What a wonderful week, we have been able to achieve some great new learning. We have been working closely on developing new understandings on how shapes can be described, we are looking into how to develop an informative and learning piece of writing based on an invention. We continue to work hard on fostering our reading strategies so we can expand our reading understanding and ability to discuss a particular text.
As part of our study of shapes and space, we have been working on the following:
- 2D shapes and its properties. We have looked at quadrilaterals and triangles and discussed their unique features and how can we use them in real life situations. The students developed their own definitions and classified these shapes according to their sides and their angles. What each student learn then they taught these concepts to the rest of the class. The conversations were fruitful and very informative.
- We also introduced the concept of 3D. We looked at the differences from 2D and how these solid have different properties and how we can identify them. In pairs, the students work on a specific solid and constructed these objects according to their properties. This inquiry allowed students to develop their own understanding and work in collaboration to learn new concepts. Our next step will be at visualising and creating models by using 3D blocks.
Students created their own definitions and were able to use their research skills to find out practical uses for each of these 2D shapes
We talked about objects classified as 3D and discussed differences and similarities with 2D shapes. We identified a number of these objects in the classroom and then work on creating our own definitions for each of the given 3D objects (nets and solids)
This week we have been working on developing deeper understandings on what we can visualise and what images we can create in our minds when reading a particular section of the story. In their reading book clubs, students were able to conference and make decisions on what sections of the book they would like to focus on.
The conversations were very meaningful and each student were able to choose an aspect of the novel and dig deeper on what:
*I was able to see….. * I can picture….. * I can visualise….. * The movie I have in my head shows……..
A student’s reflection: “I can see a protagonist that is very troubled by the reaction of his friends because he is trying to be fair to everyone and want to make the right decision”.
A student’s reflection: “The movie that I have in my mind is where the setting is really helping to the outcome of the problem that the protagonist is facing, the place around her is becoming brighter and she is walking through a field full of flowers and the significance of this is that the main character is going to be okay”.
This week we were able to work on our Writing Process and our focus was the DRAFTING STAGE – we were able to write long and we used our research to add more meaning to our writing. we focussed on developing topic sentences in the form of questions and we are using them to develop our paragraphs.
Mr, Matt has helped us to construct ideas about how we can use images in our informational pieces. His ideas were very clean and he has helped us to use space more effectively and we look forward to sharing our final pieces with him later on.
UNIT OF INQUIRY
Our group inquiries are developing very well and each student is focussing on a specific period of time to find out about a particular invention and its effect on people.
Group Inquiry UOI 2
|Where We are in Place and Time
An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
|Central Idea: People’s understanding of science has evolved over time, and shapes the future.
|Group Central Idea: Technology has had a positive effect in people’s lives throughout time
|Key concepts (highlight)
||How is this relevant to my inquiry?
|Form – what is it like?
|Function – Why is it like it is?
|Causation – Why is it like it is?
|Change – How is it changing?
|Connection – How is it connected to other things?
|Perspective – How do we know?
|Responsibility – How do we know?
|Reflection – WHat is our responsibility?
|Questions / Provocations
(future) : How will the computer get upgraded in future?
Will the computer get more worse or better?
Explanation of what you are trying to inquire into
|I want to know about what is going to happen to the computer in the future. In the future, people think future’s technology will be much better than today. So I think what will happen to it. Will it think? Will it have feelings?
Key words for research
|How are you going to find out your information? Highlight.
Interview / books / museums / survey / observations / video / article / online resources,
|How will the computer change in the future?
Wearable Computers. Google is already developing computer-enabled eyewear called “Google Glass” that will allow you to access the Internet via voice commands. Apple is reportedly working on a computer you wear like a wristwatch.
Computers on a Chip. David Patterson, professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley, predicts that by 2020, all computer components will be able to fit on a single microchip.
Thought-Driven Computers. Apps like Siri and Google can already be accessed via voice commands. But experts tell us that, in the not-too-distant future, we’ll be communicating with our computers via pure thought. (We already have prosthetics — artificial limbs — that can be controlled this way.)
Quantum Computers. The limits to which microchips can be miniaturized are expected to be reached by the middle of this decade. After that, computer engineers will start working in the Alice in Wonderland-like sphere of subatomic — or quantum — physics. The math gets a lot trickier here, but if what scientists are telling us is true, the entire civilized world will be one giant, interactive, thought-controlled computer network by mid-century.
Will the computers feel and imagine their own?
“Generally, we say that robots don’t have feelings and so they can’t behave like humans.”
This is of course not entirely true. A robot could mimic feelings, regardless of it actually feeling them, and could thus behave human-like.
But to cut down to the chase, we, humans, got certain hardware, biological equivalents to software and our neural system is a closed system, so yeah, we are theoretically able to fully create that, which includes everything from perception, to feelings, to creativity. The reason that we cannot do that right now, depends on our current understanding of the brain and (perhaps) the state of current technological equipment.
Finally, I’d like to respond to a couple of remarks from John Galvin:
“AI, Robotics and so forth will always be bonded by the code created for them, and for such an AI to be consider equal to our mortal intelligence would require a programmer of greater intelligence”
We too are bonded by code (DNA, basically) and there is absolutely no reason to believe that we cannot figure out our own code (not saying it’s easy though). So, once fully understood, there is no reason to assume that we cannot make ourselves. Heck, we’re already reproducing ourselves by the billions; we just gotta look beyond the GUI of sexual intercourse.
Finally, you talk about the 7 logical gates a computer uses. Our current understanding of the brain tells us that neurons do precisely just that. Obviously, a computer is able to perform billions of actions with just those 7 gates, it’s just that we don’t exactly know how the brain uses those 7 gates to do what it does.
|Everest, “The Future of Computers”. http://news.everestonline.edu/post/2013/03/the-future-of-computers/#.WBsO2TJh21t (accessed Nov. 3, 2016)
Researchgate,”Can robots ever behave like humans?”
https://www.researchgate.net/post/Can_robots_ever_behave_like_humans (accessed Nov. 9, 2016)
|What is my presentation like?
Reflection and Action
Google – forms, drawing
This week we have focussed on how we speak to others and what to expect from our interactions with other people. We used this quote to direct our conversations and we had some great discussions about this.
Our discussions were based on treating others with respect, outcomes of poor conversations, posture, and role play.
We watched a video and worked together to build on the idea of being kind to one another
This week we celebrated Truitt’s and Kae’s birthdays. They both had a lovely time sharing their nice cakes with the rest of the class. We had fun singing a “Happy Birthday” for both of then.
This week we have started our Grade 5 service Program and what an experience this was. We worked at the Foreigners Cemetery in Motomachi. We took a section of the cemetery and we worked solidly for 1 hour, we cleaned and restored some of the plaques to a nice state. Each student was very committed to clean the place. It was such a fantastic effort. We all should be very proud of what we achieved.