Tech PSA evaluation
November 27, 2013, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Tech
- Your personal evaluation of your product, based on your design specs
I think that I did fairly well, as my product was based off of everything that I had planned for. Music was something that I did look into with detail, but apart from that I looked into each area quite a lot. I am quite happy with the outcome of my PSA overall.
- Evaluation of your product based on feedback from your client/audience
I got a few responses and my audience seemed to understand what the PSA was about. They said that the message that the video sent would have been more clear if the music was a little sadder, or subtle. Overall my audience said that the video was good and that it was effective at what it did.
I also asked my friends in person, asking exactly what they might change, and as the survey responses said, they suggested a different choice for music. So that is definitely something that I will have to pay attention to the next time I do something like this.
- Ways you could improve your product based on your evaluations
I also asked my friends in person, asking exactly what they might change, and as the survey responses said, they suggested a different choice for music. So that is definitely something that I will have to pay attention to the next time I do something like this. I should choose sadder or music that is a little bit less up beat than the one I have right now.
- Reflection on your own performance through each stage of the design cycle (Investigate, Design, Plan, Create)
My investigation process was quite successful for me, I gathered all of the information that I needed in order to start planning the design. At the investigation stage, I had already decide upon what topic and what kind of video I wanted to make. This was because I had a lot of different examples that I could partially base mine on, which was definitely an advantage.
My design process went smoothly, because I had already set myself up for this stage in the investigation stage before. I thought of a few different designs, and I did my best to look through each area, to see what might be difficult and what areas would be the most important during the PSA. That helped me determine how and where I was going to shoot the clip. The more important it was, the more intense the atmosphere had to seem.
The plan was a little bit difficult, because I decided to simplify the original idea that I had. I had to alter some things, which led to me doing some extra work, so that everything would make sense. I think that I recovered everything well, but I think that I should have considered a ‘simply/ easy’ design ahead of time, so that I wouldn’t have to do all that extra work.
The creation process was basically just reading off of the plan and design, and recording each scene. I had my friends Rohan and Mia help me. They were cooperative so recording each clip was easy and all of the scenes were done very quickly. Same for editing the video. I just put all of the clips in chronological order, added music and added a few text slides and did some visual editing. This process only took about 30 minutes, as it too was planned ahead of time.
- Discussion of the possible impact your product can have on the YIS community
I think that many people do face this problem, which is something that everybody wants to improve on if not completely fix. Because people already know how important it is to manage time, I think that the message that my video sends will be very clear and easy to understand. My video was made for raising awareness, and I think that I could effectively do that using the video.
PSA link: Overall evaluation
November 20, 2013, 10:31 am
Filed under: Tech
My PSA was about managing time well. I wanted to raise awareness of what kind of situation you may be in if you procrastinate. I was happy with my PSA, because I feel as if it delivers the message that I wanted it to. I found it difficult to find the appropriate music, as the places we were allowed to look were limited (non-copyright music). Even non-copyright websites have many songs that are restricted, decreasing the already small amount of options. I found that this was a minor problem, but overall I think that the project was successful.
Tech 9 PSA – Final design details
October 31, 2013, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Tech
I think that my PSA should be geared towards people of my age, and it should include simple but clear ideas. This will help me make my video more interesting and captivating. I want to raise awareness about managing time, but I also want to provide a simple solution for my audience. This could be difficult, but I think that this is the best way to make my PSA as effective as possible.
Needs to directly state the problem to the audience.
Has to provide at least a little bit of what a solution could be.
A video is the most effective, so my PSA will be in video format.
The PSA should be interesting and it should keep the audience wanting to see what happens next.
Should relate to students’ daily lives.
Length should be short and simple, rather than long and over complicated.
The PSA shouldn’t be too much like a story, but there should be some kind of tension that builds up over time.
Interesting background music, this can help create an atmosphere, which helps a lot when trying to capture the viewers attention.
Grade 9 Field Studies Phuket, Language investigation
A) What was your first impression when you heard people speak the language?
The Thai language was very different to what I normally hear. The tone of the language sounded somewhat aggressive.
B) What was your first impression when you saw the scripts of the languages?
The letters were a little bit like Kanji, in the sense that each letter was like a symbol. In Japanese Kanji, you will rarely ever find a oval or a circle shape within a figure. In Thai, there are many rounded shapes.
C) Japanese and English don’t have many similarities, but one could be that they both usually describe the noun and the adjective separately. One difference could be that the order that the noun, pronoun and adjective used is different. I’m not sure if this difference could also apply to the Thai language, but I think that both the Thai and Burmese language have some significant difference. I found that the Thai translation to an English sentence has a lot less characters than English words. This is why I think that one Thai character may represent more than a single word, and this could be a significant difference to the English language.
A) Thai is definitely the most dominant, ask Phuket is part of Thailand. Most public signs are written in Thai.
B) Public signs seem to tend to have a sharper edge in the lettering whereas commercial signs are more curvy and round. For example:
c) I think that most of the society is bi-lingual because I think that many people would find it necessary to be able to speak the language, as there are many Burmese people in Thailand.
Five tips for a healthy high school life
October 7, 2013, 1:46 pm
Filed under: PSHE 9
Social: Create a set of rules for yourself about when you should not be on your phone. When you are with your friends, try to enjoy their company instead of constantly checking your phone. It’s always good to be around people that know you well or you are good friends with. Being with people that share similar interests or you can talk to is always reassuring. Often it can cause stress or it can make you feel bad if you don’t have that someone that is like you that you can talk to.
Physical: It’s good to be active and take part in some sport. Not only take part, but find something that you like to do. If there is a sport that you are interested in, you will want to play or take part in that sport more and more. Being good at a sport and being active will always make you feel better and keep you healthy.
Emotional: It is good to avoid stress. Stress leads to many different things, which is often not very good for you. It’s good to manage time well, and spend time with people that you are friends or close with. That way, you can keep happy, and you don’t feel alone or exposed to anything that could bother you.
Academic: Keeping everything up-to-date and managing homework and assessment time is essential. It is very important to ensure that you are keeping up with the class and what the teacher asks you to do. The reason for this is because this way, you can stay on-top of everything and not have to do a large amount of work all of a sudden, in large waves.
Digital/ Online: Separating the time that you are on a digital device and not is another thing that is very important. Social networking is good, because it allows you to talk to people and ask the questions about homework or anything else that you need to know. But being online for too long can cause you to procrastinate, which is never good.
Rubric blog comment
September 21, 2013, 12:23 pm
Filed under: PE
- Criterion A – what do you need to do to get a high mark? What attributes or skills will you need to work on for success?
You have to have a good understanding principles, strategies, concepts, techniques and rules related to the physical activity/ sport that you are taking part in. Also you have to use your knowledge that you have to find new and different solutions.
- Criterion D – what are you doing already in class (and what mark do you think you are currently getting based on your work?) and what goal/s could you set now for further success (or to maintain success?) and how will you show this over the second half of our unit?
In class we are learning about fitness. We did some core training and learned about different muscles in our bodies. Then we learned how we can train those muscles to become stronger. Recently, we started to learn a little bit about movement and composition (aka dance), particularly Zumba. I think that I am doing fairly well, around a 5 or 6 for both criteria. I think that I just have to stay with the class so that I can keep up with everything that is going on. I don’t think that that should be anything that is particularly difficult, so I don’t think that I will be having much trouble doing so.
1st week of High School – Relfection
So far there have been many good and bad changes to school-life since middle school.
An example of a good change would be the fact that lunch is earlier, we are given more opportunities to do things. We have more choices for activities, and we have the opportunity to play against people from all over the world. Field studies is another thing to look forward to, as this will be the first time that we go outside the country for any school event.
A negative change is the fact that grades are a bigger deal now, and everything that you do is being monitored and noted. This is mostly something to worry about, but it also gives us an extra bit of motivation when studying.
Clowning Performance Reflection – Claude
June 11, 2013, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Drama
What changed in this performance compared to the run through last week?
The number of people in our group was different. Instead of a group of two, it changed into a group of three. We had to rearrange the performance more, and that made the performance quite different. Before it was all about how Charlie(Rohan) was a guardian to Jimmy (me), and that was significant because without Charlie, Jimmy can’t do anything. Then we added Stan (Giulio) who actually replaces a bit of Charlie’s personality and Stan is the good side of the original Charlie. Now Charlie is a mean person how is making fun of Jimmy for how silly he is. We had to change what we did from the original quite a lot.
How was the audience and how did you interact with them
The audience was always shouting something out that filled in a lot of gaps. It was also reassuring at times, because when they said something that related to what we were doing, it would let us know that we were doing the right thing. Interacting with them was difficult as we didn’t have much time to sort that out. But we did talk to them, almost like having a discussion with them. Because of that I think that they knew that they were part of the act, and what they did would matter.
Name one thing you did well and one thing you would never do again
I think that I did well to stay in character throughout the performance. Next time, I would want to have more time to prepare, as it was quite complicated with our situation this time. With that time, I would practice making my character more exaggerated, and I think that a loud, meaningless reactions to random things would make an audience laugh.
Gr8 Tech mashup evaluation
May 22, 2013, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Tech
1. Use your tests from Part A to assess your product/solution
2. What impact will your product/solution have? Who will be affected and how?
It changes the mood of the song. Both songs were very different, one was about a sad past, and the other was about a bright present. I think I made it a song of something in between, when I say that I mean rather that my mashup sounds like the artist is in a bad situation, but it is their goal to get out of that and seek something positive.
3. How could your product/solution be improved?
I think that in the future I could make it longer and maybe add another song. That might help me show the meaning of the mashup song, a little bit better than what it is now. Also, I think that it would be interesting to mashup the chorus of each song completely, to make it completely different. It would be interesting to see how far I could go with changing the meaning of the song.
4. Evaluate your use of the Design Cycle. Honestly think about your use of the Design Cycle through the Booklet. Take time for each section. Look at the sections and read them carefully to refresh your memory.
5, because I like I planned and designed my project well. Although I think that those two points were quite strong for this project, I feel like I could have done a little bit more investigation. I think that if I had looked up certain types of mashups, I could have made my mashup a little but more smooth, because there were a few areas that were rough. When it came to actually creating the project, it was difficult to think of where to start from, simply because the two songs were completely different. I used some other mashups that I had seen as a base for timing. Timing was probably one of the hardest things to blend, the intervals from one song to another made me have to go back and edit several times.
What is a Historian?
- Include information from the start the unit
A Historian is a person that looks for information, preferably something or someone in the past, using the information that is available to him/ her. How they would do this is they would try to trace the source of the information just to get to whatever they are trying to find.
Not only do historians look for something in the past, it is also their job to record and properly interpret their information or findings. They have to write why they think that this or that is the answer based on their findings. It is their responsibility to explain and lay out all of the facts so that there is clear reasoning behind the results.
- Include the work you did as a historian for the generations project? What did you have to do? What challenges did you find? What was your message?
For the project, I had to go back in time and think from my grandfather or father’s point of view to express hardships or just emotions in general. I had to pretend I was in their shoes just to be able to explain in detail what it was like for them. There were many things that my grandfather and father told me, but I had to find somethings through researching things based on what they said. For example they gave me the date or a few things that were big back then, and based on that I had to find other things that may have linked or related to that.
I found it challenging to relating a lot of things in detail, especially for my grandfather. It was such a long time ago and often I found it difficult to relate some things to the past. For example it was difficult to find what kind of things were popular in that time where he lived. So that was the main challenge.
- How might technology change the way history is recorded and remembered?
Technology definitely helps us research and record history. Before technology, everyone would have to heavily rely on primary sources. Now with internet, we can find information using secondary sources. Primary sources are of course better, because you can be more specific, but it is easier and you can be more efficient in what you do with the internet overall.
You can store and share information a lot more quickly and easily. If you want to send the information to someone who cares or relates to the topic, the internet is arguably the best way to do it.
- Include visuals (possibly your generations project) and other media to support your ideas.