We listened to Rokudan two times in class and we were told to answer the question:”What makes Rokudan sound Japanese?”
I think that Rokudan sounds Japanese because of the tempo like how they speed up sometimes and slow down as well. Also the many different techniques that have been used in Rokudan like sha-sha because the way they play it twice in a row, makes it just have this very Japanese sound that you think of Sakura and just the traditional Japanese traditions, like for example when I watched my full Japanese brother got married they used a lot of repetitive sounds of the drums during the wedding so Rokudan made me think of that. The tuning as well of Rokudan is tuned I think higher so the pitch gives a more of Japanese feel. As well as the many other techniques they use in this and the tempo they play them in like shan, kororin and ato-oshi, they also do these techniques at a good timing. I think also something that makes rokudan sound pretty unique is that it has a touch of the modern world now but it also has some very traditional parts of Rokudan.
What I really like about Rokudan is just the general tone and how it sounds very natural. It makes me feel really calm and kind of makes me feel like im in natural.What I don’t really like about Rokudan is sometimes the notes are hard to follow. But generally I really like this piece.
So in science class awhile ago we did a poster on asteroid mining, we started off by just researching about it and watching in a few videos about in class so we knew what it was all about. After awhile we began to make poster stating what the asteroid mining proposal is, what is a asteroid in general, reasons to support and reasons to oppose and a summary about your own thoughts and opinions on this topic.
I think I did pretty well in some areas of the poster, like I think I got some good facts to back up why and why not to support asteroid mining although, I could have written more statistics and facts, that area of the poster I suppose had most of my good information. Since I had good facts to support this, I could use the facts from this part of the poster to write a good summary and have the facts to back up my opinion, although my summary good have had a bit more scientific vocabulary(and my whole poster in general). I also could have explained more about the mining proposal and used more of my own vocabulary. More on a general view of my poster I could have made it look more colorful and fun to look at by adding more pictures and maybe arranging the words differently.
Out of all I think I did okay on this poster and I could improve slightly on a few things: eg adding more sciency vocabulary and adding more detail to the summary but I think I did quiet well on the other information.
In PE we started our second unit on fitness. We were told to basically say but we would like to improve on for the next few years when it comes to fitness, because we can work harder on the things each individual would like to improve.
I would like to improve my cardio-vascular endurance, because even though I can run pretty well, I still have a lot of area to improve on and I can get faster, for sports I will be doing next year like tennis, basketball and soccer. Also maybe better agility for running, so I can run faster for a longer amount of time. I would also like to improve my muscular strength, specifically in my core, because I would generally like to grow stronger there, as well as upper arms for tennis, so I can hit harder. Also I will need most of these components for high school teams.
So basically in Science class we have been learning about elements like yeah. For a poster we needed to pick any element in the periodic table and basically write about what it is used in, how it helps society and how it damages society.
What are you proud of in your poster?
I am proud of the information on the poster, for example I think I did a good job explaining how boron helps society but I forgot to put the paper on for how it ruins society. I am also proud of like I laid the poster out in general because I think it looks pretty nice.
What would you do differently if you did this again?
Since I forgot to add the how it ruins society I wish, I had remembered to put it on because I think I had a wide variety of information on it. Also I think if I just spend more time on it I would have written more about what its used for.
So during Tutor class, we have been working on what is bullying and what it’s really about. So this is what we have been doing basically.
What is bullying?
Bullying is basically,when one individual or group of people hurt someone or a group of people either with words or just physically , and then the person who gets bullied can’t stand up for themselves, or feels helpless to respond.
What are the forms of bullying?
There are few different types of bullying like the main ones are, physical and verbal. Physical involves doing harmful things to another person’s body. For example: biting, kicking, pushing, pinching, hitting, tripping, pulling hair, any form of violence. Physical bullying is also sometimes messing with another person’s property. Examples include: damaging or stealing. Verbal bullying involves speaking to a person or about a person in an unkind or hurtful way. For example: teasing, name calling, phone calls, spreading rumors or hurtful gossip. Cyber bullying is also form of bullying where, a person or group goes online and says bad things about them, making facebook pages about them, posting on peoples facebook wall’s saying things like “You Suck”, “Your Ugly”, “Go Die”.
What strategies do you have to cope with bullying?
Finding a friend that you can talk to, making sure to stay positive about yourself and not blaming it on yourself. Make fun of it, and be like I really do “suck” as a joke just to ignore it. Tell someone you know and trust and ask them to help you. Stand up to the bully, when it begins or else it will continue, when you stand up to them make sure that you really get to them. But to be honest people don’t really do these things they usually get scared and don’t do it but, these things you should try to do because even though they may be hard to do but they really work.
At first I was a bit to be honest scared because I had never used the game before and I knew it would be hard for me to figure out and actually model a good looking structure, especially since the Statue of Liberty is a real face and you have to have a whole lot of detail, so I considered doing a more simple structure but I kinda wanted to challenge myself, but out of all I felt okay about the whole idea. I think the collaboration wasn’t too good because my partner and I are both not very skilled at minecraft and it was only the two of us, so I felt like I should have gone in a bigger group with a more skilled people in it but again I wanted a challenge. I guess I would have been a little more safer with using a different software or drawing it and I could have made it look a lot better but I guess I am fine with doing either way because it’s good to explore new ways to built things. Maybe yes maybe no, I guess it isn’t really fare for the people who don’t really know how to use minecraft compared to some people who play it everyday for fun and really know how to use it because it could give a big grade difference just because it’s something they enjoy doing and are already skilled at but maybe in a project where the results of the buildings and structures didn’t really matter but just the side work you do.
I think the project went okay for me, it was a bit hard because I have never used the software minecraft before and at first I didn’t even know how to walk around. I think since my structure was a bit basic that it didn’t really show where the structure was built because I didn’t show much of the small parts of the structure that made it look like it was from France but through the information I gave in my tour it made up for that because I talked a little about how the structure was made in France and how it took many years to built, also how it was very important to make and how they tried to raise money to built it. If I had a chance to do this project differently I probably would have dedicated more time on making the actual building, because that was my main weakness and I would have gone with a larger group so I didn’t have to be so worried about finishing in time because I only worked with one other person and we both are beginners at minecraft. I would have also talked more genuinely and been more friendly in my language. As well as maybe talking more about the interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty rather then just some history I talked about. One of the big things I learnt during this project is alot about the history of the Statue of Liberty for example I knew that it was a present from the French but I didn’t know that it placed in New York to welcome others to America or that the base of the Statue of Liberty was made in the US. On the Minecraft side I learnt so much about how to use the software to make simple structures and how you have to work together to really be able to finish the structure.
First the girl she looks down and fiddling around with a cloth thing that she is wrapping around something which shows in some way that she is sad, because of the way she is looking down and how she is handling it gently makes her seem vulnerable. Also a few seconds later she quickly, even though it was clear, she put her head down as if she was going to cry, but then the man he quickly reacts even though hes surprised and goes to comfort her using gestures like making a fist and putting it to his chest like hes saying be strong and we can move on. Some the emotions shown were sadness(when the girl got sad), confusion(when the the man realizes the girl is crying), confident(when the girl changes her facial expression from blank to confident). Analyse the body language of both characters ,commenting on posturem gesture and facial expression.
During Technology class we have been working on recording digital stories we went through the whole design cycle, which includes investigate, plan, evaluate and create. In the Investigate stage we looked at what a digital story is basically and watched a few digital stories. We found key features and the story structure for all the different digital stories we watched. Next we looked at a another video which told us about the seven elements needed, In a digital story and what makes a basic digital story good. Next we go around to the design part the design cycle which what we mainly did was choose what we were going to do for a digital story eg: A documentary, Drama, Comedy etc. Then we got more specific and then we narrowed it down to actual stories and real details about our digital story. Next we how we would present the digital story, eg: Illustrated drawings, voice over, actual filming etc. Then we compared our ideas and picked which one would be the best. After that we moved on to the Plan part of the design cycle, that is where we created storyboards on each individual scene and scripts if we needed them for actors for actual films or for voiceovers etc. Next we finally hit the create proportion of our unit, where we actually started filming and editing our films, and making sure all of our movies we put together accordingly. Next we presented our digital stories to our class and got feedback. Now I am on the evaluate stage where we write a reflection about the entire unit. We also had to write mini reflections for almost every different part of the design cycle. I made a digital story about a stalker person, that stalks this girl who actually in the end turns out to be the stalker’s sister, the stalker was have suppose to have died young during a car crash but secretly he had been living very close to her.
The video is below:
I think I add a few strengths that stood out of threw this unit and I think they were:
My planning was pretty good for example I think I had alot of different ideas on what stories to do and I said most of them in good detail, also in the planning I think I did well in making sure I knew exactly what I was going to do for each scene and I didn’t really get confused at all when I was filming. Also I think I did well on writing about what applications I was going to use for my project and which would be the best one for my film because I always tried to be clear on why each one was bad for my certain film and what made it good for my film. I also think my final video was pretty good aside from some of the minor things like with the sound and some of my filming wasn’t very good but I think people get the main story behind the video and most of it makes sense.
I think I add a few weaknesses that stood out of threw this unit and I think they were:
The first few tasks we had to do for like week 1 to 3 because I felt like they didn’t have enough detail and it wasn’t very clear on what I was writing about also, I didn’t understand what I was really suppose to do for the first few tasks for example finding which parts of the digital stories we watched were the key features and which ones were the story structures because I kinda of just had to guess and I got really confused sometimes. Also I think another weakness would be the resources I needed as well as the time line of when I was aiming to get things done because I didn’t really follow the timeline and put the correct dates and I didn’t write everything I used in the resources list. The final video I think the weaknesses I had were the filming quality at points and also the sound sometimes changed from higher to lower volume also I sometimes thought as I watched the video that people wouldn’t really get like the detailed storyline because maybe the audience didn’t really know what it was about.
Areas to Improve :
I think I did okay in this unit but if I had a chance to redo the whole unit, I probably in general wouldn’t have rushed and procrastinated as much because I basically started to film two days before the project was due because I didn’t really think about the timing in general. I also would probably add more details to my notes because I think they aren’t completed to my fullest intent and I could have done much better on the first few weeks of the unit mainly because I didn’t really understand the first few tasks. I also would have tried to do better on taking risks on what I would do for the video instead of just plain filming I could have done drawings and done more voice over and maybe thought of something creative. But overall I think I did pretty well overall the whole unit and if I just made some small adjustments I would be really happy with my work this unit.
I think my strengths for my work, were maybe the layout because I always tried to change it and make the layout, something that really brings out the drawings even though all of the them aren’t the best. Another strength I think would be the colors, I guess because I tried to use like different colors to express the different days even though on one of my pages there was a picture of a fire and then a light blue which was like to just use a opposite color I guess. I think some of my weaknesses were making some of the pages come to life and like maybe making more details in the drawing and using more color because some of my pages were sort of blank. Also I think the accuracy on my drawing weren’t always good enough, for example the bicycle I drew weren’t very accurate to the picture I was drawing it from. Also the climbing wall wasn’t accurate either. I think I really could have improved by mistakes if I spend more time on the drawings and making details rather then the amount of drawings I drew. I also did improve my day 2 which was first with no mountain drawing only with the leaf and the drawing I improved it by drawing a colorful mountain, to make it look more creative and have a burst of colors on the page. Also I improved my drawing of just a black page with stars on it by adding the words flowing out of the moon with white paper lines. In conclusion I think I did okay overall because I think some of my pages weren’t done to the fullest detail so I could have tried a bit harder to work on the pages but out of all I am actually proud of some of my pages because I think before this unit I wouldn’t have been able to have that level of creativity and been able to make different layouts that make the drawings look good.