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Fair game: Grade 7 technology

In this unit, we worked on making a theme park with minecraft. My group member was me, Amira, Henri and Dan. Our group’s theme of our theme park was “Geeky Gamers”. Our roles in our group was Amira the leader, Henri the creative person, Dan the peacemaker and I the follower. First I was the leader but we changed the roles. This was our second unit in Technology class. Out unit question was “What does cooperation and collaboration look like?”

This is our design specification:

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For the theme, I think our theme park had the essence of geeky gamers because our attraction was based on different games and the restaurant also looked like a restaurant for gamers. I think it also attracts gamers because each attraction looks interesting and is completely different. The restaurant is also cool because it looks like a restaurant FOR gamers. Which also means that our theme park doesn’t have anything that doesn’t relate to games. This is the restaurant. 2014-05-29_22.09.49 Our essential statement for general was “Attracts all people of all ages and is appropriate for all ages too.” In our theme park there is an attraction based on mario kart. Mario Kart is for small children. The attractions for older children and adults are the maze and the shooting game. Any age can enjoy the restaurant. As we look at the attractions in our theme park, we can see that it is appropriate and attracts all ages of people. The must not statement was ” Must not be too violent or graphic or inappropriate.” I think all the attractions are not too violent nor graphic nor inappropriate. The must statement which is the essential statement for function is “We need to have our amusement park with walls around it, so that no can get in the theme park without “paying”.” In our area, there are walls around it so no one can come without paying. This is the wall around our theme park: 2014-05-30_09.39.06 Our must not statement is “We must not have each attraction close to each other.” Our attraction isn’t close to each other since there is some spaces between each other.” Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 9.42.00 AM The essential statement for quality is “Everybody should work on it around 25 mins per day or just 3 hours in total. You must make it until it finished by yourself.” Everyone finished their own. I can’t tell if everyone worked on it around 3 hours in total, however I did. The must not is “It must not be unfinished or poorly done.” As I said above, we all finished our attraction. Finally, the essential statement for aesthetics is “Each attraction has to have a name on the building”. Me and Henri didn’t have the names of the attraction so we didn’t fit this statement. However, Amira and Dan has. This one is Amira’s:2014-05-29_22.09.17 Dan’s one is the restaurant and there is the screenshot above↑. The must not is “It must not have boring appearance” I think every attraction doesn’t have boring appearance. My attraction has different images on the side. 2014-05-16_09.23.53 2014-05-16_09.24.06 2014-05-16_09.24.21


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Our target market was all ages. We asked Ms. Rude who is our tech teacher, a 12th grader and Emma which is my sister. We took a survey having 5 questions using the must statements for Quality, Theme, Function, General and Aesthetics. From the answers of the survey, it showed that we needed to work on having the signs of the attractions and showing that we need to pay to go in the theme park. This is the survey and the answers: Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 9.55.49 AM The number is the scale from 1 to 5. 1 meaning It doesn’t fit the question and 5 meaning it definitely meets the question.

One of the steps, we did during the design stage was thinking and designing our theme park. We didn’t know that it was designing the theme park so we designed our own attractions. This was our failure during the design stage. However, I think I did well on designing my own attracion. Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 10.04.10 AM During the plan stage, we wrote a plan using the table that looks like this:  Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 10.07.18 AM I think I did well on writing the steps but I could have done better on writing the steps with detail. The create stage was making the theme park. I think I did well on making my attraction. However, I could have made it better by having the sign. Also, at the start of this project, we were planning on using the enderman for the mobs that we’re gonna kill but I didn’t know about the enderman so after I made it, Amira told me that Enderman can transport. Therefore, I changed the enderman to zombies and pigmen.

I personally enjoyed this unit especially the creating part. As I mentioned at the start of this blog post, I was the leader at first but I became a follower. The reason was that I didn’t really talk and I couldn’t act like a leader so our group changed the roles. However, when I became a follower, I started to talk more and acted as a follower. I think I was a good follower and I think I am good at being a follower than the other roles. I think our group worked well and we had about the equal amount of work. We were able to cooperate in most of the activities. Sometimes we changed roles too because when creating, Dan knows more about minecraft than the other members. I wouldn’t pick another role next time because I enjoy being the follower and I think it suits me the most.


Technology – Criteria E Reflection of digital story

My essentials specifications were:

  • It must have pictures about field studies
  • It must have some captions
  • It must be 3-6min
  • It must be school appropriate

When we did the peer assessment, I didn’t have 3 minutes because it was like 2 minutes and 30 minutes. However, I already had some pictures about field studies. It was school appropriate at that time too. When I finished the video, I had captions and before I submitted the video, I changed the captions lots of times until I found the ones I thought it was the best.

My desirable specifications were:

  • I’d like to have some pictures of both teachers and students
  • I’d like to have music that suits the video
  • I’d like to make an interesting video
  • I’d like to use pictures that shows what we did
During the peer assessment, I didn’t have pictures of the teachers and I didn’t plan anything on the music. Since, my video wasn’t finished at that time, it wasn’t interesting and didn’t have lots of pictures. However, when the video was finished, I had 3 pictures with the teachers in it and also had music that I liked that fitted the video. I don’t know if my video was interesting but my friend Satono, said it was interesting! Also the pictures shows what we did.

We used the Design Cycle:

During the Investigation, I watched 4 videos that other people made. I found the story structure and key features for each video. I think pretty well on that because I finished it before the due date and also, I had some details.

The second step was Planning. During the plan, we planned on the topics of our stories and which tool we want to use. I think I also did well on the planning because I had quite a lot of topics to choose from so I can find the topic that I am most comfortable with. After I chose the topic, I chose the tool so I know which tool is best for the topic I chose.

The final step was Create. I posted the video I created on my blog here. I don’t really know how I did on my video. However, I like the music and also, I like some pictures I chose. Also I like the pictures of the teachers because I don’t think people don’t really see pictures of teachers enjoying the trip.

I think the answer of the question “How can we use media to communicate our stories?” is…

We can use media to tell our story in another way then using our voice because if we use our voice to tell our story, the audience needs to imagine. However, if we use media, we can use pictures, videos and audio so that it can make the audience understand more easier and enjoy more. Even though it makes the audience enjoy more, it sometimes can distract the audience. For example, if the music doesn’t match the story or the music is louder than your voice (if you have your voice in it), the audience won’t be able to focus on the content of the story.