Inspirational Passage of the Day
The fourth important general tool is statistics. Leedy and Ormond (2010) state that statistics have two principal functions: to help the researcher (1) describe the data and (2) draw inferences from the data. Statistics are an important tool because they help the researcher to analyze data that they have collected. Without statistics, the research process would be just information gathering. However research is much more than that. After the information is collected, statistics allows researchers to make assumptions and draw conclusions on what they have found. The method of using statistics is an important tool that is needed to determine if the premise was correct and or if the research should go in a different direction.
The fifth important general tool is measurement techniques. There are four types of measurement techniques which include nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio. Each technique can be used to categorize specific information. Depending on what the data is trying to show will determine the type of measurement technique that will be used. It is possible to use one or all of them. This is a very important tool because it helps to make the data that was collected more easily understood with the use of charts and tables. It can also be referred to within the discussion of the research. This is necessary because it helps to gives the reader an opportunity visualize the information that they read.
The last general tool is language. Researchers must be able to access many types of research in their field. However, there may be times when the information that they need is written in another language. It may be necessary for one to know more than one language to be able to access the information. It is also important to be able to get the study published in the main language. Research that is unable to be understood do to a language barrier may be useless.
Applications & Tools
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Brightkite for iPhone
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Brightkite for iPhone brings the most popular features of Brightkite.com to your iPhone. In real-time you can browse profiles of people around you, see what your friends are up to, and post photos and notes to places, all while maintaining comprehensive control over your privacy.
Visit m.systut.net on your mobile phone to interact with Brightkite via your mobile phone! The nice, clean interface works great on BlackBerrys, Nokias, and more!
The Brightkite Wall allows you to turn any monitor, projector, or TV into a live interactive Brightkite display. The wall is perfect for conferences, live events, bars, trade shows, retailers, or just displaying on your desktop.
Example: Brightkite Universe
Watch in real time as people check in, post notes, and post photos around the globe. You can also click the Google Earth icon at the top of most streams to see only that activity.
SocialThing is a digital life manager that allows you to view your friends' content and manage your own content all from one place.
FriendFeed helps you discover and discuss interesting stuff that your friends and family find on the web.
Log in to enable Twitter sharing
Share your checkins and posts with all your friends on Twitter! You can also selectively enable and customize what information gets shared.
Ping.fm is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap.
HelloTxt lets you update your status and read your friends' status across all main microblogging and social networks all at once.