Assignment #4--Researching Gender Differences Online

Topic:  Using PowerPoint and SlideBoom with voice over narration, present the results of a survey you conduct online that explores an issue developed in Sturkin and Cartwright or Shirky in terms of gender differences.

Focus on claims that intrigue you from our readings in Sturkin and Cartwright or Shirky.  Conduct a survey to investigate this area of interest in terms of differences between male and female computer and/or internet use. 

Components of the Assignment

1.  Survey:  You are to conduct your survey with a Web 2.0 survey tool to determine differences between the ways men and women use the web.  You may investigate any area of web life you wish, FaceBook, blogs, academic uses, social uses, but it must relate in some way to our readings. SurveyMonkey is a survey/polling tool which permits unlimited questions on the free version. Other good Web 2.0 survey sites include PollDaddy and SurveyGizmo.

Your survey should go out to  at least 20 friends--10 female and 10 male  (Start with classmates first!)

  • Your survey should contain 5 or more questions
  • Your questions should be in the form of yes/no answers--these are easiest to graph
  • You will have to make two surveys of the same questions, one for males and one for females--Be sure to title them as such so you can keep up the the answers by gender.  Send the male survey to male friends and the female survey to female friends.

2.  Slides--Use PowerPoint.  There is a chart/graph making function in PowerPoint.  Use it to illustrate your survey results, graphing 4 survey questions. 

Assignment Process

1.  Choose format for Photoshop slide show--you may use pre-designed templates
     However, you should design Title Slide in PhotoShop.  Use a photo in title slide that relates to   the
     research questions.
     Use colors and fonts in Title Slide to coordinate with format in PowerPoint
     Catch the eye and use CRAPP Principles --
     Make dimensions 10" x 7"

     Save as TIFF and Insert into PowerPoint as first slide

2.  Add survey results in the form of Graphs and Charts in PowerPoint -- 3-6 Slides, repeating elements of color and font from Title Slide and using CRAPP principles.

3.  Upload PowerPoint slideshow into SlideBoom and add voice over narration

4.  Link SlideBoom show to Class homepage

5.  Email Voice over narration script to Dr. Hollis as a Word doc of about 500 words

Process Instructions

1.  Open PowerPoint--choose a design, paying attention to color and font

2.  Make a place holder Title Slide

3.  Make bar graph slides illustrating results of survey

4.  Work on Title slide in PhotoShop--You'll need to match the major color in the PowerPoint slide:  Open first slide (Title Slide) in PowerPoint and hit Print Screen

5.  Open PhotoShop, select New, click OK

6.  Paste PowerPoint slide into PhotoShop and use color picker tool to select proper color for background and fonts.

7.  Open a new PhotoShop doc, 10" x 7.5"

8.  Design PhotoShop to be Title Page in PowerPoint slideshow--be creative!!

  • Ideas/Suggestions--Practice CRAPP
  • Choose gradient tool for background with proper color
  • Choose an image and make it 3D
  • Make a textbox for Title of Slide Presentation -- make it 3D

9.  Hit Select All

10. Layers >Flatten Image

11. Edit > Copy

12.  Paste over the 1st slide in the PowerPoint Presentation.

Recording Narration

1.  Open completed PowerPoint 2007 doc. and click on SlideShow  (PowerPoint 2003 should use a similar procedure)

2.  Plug headset mic into rose colored slot in your monitor

3.  To practice timing your narration per slide, click on "Rehearse Timings"  and speak the narration for each slide.

4.  When you feel ready to record your narration, click on "Record Narration" and get to work.

5.  Women, be sure to lower your voice a notch or two.  Sound authoritative!!

6.  Save and upload to Slide book.  Get the slideBoom link and paste into your class homepage.

Helpful Links

BBC Broadcasting on Voice Recording and More
Videos on Podcasting

Villanova Images