Term 3 P.P #update blog

This term, I have been working on my Passion Project 24/7 because this one needs practice. The passion project I chose was to learn a compilation of K-Pop dance choreographies. I have now chosen my songs and have practiced around half of them. I cannot tell you all of the songs but I will give you one. I’ve also already done my credits. The hard thing is putting together the songs and making it sound okay because the songs can’t just skip to the next one. There has to be some type of transition… I eventually found a way to make it sound better. The next step for me is to learn the other songs’ choreographies and practise them a lot. Then comes the editing with the music and transitions. As I promised, here is one of the songs I am doing with its choreography. I’ll let my volunteers do the rest. Thank you for reading at hope you enjoyed!

Passion Project #description post (T.3)

For last term’s passion project, I was really happy with the result but I wanted to make this term’s project a bit different. While I was doing the stop motion film, I realised that this was not a very active activity. So I decided to make this term’s project ACTIVE!

The first time my sister introduced me to the genre called “K-Pop”, I sort of cringed at the one she showed me. But that was only one type. If I had to describe what K-Pop is, it’s basically a genre, with a whole lot of genres inside. K-Pop has jazz, rock, pop and so many other types of tunes. Another great feature of K-Pop is their dance choreos. K-Pop always has an official dance choreography video. This is what I’m going to try out. I’m going to pick a song with a reasonable level dance for me and will record the progress of me learning it. I might do a few songs but only do a bit of the dance so basically a compilation of k-pop dances!

I am going to record this with my regular phone and I really look forward to learning this! (even though I might look cringyyy πŸ˜†) Thanks for reading my blog and hope you enjoyed!

Passion Project #reflect post (T.2)

This term we had our first Passion Project and I chose to do a stop motion film. I based it on my writing piece “The Odd Llama” because it was the most emotional and favorite piece of mine. It was about a llama who didn’t have any friends because he was the “odd” one. I eventually found out the picture I used for the odd llama was actually an alpaca… I guess that is the reason he’s odd! Hahahaa… 😬 Nah that wasn’t very funny. So my original goal was to make a stop motion film about this writing piece and I achieved what I wanted! There was one really big problem that was made during the process… (My dad squishing the clay llama that I made 😑.) Never mind about that though. I eventually fixed it. The editing takes time too so don’t always leave it to last minute! This is my third stop motion film I have done and probably my favourite one. It involved a lot of text because I didn’t really want voice overs. I will definitely continue doing stop motion but my favourite part of this project was the clay making. I feel that clay work (polymer clay) is a strong passion of mine and I will continue doing clay work in the next years!

Here is my finished product! I hope you like it:

Passion Project #update post (T.2)

Recently, I started making my stop motion film. Stop motion animation can look easy but trust me, it isn’t. So far, I’ve only done around 10 seconds of my writing film which I don’t really know how long the whole thing should take and what I’m aiming for but I’ll see. I learnt that stop motion sometimes needs patience because from time to time you’ll have issues like the camera moving, props falling and also needing the patience for moving characters in scenes and not making their steps HUGE! That’s what some people do when they rush it. I had a few successes and challenges on the way like one of the successes was learning how to use the stop motion studio app. A challenge was when my camera kept on getting knocked by my arm. I probably should move more away from the camera when moving the characters… The next step I need to do is record the next scene of my narrative. Really looking forward to finishing my film! Here is what I’ve achieved so far:

Thanks for reading my blog and hope you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

Birke Baehr’s TED talk

In this session, we watched another TED talk by Birke Baher, but his one was a bit of a different talk. Instead of actually inventing something to do with the topic of his talk, he just explained the topic that he was passionate about. Birke talked about what was wrong with our food system and he wanted to change the wrong things.

In this TED talk, Birke had many strong messages. Here are the ones that I took away from this video:

  • Don’t judge anything by it’s cover
  • Always try and stay organic with food
  • Farms are not always what you think they look like

There were also some really powerful statements like these:

  • Β When he said “A while back I wanted to be a football player. I decided that I wanted to be an organic farmer instead, so that I can have a greater impact on the world.”
  • It was sad to hear that they use genetically modified seeds for food and when organic farmers do, they say they’re going against the system when it actually is helping.
  • It was a bit concerning to hear that some farms aren’t what we think. What Birke thought back then was the same as me. Cows grazing on the grass and pigs rolling around in the mud happily in a good environment. But turns out not all farms are like that. But some are which was good to hear.

That is all I learnt from this talk. Thank you for reading my blog about Birke Baehr’s TED talk and hope you enjoyed! πŸ™‚

Richard Turere TED Talk

This session, we watched another TED talk from another person around our age. His name is Richard Turere and he lives in Kenya. He talked about how he takes care of his dad’s livestock but most of them are killed by the lions from the Nairobi National Park (he lives in front of the park). Most of the time, it was the cows and it’s very sad for the family because cows are a really important animal for them. In this TED talk, he talks about how he changed that and how his invention made peace with lions.

In this TED talk there were a lot of messages and here are some that I took away:

  • Don’t give up on hope
  • Don’t underestimate animals
  • A small invention can make a big compact

He got these messages across to the audience by sharing his personal story that was really emotional and the pictures were showing evidence about what he was going through and showing the truth.

In this TED talk, he didn’t have that many devices. All he had was the microphone and the pictures changing as he talked which probably was a clicker (but I didn’t see it.)

Richard also knew how much humor he should include since it was such a sensible topic that needed to be taken seriously and he also had a good pace while talking. It wasn’t too fast and it wasn’t too slow so it was easier to understand even when his accent was really thick. He also had very good eye contact with the audience which makes the audience connect more.

To conclude, I think Richard Turere made a bit impact on Kenya and more parts of the world and he’s made a big benefit and learnt a lot from this experience.

Thanks for reading my blog about Richard Turere! πŸ™‚

Thomas Suarez TED Talk

On our first session of TED talks, we watched a video of a boy named Thomas Suarez for an example of a TED talk. He was about our age when he did it and it was an outstanding example for us to follow. There needs to be a message in TED talks and I took away a lot of messages. A few messages I got were these:

  • Kids can sometimes be the teachers
  • Not all things can be taught straight away
  • Children can learn from their own experiences

He was able to get these messages across to the audience by sharing a personal story, engaging them with the presentation (like a few laughs) and showing a picture (or two).

In the presentation, he used a few electronic devices that we’ll probably use when we do our TED talks live (if we want to). He used a clicker for the pictures to change in the background, a microphone (we probably won’t use one unless it’s in assembly live) and an Ipad for his script just in case he forgot like we sometimes do, as none of us are perfect but he didn’t need to look at it that much anyway so it was just a backup device.

He also had really good presentation techniques like as I said before, a few aspects of humor, he also had really good eye contact and his pace was a good pace to understand.

To conclude, I think Thomas Suarez learnt a lot from this and it is a really good skill that he can use in his future (Or present, depending on his age.)

Thanks for reading my blog about Thomas Suarez and hope you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

THINK online

This lesson in Digital Citizenship, we focused on this acronym about thinking before you make one little mistake that can make a big effect. Here is the picture of the acronym:

There are a lot more versions of this but we focused on this specific one.

Here is why they are chosen:

Is it true?: If it’s not true then you are lying online and people might believe you. Some things that aren’t true can be rumors about others and hurts peoples feelings knowing that it’s them. People won’t trust you anymore too.

Is it helpful?: If it’s not helpful, people won’t care about it and if everyone posted something that isn’t helpful, you would be wasting someone’s precious time.

Is it inspiring?: People love seeing inspiring things and like following other people’s actions, as they can follow you as a role model and follow what you’ve posted or shown. Some things that aren’t inspiring (e.g inappropriate body language) can be something people can learn from but it’s not appropiate to in these cases.

Is it neccessary?: Some things may not be neccesary and really random that people get confused. Other things aren’t neccesary because they are lies, aren’t helpful and not inspiring. That is why this word has been chosen.

Is it kind?: Some things that are kind can effect a lot of people and others can be directed to one person and really hurt their feelings. If a person who is effected sees the post, comment, picture etc. they will be very hurt inside and sometimes you will get into trouble if the person knows who you are in person.

Those are all the words. I personally think these words were chosen well and I’ll make sure to follow this acronym! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading my THINK blog!

Passion Project #description post (T.2)

It has been a while since our last blog and now that it’s Term 2, we’re starting something called a “Passion Project.” A passion project is a project about something we are passionate about or just want to try and do. We do one each term from now. This term, I am planning to do a project based on one of my writing pieces. The piece is called “The Odd Llama” and I want to do a stop motion video of the story with polymer clay figures of the characters. I am planning to use an Ipad (if not, mobile phone) to record the video since you can download some apps that are intended to be 0used for stop motion videos.Β  My project is targeted at under 12 (Year 6) so I might add a few extra scenes so it’s more interesting. Last time I did stop motion, I honestly thought my figure was moving way to fast and I am really looking forward to making this video and improving that skill. Here is a video of what I’ve done so far. It shows me making my first character, RJ (the main character/odd llama):

Click here for the film

Thanks for reading my blog and I’m really looking forward to telling you about the rest of my progress! πŸ™‚

Green Screen Clinic


This clinic was our last clinic and that means after I’ve finished all of my blogs, I can receive the director’s hat! The director’s hat isn’t just any old hat in Year 6. The director’s hat gives you the access to make your own films and be a director! But let’s talk about this clinic now. Here is my video blog about green screens:

Sometimes people use different colour screens but green is a really common one because it is a definite colour that isn’t on human bodies.

Thanks for reading my reflection on this clinic and hope you enjoyed!