room-just-used-treat-patient-hit-train-captioned-Man-vs-6-train.html&gt;.

Introduction To The Dos & Don’ts Of Social Media Etiquette. 2013. Web. 7 Sep. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ootxiibcOWc&gt;

Palfrey, John G, and Urs Gasser. Interop. 1st ed. New York: Basic Books, 2012. Print.

“Lives” Documentation

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The human family is a complex, dynamic structure comprised of individual parts and relationships which develop and function autonomously, but also as a whole. This 3D sculpture contemplates the complex nature of human families and their evolution over generational time. Lives explores familial relationships and how time influences both the development of the individual and the family unit.

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Here is my Independent Project Documentation.

‘Lives’ Critique

IMG_0355_Fotor_Collage2 The human family is a complex, dynamic structure comprised of individual parts and relationships which develop and function autonomously, but also as a whole. “Lives”, created by Simone Roth, contemplates the complex nature of human families and their evolution over generational time.

This 3D sculpture depicts the interconnectedness of individuals within extended families using dynamic quality of families using static images within the context of the family tree schematic. The film canisters are translucent IMG_0355_Fotor_Collageand symbolize the fact that the identity of members in a family are rarely seen clearly by other family members. The photographic negatives, which have rooted the tree branches, represent the duration of time from the earliest photos to the most recent ones since photographic negatives were traditionally contained within these plastic film canisters before the age of digitization.

“Lives” explores how the part and whole relationships exist within the structure of the human family and that time influences both the development of the individual and the family unit.

Poster Presentation: Thyroid Cancer Campaign & Prototypes

What is the most effective object to associate with an awareness campaign for a thyroid cancer in the young adult demographic?

devices This term, I have been exploring why there is a lack of awareness of thyroid cancer, what health merchandise objects are and how medical diseases turn into brands. Today, I presented my final project which was a poster presentation and also included 4 iPhone and 1 iPad case prototypes that I created.

IMG_0099_Fotor_CollageOn October 16th, 2013, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and being able to create something positive and meaningful from a terrible diagnosis has been an extremely valuable and importance experience for me at this point in my journey. It has been really interesting and informative to see the progress of my research and being able to have prototype designs from all of my hard work this term.

The handmade device cases resemble the shape of the thyroid gland and use the thyroid cancer colors (purple, pink, teal). My favorite design would be the iPad because you can really see how it looks like the IMG_0099_Fotor_Collage2full thyroid gland.

I would really like to reach out to Thyroid Cancer Canada or ThyCa and look into the possibilities of selling the device cases. Judging from the feedback today, a lot of my classmates and friends would purchase the devices, which is great news! The cases are unique and authentic, and also convey the message of thyroid cancer awareness effectively.

Here is my poster in a PDF. A brochure was also created which includes a link to a live survey. The survey asks individuals who viewed my poster presentation what their knowledge of thyroid cancer was prior to seeing my poster, whether or not they would consider buying the cases, and any other thoughts/comments they have.  Also, here is my reflection assignment for this course.

Post-Presentation Survey Results:

1. Before seeing the poster and brochure, what did you know about thyroid cancer?

“Deals with the throat, if surgery is done wrong – speech is at risk. Higher in women”
“Nothing”
“I knew that thyroid cancer existed, but had no idea that it was being discovered in people my age (I am also 20).”
“To be honest, not too much. I knew a little bit about thyroid disorders – but not thyroid cancer”

2. Would you purchase the iPad and iPhone cases that were on display?

“Yes!”
“I loved the iPad one and how it actually looked like the thyroid gland.The four different iPhone cases were also very cool and nice to see all the different styles”
“Definitly – they are beautiful and handmade, which I love!”
“Absolutely – they are stunning and I loved seeing something very abstract, but still conveyed the message and my support”

3. General thoughts, comments or feedback:

“This was very informative and I’ve learned a lot of things about thyroid cancer.”
“Simone – thanks to you, I will be getting my thyroid and neck checked at my next physical. Thank you for all your hard work and for being so brave and courageous to speak about your experience with fighting thyroid cancer, and I hope that you get well as soon as possible”
“Congratulations on an awesome project. Fight this cancer and start making these phone cases…I can’t wait to buy one!”

Measure(s)

Measurement: the size, length, or amount of something, as established by measuring.

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Measure(s) is a photo and object piece that examines the relationship between a specific moment or unit as it is displayed within a specific context. All of the photos are 1cm wide and are images of a variety of measuring tapes and pieces of equipment which calculate a variety of things. In order to provide some sense of context, the photo collage was placed within a syringe. Developing a narrative is left in the viewers hands as they are able to hold and examine the piece.