June 20

DC Cartoons

In today’s session we were analysing Digital Citizenship Cartoons. We were shown some cartoons and asked at first what might seem funny. There may have been funny artistic characteristics and a funny concept but after we took some more time to analyse the images we realised how serious and wrong the cartoon was. We could then choose our own cartoon and you will see which cartoon that is in this video (which also explains why it may seem funny but truly isn’t):

(It won’t show up in the place I saved it, I tried again but it still won’t work)

June 17

Passion Project #Reflect

I think I achieved what I originally set out to do with slightly extra. I went around my neighbourhood and took photos as a part of the 10 minute photo challenge. I edited that and created a film from that experience. Then I decided to turn the photos into a journal as well as a film!

A challenge for me was creating the journal as I had to transfer the photos on a USB, printing them and then turning it into a book thing. I struggled piecing all the parts of the book together because it was to large to staple and we lost our hole puncher. In the end I sticky taped each page individually so it isn’t that strong. Although after I just spent some time on the journal it came together nicely. A success was the film because I filmed it in one take without any dilemma’s early on so I had plenty of time to edit the film and photos.

I used a new editing software (adobe lightroom) to edit my photos so that was something I learnt through the journey. I also learnt about the camera I would be using and different settings such as: Shutter-speed, apateur, bokeh, ISO, focus points, etc. If I were to extend my learning maybe I could have using Adobe premiere or another film editing software to try something new instead of using Movie-Maker which I have used since grade 3.

Here is the beginning of the film(sorry, the sound quality is really bad):



June 1

Win At The Fair!

We were shown a game board and asked how you could play that board. Our class realised that you roll the dice and go in the direction according to the dice sum direction. You would continue to move the counter around the board until you land on a prize. Here is the board:

Everybody in the class played the game and as soon as we landed on a prize we wrote it on the board to create a tally. Altogether we played 117 games and collected a lot of data. We made $117 (because each game costs $1 to play) and we lost $213.40 meaning we gave away $96.40. This was our class data:



If we played 1000 we would hope to make a profit of $300. So we brainstormed a few ways to to make a larger profit. Some ideas were:

-Snakes and Ladders like teleportation

-Black holes and obstacles

-Change dice directions

-Consider likelihood of landing of dice

-Make cheaper prizes

-Move prizes around

Etc. We then chose the ideas we liked and turned them into our own create version of Win at the fair. I collaborated with Abi and together we created this board:

We used a black-hole, snakes and ladders, different prizes and different dice directions. Abi and I tried to make it enticing and profitable. Our class was then disappointed when we found out that the only things we could change was the prize values and dice directions because the are the only changing functions Maths300 has.

After changing our design with the limitations I transferred my design onto Maths300 and could then collect data of 1000 games in 5 seconds! Here is my first attempt of an official board (data):


We realised that we were only giving away  $0.37 instead of close to $0.70. So we decided to increase our jackpot to $20 ad have a $5 on the board as well to make the game enticing. Our greatest goal was to not only make our game be profitable but also enticing. We switched some prize values around because of how many times each place was landed on. We then created this game board which resulted with this data (I did the data collecting at least twice to see how consistent it was):










































Our data proves that we made a profit of approximately $430 out of 1000 games. We created our game enticing as well meaning we could have around 1000 games played. We also made our jackpot of $20 and a $5 to create our board to be even more enticing. This was a challenge that wasn’t too hard nor too easy. I was proud of the outcome and would be happy enough to use this board at a school fair!

May 28

Digital Etiquette

Today we watched a video to teach us about Digital Etiquette. It was an animated film starring “Tim and Moby.” It showed many different aspects of digital etiquette as well as explaining what it is. It explained: Flaming, trolls, being anonymous, communicating clearly, netiquette (a clever name for Digital etiquette) and what it is, permission and that once what you say is out, it’s out.

Here is a photo of a moment in the animated film:












Here is a clip that clearly explains that:

May 22

Digital Citizenship

Today we learnt about digital citizenship and how to act online. We were shown a video expressing our future, and what technology will provide in 2029. This video was almost scary about what can be done and already is done. We were also shown an image with the acronym ‘THINK’. We had to try and work out what each letter stood for, relating to “Before you post, text, etc. ___ ” Here is that acronym:










Here is a video explaining what digital citizenship is and an extension on that acronym:


May 17

#update Passion Project

So far I have basically finished my project. I have done a 10 minute photo challenge meaning:  In 10 minutes I ran around my neighbourhood taking photos of nature. So I have taken the photos and begun to edit the film.

I challenged myself by using a new editing software called ‘Adobe Lightroom.’ This app was extremely helpful as there were so many different things to adjust such as: Temp, tint, exposure, vignette, highlights, shadows etc. My favourite function had the ability to bring out or die down just one colour, for example if I wanted a red rose to stand out I could adjust it to make the red more vibrant and make the background black and white.

I have greatly improved my skills of photography through the process of this project. At the beginning it was a challenge because I was introduced to a new camera and a new lens. I learnt about things like apateur, ISO, bokeh, shutter speed, different focus points, how to adjust them with balance so it doesn’t have too much light and completely go white and much more.

Now I just need to finish editing my film. I have made a start but it is not finished yet. I took 19 photos in the 10 minutes and here are a couple of them (the quality is low because that was the only way to get them on my blog):

April 23

Birke Baehr’s TED Talk


Whilst watching this TED talk there were some messages/take aways that stuck with me. One of which being “would you rather pay the farmer or pay the hospital”. This came across strongly because I can understand how he is trying to say that you can either pay the farmer for organic food or you can pay the hospital, because you got sick from inorganic food. Another sentence he said that stuck with me was “I used to want to become and NFL player but now I want to be an organic farmer”. This was a very strong message showing me how there is always a place that needs you where you can be show that one kid can make a difference.


A way he got this message across to his audience was by making them laugh and applaud. He had made many achievements which is when they applaud and a few jokes where they laughed at his comments.


A presentation technique he used well was he had quite strong eye line with the audience. Although he spoke with his arms cramped by his side and he slouched slightly. His eye line showed he was really talking to his audience and connecting to them.


He did use some technical support. He had a screen in the background which projected facts and extensions of statements or jokes. He used a microphone to boost his voice even louder even though he already projected his voice quite well.

April 23

Richard Turere TED Talk

Richard Turere’s TED Talk was about creating peace with lions through his invention. I think the message was based on how we can solve a problem without violence. I believe part of the message was also that you can prevent problems yourself and that one person can make  difference.

One of the ways Richard got the message across to the audience is how he brought his presentation to life. He had pictures in the background showing what really is happening. He was also in some of the pictures so it showed how personal this was to him.

To me there were a few presentation techniques that stood out. One of which being prompts. How Richard used this technique was: when he wanted his audience to laugh he would do a small laugh and then pause/wait until the audience would laugh back at his comments. Sometimes to show the positivity in a statement he would smile and sometimes when he would say and achievement he would wait until the audience applauds before continuing. He also had very good eye line because he had no script nor dot-points. He also had great use of gestures and use of the projected screen.

The technical support was very little. The only technical support he had was the screen and the microphone. He didn’t have any script so he must have rehearsed a lot.

April 21

Passion Project

For this terms Passion Project I intend to create a short video/edit based on photography! This is an area I thoroughly enjoy. I will create a short video based on a thing called “the 10 minute photo challenge”. In those videos though, a photographer runs around taking pictures of a dancer whereas I will be taking photos of anything in my neighbourhood. I will also only have 5 minutes and parts will be time-lapse.


I will be using my Dad’s good quality camera to challenge myself. After filming this and taking the photos I will use an app I found called ‘adobe lightroom’ to edit my photos. I will then piece together the video using either imovie, adobe premier or movie maker.


My project is targeted at anyone interested in photography (which in my opinion could be anyone…). Specifically ages 8-15.


I am most looking forward to…

Everything! This project lies in the subject I love and it really is my passion!!


Here are a few pictures I took at my house (I couldn’t transfer to laptop with good quality):

April 17

Thomas Suarez’s TED Talk

Throughout watching Thomas Suarez’s TED talk I noticed one of the main messages to be about app development, the strong minds of kids and about pursuing your passion. I saw these messages because he was inspiring others to develop apps, explaining how kids can create well (through ‘jokes’) and following his dream from a young age.


He got the message to his audience and made them laugh (because the script was targeted at adults), and he occasionally made them clap (at his achievements).


Thomas connected with the audience while performing with great presenting techniques such as:                                                                eye line, (only occasionally looking at his dot-points) gestures and using his space efficiently.


Thomas used some technical support whilst performing. He had a screen behind him projecting key parts (the first app he created, and his favourite app he created). He used a microphone conveniently attached where it doesn’t have to be handheld) and an iPad where I assume he had dot-points.