Big Six and Planning

This is how we used the Big Six in our Global Awareness Project.

1. Task Definition

A. Define the information problem. In this case, comparing art forms of India and Greece and find ways in which they are different and alike.

B. Identify information needed to solve the information problem. We needed to find pictures of ancient Greek and Indian art and websites explaining them. To be specific, we need to find ways in which Indian and Greek art were different in terms of medium, style, and concept.

2. Information Seeking Strategies

A. Determine all possible sources. We decided that we would use only the Web for information. Books would be harder to find and would take longer amounts of time to get results. We used personal knowledge, essays from experts, blog entries, and online databases.

B. Determine best sources. We decided articles from museums and newspapers as well as essays from experts and databases would be trustworthy. Personal knowledge would only be used if it was backed up by information we found from a trusted source, and the same went for blog entries.

3. Location and Access

A. Locate sources. We located sources that were convenient to use at any time. Personal knowledge could be transmitted by e-mail and anything else by links in emails.

B. Find information within sources. We read web pages carefully to actually find the relevant information and once we found something important, we searched for information to back it up.

4. Use of Information

A. Engage (e.g read, hear, view, touch) We engage people who see our project by presenting YouTube videos and lots of pictures to get the point across aside from the writing and explanations.

B. Extract relevant information. We extracted the relevant and useful information by reading things over carefully and then asking ourselves if it was really related to the art forms we wanted to focus on.

5. Synthesis

A. Organize from multiple sources. We read material from websites, essays, and articles and put them in our own words. We also found pictures we thought best got the point of what we wanted to explain across. Videos of music and dance were also used.

B. Present the information. We presented the information in blog format, which we thought would be good, because we could include a lot of text and pictures easily, as well as videos to explain things better than just looking at images and words.

6. Evaluation

A. Judge the product (effectiveness) We thought our blog did a good job of explaining art forms of India and Greece to people who weren’t familiar to them before with interesting ways of illustrating our points. I didn’t know a lot about Indian art at first, but after our Global Awareness Project I know more.

B. Judge the product (efficiency) We have checked over the blog and made changes so things are easier to see, more to the point and related to the topic, and easier to understand.

And that’s how we used the Big Six in our Global Awareness Project!


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