Digital Literacy

Assignment #1: Eminent Person Project

Links

Click here for my Eminent speech.

Click here to see pictures of my interview request emails and my learning center.

Description

For my English class, I completed a project called Eminent where each person chose someone that made a positive impact in the world, and conducted an in-depth study on them. For my eminent person, I chose Maria Montessori. The reason I chose her is because I went to the Montessori program when I attended elementary school, and I wanted to learn more about it and how it impacted my life. I used the digital environment to conduct researh, reach out and ask for interviews, and plan a speech to present in front of my class. I used resources like gmail and word online to help guide my project. With Gmail, I contacted two people in regards of interviewing them about Maria Montessori. I used word online to record my notes and to plan my speech, which I then presented to my class. At the end of the project we hosted eminent night, where we presented our learning and work through a learning center.

Connections to Criteria

1. I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent color schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layouts

When creating my learning center, I focused on making it aesthetic and engaging so it would interest more people. I created a poster with visuals like making it colorful, eye-catching, and organized. I also included an interactive piece by using a circuit board to show the difference between the regular teaching style and Maria’s version.

2. I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past.

As part of my project, I interviewed a person who knew about Maria Montessori. By doing this, I practiced creating and sending an email in a professional and organized matter. Once the interviewee agreed to talk to me about my eminent person, I called her over the phone. It was a new experience for me as I wasn’t used to calling people aside from my family members. I found myself nervous, but once I began interviewing her I got the hang of it.

3. I view issues or topics from multiple perspectives.

At first, I viewed Maria Montessori as this absolutely fantastic and amazing person who barely had any flaws. But after interviewing my old Montessori teacher, she gave me a new perspective. Although Maria Montessori gave students a new method of learning, she acted really strictly. She made all the Montessori kids sit in dead silence and speak only when spoken to. Nowadays, Montessori is less strict and kids have more freedom. If I hadn’t interviewed this person, I wouldn’t gain a new perspective on my eminent person.

 

Assignment #2: ZIP Inquiry Project

Links

On my blog, I wrote “documents of learning” to show the progress my project made. Below are all my documents of learning in a list.

Zip #1 – January 7 and 8th

Zip #2 – January 9 and 10th

Zip #3 – January 14 & 15th

Zip #4: January 16 & 17th

ZIP Final Blog Post

Click here for some evidence regarding the project itself.

Description

For my ZIP project, I chose a question related to English and answered it over the course of the project. I like story writing, so I wanted to choose a topic related to it. The only thing was I felt like story writing was too basic. I knew that many people would also choose story writing as their topic and I wanted to make my project more interesting. I decided to write a story but then turn it into a board game at the end. I used the digital environment as a platform for planning out my board game, for conducting research, and for posting regular “document of learning”s on my blog post. Because I had more freedom and independence during this project, I used my laptop for most of the time when working. In the end, I created a prototype for a board game that followed my original story line. I wouldn’t have accomplished this without the help of digital tools.

Connections to Criteria

1. I respond to the work or ideas of others in a way that is compassionate and productive.

At the end of the project schedule, our class came together as a collective group and we shared our project to our peers. During this time, I made sure to listen attentively to my peers because I knew that most of them put a lot of effort into the project. I also wrote down feedback for them to improve on in the future, and I asked questions to show that I cared about listening to them.

2. I enhance the impact of my research or presentation through creative use of technology

I originally planned to make story-writing my topic, but I realized I wanted to do something special because I knew that a lot of people would choose that as theirs. I still wanted to write a story, but I decided to add another aspect to my project to make it more interesting. At the end of the project, I converted my story into a board game. This added more entertainment and flavor to a project that would originally be simple.

3. I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of others.

As I worked on my board game, I asked multiple people for feedback. With their help I improved the story line and found flaws in the board game. Whenever I reached a writer’s block, I always went to others for inspiration. I also examined other board games that I liked, which helped me recognize what components were needed for a board game.

 

 

Assignment #3: Midsummer Night’s Dream Vignette

Links

Click here for our vignette script.

Description

For this project, I teamed up with four other people to create a short vignette of one of the acts from Midsummer Night’s Dream. We worked together to modernize our chosen act, while still keeping some of the lines from the play. I got the role of Lysander, one of the main characters. We collaborated together in the digital environment through Office 365, collecting our work into a single word document. It was helpful because we could work together in one place in an organized manner. With the help of the internet, we communicated to plan out our costumes ahead of time and ensured we wouldn’t forget anything. We also included TALONS inside jokes to entertain our target audience. Our play went well, with little mistakes in the end. Our class enjoyed it and they laughed during the funny parts.

Connections to Criteria

1. I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

When modernizing the act we chose, we made sure to make it appeal to our audience by turning it into a comedy. We achieved this by adding TALONS inside jokes that made everyone laugh. Even though we made it funny and humorous, we still fulfilled the criteria of the assignment, but we just added our own spin so that it would appeal to our audience more. We also brought in props as visual elements, and used slang from our generation so that my class would relate more.

2. Student utilizes device to effectively collaborate.

We used word online to collaborate on the script, and it was effective because we got work done quickly and things worked out well in the end. Everyone brought a laptop so we wasted no time each editing our own parts, and help each other out afterwards. It was useful sharing a document because we could look at each other’s work and give each other advice. Without utilizing our devices, our communication would be less effective and our vignette would have less quality.

3. My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.

Even though Midsummer Night Dream takes place in the past, we modernized it by considering the worldview of today and implementing it into our work. For example, we modernized the language so that it was much more easily understandable. If we showed our modernized version of our act to any English speaking person, they would understand it easily. We also made sure to spread positivity in our work, not negativity.

 

Assignment #4: Rate of Dissolution Lab

Links

Click here to see the lab write up.

Description

In this lab I teamed up with three other people and completed a three day lab. We used a word document as a collective space to put our work on. There were three factors we experimented with in the rate of dissolution lab: surface area, temperature, and amount of agitation. I focused on amount of agitation, but I still assisted the rest of my group. Once the day of experimenting came around, we worked together to complete as many trials as possible, so we would have more accurate results in the end. We worked well together and managed to finish all three parts of the experiment in one day. Later, before handing in our work to the teacher, we talked to other groups to record their results which helped to make our results more accurate.

Connections to Criteria

1. I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with others.

We used a word document to plan out and record our observations. Once we completed our project, we complied our work and sent it to Ms. Mulder through email. Using the digital space of word online, we could collaborate and share our work. If we all had our own separate documents, it would be harder to collaborate and communicate because we didn’t know what the rest of the group worked. By sharing a document, it ensures each person completes their own fair share of work because other people can see their progress.

2. Student is actively involved in the planning process, utilizing each members’ strengths to ensure everyone contributes.

Before we started experimenting, we wrote the guiding question, hypothesis, materials, and procedure. This was part of the planning process, and I made sure to complete my part ahead of time so that on the day of experimenting, our group was prepared. During the planning process, each person did their own equal part and it helped to minimize the work and maximize effectiveness.

3. Any interactions with others are positive and productive.

During this three day lab, I spent a lot of time with my team and we got along well. As a result, we worked very effectively and finished many trials on the experimenting day. We listened to each other’s suggestions, each completed equal parts of the project, and helped each other out. We stayed positive and productive which allowed us to work efficiently, which led to more accurate results during testing, and a more well written conclusion at the end.

 

 

Assignment #5: Parts of a Cell Presentation

Links

Click here to see the slides from my parts of a cell presentation.

Description

For science class, I paired up with one of my classmates and we made a presentation for the class. Our project was about the parts of a cell, and we focused on the endoplasmic reticulum. We used Powerpoint to help us present in front of the class. Rather than writing down all our notes on the slide, we put down pictures and instead explained it in words.

Connections to Criteria

1. C.R.A.P. Checklist consistently completed for all research sources.

For every resource I looked at, I always CRAP tested it. Because we presented it in front of the class, I ensured that my sources were reliable so that I wasn’t providing the wrong info. I made sure that my partner did the same thing for her sources.

2. Student is actively involved in the planning process, utilizing each members’ strengths to ensure everyone contributes.

Both my partner and I put a lot of effort into preparing for the presentation beforehand. We wanted to ensure we wouldn’t mess up while presenting in front of everyone, so we planned and memorized our parts. I recognized my partner’s strengths versus my own, and we assigned the parts to ourselves that we were most comfortable with.

3. Project gives credit to all research sources, including images.

We wrote down and put every source we used for research into our bibliography. We also gave credit to our images, by getting the link and put it in small font below the image. All of our sources in our bibliography were in APA format.

 

 

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