During the Sharing The Planet unit of inquiry, we did personal inquiries into the Philippines. We chose a question about the Philippines poverty or labour, and we had to inquire into said question. Here is the title of my Keynote:
Now I will explain the process I took from thinking of a question to reflecting on my process.
1. Thinking of a question: We were all asked to pick a question related to child labor in the Philippines. Some of our questions were unrelated, so we had to think of another. My first one intervened with politics a little too much, so I had to redo mine once, and then I thought of the question displayed above. Thinking of the above question was quite challenging, it took me… Well, a while, so to speak. Probably about half an hour.
2. Choosing resources: Most of the resources that everyone chose were from Mr. Brown, who posted plenty enough resources on the class Diigo account. This part was also quite challenging, because many sites simply said ‘The main reason of child labor is poverty’, then just went on about other things. I found only 1 good site on Diigo so I ended up having to search google for a reliable, don’t worry Mr. Brown, site, and I found one.
3. Recording our information: We used the class Google account to access Google Docs and copy & pasted down an article from the site(s), and then converted them into jot notes to put in our presentations. This part was one of the easiest, because I find doing things like this extremely simple.
4. Piecing together our presentations: Another easy step. I did a Keynote, but we were allowed to do Prezis, miniature books, even podcasts. We took all of our jot notes and found some pictures, then we just stuffed them into our presentation (in an orderly fashion).
5. Presenting: I absolutely resent talking in front of the class. I just don’t like everyone staring at me in a… Weird sort of way. It just feels awkward. Well, anyways, I presented my Keynote in front of the class, but I had to make sure I was stronger than the keynote, because Mr. Brown said: ‘The Keynote supports your presentation, you don’t support the Keynote’s presentation’. Or something along those lines.
6. Reflecting on the process: This blog post. Overall, the big answer to child labor is poverty, but of course there are all kinds of smaller factors that I probably do not know of.
This whole project taught me all kinds of elaborate details on the reasons for child labor, but I also picked up some other useful facts along the way, such as why it is not uncommon to see an abundance of children in a school. But maybe ‘useful’ facts is the wrong word. I don’t quite see how this can help me in my later life. I’ll try to remember this anyways.