Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

My NHD project was a documentary on the history and fall of the Berlin Wall, and the fall of the Communist government in Eastern Europe. A documentary is a movie or video that covers a topic, like a report. A part of the project I really liked was when I was editing my media. I liked being able to cut and splice the videos to add on to the project. I think the most interesting thing I learned about the Berlin Wall was that people, were unsure if they wanted it to fall, and another thing is that Communism wasn't planned out to be a bad system, it just never lived up to it's potential.

The hardest part of this whole experience in my opinion, and no one else did documentary to share my pain, was trying to get narration in an Imovie, because you can't just upload GarageBand voice projects into Imovie. I had to waste two whole days getting the perfect narration, and I couldn't even use it! All ranting aside, the narration part was really the most stressful part of this entire ordeal.

I believe I evolved as a student because I problem solved to get this whole thing done, especially when I had to figure out how to get voiceover on Imovie. I'm technically not going to history day, but one thing I can improve on are voiceover sound quality. I'm most proud of my finished product, as it runs relatively smooth and is pretty well rounded. 

This topic relates to history day because it outlines how the both sides of Germans were equally proud of their stand, and they stood up for themselves. If I had any suggestions to myself and others, it would be, never, EVER, make a movie for a time constrained project. It's just going to stress you out.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

I was never opposed to the idea of learning about Shakespeare. That feeling continued throughout the unit, and I enjoyed the whole unit. I believe that Kate was tamed at the end because of her sincere speech at the end, in which she talks about what a wife should be. Shakespeare's first folio is important because it was the first published book that contained nearly all of his plays at the time. Shakespeare deaths where very dramatic and that gave me an idea of how he wrote, vividly and dramatically. It is important to learn Shakespeare today because I feel like his plays touch on some issues that are still around today.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

This year I'd like to ace Advanced Math, and I'd also like to not get any strikes (offenses) on my record this year. Most of all, I'd like to stay on the "A" honor roll and maybe even advance to the "Straight A" honor roll! These goals are important to me because I'd like to put my past behind me and focus on the future, I want this year to be the best so far!

Friday, May 13, 2016

History of Virtual Reality Project Reflection

I did a project on the history of one of my favorite topics, Virtual Reality. I chose this topic because it's something i'm generally interested in, and I wanted to know more about it. I'm really proud of the finished product because of the information on it and the overall way it moves and feels. The most interesting thing I learned was HMD's (Head Mounted Devices) for Virtual Reality were invented a lot earlier than I thought, I thought they were very recent breakthrough in VR, but they were invented decades ago. One thing I wish I could change would be the words to pictures ratio being way higher than it could have been, and adding more pictures to help my audience know what things looked like and did.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Invent Iowa Reflection

For Invent Iowa this year, I made the Power Saver, a special usb outlet that has more than meets the eye. The problem I tried to solve was that newer phones waste electricity because when their fully charged they stop getting charge but then start charging again and that cycle wastes a little bit of power each time it happens. That little bit adds up though and your power bills make you owe a lot in the long run. How it does this is simple, when the phone or device is fully charged  it will send a signal to specially designed circuit re-routing devices in the usb ports that re-route the electrical current to little speakers that buzz in three second intervals until you unplug the phone or device. The outlet installs like a regular usb outlet, so that's a convenience. One of the problems I had at first was how was I supposed to re-route the current to the buzzer, this was easy to solve though, but over all my project went really well especially my conceptual model, really proud of that one. I wouldn't really change anything about this because I'm happy with the way it came out. Advice I have for people doing this is don't worry about it, just make what you think the world needs, and if it blows up in your face, just know thats how you learn.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels Final Project

I think that this comic book shows what I have learned because I used emanata and changed up my speech bubbles to show different way the character was communicating, such as during phone calls, the person visibly speaking has a normal speech bubble, while the person speaking over the phone has a jagged speech bubble, as if their voice isn't very clear. Or when Fatman crashed Killer Moth into the side of the building, Fatman has a normal speech bubble but still says "ow," because Killer Moth cushioned the impact but got the full effect, therefore his speech bubble is wavy, to show he's in immense pain.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

History of Video Games (5th grade reflection)

     I did a Prezi on a brief history of video games and it included a few pictures. it told about older video game systems and newer ones. I like most that it went from the 1950's to 2015 and it told all there was to tell about major consoles and games. I like that because then you can compare between the old and the new. I learn that not only was Pong not the first video game, but it wasn't an original idea. I found these most interesting because I thought for the longest time that this indeed was the first original game or just first game period, but almost all video games, excluding Space-War, were knock-offs, with better graphics if "graphics" they were, of William Higenbotham's Tennis for Two. and even a console came out before Pong. The hardest part of making this was trying to reword sentences because it was really hard to say something my sources weren't saying. I learned that you might think you know a lot about something, but when you try to talk about it you suddenly realize you don't know as much as you thought. I thought I had a great grasp on video games, but when I tried to type what I knew, I saw a lot of things I didn't see before. If I could do it over I would proofread a little more. When I got in to present, almost all of the L's I put in were missing and it said things like ast and ator. I am most proud that I was able to tie fun with work by adding fun things here and there, and still teach people all I learned.