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  • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set? 
     

  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    2001-2010 it wouldnt go up alot because of the immigration problem bush was having and then 2011-2020 wouldnt go up as much because of the money issues we were having 

  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    well we made our frist decision after much discussion. alot of things had to be compromised since then due to technical difficulty.  

  • What parts of group work were challenging?
    communication which im horrible it was hard to get things done because i didn't communicate what i needed to the rest of the group. i need to ask better questions to the group and be a better team member

  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    i would do more i would try harder to learn how to properly use the technology available to me and spend more time at home on this then i did or comunicate want i needed done so my group could help me  
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Immigration Visualization Project Reflection Maggie Long


What surprised me the most is that the numbers of immigrants went up by a lot in the last years of our time period. What I thought was obvious was that the government gave some immigrants permission to be here, then just took it back. All of the undocumented workers have to go back to where they came from. 
I predict that the immigration numbers will go up because so far, it is increasing by alot in the newer years. We chose to represent the data in order of years and in color coded order. The darkest colors are the highest number of immigrants in that year. We have a key that helps you understand the colors and we have arrows showing you which way to go. 
Some parts of the project were hard with groups because if they didnt have their data on the google doc, then I wouldnt be able to start the chart. My group was pretty good though as far as work and collaboration. We all worked together and made a great looking chart with all of our factual information. 

I would maybe make a different chart for the next time. Ours was'nt very creative, and it could be more visually astounding then it is now, but this was a great way of representing our information. 
http://www.scienceleadership.org/media/open/8831
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Immigration Visualization

This is the link to our project:

​https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view#4db779d6-99e8-408f-b0d9-39290a56d331?branch=4868c155-9292-4f7f-8e9e-ec083d579280


Journal Reflection


+ What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

The thing that surprised me the most were the restrictions that were placed on immigration and how certain races/ethnicities were favored more than others. Only a certain number of people from different countries and continents were allowed to immigrate to the US during a certain period of time. One thing that was quite obvious throughout this research was the role that different crises in Europe played in the number of immigrants who moved to the United States. Another thing that was quite obvious for me was the struggles that new immigrants, especially those of Asian and African descent, faced. I always knew that immigrants were discriminated against because of their status in society.


+ Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

For the next two decades, I think that the immigration trent is going to drop slightly from its current rate because of the financial crisis that the US is facing. Unemployment is very high and not even natural born Americans can get a decent job much less new immigrants coming into the country. I don't think that were a going to see the sharp drop that we saw during the Great Depression but it is going to be a substantial drop. Maybe as economic conditions improve, more immigrants will want to come to the US.


+ Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

My group decided to find pictures that easily portrayed the events that happened in each decade. We felt that people could achieve the same level of understanding by looking a picture than reading a paragraph. We also made bar graph for each decade to compare the overall US population for that decade and the number of immigrants who entered the country.


+ What parts of group work were challenging?

Overall, the group work was pretty easy because everyone in my group had a particular responsibility and they completed their part of the project on time. The most challenging part was finding the right program to represent our information. In the end we chose Lucidchart. We worked well as a group.   


+ What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

I think that I would have made the Lucidchart a bigger so that the pictures and all the writing were easier to read. The information was a little bit jumbled. Also, from seeing the projects of other groups, maybe we should have chosen a better presentation tool to represent our information.


+ What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

I think that I would have made the Lucidchart a bigger so that the pictures and all the writing were easier to read. The information was a little bit jumbled. Also, from seeing the projects of other groups, maybe we should have chosen a better presentation tool to represent our information.



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Immigration Project Overview - Sophia Henninger

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http://www.lucidchart.com/publicSegments/view/4e78b1ea-402c-4307-8254-63b50a7d4bc0/image.pdf





What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

Before the project started, I knew a lot of people immigrated to the US but when I actually saw the numbers, I was very surprised. I never realized exactly how many people came to the US and all the different places they came from. Another thing I was unaware of is how Congress used to restrict the number of immigrants from certain places and how they forced different  laws upon them once they arrived, depending on their origin. Other bits of information didn't strike me quite as much like what had caused some of the low points in immigration. It makes a lot of sense that no one would want to come to the US during the Great Depression. 


Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

There are many different ways to predict the rise or fall of immigration through the next twenty years. If history were to repeat itself then one could assume that the rates would continue to rise, but some things are going on in our country that may negatively affect the amount of immigration. Right now, the United States is in a recession and if it were to worsen then I would predict a significant drop in immigration rates. On the same spectrum, many countries in Europe are in a similar situation and if we held our ground, that might encourage immigration. There are many different ways that immigration could go and it is certainly difficult to predict how it will go. 


Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

We chose to do a color coded timeline because we felt it was a good balance between information and vibrance. It is very organized and easily understood. 


What parts of group work were challenging?

Overall, the group worked well together though one thing that could have been improved was the division of work. Though we all provided and filled in our own information, when it came to color coding it was difficult to separate it equally. We tried to divide it but it just became complicated. 


What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

Honestly, I am very pleased with the outcome of the project. The only reason I would change anything is if we had more and more technical skill. Even though I am very pleased with our current project. 

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J. Pullins, Immigration Visualization Project Reflection

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​Click here to download our visual piece.


  • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    Among the things that surprised me the most were the dramatic decreases that the data showed in certain decades of US History. However, once I considered the decades with the decreases and the different events happening in America at the time, they made perfect sense.

    Also, one thing that really intrigued me was how the overall American population had a nearly linear, steady increase, where as the immigration arrivals often changed.



  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    I believe that the immigration trend in the US will suffer a slight decrease, due to the dissolution of the American economy. I believe that these problems in the federal government will not attract people from foreign countries to inhabit the US.


  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    We decided to place emphasis on the push/pull factors that encouraged immigration.  We decided that each decade had multiple perspectives, and so we wanted to display that in our visual piece.


  • What parts of group work were challenging?
    I think everyone in the group had a massive amount of ideas, and it was very hard to compress those ideas into a singular image.


  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    If we had more time, I would include photos in the decades as well. I feel that this would have really solidified the multiple perspectives that we were trying to convey.
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Immigration Visualization Project Reflection Bguercio

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Click here for the link to our project!

The information that was the most surprising to me were the numbers. I know there is a large amount of immigrants in this country but seeing it broken down into the different decades was shocking. Seeing that 1,700,000 migrated to America in ten years was astonishing to me to think about that many people getting up and moving form different countries to this one.  I knew there were certain points in history were immigration would be very low, such as times like the Great Depression and the AMerican Civil War. I make sense for people to not want to move to a country that is in bad conditions, the reason for people wanting to leave there country is most likely because it is not in the best state. Many people wouldn't move across the world to be in another bad situation, many immigrants want the American dream, freedom, peace.

America is not in the best situation, the economy is not great,  unemployment rate is high, I would predict that in this decade 2011-2020 immigration would not be very high. Although in other countries like Haiti, Japan have had recent tragedies so I think that would make immigration numbers rise but it will not be a crazy high amount of people. 2021-2030 I think the immigration numbers will start to rise to higher numbers, I do think that America will get better and the economy will start back up and the unemployment rate will decrease. I think things get better in time and from now to 2021 we have a little bit of time.


My group wanted a way to show the change in a way that people will easily tell this year it increased and this year it decreased. The circle was the shape we picked because it just seemed to show the difference in size the best. We also chose different colors for each decade (circle) to add a little life to the project and also to show that they were different decades. 

Working with the group I had was pretty smooth, we all did he work and put effort into the project. Although it was challenging to come up with an idea we all like. We all had our own ideas and ways to go about this project and we had to pick one. We did come up with the project we did and are happy with it. 

If I got to do this project over I would defiantly think about using one of the presentation tools, like prezi or wordle. I saw a few of them done and they are really cool, I would like to try something completely different next time!
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Homeschooler

Homeschooler by Daniel Tuveson

“You were homeschooled from K-8? You must have never left the house!” I gave him a blank stare and a disappointed headshake. It was in my sophomore year of high school trying to explain the misconceptions about homeschooling to the four people at my table in English class. Apparently this guy wasn’t listening.

            Homeschooling has always been a large part of my life, but I never wanted it to be something that defines who I am. I have always felt that after people hear the word homeschooler, they tend to think of an evangelical, Christian kid who can spell every word in the dictionary. This misconception has some merit, but most of the homeschoolers I know don’t fit the description.

            “Was it hard to get used to school? Like, could you assimilate?” The girl sitting across from me asked.

I thought for a moment and replied, “Not really. I mean the first day of high school is the first day of high school for everyone. It was the first day for me the way it was the first day for you. I even had some friends that would be going in as freshman with me.

I grew up home schooled it seemed normal to me, but as I grew older, I realized this method of schooling. One day I asked my mom, “Why am I homeschooled? Rich and Court [my oldest brothers] went to school. Why didn’t I?” The answer was simple. My mother explained to me how awful the neighborhood grade schools were. During about fifth grade my mom took my older brother Axel out of school because he hated it and wasn’t learning. This was when I was about 3 or 4 and I wasn’t in school yet. Because of how bad my neighborhood school was (and because of how expensive private schools are), she decided that I would be homeschooled as well.

Despite what most people believe, my parents didn’t teach me. I was self-taught in most subjects with occasional review or help from my parents. The basic principles of my learning were to, sit down with a book, read and learn different things, and take notes about it. On the weekends I would work on math with my dad for an hour or so and review my lessons during the week. This self-teaching method started being a problem around eighth grade when my parents were unable to provide any knowledge of some high school material. The combination of this and being around my parents all day made me want to go to school. That as well as some advice from my previously homeschooled brother, Axel,

“Daniel, my mistake was not going to high school. You get caught up in hanging out with friends and other stuff that you don’t think as much about doing work. Also you defiantly don’t want to be around mom and dad all the time.”

This advice spoke to me. I did not want to be around my parents all day when I’m fourteen. This was when I was convinced by one of my homeschooled friends to go to a school called science leadership.  Freshman year was my first actual year of not being homeschooled.

I’ve come up to a lot of people that have said something ignorant about my schooling, or tried to assume some random idea that connects all the pieces in their head. Most of the time that idea is faulty, or entirely untrue. A lot of people have an uneasy prejudice to things that seem foreign, like race, homosexuality, religion, or some other grouping of people. I realize that I probably to this to other people. So when I see someone that has an orientation that’s confusing to me I have to remember to not assume, their just a person like me.

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Immigration Visualization Project Reflection

https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view#4db779d6-99e8-408f-b0d9-39290a56d331?branch=4868c155-9292-4f7f-8e9e-ec083d579280

  • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    As I was completing the historic explanation for each year I expected that the reason for each dip was simply a law that was past or a war. That was the case for some time periods. Some of the laws we found only affected one group of immigrants, for example the Immigration Act of China.When I think of immigration, I feel like it is often linked to people from places such as Mexico and Africa, so reading about how immigration from places like China was affected was different for me.I guess it was surprising because I haven't really considered immigration laws from China.

  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    I think that the immigration rate would decrease a little bit because new laws would become more strict on the requirements for coming to America. Based on the fact that terrorism is such a big concern I dont think anyone is going to allow a whole lot of immigrants to come to America.

  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    At first we knew for sure that we wanted to use picture to represent each decade. However when we went through the list of tools given to use we had a hard time finding something that could help us use our pictures to create something kind of like a timeline. We got the idea of using the picture as boxes connecting from Ms. Launfenberg.
  • What parts of group work were challenging?
    I think specifically with this project it was hard for me to let others do all the work. At one point I kept asking if there was anything that I could do but a great majority of it was covered.Which is different for me because usually i am the one taking on the major parts and compiling everything together.
  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    When we started the project I had one set idea but as the project progressed and was completed I came up with some ideas of how we could have put the pictures together differently. Now That I think about it we could have used the pictures we collected to make some kind of collage.  
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    Rugeiatu

    • What surprised you most about this information? The things that surprised me the most was the time period, the major events that took place during those years. I would never thought America went through.  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set? The words was really short, They couldn't really fit. When there were major ups or downs in the immigration is was usually do to things we learned in school. What was surprising was some of the reasons for slight changes. The immigrations were over thousands of people, they all came to the United State base on the fact that they needed a new life and American Needed them for workers.

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades. I think more Immigrants are going to come, however it wouldn't be as much as the past decades, because American is going though hard times now and they wouldn't have a better life here.

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.  After viewing multiple choices our group found  prezi the most interesting and simple to combine our information. 

    • What parts of group work were challenging? Some people wouldn't get their part done on time and they couldn't put it together because we was missing parts.

    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over? I would have added videos of the older days of immigrants and describe How it felt because I'm also a immigrant, so I could compare this time period toward theirs. 
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    Mtlili Immigration Visualization

    BerniciaMalikNaQuanEarthDecades
    https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view#4e7361fb-8e80-4f57-b9af-14090afc8f61?branch=855e6f18-c786-434a-a999-931016e3682a

    When viewing the data collected as a group a few things came to mind. When thinking of America I always thought it was the best place to be no matter where you’re. As in the luxury of living in America was better than any foreign country no matter what occurs in America. I am familiar with the great depression but always thought it was over rated. It turns out when the great depression occurred it was the greatest decrease of incoming immigrants in time. 
                The way we constructed our visualization was that it would represent how time affected the growth of America. What we did was display each decade in the shape of a circle, the size of the circle represents the amount of immigrants in coming to America that decade. Within each circle is an explanation of why this may have happened. The circles leading up to the most modern circle with the largest number of immigrants seem to be increasing. Therefore the lifestyle in America is increasing. This leads me to believe that within the next 2 decades the amount of immigrants will increase. 
                The most challenging part of working in a group would be deciding on how the visual would be constructed. We all had different ideas that we each wanted to project. Then we had to find a way to combine our ideas in order to satisfy the whole group. It wasn't that difficult but we were able to accomplish the visual without encountering dilemmas. If I were to do something differently to the visualization I would keep the number of the immigrants in the circle. The information in the circle on the reasoning would be outside the circle attached to each circle with a line. This would make it easier to read the information. 
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    Imani's Immigration Visualization Project Reflection

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    1. What surprised me most about this information was that although there were many deaths that occurred throughout history due to raids, large accidents, and even just natural deaths, the population of the U.S continued to increase. Even the immigration rate increased at some points but only when colleges opened or laws were passed. But when the U.S were going through their darkest times the immigration stayed low. 

    2. I think the immigration rate will decrease again due to the fact that our economy is having major issues and the immigrates came to the U.S to have more opportunities but they won't get that opportunity if the U.S can not even support its own people. People who want to immigrate over will recognize it and would decide that they would rather stay in their own country. 


    3. I wasn't entirely sure how to present my information without being extremely wordy since I found many reasons as to why the immigration rate was changing. So making a bar graph to compare the population rate of the U.S to the immigration rate seemed like a pretty good idea without using any words because it's easy to see the difference.

    4. We weren't really sharing a lot of ideas on how to present our information. It would have probably been better if we all did our work at the same time so that we could know what we were working with instead of working on our project while still getting information. 

    5. If I had the chance to do this project over I would probably add words to my project since the graphs we made don't seem to explain why the rates were changing. So maybe making a picture or collage with the dates in each picture would have helped to explain why things were changing. 
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    Immigration Visualization Reflection



    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

      ·        I didn't really expect for immigration to be that big back then. I knew that there were migrants coming in from all over the world but i never really expected it to be so much.  It seemed obvious that while some years immigrations lowered most of them ended up increasing.

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

      I believe that current events happening will cause more to migrate in US. I think that most trends of migration are largely affected by problems happening in other countries which causes those people to want to move somewhere that will satisfy their needs.

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

      I chose it would be easier to create a Prezi. This is because it helps you organize information better. It allows you to display your information clearly so it easy for the viewer to interpret it.

    • What parts of group work were challenging?

      The only thing i found challenging was being able to find information that would support either the decrease or the increase of immigration rates. Other then that i believe that Rugei, Alysha & I worked well with each other.

    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

      I would have created a more in depth project. Something a bit bigger then just a Prezi. I do believe though that this Prezi will get our ideas across and help us proof our points.


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    Immigration Presentation Reflection

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    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
      The thing that surprised me most about the data was the general numbers of immigrants. The great depression was literally one of the most depressing times in America and all though there was a severe decrease in immigrants there were still a large amount. It was obvious that in times of war, over seas especially, there would be an increase in people trying to escape from the war zone. 

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
      I think the immigration numbers would continue to rise and may have some points from 2000-to present where it decreases because of the economic inflation. I do not think that it would cause a severe drop but it would be a noticeable one. 

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
      Originally my group created a very boring slide show, which we soon fixed to a single image. I had originally wanted to do something basic and even elementary because with things like history sometimes it doesn't hurt to simplify the information so that all people , really uninformed to experts, would understand. I liked the idea of child like smiley faces because if I was the audience it would appeal to me.

    • What parts of group work were challenging?
      I think as a group we could've did a better job splitting up the work because with both versions of the presentation someone was left doing 90% of the work. I do think, however, that it was more efficient to work like that in this instance because doing separate things and trying to incorporate it all into one simple photo would have been difficult in the amount of time we had. Although, we did all have a say in what the image should include and how we could represent it. Original ideas were shared by everyone equally. 

       
    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
      I would probably want to make the presentation something a little bit more animate and interactive and somehow portray why the numbers dropped a bit better. 
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    Allison Patterson - Immigration project

    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    I felt like it was obvious that the times when there was a lack of immigration were caused by a bad situation in America. It's understandable for people not to want to come to a country during a war or depression. No one will willing put themselves in that position. However I did find it surprising that people left there counties in times of hardship. Not exactly surprising but confusing because as Americans we are going through a rough time economically and we are not abandoning our country.  I think it shows a lack of pride and faith if you leave the minute things get hard.
    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    I think we will see a significant drop in immigration because we are having economical problems so no one wants come here. Also, we are trying to keep illegal immigration under control and because the immigration process is so hard no one will want to here legally. So, we will see a lack of immigration.  
    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    We tried a few other sites but Prezis just seemed easy and fun. I liked how we could have the screen turn and read the words or pictures. 
    • What parts of group work were challenging?
    It was hard making sure everyone did their work and agreed. Manna and I are both strong group leaders. When we work together our projects are always quite good however, determining the way to present them can be challenging. 
    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    I really like my project. I would like more info but I also don't want to much so that it's all info. I think where the project is now looks good.
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    Immigration Numbers_Earth_KFarrow

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    What surprised you most about this information?  

    -When doing the project with my group mates, I was surprised that there were many events that I never heard of that had such a huge impact on the immigration percentage. For example, in Germany, many people left the country and entered the United States because our soil was richer than Germany's. I never once thought that they would leave their own county for food, let done come to the United States. 


    What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

    -The things that were most obvious were locating the dates and putting a pattern together. Every time the United States was in global conflict (wars), the immigration process slowed down because people were afraid of living in a country that was fighting a stronger power. 


    Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

    -Presently, I know that the United States is more hard on immigrants. They now need proper documents to arrive and live in the country and if they don't, the United States doesn't give them a chance to earn the papers, it's just deportation. In the next two decades, I feel that it will get worse with immigration as we are now in a recession again. When more immigrants arrive, they might take jobs from US citizens causing no jobs and little money making process which will further increase our 14 trillion deficit in the economy.


    Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

    -At first I had an idea for my group to take clips from YouTube™ that showcased many of the events that affected immigration, but that became too tiresome as we only had 3 days to work on the project. We then switched to a 3D graph visualization. 


    What parts of group work were challenging?

    -The dates I found challenging were finding accurate and major events that caused immigration or immigrants to leave the US. For instance, in the 1960's we entered the Cold War with the Soviet Union. I thought that would be major enough, but it was not accurate as the Cold War was 85% shielded by the government and anyone who knew of what happened int hose times denied the very fact of it taking place. 


    What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

    -If I could redo this project over again I would create a movie using the clips from YouTube™ and make a moving graph that showcased the immigration change. Instead of a bar graph, I would create a line graph. 

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    immirgation

    1.  Post the link to your work as a new blog post on SLATE.  Please add the TAG immviz1112 to the post.

    2.  With your blogpost, include your reflection related to:

    something that surprised me most about this information was this was going on for the longest & it was not only one big race actually a lot of race was concider immigrate.
    population

    I know that over the years immigration had increase &  of it increase

    My group & I made the decision to make a prezi because its eye catching & your able to look at facts at the same time

    Finding time to contact each other

    I would put more facts show charts & etc. If i was able to do this project over.
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    Matt Ferry - Immigration Visualization Project

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    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

      What surprised me most about the information was the laws created against Chinese immigrants and many other immigrants, locking down how many of them are allowed to come into our country. 

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

      I think immigration will go down, seeing the current situation our economy and government is in. It's very discouraging to come to a country where we're on the verge of an economic crisis, if we aren't already in one. My prediction is that we'll slowly begin to get less immigrants in the next two decades. 

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

      Originally, we were going to create ours in a Keynote, but that didn't work. Cheyenne suggested using smiley faces and frown faces, which me and Justin though were just silly, but then we gave it a shot and we're proud with our final results. It's a set of smiley and frowny faces, the smiley faces show a year where immigration increased, while the frowny faces show went it decreased. 

    • What parts of group work were challenging?

      Just helping Cheyenne out, because neither I nor Justin are at all experienced with using Photoshop. 


    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

      I'd probably want to do something like a video. I think I'd have a lot of fun making a video. 
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    immviz 11-12

    I learned a lot form this project,the are meny issues related to immigration that are usully overlooked because people dont think that they are related. It is surprising how immagration patterns can be compared with other graphed data to find corrolation. On of the theses comparsons that I found to be interesting was  an immage of a graph representing immagration rates, compared with homacide rates, it showed that with higher immigration levels means lower homicide rates.

      I also found other graphs with simmilar comparasons they are located here.

    https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1iG3BUCPqoiwzYzCoOHp_TcUgDCRQAJ4Tps4iuUU_0gs/edit?hl=en_US
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    Immigration Visualization Project

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              For American History we had to analyze and interpret different graphs that represented the population increase correlating to immigration. Interestingly enough, it seemed that inhabitants of this world would come to America even in its worst time of peril.  I would say that the population/immigration wouldn't increase and probably stay at a steady rate. With the constant fighting between congress, the economy, and the revival of the judgmental American I cannot imagine an influx of people migrating to the U.S.

             Originally, we had planned to create a video representing immigration and population in a super creative way. But nevertheless we decided to stick to the normal criteria of a visual project. The first picture is a picture of my original work, the second is the group presentation. Nothing was challenging besides effective communication between the group members. Honestly to do this over, I would have done the video if more time was allotted. It would have been a nice addition to this blog post. The most difficult task was having creativity while trying to make a decent mathematical/visual representation of the information given to us.

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    Immigration Visualization Project Submission

    My group decided to do a project by hand, instead of doing it as a powerpoint or a project on the computer.  We intended to draw walls with groups of people climbing over them.  Each group would be holding a flag with the amount of of immigrants migrated into the US in that time period, and then on the walls we wrote what happened to cause them to come to America.

    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

      I was most surprised about the reasons people in the US didn't want them in American and all the things they said, and how the felt about the other people, especially the Asians during the period when they were all banned to enter the US.  It seemed very obvious that when the government decided to tell them they couldn't enter America, that's when a lot more Asians began to enter.

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

      I feel that it will continue, it may slow down a little though due to the economy and the recession that everyones in at the moment, but when, and if we ever get out of this recession and get back on our feet, i'm pretty sure that it will increase.  

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
      We all felt that since Kamilah is a talented drawer, and everyone was doing something on the computer, we could be different and use our strengths.

    • What parts of group work were challenging?

      Figuring out how everyone could contribute was a little hard, but after we figured that out, the hardest part was the drawing for me because im a very terrible artist, that's why i said we "intended to draw walls" for some reason i couldn't draw the walls correctly so we switched them to books, but the drawing was simply the hardest part to me.

    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

      I'd work on my drawing so that we could've stuck to the plan so that they would look like walls, instead of books, but other then that, nothing, overall i thought the project was pretty good.
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    Immigration visualization project Reflection

     What surprised me most about this information was that there were millions of people coming into America for better opportunities, to give themselves and there kids a better life, but most of these people that came over had no degrees or anything they just came. For this reason because they knew America would be much more beneficial than there own country. I suppose for the next two decades the immigration rate would go up even more. Because even though we are in an economic crisis, America is still a place where hope lies for many people. To present this project visually Me, sam, and Ryan decided to do a keynote because we figured it would be the safest thing to do within the little amount of time that we had. The most difficult part of this group project was collaborating work, notes, and ideas when time in school wasn't enough. We also had to double check on a lot of events to make sure we were connecting the dates to the right events. If I could do this project all over again, I would manage my time better, so that all 2 of my group members would be able to collaborate ideas with me, and be able to make a sufficient straight forward project.  


         

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    Immigration Visualization Project




    • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
      Many things surprised me based on the information my group and I researched. Before I researched the time periods I was given I came across alot of information I never knew before. I think it helped  alot with my knowledge of american history in general because within those time periods I gathered other information. Explaining this data wasn't difficult because the example graphs showed an more increases then downfalls with immigration.

    • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
      Over the next two decades I feel that the immigration population is going to increase.  Only because the amount of immigrants increased since the early 2000s and america seems to provide alittle more then most countries give.

    • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information. 
      My group and I finally can to a conclusion of how we wanted to successfully and thoughtfully present our information. We decided that Prezi would be the best choice for our information to be given.

    • What parts of group work were challenging?
       The challenging parts of my group work were the amount of information I could previde for a certain time period of my time line. It was difficult getting specific details of immigration.

    • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
      Overall I feel my group and I provided enough information to provide the information the increases and decreases of immigration due to the historical events happening in each time period.
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    Immigration Visualization Project- Reflection



      • When finding out the history between the US and it's immigration, most things seemed to make sense besides one thing. The period between 1881-1890 (note: I realized that I made a mistake for this date on the project) . While it was a huge immigration boom during this period, I found the Chinese Exclusion Act was also established during this same decade. So, I'm still confused as to why the immigrant numbers increased so greatly. Some obvious increases and decreases were things like The Industrial Revolution, and The Great Depression (which are great points that show extreme disparities between immigrant numbers in the US history.) As for my prediction of the US numbers of Immigrants for the next two decades, I don't find that to be the easiest thing to predict. My reason for that is  because of the current economic state of the US, which is still in it's stages of pending effort to create more jobs, and to not add more to our deficit. Then again, we are still the most developed nation in the world, and I can imagine other millions of people wanting to come here for the opportunities as well. Not to mention, the number of immigrants that come would have to do with the nations that they are leaving from. The US would be flooded with immigrants if a nation perhaps has some sort of natural disaster, or fall in government. But overall, over the next two decades because the world is advancing more (could be in negative or positive ways) I could see 4 or 5 millions of people more than the previous decade coming over. As a group, we made our decision to to present the information similar to graph style but with a twist simply because of our inability to come up with something else more creative, but could also could be done within a certain span of time. But in the end, we decided to represent each decade as a building in a city and  the title of each building has historical significance to the events of the decade that affect US immigration numbers (it's on paper by the way). Some parts of the group that were challenging was really finding the time to work on it together besides in class. Also, we weren't always on the same page, or we always were. If I could do this project over, I would definitely go with one our first ideas because they would've been more visually appealing, albeit more time consuming.
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    Immigration Visualization Project

    ​What was surprising about the information I saw was how the immigration population went accordingly to the events that were taking place at the time in the United States. Also, it was surprising to see what caused each event to happen. If something went wrong, another thing would go wrong. Or, if something good happened, something good would follow along. What seemed quite obvious about the data set was, seeing as the events that occurred in the United States -varied from being good and bad- it affected the immigration population from increasing (when good) and decreasing (when bad). I predict that within the next 2 decades, the population of the US will decrease but also increase. Due to the recession:people being laid off, businesses shutting down, schools shutting down, etc. the population of immigrants will decrease. I believe that after the economy becomes more stabilized the population rate will return to its normality of increasing. My partner Brianna and I decided to use prezi because of its easy access. We kept it easy and simple; a timeline that included the events that occurred at the time and a picture. What was challenging of this group work project was researching and obtaining accurate information. When searching for a certain year and its events, I would find events of certain states rather than information of the United States. What I woud do differently if I could do this project over again is instead of using prezi's format, I would make a video. I really liked the video Ms. Laufenberg showed us, it was of a roller coaster (representing the ups and downs of the prices of houses.) I feel as if we didn't really have time to be more creative. But, I liked the results of my project.   

      
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    Immigration Visualization Reflection


    Immigration

    What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    It was interesting to realize that what happened during certain time periods either interested immigrants, or turned them away. It was pretty obvious that if there was more money and jobs available, that more people would want to take advantage of the opportunity. 

     
    Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    I honestly feel that there could be and increase and a decrease in the immigration numbers for the next two decades. Due to the economy having it's many ups and downs, it could be hard for someone to move here and start a living. There's a lot of changes that are taking place that could be troubling for new citizens. However, I do believe that once everything is taken care of, agreed upon, and settled, the immigration numbers will increase. 


    Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    My group first wanted to do something really creative, and something that everyone might not choose. We started making a book on the website Tikatok. We soon realized that it wasn't working for the assignment, so we then switched to using Prezi. 


    What parts of group work were challenging?

    We were all new to using Prezi, so we had to get used to using that. Other than that, I think we did a good job with organizing our time periods, and displaying our information that we gathered. We worked well, and worked diligently. 


    What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    If I could do something differently, I would probably want to use more animations in Prezi. Our presentation basically goes from one time period to the next, but not much movement in between. So, maybe add more things to it. 
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