For 20.6.18

As we discussed, I am limiting your homework to two topics so that you can address both these fundamental problems of code and how biz apps are used AND, and especially, your developing your independent study skills: HOW you study is here as important as what you study, because it is in your interest to “learn how to learn” about biz app systems in the future.

Learning Code (2 hours)

  • Explore your code using both HF and Codecademy so that you may develop a more comprehensive understanding
  • Dig into code Dig into your chosen code, work through the problems so that you quickly reach the point of “I can do this!” (This may not happen today or tomorrow, but aim for it)
  • What are the ISSUES, the important things about databases, for example: what is it about the structure of a table that gives databases their power? Explain, don’t just claim, and prepare explanations that really do further your understanding and which will help you help others in your team.
  • Document your learning in a way that will help you later, when you are away from this, pick up where you left off: do this for you, not simply to show the teacher; you do this by writing up concepts, examples, and explanations based on your “getting it” — the things that will help you later.
  • A picture tells 1,000 words Collect a few images that represent the interesting concepts and tell memorable stories about them (practice for your exams!)
  • Develop your own analogies Find ways of explaining what you are learning in your own terms so you remember
  • Documenting Code Create a Heading 8 for code only, make it look like an old fashioned typewriter, indent 2.5cm both sides, single spaced, and learn how to copy code from the pdfs and Codecademy and past it into your documents
  • Report Distinguish between what the text (cite: which text, which page) says ad what you think important or have learned: don’t explain to me (I’ve already learned this stuff)
  • Reflection Compare and contrast your learning using HF and Codecademy using the framework of intellectual styles you examined two weeks ago: 1) which one do you prefer and why, 2) how differently do you learn from others (be specific, identify how classmates learn and how differently they learn from you

Your Project’s Conceptual Significance (2 hours)

  • Who Cares? With any research project we must address the question of “who cares?”, because simply satisfying our interests is not enough (our audience asks: “what’s in it for me”); hence, your mission for next week is to identify those who have already done what you might be interested in doing: look for relevant professional conversations
  • How do they care? Relevant professionals talk about concepts, theories, and methods, and not just about solving any particular problem nor about any particular firm
  • How do you find them? You find them by plugging the language they use into Google Search, as I describe and demonstrate on my Conceptual Significance page and where, before you dig up your own data, tell your “background story”, and spend a lot of time describing things, you first report on what others are saying and so prepare a Literature Review