The Great Human FlipBook Challenge Reflection

In technology class, we made a FlipBook animation video before planning to make our tutorials. Some people also call it stop motion, but it doesn’t really matter to me. This project was super fun and we had lots of great ideas come out. We had to do this entire project in a total of 50 minutes.

  • 10 minutes to plan in teams of 3-4 people
  • 20 minutes to take pictures and act out flipbook
  • 20 minutes to edit in iMovie

Our team, me, Alex, Ryu and William, decided to do a scene where we had to take down a horse that was over controlled. Coincidently, Ryu brought a horse mask so it was perfect for the act we were going to do.

Here’s the flipbook video we made:

During this project, I learned that creating flipbooks are really hard work. It takes a lot of time even just make a one minute flipbook and needs a huge amount of effort to put in. Although taking a video might be shorter than taking so many pictures can be a true fact, there are some things that make flipbooks special and I believe that it’s worth doing it. I like how there’s an space between each connected picture and how it’s shown into a video. Overall, I think making flipbooks are fun to do and gets you drawn into that world.

What makes a great teacher? (Let me guess…)

In technology class, we’ve just finished the investigate stage of our Teachers of the Future project. For this blog post, I’m going to talk about “What makes a great teacher?”, our unit question and explain about which area of interaction fits well together with each idea for being a great teacher.

Areas of Interaction Graphic

                      Areas of Interaction

I think for first of all, good teachers should have a clear and confident voice. This might be important for the audience and the viewers of your tutorial because then they can easily follow you along with what you teach them. If you also have a clear and confident voice, it’s definite that people will strongly believe in what they’re taught and will give them a better chance to understand everything more.

Secondly, I think that good teachers should teach us true and logical facts about their topic. I think this could be important because if we learn what is completely wrong, we can’t use that knowledge for our aim and we’ll have to do something wrong forever.

Lastly, I think that good teachers should give us advices on how we can ideally make our work close to theirs. They should also include advices in each step and part of their tutorial to make it easy and workable. This helps us do whatever we need to do in a proper and mindful way overall. I think advices that encourages and pushes us forward to do all the work is especially something that has to be done by a teacher.

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These recent weeks in many classes including technology, we have been looking at the areas of interaction. In technology class, we have been thinking about what area of interaction fits this unit. For me I think Approaches to Learning is one because it explains everything about learning. A tutorial is a process of learning and it gives you a chance to learn throughout the things it teaches you. Approaches to Learning is one, but I also think Community and Service is another one too. This is because a tutorial is a service that provides you the right information you need to learn. Viewers can contribute with the the tutorial and can work each other with the creator of the tutorial.

In all I think that to be a great teacher, there are lots of major and important things that we need to know. I particularly learned that good teachers should have a close relationship between the viewers to have some sort of a connection. The teachers can interact with them to teach them something really useful. I also was able to realize at least two areas of interaction that fit this unit. I think I learned so many things while I was focusing on the essential components for being a great teacher.

Koto Piece Reflection

Hey guys!!! 🙂

For koto class, I’m practicing a small part from the piece called “Yamazato no Haru”. The title of this piece means “Spring Mountain Village” in Japanese. I have created a video on youtube and here it is:

http://youtu.be/-uwnyL9uUHA

When I played this piece, I think I did well on most of the basic parts. Although I had lots of problems and difficulties througout the peice, I was kind of able to make some effort. I think I did well on the connections between each note and making the presses clear from the pitch at the start to a higher pitch. It was hard for me to consider when I should’ve had my hands put on the left for some of the presses.

In this piece, I could’ve improved on keeping the tempo still as what was written on the music. I wasn’t thinking about the tempo at all, so many parts that were supposed to be slow weren’t exactly going slow. It would’ve been more smooth if I had the tempo kept right and gentle. I could’ve also concentrated on the dynamics to give some kind of imapact on the piece and audience if there was.

In conclusion, I think I have done this piece not so good, but in a formal way. I could’ve payed more attention to some of the certain parts that needed better improvement. I hope I can play “Yamazato no Haru” soon after I practice more and reflect each time while I finish playing.

Well anyways, good bye everyone!!!