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Insight iLOG Junior - Key features

Welcome wizard
This is a facility for configuring the program quickly for the most common uses.  There are step-by-step instructions, useful for new users, as well as quick set-ups required by more familiar users.
It gives ready access to:
A variety of logging modes for collecting data
A built-in library of set-up files for experiments, complete with on-screen instructions
Libraries of data files and online resources
Demonstration videos      
Interactive information about the connected interface and sensors  
Cartoon movies, unique to Insight iLOG Junior

Demonstration viewlets
This series of short videos with audio commentaries demonstrates how to perform a range of data collection activities with the program.

Quick help
This is a quick-reference guide on how to use the main tools in the program for making observations and analysing collected data.

Intelligent interface selection and sensor checking
Insight iLOG Juinior works with an expanded range of manufacturers’ interfaces, loggers and sensors and incorporates new driver software.  The new intelligent recognition facility provides automatic identification of the type of logger and connection port in use.  Thumbnail images give visual confirmation of the logger type and the connected sensors.  A test button on the Control panel facilitates a quick check that sensors are working.

New logging modes
In addition to the usual range of logging modes (real-time, snapshot, remote, timing and motion, manual entry), two new modes have been added:
Virtual logging simulates logging, but draws data from a source in the user’s computer or network
Online logging simulates logging, but draws data from a source on the Internet

Cartoon Movies
In the movie window one or more cartoon characters may be controlled using the signal from a sensor.  For example, an elephant can be made to walk across the scene in a window, using a light sensor; the brighter the light falling on the sensor, the further the elephant walks across the window. By waving a hand in front of the sensor, the elephant can be made to do a sort of dance of forwards and backward movements.  At the same time the graph builds up in the normal way as the data from the sensor becomes recorded.
When recording is finished, a complete replay of the movements of the elephant can be achieved by moving the cursor across the graph to take readings. Manipulating the sensors or the cursor across the graph offers valuable opportunities for pupils to associate the graph shape with changes in the readings from the sensor.

Notes window
As well as allowing users to write notes and comments on the data, this has many features facilitating the presentation of on-screen worksheets and instructions for data-logging activities.  The format allows the inclusion of images, movies and online resources.

Graph window
The presentation of data in the graph window is the major method of observing results.  The graph window offers several enhanced methods of adjusting the graph appearance:
A choice of showing sets of data in separate graphs or all combined in one graph
Quick access menus for selecting graph axes
Auto zoom and auto scale options for making data show up clearly, during or after logging
Stretch and squeeze actions for altering axes scales
Key window for identifying data and adjusting their appearance

Library of Set-up, Data and Movie files
The extensive library of iLOG files is available by thumbnail selection for easy recognition.  Files provide a valuable resource of exemplar activities with the program useful for demonstration, for practice or for pupil group work.  All set-up files contain on-screen instructions for the activity in attractive layouts.
Enhanced user interface
Building on successful experience with their Insight data-logging predecessors, Insight iLOG programs incorporate numerous minor improvements which have a major impact on user friendliness.  There are significant improvements in the performance of the toolbars, Chart window, Large digits window, Input sensors selection, Timespan selection, status messages, progress indicator and keyboard short-cuts.
Insight iLOG Junior has been specially designed with younger pupils in mind, offering a similar range of data-logging functions and graph windows to Insight iLOG VideoLab, but with a simplified set of analysing tools and a library of experiments suited to the primary school curriculum.  A special feature of the program is a selection of cartoon movies which can motivate pupils’ interest in data-logging and graphs by introducing an element of fun.

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