The Old Geelong Gaol – Our Town Through Time

In inquiry we are doing another film – making unit on our town through time, we choose an important part of history in Geelong and make a film about it. My chosen topic is The Old Geelong Gaol! We then had to choose a story to tell about your place. I chose to do my story about the young girls school, child ghost stories, and one of the great escapes. I did some research and there are some great questions I have come up with regarding my topic and some other bonus stories such as: what happened in the girls school? What are some of the child’s ghost stories? Who founded the gaol? Why were the girls from the streets brought in the gaol? Some filmmaking techniques that I’m planning on using are: possibly and interview with a tour guide,  a re – enactment of the escape and how it all played out, and possibly a walkthrough of some history and just a tour of my tour.

I also came up with a possible intro to my film:

Built in 1853 making it 164 years old this blue stone prison held hundreds of the worst inmates hostage in it’s time although it’s time IS up there is still some history left to dig out of these walls.

Gauss Beats The Teacher – Reflection

In project math we started a new unit and we are trying to figure out The Great Summation Trick, to simplify that we are trying to find out how as a child, Carl Frederich Gauss, within a short amount of time, figured out what all of the numbers from 1 to 100 are all added up. My hypothesis was 5050 and I think that the answer to the 1st question is, in fact, 5050 because there are 49 number pairs from 1 to 100 that together make 100. If you take out 100 and 50 and add all of the numbers up you will get 4900 and then you add on the 100 and 50 to get your answer of 4900. Although the sum of my hypothesis seemed correct, the way that I worked it out is completely wrong compared to my answer now, now I think 49 (times) 100 + 100 + 50 = 5050, but then I thought 50 (times) 100 + 50 = 5050, although they have the same outcome I got to the answer a completely different way. Now for the other question of how did he do it. I think that he did it the way I did it, because it was pretty easy to work out in my head and it only took me roughly 1 -1.5 minutes. After finding out the answer and exactly how he did it, he did it similar to me but instead of pairs to 100 he did pairs to 101, but he did come out with the same answer as me! I worked a bit further than this topic and I found out this:

1 to 10 sum is 55

1 to 100 sum is 5,050

1 to 1,000 sum is 500,500

1 to 10,000 sum is 50,005,000

1 to 100,000 sum is 5,000,050,000

1 to 1,000,000 sum is 500,000,500,000

Do you see the pattern?

The sum is always 5 followed by one less of the zeros in the ending number, then another 5 and the same amount of zeros again!

Using Mental Math To Find The Missing Part – Reflection

In group maths we started to do problems with a missing part, and we tried to fill in the blank. The main strategies that I used were subtraction and then addition to check my answer. I found the questions 1 – 7 quite easy to work out because I could use the same strategy for them. Question 8 also didn’t take me long but I tend to take a bit longer with the problems that involve different answers that need to be shown.


Passion Project 2

We are starting a new passion project and Asha and I were going to do baking together because we were never told that we couldn’t do that together until WEEK 3. But now we are going to make separate baking films. I’m doing brownies and she’s doing cakes.

I hope it turns out well!


I have nearly finished editing my mountain passion project. I have enjoyed this part of the film making it all go together because I had a lot of footage to work with and in the end it turned out really well. For the editing I did a lot of things. The main changes I did to the footage was making the making the process of the decorating faster so you don’t have to sit through 26 minutes of me slowly putting decorations on a cake, muting a lot of the footage to make sure I don’t have a sped up version of me talking and singing, and finally and making the footage of me talking louder so that you can hear me. I thought that these were really great to put in so that it made it more interesting to watch and you could (and in some cases so you can’t) hear me.. I used this feature throughout most of my film and it really brought the quality of the film up higher.

I can’t wait to finish my passion project and I am really proud of where I am at!

Digital Etiquette (Netiquette)

In Triple R today we are continuing the unit on Digital Citizenship. There are some words that we came across and I’d like to define them to make sure you understand Netiquette a little bit better.

  • Netiquette

Netiquette is another way to say Digital Citizenship or Digital Etiquette. Netiquette is a unspoken rule on how to act online. You need to Communicate Clearly in e-mails and texts so that people’s feelings don’t get hurt. You must not always talk in all caps or else people will think you are always mad and yelling at them. Most importantly you need to treat people the way you want to be treated in real life and online, don’t be rude while online, no one wants to be yelled at, so don’t yell at them. Online it is very important to use Netiquette or you could start a Flame War.

  • Flaming / Flame Wars

A Flame War is an online fight. When people have a strong opinion about something they might start a Flame War. To make sure that your never in one try to always stay out of online drama and definitely don’t start any. People called Trolls will go online looking to start a Flame War.

  • Trolls

A Troll is someone who geos online looking to start drama or a Flame War. These people can be found all over the internet and in all types of social media. these people usually go around the internet Anonymously looking for a good opportunity to start an intentional Flame War.

  • Anonymous

An Anonymous internet user is usually a bad person to be around. They are typically Trolls and look to start some juicy drama. They usually are easily amused by others pain and embarrassment.

  • Communicating Clearly

It is very important to Communicate Clearly when talking to someone else on the internet. You could easily forget to turn off the caps lock button on your laptop and be screaming at your friend. You could also put in a joke that is absolutely hilarious to you like “Oh you smell bad” or “Your so stupid” but that might not come across in a text or an e-mail. Emojis are a great way to communicate your feelings by just typing a little smiley face.

  • Permission

Another thing you can do to Communicate Clearly on social media is to ask for Permission before you post something. If they say no or to not post it, use your common sense and say ok and don’t post it. But if they say yeah sure you can post that, then go ahead, post it, but just don’t say something offensive to them in the caption!

What does Tim mean when he says ‘Once your message is out, it’s out’?

He means that even if you take something down from a text or social media it will always still be there. Say you are on Snapchat, and you send someone a message that will, ‘Disappear in 24 hours’ and it ‘Disappears’ and it is something you definitely would not want your future boss to see. If your future boss looks hard enough they can find whatever you sent.

The main message of  netiquette is to never share something that you wouldn’t want someone else to see.

THINK Online

In triple R we have been discussing the acronym THINK for when you go online:

T – rue
H – elpful
I – nspiring
N – ecessary
K – ind

I believe that you don’t have to be helpful, inspiring, necessary, or kind (But don’t be offensive or rude). I do think that you should only post true things because it could be extremely offensive and rude. I am not trying to say to purposely not do these things but don’t feel pressured to always do them.

True, it should be true because you don’t want to just make something up and lie.

Helpful, it can be helpful but do you always need to put something helpful on social media? I mean, like you can put a photo of you and your friends up because its just cute.

Project Math – Win at the Fair

To begin exploring the game Win at the Fair I explored and played the game with Zara and later on Asha. We played the game for a while and recorded data and took notes along the way. Then I observed that $0.20 is NOT the most probable amount of money to receive and that there is a greater possibility of getting $5.00 then I thought. This got me thinking about the likelihood, chance, possibility, and probability of receiving different amounts of money in return for $1.00. You might think, that’s only $1.00 but if you pay $1.00 for each game that you play then all of the amounts of money and that but minus $1.00 so sometimes you loose different amounts of money according to what you land on. In the second we jumped onto our laptops and explored the virtual version of the game. I ran different amounts of auto trials and found some interesting results. I mostly landed on either $3.00 or $0.50 I realized that for many reasons, depending on your luck, this can be a profitable or WAY non – profitable for YOU. For starters the average payout for my trials was somewhere between $3.00 to $3.50 and that is a terrible payout for the people running the game or stand containing the game. I then ran 10 trials, 100 trails, 1,000 trials, and 10,000 trials. I found that the average payout was around $3.00 which is terrible for the owners.

Reading Rant for – Out of my Mind

This is my absolute favorite book, I have read it like 20 times and I never gotten board of it. Its about a little girl who has a disease so that she cant talk or walk although she is very intelligent. She later on gets a wheelchair that can say whatever she types and goes to a spelling bee in Washington D.C that changes everything. She is a very inspiring girl and she adds an amazing message to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes more mature themed books.

The Production

I have finally made it to the production stage of my passion project. I have finished my filming and now I’m ready to edit! I found some different ways to film, some really good camera angles.I think that it was really cool how I did the angle showing the cakes being decorated because it was hard to do because sometimes you couldn’t see them properly and the decoration weren’t in frame but, for the most part, that is fine I also think that it is really good because I can put  in some bloopers about how everything fell on the floor and that will be funny. I can’t wait to put this together in the post production stage of my film!