I analyzed sets of data from popular fast food chains in the last year. I thought that with the information we have about the obesity rates in America and the recent trend in people wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, that the stock values might have dropped. I decided to delete all columns except the date and the closing values. I did this because stocks change throughout the day, so including the opening stock values is not essential information for this type of graph.  I chose to use a line graph because it is easier to visually see the data in this format. Since I am looking at data over the year, this is the easiest way to spot possible trends in the stock values. If I had used a pie chart or bar graph, the data would’ve been harder to read, understand, and interpret, and it would have taken the reader a much longer time to analyze the data. The way that this data is portrayed is very user-friendly.

I chose to analyze sets of data from popular fast food chains because it is a topic that most college students and young professionals are familiar with. Stocks can be confusing if you don’t already have a background in it or have not previously been exposed to it, but using stock information from something familiar helps to break down that barrier.

We are led to believe that technology in schools is a bad thing. With cyberbullying on the rise, many teachers are unable to see the value in using technology in the classroom, and parents are less likely to allow their students to participate in the online community. I think, though, that technology has the power to greatly improve the educational environment.

Many students have at least one social media website, so they tend to be skilled at using many of these platforms. Teachers have the ability to use these platforms to their advantage. One teacher had their students explain the stages of meiosis in 140 characters or less; a creative way to get students thinking about the things they have to learn in school. Connecting education to social media, something that many students are already interested in, could bring about a greater interest in what they need to learn in school.

I applaud the teachers who have been using technology to their advantage. At the end of the day, the most important thing is for students to take pride in their education and be interested in what they are learning about. If adding technology and being creative is what gets students excited, teachers should take full advantage of it.

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