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.
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!