Design Criteria Summary

Last year, in technology class we had six criteria. But this year, they changed the system and now there are four criteria. The four criteria are the following. Criterion A: Inquiring and Analysing. Criterion B: Developing Ideas. Criterion C: Creating the solution. Criterion D: Evaluating.

Criteria A is very similiar to the old Criteria A–Investigation. This is the criteria in which people need to think about a problem, and then think about whether or not a solution has been made for this problem. Then they need to research about the possible solutions–but not make a definite decision yet–using a variety of different sources. Then in the end, they need to make a design brief which shows the relevant research. The challenge in this criteria is that you need to get many different types of sources in order for the research to be successful.

Criteria B is like a mix of the old Criteria B and C–Design and Plan. People need to make a design brief about what their product needs in order to be successful, and then they have to design multiple prototypes. Then they need to choose the best design and state why they chose that one over the other designs. Then they need to plan out what requirements they have for this product to be made. The challenge here is making different designs that are different from each other but still solve the same problem–there’s no point in just making each product slightly different from each other because then you don’t see all the options.

Criteria C is like the old Criteria D–Create. This starts out with planning exactly what has to be done for creating the product, including time restraints and what resources that will be used. Then they have to create the product, using the right skills, and follows the plan, and actually does what it’s original purpose was. After the product was made, they need to explain if they made any changes to it compared from the original design and why they did that. The challenge for Criteria C is making sure that you follow the plan’s dates, instead of pushing it back to the last minute.

Criteria D is the same concept of the old Criteria E–Evaluation. They need to create a way of checking their product was successful or not, and then take note about if it was successful or not. They test the product against the design specs, which was made in Criteria B. Then they have to note about some improvements about the product, and talk about how the product impacted their audience. I think the challenge in this criteria is being fair about your product, because many people look down upon their product, while it might be really really good.


Tech PSA-Final

As mentioned in my previous posts, in technology class we’ve been learning and making PSA’s about situations in the YIS community. I chose to make a video about the new tardiness rule in YIS. I wasn’t able to finish the video though, as I was using a application I had never used before, and which was very time consuming. In the future I’m hoping to finally complete the video. But for now, here’s the video:


Final Design- Tech

(That’s just the first part of it.)

In technology class, we’d be working on making a PSA about a subject that matters to the school. My PSA is about the new tardy rule than has been made in the school. I thought that this would be an important topic because not many people might not know about this, as it was mentioned only briefly in the bulletin once.

Kenetic Typography looks like this:

I’ve picked my second draft, which is going to be the kenetic typography. I think that this is a good design, as it was a mix of my first design, but just using the space better. My original plan was to make a poster, but then this idea came up, so no this isn’t a poster, but because this is something that usually won’t be made, I believe that it will eye-catching. It kind of goes straight to the point, but I’m not sure about how long each part would be, because I cannot make it go too fast otherwise people wouldn’t be able to read it. A main reason why I chose this design is because I think learning how to make this would be a useful and fun skill to do in the future. My original design was a poster, with using about the information and words. But it because too long so I decided  that it would look a lot cooler as kenetic typography. Hopefully I will be able to achieve making this as I think it’d be interesting to learn, and interesting to see how the final product would look like.

Mashup Reflection

In this semester’s technology class, we have been working on mashups. These mashups could be an audio mashup, movie mashup, or a picture mashup. For the final part, we had to make one. I had desided to make an audio mashup, which I will talk about more later. Before I talk about that though, in the beginning of this project, we had to write a design specification. The design specification was a bunch of questions that relate to what a mashup must include, and such. Questions from this include: is this mashup under the fair use policy? Is this a mashup? Using the design specification, I can happily say that my mashup meets all of the specifications, and is therefore a proper mashup.




Is this a mashup?


Have I used two or more sources of material?


Is this under the fair use policy?


Has the product been changed?


Is this original?


Is this under the time limit?


My mashup was an audio mashup. The background song was the instrumental of Secrets, by OneRepublic  (I already had this song on my iTunes for some reason). Then, I used the vocals only version of Apologize, Someone Like You, and Somebody That I Used to Know.

My mashup could definitely be improved. For example, I only used one song for the backtrack, and usual a good mashup will use several songs for that. Not only that, but I feel that the transitions could have been done better. I’m not entirely sure how, but it wasn’t the best.


I think that throughout the entire design cycle, that I did pretty well. I think this because I was able to finish the majority of assessments for the cycles on time, and get a good score as well. I think that I did really well on the investigating and design, because I really knew what to do, and I was able to explain thoroughly. My investigating was well done, because it was detailed, took several notes, and had answered what needed to be answered. My design was good, because, just like the investigating, it was detailed, and seemed to fill what was being asked. My plan was alright, but was very brief, but it did explain what I had planned to do. The create process had taken a very long time to do, as it was very time consuming to change the tempo of the songs. Even though I had changed the tempo, when I had to put the songs together, the tempo wouldn’t be correct, so I had to re-change the BPM. My evaluation was alright I think. I don’t think I was really detailed in this, and was quite last minute. But overall, I think I did well in this project.

Does Copyright Hinder or Cultivate Creativity?

Right now in technology we have been learning about mashups, and about the fair use policy, and such. So in this blog post I will be answering the question  “Does copyright hinder or cultivate creativity?”

I think that copyright hinders creativity, meaning that I believe that copyright prevents creativity. Online, I have seen so much creativity that might not necessarily be legal (depends which way you look at it.) I have seen videos that have been based off of TV shows and movies, or drawings and art that have been based off of those. Though I do believe that there should be a law that doesn’t allow you to copy something exactly like the original. But instead of that, change the meaning, which is the point of making mashups. I think that it’s quite stupid to sue someone for having a five second moment that sounds exactly like a part from another song, because with the rate of creativity that growing, there are bound to be things that are the same. But, if someone bases a short video off of a movie, and it’s free, I believe that it’s alright. Though of course it matters how you got the clips or songs, illegally or legally, but it’s not like the companies are going to give those to you, if you pay a certain amount of money, because you might just enjoy making videos for a hobby, and aren’t looking to make money out of it, and I think that’s alright. So overall, I think that copyright hinders creativity, because it limits or imagination, by not letting people express their ideas from movies/books/TV shows. Though the people who express their ideas should not ask for money, unless they have permission to do so, and it shouldn’t be practically the same as the original (meaning that it should change the meaning of the video.)

Technology-Final Slideshow & Reflection

My investigation was done well I think, because I learnt several different things about presenting. The problem with my investigation was that in the beginning, I didn’t write as much as I could have, but throughout it I started improving. I think that my plan and create were a bit rushed, and had I worked on them earlier, I would have done a lot better, and have added more details into them. My plan could’ve been improved on the part where we had to write about how the topic was relatable to yourself, the school, and such. IThe most important part of my create stage, making the slides, was literally done in one day, which was horrid timing on my part, so I could work on time-managment.
My topic was chosen when I wasn’t feeling the brightest, and when I had to find out information, I realised that it wasn’t the best topic to talk about, and I would have preferred to talk about how tumblr changes your view on everything. My presentation itself though, was alright I think. I’m really happy that I was able to remember my presentation, and that my presentation was timed, because that was something I wanted to be able to do for a long time. Sadly, the timed presentation didn’t exactly work, because when I get nervous, I start to talk too fast, which is a habit of mine. What I want to work on is how I can change up my slides. My slides are always the same thing, a big picture that relates to the topic, with the title somewhere. I want to make it more like a friends, because hers was simple, but wasn’t just one picture like mine. She had different colours, and pictures that all related to what she was talking about.

Evaluate Reflection

Its made out of lego-so cute!

It's made out of lego-so cute!

I am really happy  with my tutorial 😀 because it was much better than I thought it would be, because I rarely use iMovie, but even so I was able to do the simple things (that I didn’t know how to do before.) Also, because my instructions were really simple, and easy to understand. But then, I didn’t really look at my script, I just said it as I went, looking at the video. If I had to change the project again, I would be ready to talk, and I wouldn’t talk through all the clips, just one by one.

My favorite part was the create part, because we got to make the tutorial (finally!) and I got to learn things while doing it, like using iMovie. Putting all the effects for iMovie was fun as well. The part I liked least? Probably evaluate, this part, because we have to look back at stuff, and we don’t really do anything with technology-except for the blog post, which we do for everything. But apart from evaluate? Plan, because we had to comment on peoples blogs, and look at tutorial videos, But that was funner than this (sorry!)

I think I did work well in class, but I always wasn’t on task, because since Kate and I were listening to music, sometimes we would just sing to it, and forget about working, so I guess I wasn’t always on task, but most of the time I was.  🙂  If I could change my work performance, I would choose the videos that were just lyrics, not the official music video, so I wouldn’t get distracted.

The project I learnt the most in was the create, because I never use iMovie, so I didn’t know how to do transitions and effects, but I learnt how to by looking at a tutorial. (haha!) Also, I learnt how to screencast, something I always wanted to do-and I didn’t know it was soo easy!

My strength was getting the screencasting done. I did at home when I got back from Belgium, and since I had no homework, I just worked on this! My weakness was probably the storyboard writing, because I did like 3 steps on one part, and then I realized that when I arrived in Japan, so I did it all over again!

I was a thinker in this project because instead of just saving the picture, I took a screenshot of it. (whoops!) I was also a communicator by telling people my knowledge about photoshop (from chowa) and for my blog (from tech.)

Thank you, and I hope that you like my tutorial!

Create Reflection

How To Make A Custom Header for a WordPress Blog from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

Recently in tech class, we FINALLY made our tutorial, mine on how to make a good custom header for a wordpress blog.

I learnt during this how to screen cast, something I always wanted to learn. I also learned how to use iMovie better, because I never really used iMovie for anything important.

I am happy and proud of my work. I am because, I never knew that screen casting could go so smooth, and I never thought I could screen cast. Also, I don’t like having to much things, and I didn’t even have music in the background, or very complicated transitions, and I’m proud of my choice.

It was very easy to make. Because screen casting is much easier than showing people  yourself , with you making things. Also, since I didn’t talk while I did it, so it made it easier for me. It was hard, because I split my talk into two parts, but then in one part my phone started ringing, and it would take too long to do it again.

My tutotial was well organized, and was under five minutes. Also I was only talking about my topic, and also my grammer was good! Also I was relevent.

I need to learn how to make just one part fast forward, not the whole clip. I also want to speak clear, because on some parts I didn’t really speak well. I also need to learn to be ready, because I often improved, and it didn’t sound so good.

Plan Reflection

My tutorial I’m going to make is “How to Make a Good Custom Header for a WordPress Blog.” Which I did resently when I had nothing to do, as you can see on my header, with Taylor Swift!

Tutorial Plan

I demonstrated a good tutorial by making it organized, and easy to follow. For example, by not suddenly just changing the subject. Also by making the instructions simple, but specific, like make sure the photos are close sizes, and fit the blog header.

The viewer would be able to learn from this because the tutorial is simple, and easy. The steps weren’t hard to start with, so that would make it easy for everyone, and I won’t have

anything distracting them like catchy music in the background.

I think I need to learn how to make things better on iMovie! I can never get it, so I’ll need help to edit things. Also before this blog post, I didn’t know how to film the screen, but thanks to Ms.Cofino, I know. But apart from that, I think it’s okay.

Investigation Reflection

In tech class, we learnt about tutorials. Then, we had to choose a tutorial and make a blog post, which you have seen. Then we commented other people’s choice. I commented on Sophia’s, KaTutorial Researchte‘s and Iruka’s blog. Looking at these blog posts I learnt how to draw a cartoon tiger, (Sophia’s) how to play the guitar (Kate’s) and how to make claymation. (Iruka’s)

I learnt during the investigation process I learn how to embed a youtube video to my blog, how to make a presentation on google doc, and some small details on google docs, like how to add a text box or an arrow. Another thing I learnt was when you’re doing a video tutorial, people like it when they can see the thing your doing, not seeing you do it. I can use these by making a google doc presentation, and if I do make a video, I can make it good, not bad.

I think the tutorial from youtube was better than mine, because having the voice is easy, and also my tutorial was quite quick, and not very smooth, unlike the youtube tutorial. Things I need to learn to make a good tutorial is to make my tutorial smooth, and clear.