iSENSE v4.9 Release
Check here for more details.
Written on March 21 2014

iSENSE v4.9 offers several UI tweaks and bug fixes to improve your iSENSE experience.

iSENSE also has a new API call that allows users to append to a data set. A data set owner can append to his or her data set; project owners can append to their data sets contributed with contribution keys; and a contributor can append to a data set if his or her key is valid and matches the data set's key. For information on this new API call, please see the API documentation found here: http://isenseproject.org/api/v1/docs.

A full log of changes is here: https://github.com/isenseDev/rSENSE/compare/v4.8...v4.9

Please continue to stay tuned for a new text editor that'll replace CKEditor and the ability to sort data sets by contribution keys as well as view what data sets were contributed using contribution keys.

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iSENSE Professional Learning Community Meeting
Dinner and Networking, Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Written on March 17 2014

Our next iSENSE Professional Learning Community meeting will take place on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 PM. At this meeting, we will present information about the upcoming Science of Rivers field trips to the Merrimack River in Lowell MA. We have funding to provide field trips this May and June for your middle and high school environmental science and biology students. Please come to this meeting if you want to bring your students on our field trip!

Details
Thursday, March 27
4:30p – 6:30p
UMass Lowell North Campus, Olsen Hall room 311
 
Registration
 
Agenda
1. Dinner and conversation! A catered dinner is provided to all.
 
2. Review of the "Science of Rivers" iSENSE field trip.
This is a one-day field trip, offered at UML's Bellegarde Boathouse, designed to introduce middle school and high school students to the science of water quality testing.
 
It's offered in collaboration with the Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) and the National Park Service.
 
The Science of Rivers field trip includes a boat excursion on the Merrimack River and hands-on water quality testing and data analysis activities at the boathouse using iSENSE.
 
Representatives from TIHC will explain the field trip activities, as well as the logistics involved in bringing your students on the trip (dates available, boathouse program, and number of students).
 
3. Review of a classroom data analysis activity that precedes the field trip. 
Teachers bringing students on the Science of Rivers field trip will be required to devote at least one class session to a pre-trip activity.
 
The pre-trip activity should be conducted in a computer lab at your school. It will introduce students to water quality science and data visualization using iSENSE. No software installation is required—just use of a web browser to access iSENSE.
 
Participants at the March 27 meeting will participate in a draft version of the pre-trip activity.
 
4. Other ideas for using iSENSE in your classroom. We'll talk as a group about how you can use iSENSE with your students.
 
Please register now if you can come!
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iSENSE v4.7 Release
iSENSE v4.7 has been released – check here for more details!
Written on March 07 2014

Along with several UI improvements and bug fixes, iSENSE release v4.7 introduces a new privacy policy and virtual data-point number field for visualizations.

  • Take a moment to review our privacy policy, which can be found here.
  • Every row of data in a data set now automatically has its own virtual data point ID number, which allows for more ways to visualize data sets that do not already contain number fields. For example, if a data set has 5 rows of data, each row of data will have the data point ID number 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Additionally, while visualizing multiple data sets, you can group by combined data sets to combine rows of data with the same virtual data point ID number.

Looking ahead, iSENSE users should get excited about the following new features soon to come.

  • Users will soon be able to view which data sets were contributed using contribution keys and sort data sets by contribution keys.
  • A new call to append to data sets will soon be added to the API. More details on this call will be added to the API documentation in the next few weeks.
  • A new and improved text editor will soon replace ckeditor.
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iSENSE v4.6 Release
iSENSE v4.6 has much to offer. Check here for more details.
Written on February 28 2014

This release of iSENSE includes the following:

  • Quadratic regressions on Timeline: Quadratic regressions are now available on timeline visualizations. Options to draw regressions are available in the visualization toolbar as shown below.

  • Table visualization enhancements: The table visualization UI has been improved and sorting is now working properly. Users can click on column headers to sort data in ascending and desending order. Please note timestamps are sorted by date.
  • An important reminder to users on Internet Explorer 9 and below: We only support Internet Explorer 10 and above. We recommend installing the latest version of Internet Explorer or switching to another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, for optimal compatibility.

 

 

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iSENSE Professional Learning Community Meeting
Dinner and Networking, Thursday, February 27, 2014
Written on February 21 2014

 

If you would like to integrate data analysis and visualization into your science, math, or engineering teaching, please come to our iSENSE Teacher Network meeting!

You will learn about iSENSE, a free web tool for uploading, sharing, and visualizing data. iSENSE is great for making sense of manually and electronically gathered experimental data, statistical data, and geocoded information.

At Teacher Network meetings, you will: 

  • hear from teachers about how they’ve been using iSENSE in their classrooms
  • participate in a tutorial about how to use iSENSE
  • discuss approaches for your own classroom with peers and university education faculty and students
  • meet the technical team and get assistance for your own ideas about how to use iSENSE!

All meetings include dinner.

Our next meeting is Thursday February 27 at 4:30p! See more information and sign up here:

http://isense-teacher-network-feb27-2014.eventbrite.com/

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iSENSE Release v4.5
iSENSE Release v4.5 has been released - check here for more details.
Written on February 21 2014
Along with several UI improvements, this iSENSE release has much to offer. 
 
  • Drawing best fit lines on graphs with multiple data sets has been significantly improved.
  • Users can now upload Vernier files (.qmbl) to iSENSE. If you collect data using a Vernier device, such as the Logger Pro, you can upload and analyze your data on iSENSE.
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iSENSE v4.4 Release
This release offers UI and feature enhancements.
Written on February 14 2014

This release offers several UI enhancements, including more tooltips and improved project toggle buttons.

Additionally, users can now contribute data to locked projects with contribution keys. A contribution key is like a password created by project owners and distributed to users without accounts who seek to contribute data. Contribution keys are ideal for teachers who wish to use iSENSE in the classroom without hassling their students to manage accounts. Users can create and manage contribution keys by clicking the Edit button on a project's page as shown below.

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iSENSE v4.3 Release
iSENSE v4.3 has been released - The new API is here!
Written on February 07 2014
This week's release includes a few minor bug fixes, UI improvements, and.... the new API! The new API enables users to write mobile applications to contribute data to iSENSE.
 
The API can be found here: http://isenseproject.org/api/v1/docs
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iSENSE v4.2 Release
iSENSE v4.2 has been released! Click here for more details.
Written on January 31 2014

This release delivers a highly requested feature (cloning!), provides users with better zoom control on visualizations, and fixes several bugs and UI issues.

  • Cloning: Have you found an interesting project on iSENSE you'd like to re-create? Cloning makes this easier. Users are now able to clone projects with or without data. The Clone button is above a project's description.
  • Better Zoom Control on Visualizations: Independent X and Y zoom on visualizations makes it easier to analyze data. The independent X/Y zoom controls can be found on the visualizations tool bar.

 

Looking Ahead...

The stable API will be released next week. This API will enable users to write their own apps to contribute data to iSENSE. Stay tuned...

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iSENSE Teacher Network Meeting
If you would like to integrate data analysis and visualization into your science, math, or engineering teaching, please come to the iSENSE Teacher Network meeting on 1/23/14.
Written on January 17 2014

If you would like to integrate data analysis and visualization into your science, math, or engineering teaching, please come to our iSENSE Teacher Network meeting!

You will learn about iSENSE, a free web tool for uploading, sharing, and visualizing data. iSENSE is great for making sense of manually and electronically gathered experimental data, statistical data, and geocoded information.

At Teacher Network meetings, you will:  

  • hear from teachers about how they’ve been using iSENSE in their classrooms
  • participate in a tutorial about how to use iSENSE
  • discuss approaches for your own classroom with peers and university education faculty and students
  • meet the technical team and get assistance for your own ideas about how to use iSENSE!

All meetings include dinner.

Register here: http://isense-teacher-network-jan23-2014.eventbrite.com/

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