In tech class, we created a PSA (Public Service Announcement). My PSA was about breaking the dress code and its consequences. Here is the video.
In tech class we are currently creating a PSA for the school. I decided to create a PSA for the dress code directed to high school students. I decided to do this topic because I know that a lot of students break the dress code. I am going to create a video and this is my final design.
The design that I am going to choose to create is design 4. I feel that this is the most entertaining one out of all four and people would actually remember what was going on. It is the most comedic one because it is overly dramatic which is interesting. The length is appropriate as it is around one minute (52 seconds). This video focuses more on the consequences when breaking the dress code but I think that this is fine because we can see the person breaking the dress code at the start and I am sure that people are already aware of the dress code. This video is directed to high school students as the actress (or actor if possible) would be high schoolers in our class. It is school appropriate since there is no swearing, violence or actions that may offend some people.
During field studies in Phuket this year, we were able to see some of the human impact on some of the ecosystems that we visited. One of them that was particularly memorable for me was the rainforest. The Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife park that we visited for hiking and the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center is the only significant virgin rain forest left on Phuket. The sceneries were beautiful but what concerns me is that this is the only virgin rainforest left and about the Gibbons.
There is a concern of rainforest destruction in Phuket as we can tell because the one we visited was the only virgin rainforest. The main reasons for destruction of rainforests is because of population growth, people are in need for lumber and construction work sites. In Phuket, there are also cutting down rainforests for rubber plantation. This is happening very rapidly as for the population growth. In Thailand, 80% of the countries original forests have been cut down in the last 40 years or so.
This has a very large impact on the ecosystem. Rainforests have one of the highest diversities in plants and animals in the world. It is a home to many different organisms. When these rainforests are cut down for its lumber, construction sites or rubber plantations, the organisms lose their home. When they do, they would have to move to another place which will ruin the food chain of the whole ecosystem. Different plants and animals will start to die and the rainforests will lose its diversities. A lot of the organisms live their whole life in the rainforest and when us humans cut down the rainforests, the ecosystem would be corrupted and the organisms would die.
Another thing we looked at is the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. This was a center that they shelter gibbons that have been treated very badly by whoever they were owned by and help them to be able to get back into the rainforest. These gibbons were captured from the rainforests for tourist attractions because of their singing and beautiful appearance. A lot them are not only physically weak but also mentally weak because of the treatment they got. This is another impact humans have on one of these animals.
I think that the human impact on the rainforests is very large and we have to fix it. We have to preserve these rainforests for the organisms that live there. These beautiful rainforests are already great tourist attractions and we do not need any more than this. The waterfall at the end of the hike was very relaxing and the tiring hike paid off. Some people do make a living off of cutting down these rainforests but we could teach these people how to conserve them. I feel that the human impact on these rainforests is large but we could all work together to bring them back to life.
This year I finally made it to high school and there are some differences from middle school. Firstly, there are different people in all my classes. Last year, we had a tutor group and we never had different people for our classes besides in PE, Japanese and Language. I have the chance to interact with different kinds of people and get to know them better. I also will have to be aware of which people are in which class to do work together or ask about something if I forget which is quite a handful at the start.
Another change is the time. We have lunch earlier and I still haven’t adjusted to that yet. I don’t feel hungry at that time and tend to leave food a lot but it could be because of this weather. The afternoons are longer which gets tiring near the end. Also, I have a lot of doubles for the same classes in a row in a week. For example, I have double period class for Koto on Wednesday and Thursday on week A and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday on week B.
Other than that, I don’t think there is going to be a lot of big changes from middle school but I know I would have to work harder in classes since it will affect my transcript for collage.
This is a video of how the leopard got his spots from boop.org/jan/justso
Last year in math, I enjoyed just doing problems in our books because it helped me get used to the type of problems. I also enjoyed creating our own casino game. I enjoyed this because it was interesting thinking about the profits and also creating a game that was enjoyable but still made a profit. Also, it was a assessment that we included were able to use math in the ‘real world’ and I found that very interesting to do because I feel like I did a lot of solving equations last year.
My strengths are algebra, factorization, quadratic function and so on. My strengths are to solve equations a lot. I go to Japanese juku which helps me improve my math. My goal for this year in math class is to get better at solving word equations and to make sure I have no careless mistakes in both formative and summative assessments. Since I have been doing math a lot in Japanese, I sometimes get confused with the problems in books or tests at school. I also tend to rush things sometimes, especially in tests, and make a lot of careless mistakes so I would like to improve on that.
For this unit, we learnt about clowns. We looked at the history of clowning and we had to make a clowning routine with our partner to show to children. We created a 5 part routine.
What changed in this performance compared to the run through last week?
In this performance, we first had an audience that was different from our class. Last week the audience was our class mates who already knew our routine so they didn’t laugh as much. Today, they did laugh because it was their first time watching the routine. Also, we changed some of the parts to make it shorter. We made it shorter so it won’t get boring. Originally, we poped out of the front drop 3 times before we came out but we changed it to once which was better since it was quicker and more entertaining. We also were more confident because we have done it many times already so we had more energy and enthusiasm.
How was the audience and how did you interact with them?
Like I said before, they laughed. I actually didn’t expect them to laugh so much. We interacted with them in several different ways. First, we asked them for help. We asked them if they can help us hide from our ‘mommy’. They replied and we also had them pinky promise which made them involve more. After that Touko asked them questions for them to answer to get more involved. Then we hid in the audience and put the hats on them which got them even more excited because they were a part of out routine.
Name one thing that was AWESOME/LAME in this experience.
Awesome – When the children laughed and looked like they liked the routine.
Lame – I don’t think there was anything lame about this experience.
In this unit for technology class, we learnt about the copyright and the fair use policy. For our project in this unit, we made a mash up and I made a project called, “Supercut it.” It is a video mashup where you find a same scene, dialogue, theme etc. for a movie, tv show, etc. and put it all together. I made a video mash up of different break up scenes.
For criteria A, investigate, I made up questions that test if my product or solution is a good mash up. Here were the questions and what I think about how I did for my mashup.
Does it use the work in a different way from the original?
Yes it does. I used it in a short video of the same scenes in different movies/tv shows while the original uses it as a part in the movie.
Is this a mashup or a remix?
Yes it is a mashup.
Has the mashup changed the mood of the original piece?
Yes. I think that my mashup was more comical than the original scenes of each clip. I think this because I put in same scenes of different movies/tv shows which also had scenes from many comedy movies/tv shows.
Have I used 2 or more sources or remixed one?
Yes. I used 16 different sources.
Is the time length appropriate?
Yes. Mine was 2:12 which I think is appropriate for this kind of video because it is not too long and not too short.
Is it interesting/entertaining?
Yes because I used many different sources.
Do you think it is original/unique?
Yes. I think it’s original because I combined different breakup scenes into one video which is not a music mashup which many people did.
Would you share this with a friend?
Yes I would and I already did.
How is the editing?
I think that it is somewhat good. I could have thought more about where to put some of the clips.
How is the sound?
It was OK. I could have edited more.
Have I used small amounts of the elements?
Yes. The longest clip I used was 5.5 seconds.
- Does it catch the attention of the viewers?
Yes I hope it does because I think that viewers, especially teenagers, would be interested in watching this.
There are many things that I think can be improved. First of all, I think that I could have had even more sources. I feel like I used a lot of clips from movies I liked to watch. I think that I could have thought more about what movies other girls liked to watch and also boys to have more of a range in the audience. Another thing that I think can be improved on is the editing. I think that some clips worked together and some didn’t. I had a clip from a movie called, “Sydney White” that didn’t work with the two clips next to it and didn’t fit. I think that I could have thought about which clips to put together. Another editing process I think that I could have done better in is the audio. Some of the audio were louder than others and even though I changed those, there were other problems I couldn’t fix. For example, the breakup scene from “The Social Network” had a lot of background noise that I should have researched how to reduce.
Here is the link to the links for the videos.
We had to use the design cycle in order to create the product. The cycle was investigate, design, plan and create.
In the investigation, I think that I did well. My strength were that I was able to identify the problem and was able to research about the things I need to know to solve the problem, especially in the design brief and design specification. I think that I was also able to reflect on the different videos and text that we saw and read. I honestly don’t think I had a problem with this stage besides when I got confused with some of the questions on the design brief.
In the design stage, I also think that I did well. My strength was that I tried out three different types of projects which helped me choose which type was the best fit for the questions I created in the investigation. I did a music, video and photo mashup for the design stage. I think that I was able to reflect on each and every project idea, identifying the pros and cons for each one. I think my weakness in this stage was choose which project I wanted to do. This was my weakness because I wasn’t able to choose which one I thought was most interesting. I was down to music or video and eventually I did video.
In the plan, my strength was to identify each step. I think that I was able to write a detailed description of each step and write what source is needed for it. My weakness was writing the time. I honestly guessed how much time I think it will take and when I actually created it, it took much longer or even shorter. I think that this was my weakness because I never actually tried these things that I didn’t know how long it’ll actually take.
In the create, my strength was to get the videos. I was able to find the videos quickly and download them into one folder so it was easier for me to find it. This was one of my steps that I had so I think that I was able to follow that properly. The weakness when creating was editing. As I said before, the videos could have been arranged better. I did have parts I liked, for example, the scene from “Friends with Benefits” where the two people who break up says, “I really want to stay friends,” and then the scene form “The Social Network” where the girl says, “I was just being polite, I have no intention of being friends with you.” Although I liked this part, there were other scenes that I didn’t like as mentions previously, the scene from “Sydney White.” I didn’t like it because it didn’t make sense where it was. Another weakness in editing was the audio. As I said before, I could have tried to reduce the background noises.
Overall, I think that during this unit, I learned not just how to make a mashup but also what copyright is and about fair use policy. I think that I will think more about copyright and the fair use policy from now on because it is important not to break the law.
Here is the song that I composed on the Koto. I used a D major scale for this piece. I only used the 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13.
History is events that happened in the past. Historians are people who study and writes about history. There are different types of historians that study different topics such as political history, diplomatic history, social history, cultural history, economic history and intellectual history. These different topics overlap with each other in some parts like political and economic history (about money). Historians collect primary and secondary information and also research information for investigating and recording different types of information and aspects. Then historians write and analyze the information they have collected.
For the generations project, I acted as a historian, looking at three different generations in my family. At the start of the process, I collected primary and secondary information. I found pictures of when my mother and I was smaller. I also found many secondary information on the internet about the World War II, Japan’s post-war economic miracle, technology, etc. I also interviewed my grandmother, mother and myself to collect more information. Then I decided to do a ‘draw my life’ styled video to make the presentation more entertaining and easy to understand so I had to record myself drawing. Then I had to add my voice recording so people actually hear what I am trying to say as well as visuals.
There were challenges that I faced through the process of the project as I worked as a historian. A challenge was collecting information. It was hard to find a time to interview with my mother because she is busy. Even more my grandmother because she can’t send e-mails or I can’t meet her so I had to call her which took time to find a time and reach her. Another challenge was deciding how to present. This process was hard because I had to find a way to give people information but in an entertaining and understanding way so people would actually listen and concentrate on what I am saying. Drawing the actual things was also a challenge because I am not a very good artist. Although it was difficult and my drawing weren’t very good, I feel that it was a success because people understood and enjoyed what I drew.
Technology changed the way history is recorded and remembered because millions of different people can post any kind of history and everyone would be able to see it. This makes it easier for us to find information that we need without going to the library and finding a book on it because we can just search it on the internet and it’ll come up. Although it is easy, it makes it less reliable because we don’t know who is posting what and if it is actually true. When it was in books, people had to go through the publication process and there were people who actually checked the information. On the internet, there isn’t a person that goes to all the websites and checks which makes it harder for us to know if the information we are looking at is actually true or not.