• Data Journalism Meets Information Design: Creating A Complex Infographic About The Yarnell Hill Wildfire

      Godoy, Katelyn (2015-05-01)
      In June and July 2013, a large-scale wildfire, known as the Yarnell Hill wildfire, tore through the Yarnell community in Arizona. The fire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters—the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. This project, which details the events of the wildfire and its aftermath in a complex infographic, is an example of data journalism and complements the reporting completed by The Arizona Republic. This paper explores the emerging field of data journalism within information design and provides an overview of the process used to create and design this project. In addition, it summarizes data collection techniques and application of graphic design best practices. It also details directions for future design opportunities related to this topic.
    • Designing a Website for Karen Cultural maintenance and promotion: Karen Cultural Preservation in Utica, NY

      Htoo, Jenjira May (2015-05-01)
      This research examines the use of the Internet in preserving Karen Burmese culture, society, and ethnic identities in Utica, NY. The study explored the use of new media amongst Karen Burmese with specific attention to the function of new media in the process of identity formation. This study will expand on the literature though the uses and gratifications theory in new media and social network sites (SNSs) and by a specific case study of Karen-Burmese refugees, which examines the history and social context of Karen people, Karen refugees and resettlement and cultural identity. In particular the case study looks at the dong dancing, and how media is appropriated for purposes of cultural maintenance and for traditional values and ethnic identity. Information and communication technologies have become integral features in assisting the process of Karen refugees communicating with their families and relatives, and share their culture and identity online and offline.The second part includes the consolidation of Karen cultural (digital) materials about the project of Karen Cultural Preservation. Karen Burmese refugees’ cultural heritages, identities, and community, a project of maintaining and promoting Karen culture were consolidated in a WordPress website. The paper covered the WordPress theme selection integrated features and designs and screenshots accompanied with annotations.
    • Expanding the Classroom: Using Video Tutorials to Create Choices in the Elementary Art Classroom

      Prestigiacomo, Floretta (2015-05-01)
      This paper will discuss the benefits of video tutorials, effective tutorial development techniques, video tutorial application, and personal applications and ideas for using video tutorials in an elementary art classroom. The research questions, how can video tutorials be used as an educational methodology in the elementary art curriculum to supplement a choice-based art program and what is the process of executing video tutorials in the elementary art classroom are examined. A video series prototype was created using IMovie for a 4th grade Native American art unit. Constructivist learning theory, anchored instruction and information-processing strategies guided the development of the unit. Creating the video series proved to be an extensive yet worthwhile experience. Employing video tutorials in the elementary art classroom may be valuable method of instruction that is paid for with an investment of time.
    • Teaching of SQL Through a Game

      Ward, Patrick T. (2015-05-01)
      The project seeks to provide an effective alternate method for teaching SQL through the use of a Game. There is value in learning SQL, as SQL skills are still in the top ten list of sought after IT skills for 2015 (Greenspan, 2014). However, lecture based teaching may not fully engage the learner. Therefore, the game was constructed with the MDA framework and Problem-Based Learning in mind. These methods help the learner bridge the gaps between lesson content, problems, and solutions. The game itself was constructed with MSSQL, Adobe Cold Fusion, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The game presents lessons on SQL concepts and quiz-based challenges for students to solve. Students faced increasingly difficult challenges as their level SQL knowledge expanded. The project may be found here: http://www.patrickward.net/SQLGame/