Recently, we finished our first writing and social studies unit. We focused on Ancient River Civilizations and personal narratives. I wrote a written reflection and created a Storehouse. You can click the link to access my storehouse and read my reflections and look at my photo evidence.
Hi everyone! For the student blogging challenge, I had my mom write a paragraph about any thing she wanted. And she decided to write about raising a child. This paragraph is in Chinese, so people who don’t understand chinese can use translated tools to translate this piece, but it may not come out right. Anyways, here is the paragraph!
越来越发现孩子成长，自己也必须不断学习；在孩子出现问题时不发火，通过学习想办法解决问题; 有问题不要老想著这是孩子的错，想想可能这是我或者爸爸的原因造成或导致的错; 需要和孩子沟通，没有教育不好的孩子，只有不会教育的父母; 不要老想著我要改变孩子，我先改变自己，与时俱进； 别只看孩子的缺点，先看孩子的优点； 不要把孩子不爱学习的责任推卸是没有遇到好老师；我需要先变成一个好学的人作为榜样；不是孩子不独立，太没有主见；是我不放手让孩子锻炼；发现孩子性格不好，我必须要提高自身修养不要在家里发脾气；不想孩子心眼小，我要成为一个大器的人；不想孩子没有上进心，我要成为有上进心的人。
For the Edublogs Student Challenge, I have created avatars for both my dad and my mom. I have customized them because of various reasons. Here are my family avatars:
I chose my mom’s background because we love going to the movies together, and then critiquing the movies afterwards. I chose a dress for her because I probably have never seen her in pants, and the color of it is white because I think white is peaceful. I decided that she would be holding me because whenever we have to hurry up she holds me so I don’t get lost.
I chose my dad’s background because we live in a huge city, and he likes the bustling sounds all around us. I chose a black suit because as he is a businessman, he usually wears nice clothes. And I chose his hair because I’ve always wondered what he looked like with bangs.
After viewing this keynote, write up the ending and what 13 could mean. Make your story funny, or scary, or even crazy! I hope your stories will be filled with creativity!
Has anyone noticed my brand new avatar? If you haven’t, let me introduce you to him! I made Mr. Felix with the website Animoto. The website is in Japanese, but I used inferences to make it work. Knowing chinese also helped me make it work. Here is a picture of Mr. Felix!
For my avatar, I decided to use my own hair color and basic features. I then added messy hair because I always wonder what it would be like to have really messy hair. I also decided to use a red tie and blue pants because red and blue reminded me of superman, and I thought that a white shirt matched the red tie well. Finally, I decided to have sandals because I can’t stand wearing sneakers and dress shoes. I chose my background because it is a picture of my home, Hong Kong, and I love the bright lights of the city at night.
On Wednesday, September 3rd I presented my Expressing Myself presentation (an assessment) to my entire class. My goal for the assessment was to create a presentation that explained the visible and invisible aspects of my culture. I think that I took a variety of technological and personal risks on this presentation.
I think that we were told to do this because it quite nicely starts our unit on culture and is a good way for us to get to know each other better. We did it in this way because it makes us think about our cultures, invisible and visible aspects of culture and also our peers. Just in the last 2 days I have learned a lot about many of my peers. I had no idea Saskia’s ancestors included Franz Schubert and a previous president of Germany! I also did not know that in Finland, people had to go through an 8 day life preparation camp. I also think we did it because it really ties in with our unit about culture, and instead of writing a report of another culture, presenting about our own would be much more interesting in many ways.
I am really proud of my “call”. A video I made using photo booth. I found a picture using Creative Commons of a temple in Sai Kung and used it as a backdrop. I then filmed myself and left gaps in between to let the presenter (me) speak. I thought it was a big challenge for me because I had never done something like this before, and I had no idea how to put a video from my computer into my iPad. But after a few hours of work I finished it, and I am very very proud of it. I also think the presentation itself is a big step from my other ones, as my other ones were all filled with animations that it was almost distracting. I feel like I also did a pretty goo job with my pic collage, instead of just telling people about my collage, I let people guess what each picture represented, and I think that made the presentation a bit more interactive.
If I could redo this, I would have talked a little bit more about the visible aspects, and I would also use a MLA format bot, which puts all photos into MLA format. I would also try out more technological risks, such as possibly creating a cartoon or even playing a few traditional songs. I would also have tried to incorporate more information about my culture, maybe having someone else in the video instead of me!
As I said earlier, I took a few risks, but I have already told you my technological risks, but now I will tell you the very personal risk I took. I have never told a large amount of people that I am atheist and that made me quite nervous, but I still shared it because I feel like I can trust this group of peers. I also took a risk by bringing the incense, because I couldn’t break them, or else I would be in violation of a Buddhist rule, and incense breaks VERY easily.
Making this presentation was sort of like writing a memoir, but more generalized, I think that I shared a lot of information about myself but also a lot of information about my culture itself, and everyone that has the same culture. I think that this was quite a challenge because I didn’t know a lot about my culture, so I had to use many sources to research. I used the internet, my parents and even my extended family! This was like writing a memoir because writing a memoir tells a lot about a person, and this told very much about my culture. I also think this was like writing a memoir was because I shared a lot of information that I wasn’t comfortable sharing before, and many people share things they hadn’t shared before in memoirs.
To conclude, I am VERY proud of this presentation and I hope that I can share it with you! Attached is the link!