R.V.E Cultures Of The World – USA

In R.V.E we have been investigating different cultures of the world. In this project I have researched the United States of America. I know that I have lived there for 9 years but there are some things that I don’t know, my family is paleo so we had a different diet, and they put a lot of stereotypical information on the website so that is different to how we lived.

Some differences between Australian culture and North American culture are that in the U.S there are holidays like The 4th of July and Thanksgiving that they celebrate in the U.S but not in Australia. Also a lot of do big things for holidays comparatively.

Some things that are the same are we both are very multicultural. We both also accept different races and beliefs such as Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and more. We all strive to welcome everyone to our land with open arms and that’s one of the many things that I love about these cultures.

If I lived in a stereotypical American household I would find it hard to stay on the diet that we are stereotyped to eat. It would be difficult to, ‘go big or go home’, as we are ‘supposed’ to do. Stereotypes in some households are true in many cases, but not in all, including mine, which would make living like this very difficult to me.

Overall, there are some similarities and differences between stereotypical Americans and Australians. But in every culture there would be some difficult hurdles to get over in the beginning, but in the end you can eventually get used to any culture over time.


So my production is a bit different to everyone else’s because I’ve decided to not do a film. Instead I will bake the brownies take photos of the process and if I’m allowed to bring them in I will share with the rest of the class. So instead of making the film I spent more time doing the planning and during the editing stage I’ll bake them so that they don’t rot.

Yeast, Up Close and Personal!

I had some questions about yeast and I looked them up finding some great answers!

  1. How does yeast stay risen when you take it out of heat?

By partially dehydrating the yeast it will stay stationary and it will create holes inside the bread, these holes, until cut open, will hold up the bread.

  1. What is the fermentation process?

The fermentation process is when the metabolic process converts sugar and yeast into acid to make the yeast activate or rise.

  1. On a website I found yeast referred to as “sugar eating fungus’

That’s right, yeast is a form of ‘Saccharomyces Cerevisiae’ meaning sugar eating fungi.

  1. What even makes yeast rise?

Yeast rises because of the acid gas created by sugar, yeast, and water.

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.