## Sunday, May 30, 2010

### Harvey's exam review: Pythagoras

Tony has got his kite stuck at the top of a very tall tree. He knows the string on his kite is 20 m long. When he pulls the string tight and holds the very end on the ground it touches 17 m from the bottom of the tree. If the ground is flat, how tall is the tree?

a = ?
b = 17 m
c = 20 m

So what we're trying to find here is a. To do that, we must first find the area of the sides of the triangle that we know the measurements of.

a = ?
b = 289 m
c = 400 m

Since we have the hypotenuse (c = 400 m), we need to subtract to find a.

a = c - b
a = 400 - 289
a = 111 m

But that's the area so we square root it.

111 = 10.53565375285274 or 10.53 m

Sentence answer: "The tree is 10.53 m tall."

Susan is making a jump to ride her bike over. She uses a 1m plank of wood to make the jump, and raises the end 50 cm off the ground with a second piece of wood. How far along the ground from the end of the plank that touches the ground is the second piece of wood? a = 50 cm
b = ?
c = 100 cm

We are now going to find what b (for bottom) is. Once again we find the area of the squares surrounding the triangle.

a = 2500 cm
b = ?
c = 10000 cm

Now we subtract c and a to find the area of b's square.

a = 2500 cm
b = 7500 cm
c = 10000 cm

But since we need the side, we square root the 7500 cm.

b = 86.602540378 or 86.6 cm

Then a sentence to wrap the question up.

"The distance between second piece of wood and the end of the first piece of wood is 86.6 cm."

Final Product

Rough Copy

## Wednesday, May 5, 2010

### 2 Minutes to Make a Difference

VERSION ONE

FINAL CUT

I think the comments were very helpful to me, I knew there were some things that needed improvements in our video, but the comments were helpful because people pointed out things that I didn't notice. With most of the comments I agreed with what needed changing. To be honest, I think our video needed a lot of improvement from the start, those comments were helpful because there were some parts where it just looked wrong to me but I couldn't really tell what it was, till people pointed them out. When we made our final cut, I thought it was okay .. But it didn't turn out the way we would of liked it to. It was hard finding the time for all of us to get together and do the video all together, so that's probably why it didn't turn out the way we all wanted.

The person we interviewed wasn't exactly an expert, just someone who had lived and watched
others in poverty. We met him at a volleyball game. I started talking about our project, and then he ended up willing to do an interview for us.What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project.

What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think my greatest success when we were making the video was learing how to use the mac for editing and making our video . It would be nice to use what I have learned in the future if I ever decide to make a video.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
I think the most frustrating part of this project was working with other people. It's not that I don't like them, but It's that when were all stressed about the movie we end up not wroking very well together. There were also times when we didn't agree, and we would have hard times making decisions. Thankfully we all pulled through with our video.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
I think 2 minutes to make a difference is important to grade 8 students because were at the age where most of us dont think about the difficulties some people have to go through in other places. Because most of us aren't in their situation, we don't know how they feel and we dont understand why it's a problem. Yet I believe that you're never to young or old to learn about these kinda of things. And It's definetely never to late to help out or even make a difference.

How will you make a difference in the future?
I'm going to be honest, I don't think I would make a difference in the future. I'm being honest because I don't want to say I'll help out and just change my mind later. But maybe I will make a difference in the future, who knows ? I might learn more about global issues and then suddenly make a difference. But at this moment I dont think that will happen, only because I know myself
pretty well. It's hard to explain why I wouldn't make a difference. It's not that I don't want to, and it's not that I dont care, It's that I don't care enough to take the time to make a difference. I don't know how people are feeling when their suffering of something because no one's helping them. Since I don't know what that feels like, I don't believe I can make a differnce.. Just not right now, maybe far far far in the future.

### Charis's 2 Minutes to Make a Difference

Final Cut

Version 1

First, we edited the sound so it would be clearer. Turns out it wasn't so we edited it again to make the sound clear, and loud enough. We also added a few transitions, and changed the music a bit. We also made it shorter, so it would be closer to the time limit. The student's comments helped a lot because without their criticism, we wouldn't know how to make it better.

What we learned from the expert was that people in the Philippines are so poor, they can't have a decent meal daily. And some of the people who actually do have decent meals every day, don't pay attention to the ones who don't. They think it will ruin their reputation if they do,

How did you find your expert?
Carla emailed her cousin on Facebook, and asked her some questions. She replied back, and that's how we got some information.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project. What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
Our greatest success was talking to a expert on facebook instead of going to them and talk to them in person.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
nothing, i had a really fun time doing this project.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
so they can reflect on making a differnce in people's lives.

How will you make a difference in the future?

i will help the needy by volunteering at homeless shelters.

### Riemer's Reflection

The changes between our first and final cut of our movie are that we added our voices into our final cut. We were going to put the voices in our rough video but then none of us had microphones or didn't have any at all. We also added more things in the video like new pictures and more text. To me, I think that the student comments were good for us to help us improve our video but I also think that it was very annoying. I think this because we knew what we were missing and what we needed, but then everyone kept on repeting the same things over and ever again. One comment said that we needed an interview, but then I really didn't get annoyed because I knew that if we had an interview then we would get higher marks or something along those lines.

The expert that Fauni found was a guy from Manitoba Hydro. The three things that our expert told us were:we learned how to get rid of the fluorescent light bulbs properly. If we don't get rid of light bulbs properly it can affect our food chain by going into the water. The animals will drink the water, then we eat the animals that contain mercury. How much we could save off our electricity bill if we just changed every bulb in out house into a fluorescent light bulb. 15 incandescent light bulbs count last as long as only 1 fluorescent light bulb.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project. What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?

The greatest success to me in our 2 minutes to make a difference was that we finished our project to the best of our ability and we worked as a team. The skills that I will take with me in my future us that I should always use fluorescent lights in my house, but if there is a better type of light in the future since technology is getting better and better, then I will use that kind of energy.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?

The thing that fustrated me during the movie making process was that I didn't really finish my work. I really didn't seem to do it because I either had extra curricular activities or I didn't do my homework. The strategies that I used was Mr.Harbeck giving us alot of deadlines. HAHAH, thank you Mr.Harbeck. He also gave us alot of time for us to work in it in class. The thing that made me want to keep working and never falling behind was to finish my work when the finished product was finished was so since I was in a group, I knew that we were sharing marks and if I do a bad job on my part, then all of us will have a bad mark. The people in my group are really smart and I didn't want to dissapoint them.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?

The reason why 2 minutes to make a difference is important to grade 8 students in my opinion are because since we are at a young age, we can start learning about changing lives in the world today.I also think that its important to know what is happening on other places of the world. Like we are very fortunate to have electricty, not like less fortunate people in the third world.

How will you make a difference in the future?

I will make a difference in the future by switching all of my lights to fluorescent. Since I was doing Raising Awareness for Fluorescent Lights for 2 minutes to make a difference, I will stick to fluorescents for my whole life unless there is something else that is more energy efficient.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY REFLECTION !

## Tuesday, May 4, 2010

### 2 Minutes to Make a Difference

First Cut

Final Copy

FIRST COPY TO FINAL CUT

Thank you for all the students who left those comments! Without you guys, we wouldn't be able to create our new video! The changes we made, were that we did not use voice, but we used text, since we didn't have a good mic to catch our voices and play them smoothly. So we took that all out! When we did our good copy, we changed our pictures, and pretty much the whole format! Why you ask? Our first copy, I think, was actually, pretty much garbage! We barely put any effort into it, not on purpose, but because we didn't have time to all come together and work on it. So we committed ourselves to do this good copy, and make it great. In my opinion, our new version, is 20 times better than our first copy! I honestly love it! If I ever do a project like this again, I'm not going to make the same mistake by slacking off, but I'm going to work very hard!

EXPERT

We were not very successful finding a expert, because we didn't put much time and effort into finding one. We emailed maybe only 10 people and expected to get one. If we searched maybe a bit more early, we could've been successful and got ourselves an interview. So if I'm trying to find an expert next time for a project like this, I am going to do that part straight away, so we don't have to worry about it in the mean time. Having an expert would have boosted our knowledge in this problem and probably even give us a higher mark in the movie project about child labour in chocolate industries! If I ever get the chance to get many easy marks by finding an expert, I will go find one straight away!

SUCCESS

Our greatest success with this project, was actually finishing everything! I was very happy with the turn out of our movie from the ugly first version to the glorious final copy! Finishing the good copy was one of the hardest things to do in this movie, because we really wanted voice, but since we coulnd't find anything decent to record us, we had to do text. Although it was only text, it was very good! After months of hard work to finish the project, we were able to finish successfully with a great video. If it wasn't for my group members, we wouldn't have been able to come out with a greater movie! If I were to do this project again, I would not take only the skills I have learned through out this project, but I would also bring along my good partners Warren, Josh, and Kevin, because without us as a group, we wouldn't have made this!

Frustration!

The most frustrating thing, was learning how to use movie maker. As you saw, in the first cut, we were totally noob with making movies! It looked like the whole movie could've been made on something as simple as power point. After we tried and tried and took many hours, we were actually able to finish it. Putting in our voices was really frustrating too, so we just threw that away, and replaced it with text. A strategy you could say we used to become successful was patience. In the first copy of our video, we were unpatient and just threw a mash of pictures and ugly sound together to make a really ugly video. In the final copy, we pulled it together and changed almost everything!

I WILL make a Difference

I will make a difference by giving awareness to the people, and if others know the problem, there will be more people helping the cause. If more people help, it will be faster and more efficient to take away all these problems like child labour. Child labour is a huge issue in the world. Children are dying, and getting injured, just to make simple things like chocolate. Having more help will make the job easier! Also, I could help by having fundraisers to get money or clothes to send to the countries that have children working in chocolate companies, so we could take them away from the life of pain and suffering they are living to a better safer life. Something that is very big that I can do, maybe when I am older and have a wife, is actually adopt a child and take care of them and give them a better life. Although after I watched the movie orphan, I'll face my fear to save the life of a child. I hate knowing children are dying and being injured for something people that don't work at all just get for a very cheap price. When other children pay the price of their life to make these products! I want to help these children as much as I can. Once I have time and could work in the days, I want to start helping these children. They deserve a better life! We should take them out of poverty and help them, one child at a time!

### Aldrine's 2 Make A Difference Reflection

Version 1

Final Cut

The Changes:
My group and I made a few changes , What we did was we added a few voice from the interview that we had, We also added images, edited the songs and new titles. The challenge on editing the video was putting the timing right on each slide. We fixed some cutting voices on the interview that we did .The last thing we fixed is the grammar on the titles we found a little mistakes on some of the slides.

The comments that we got from the version 1 was very helpful to us. We made so much changes and made it better, On one of the comments that we got from our version 1 was we needed to talk about the Problem and after final cut we made it all better, We added voices and pictures and new things on the final version.

Interview
The expert we found was one of the workers in Manitoba Hydro. What we did to interview him was we asked him question about our topic it turned out very well because the questions we asked were our best ones and he answered it very fast and very detailed. The thing that we were having trouble was finding the date and time for the expert but it was a good thing that we scheduled it on time before the final cut was due.

The expert told us more then 3 points about our topic. He talked about how to recycle a light bulb properly because if you throw it on the field and the mercury spreads out it could be very dangerous to our environment because if someone plants any vegetables there it could be very dangerous to people and animals . The second thing he told us was that we could save up so much money using fluorescent light bulbs , because Incandescent doesn`t last very long not like Fluorescent Lights. The Last thing he told us was that if you use Incandescent light it is dangerous in our environment.

Success
The success for our project was scheduling the expert we had hard time putting the date and time because they were really busy and we were lucky enough that we found one and that wasn`t busy and he was very nice. The other thing about scheduling was the handing flyers out, we were having trouble on how to print the paper because it was difficult so we ask the customer service to help us and you needed a card to swipe it on the machine to get the papers it was a lot different then the other printers. The last thing that we were accomplishing was handing out all those flyers to each house , people, and cars until we finished all the papers so we wouldn`t waste and just throw them away.

Frustration and Strategies
The Frustrated part about the movie was when we were doing the final cut we found so much mistakes on the titles, images and etc. The strategies we did was while we were at the Garden city mall was we took turns handing out flyers and take vidoes and photos so each of us are in one of the photos. The other thing was decided to put them on the windshields on the cars so we have other pictures no just handing the flyers out to people.

Why It Is Important
It is very important because in grade 8 we are trying to learn that making a difference is a good thing to change the world and making it better, specially at our age.It is very important to ours because we are trying to make a difference by telling people that Incandescent is dangerous in our environment and My Group and I made flyers telling people that switching to fluorescent light bulbs is a good thing to do because fluorescent lights saves you a lot of money and fluorescent lights last very long not like incandescent. When i was in Grade 7 i thought that 1 person wont make a difference by just recycling but i learned now in grade 8 that making a difference is important in your life later on, because if you think about it by just recycling you are making a difference.

The Future
I will make a difference in the future because when i get older ill make a commercial by telling people to use fluorescent lights because some people when we hand them the flyers some of them ripped them out and just threw them away and wasting paper. I will show and prove them that fluorescent light is really good for the environment , the other thing i will be making a difference is by telling people that dont throw an Incandescent Light bulb on the ground because it is very dangerous in our environment. This is i will do in the future to make a difference