Tagged: Trimester 2

Digital Footprint: A Comparison Of 2 Videos

This week, I will be posting posts every single day! And they will all be somehow related to digital footprints! I’m doing this because of the student blogging challenge. Which for those bloggers who haven’t joined yet, do so now!

So, in this post I will be comparing the two videos I have left the videos to at the bottom of this post. If you don’t want me to spoil the videos, I recommend you watch them before you read this. Some similarities between these two videos are that they both teach you the basics of a digital footprint. Which is a “footprint” you leave whenever you do something online. Any comment, tweet, picture, or post you put online are part of your digital footprints.

Now to the differences between the two videos. One difference is that the first video better shows a digital footprint you leave whenever you do something online. While the second, shows how in the course of your life, you leave a digital dossier, which is a record of everything you do online. Another difference is the way the videos are presented. The first is all in letters for the viewer to read and learn from, while the second one has a voice that explains everything. Something else is how it is designed, both used good design, but I liked the design of the first video more because it looked better in general. And also shows C.R.A.P (contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity) better.

But in general, I would prefer the first video to learn the basics of digital footprints because it is easy to understand and teaches all the basics, but it is undeniably freaky. While the second one teaches about something bigger, your digital dossier is not only made up of your actions, but of the people all around you. So I think both are quality videos.

Here are the videos:

Movers and Shakers Unit

General Work
Hi! For the last 2 months, our class has been studying Movers and Shakers, or people who have had an impact over the world. First, we studied people like Ghandi, Martin Luther King Junior, and Malcolm X. We compared the ways of more peaceful Movers and Shakers, and the more aggressive ones. Personally, I believe in peaceful protests and pacifism, but sometimes people have to be aggressive to get results. We also studied some key words, like prejudice, political prisoner, ethnic, discrimination etc.
End Of Unit Project
At the end of the unit, we had to choose a Mover and Shaker and write an biography about their lives. But we had to write it in first person, and infer their feelings during specific times in their lives. We then had to make an iMovie and pull out information from the faux autobiography to use. We also had to act in the movie, and explain general information. I chose Albert Einstein because I have always been fascinated by his works.
Research
During research, I visited numerous sources. like Encyclopedia Britannica online. I paraphrased information from these sources and used them in my writing. I remembered to cite sources though, because if I didn’t, I would be breaking the law. I made sure to only include information that more than 1 reliable source said was true, and I made sure that my sources were true, and only stated facts, rather than opinions.
Some strengths I’ve had during research was always writing down my sources, paraphrasing, making sure I did not use inaccurate information, and making sure my sources were trustable. An areas of growth for me during this unit are citing my sources in proper form for my bibliography. To do this, I will record the dates of when I access sites, and learn how to write the bibliography in proper form by asking some friends. Another area of growth would be to access more sources, so that my information is as accurate as it can be, and to do that, I will make sure that I access at least 2 more sources than I did during this project.
Faux Autobiography
On the faux autobiography, I drafted, revised and edited multiple times in first person. In my drafts, I made some errors with word choice and some of my information was outdated, but generally, it was okay. After I revised multiple times, I started editing. I sent my faux autobiography to Mrs. Huiet for extra support, and she found places where I used commas instead of periods, and found some awkward sentences. After that revision, my piece was quite enjoyable.
Here is my piece for you to enjoy!

Some strengths I had for my autobiography was that I worked hard, that I revised and edited multiple times, that I portrayed Mr. Einstein’s personality quite well and that my piece came out as quite entertaining, while still being full of information. Some criticism I received was that it was too long, I will try to make my next informational piece shorter, while still being information packed. To do this, I will make sure my piece will be less than 1,200 words long.

iMovie
For the iMovie, I first reviewed the expectations, and then I wrote a script, taking information from the faux autobiography, but having it more like someone speaking to you. I then practiced multiple times with my friends. And finally, I shot my video. After shooting, I dubbed my voice, in a German accent I learned from youtubers. My friend Than also dubbed himself, as an Australian tour guide. My movie also had cameos of my friends Matteo and Hoon.
Here is the video for your enjoyment!

For this movie, my strengths were that my voice was loud and clear, I was in character with the accent and – bad – costume, I had different shots to make it enjoyable, I dubbed to make the volume clear and I used humor to make it reflect on Mr. Einstein’s humorous personality. Something I have to work on is having my lips look like what I am dubbing, because you probably can notice that my lips are moving, even when I am not talking! I will work on that by memorizing the script, but just dubbing for better volume.
Conclusion
I really enjoyed this unit. And I think that I did quite a good job, and from the feedback I got, I did. I hope you give me some feedback in the comments, and as always, thank you for reading. And for your support for this blog.

Gregor The Overlander

This week, the class finished the first book of the Underland Chronicles. Although I finished the series a few months ago, I still enjoyed listening to it being read. I loved the fiction and the imagination that were used inthe making of the Underland. Especially the descriptions of various areas. I also liked the word choice of Suzanne Collins, and how every time something happens makes you extremely nervous. I swear that I sweat so hardly the first time I was reading this, that my shirt was soaked when I was done. Here is a synopsis I wrote for the book.
Gregor, was an ordinary boy, from an ordinary city. But what happens when he falls through a grate in his laundry room, and enters the treacherous Underland, filled with giant animals, and strange humans. Will he be able to save his father who he lost 2 years ago, or will he be the meal of a rat? Find out now by reading… Gregor The Overlander!
My favorite character was always Ripred because I like how he is fierce, but also extremely warm hearted, he is cunning, but wise. And I can’t help but admire this rat, even though I absolutely hate his action sometimes, because he tends to act negative. But when you see how he acts around Lizzie, you can’t even not cry! It’s so full of warmth!
Anyways, I highly recommend you to read it, because the series is so good! And it’s by one of my favorite authors, Suzanne Collins! Who wrote the hunger games. So you should read this book! Seriously, get it.

The Best Part Of Writing

To me, the best part of writing is the fact that you can write anything you want and still produce a wonderful piece of writing, and that each time you write you challenge your imagination. I like that you can write about anything because you can keep writing, and there are almost no limitations! I love to challenge my imagination because it’s fun to think of things that I will never see in my life, like fairy crocodiles, or pink clouds. And to challenge that and think of something cooler, more amazing, sometimes what I think of even impresses me! Writing is a really good way to show people what you feel about things, sometimes to a group, sometimes it’s just for yourself, and sometimes to the world! So that’s what I think is the best part of writing.

My High Quality Post

I think that I have quite a lot of high quality post, but my favorite (by far) is my post about Racial Discrimination. I like it because it clearly describes my opinions, how I feel about Racial Discrimination and is very in-depth. I think that my post also shows that I truly care about Racial Discrimination and that overall, it is quite powerful.
My post was about racial discrimination, and people who act in ways that reflect on their prejudicial ideas. It focused on the world in general, and some small examples around my small community in Shekou. It also showed my ideas about racial discrimination and how people should stop discriminating people because of their race, looks, height etc.
In my future blog posts, I will work on always adding an engaging picture, and make sure that my posts are engaging, and are relevant to my main idea, and that it always has a purpose. I hope that my blog posts will improve and that I can achieve these goals I have set for myself.

Well, for those who haven’t read that post, click this!

My Unit 4 Math Reflection

This unit, I improved on double checking all my work and double checked every problem on my test, the test became really messy though, because I used pen above my pretest. I will double check everything on another sheet from now on, so it is not as messy.
      For this unit, I need to work on dividing decimals by full numbers, and I will work on that by writing intermediate decimal division problems on a sheet and solving them, and also download some helpful apps to work on dividing decimals. I will start by working with decimals on the tenths and hundredths places, and will work until I can divide decimals with the tenths, hundredths and thousandths places.
     I was good with three and four digit division and I loved using the partial quotients method because with the traditional method you had to estimate, but with partial quotients you don’t really have to think and the chances of accuracy are higher.

New Year Resolutions

Have you ever stuck with a New Year’s Resolution? Neither have I, so I don’t set them anymore. But today in class, we made New Year’s resolutions. We folded a piece of paper in half and cut designated areas out and wrote 2 on one flap and behind that wrote 2 best things that happened in 2014, for that, I wrote going to the arctic, and meeting a famous youtuber called AntVenom on a minecraft server. On the next flap we wrote 0 and behind that wrote something we had to stop. For that I wrote that I had to stop following people and annoying them. Then, for the next flap, we wrote 1 and behind that we wrote our first wish for 2014. And I wrote that I wanted 10,000 people to visit my blog. And for the final flap, we wrote 4 and behind that our four goals for the year. Mine were to get 100,000 YouTube subscribers, read 500 Wikipedia articles, collect enough money to get a 3D printer, and to lose 20 pounds (suggested by my friend). Finally, I colored in the numbers on the flaps. Here is a picture of my final product.

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The Haiyan Walk-a-Thon

Last Friday, we had a Walk-a-Thon for the horrible typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 9th. It was one of the worst typhoons and it killed at least 1 person from each family in the affected areas according to a local radio station.

So, to raise money, STUCO, or Student Council organised a Walk-a-Thon. Here is a video of some pictures taken that day. I hope you like the video, and I hope it shows that we truly care.

 

The Bali Service Learning Project

Right now, me and my friend Boey are working on a simple iMovie quiz for some underprivileged children in Bali. We started it today after our teach Mrs. Huiet told the class about the school. She also told us she was visiting that school for christmas holiday. Now, most of the 5th grade is working on making flash cards, games and other things for the 98 kids in the school to learn english. I’m really happy that I can help those kids learn things in Bali.