There Will be an App for That

13 Sep , 2017  

Through my research, I have not only gained a better understanding on my own app, but I also gained knowledge on different features of apps, such as storing data, multiple choice options, tabs, importing photos and even adding a search bar to an app. I also had the opportunity to explore multiple apps, which let me evaluate advantages and disadvantages of different types of apps, which will help me outline and create design specifications for my own app (Criteria B). Specifically for my client, who is looking to ease the task of baking, all the features I have learnt about and apps I have evaluated have provided me with more information to meet my client’s need. Specifically my 5 main takeaways:

1.  Storing data within apps so that recipes/conversions can be used again in the future. This is done by using “User Defaults” and connecting that to a variable by using strings.

2. Create a pop down window so my client can choose their conversion measurements. This can simply be done by using multiple buttons and programming each of them.

3. Use a camera to scan and upload recipes to the app, for easier access. This can be done by letting the user take a photo with their phone camera, and then giving the user the option to upload photos from their library. (This may be too advanced)

4. Create tabs in an app, to maintain a more organised layout and bring less confusion to the users. This is done by using the “Tab Bar Controller”, giving access to see the different views the user sees within each tab.

5. Adding a “Search Bar” function, incase the user wants to search for a recipe they used in the past. First you declare that the search bar is “UI Search Bar”, and then link that to a function where you can declare the placeholder text etc. (This may be too advanced)

Design Brief: I will create an app that serves the purpose of easing the activity of baking, by making it more efficient. I will do this by creating an app that allows users to convert baking measurements, scale recipes and save these recipes for future uses, while implying the design CARP principals as well as my new knowledge of Xcode and computer programming. My hope for this app is to not only ease baking, but to even encourage and motivate people to take up the activity of baking with an app that provides them with an organized, efficient way to bake.


CAS,Service and Action

2015 CAS: Chiang Mai, Thailand

10 May , 2017  

1) How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

This CAS trip was filled with activities, so I was able to gain a sense of my strengths and areas for growth. For example, we went on the confidence course, I found that I am not really great at taking risks, which is an area for growth. However, I found that my strengths were cooperation, as I was able to participate in every challenge we encountered.

2) How did you undertake challenges and develop new skills?

Because of the various activities we did, I was able to undertake different challenges, thus developing new skills. I developed new skills such as communication, as we did many team-building exercises.

3) How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiative activities?

For the service part of the trip, we helped to build a school. As a group, we had to discuss, evaluate and plan how we were going to work effectively to accomplish as much work as possible, and devise a plan that worked for everyone.

4) How did you persevere in action?

We persevered in action by not only doing physical recreation activities, but also by doing service through out the week. We had to work through the heat to  persevere in action.

5) How did you work collaboratively with others?

I worked collaboratively with others mainly through the service component of the trip. As we had to work together to create the project, it brought collaboration between others.

6) How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

I developed international-mindedness through global engagement with the Thai community, by helping to build a local school. The multilingualism and intercultural understanding of the Thai culture has helped me to gain a sense of a global community.

7) How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

As a large portion of this trip revolved around service, I can say that I think highly of my actions and their ethical implications. By building the school, we are contributing to education that seems quite scarce in Chiang Mai. This won’t only help current children, but will hopefully lead on to bring a positive impact to future generations.


2016 CAS Week – Guilin/Yangshuo – Final Reflection

26 Apr , 2017  

1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

I became more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth during this trip, mainly from the activities we participated in during the trip. For example, some of my areas that did grow over this trip were my risk taking skills, as we did try activities such as zip lining and abseiling. Some of the strengths I became more aware of include cooperation, as I was cooperative and flexible with the group activities we did.

2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?

Some challenges I had to undertake include risk taking, as for the new activities we were trying. As mentioned above, these new challenges brought on and required new skills for me to apply during the CAS week activities.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?

This CAS week trip was mainly organized by the teachers, however, we had to discuss and evaluate our performance over the CAS week trip by writing in a journal each night, talking about the activities of the day and also the aspects we enjoyed/didn’t enjoy.

4.How did you persevere in action?

I felt that I personally persevered in action by participating in all of the group activities, which all mainly involved action. By participating, I was able to persevere in action.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

Through team building and challenges that we encountered on this CAS trip, and the overall aspect of spending time with each other brought us to work collaboratively with the people in our group.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

By observing the people’s culture in Guilin/Yangshuo, let me see the more rural areas of China. Although Hong Kong is similar to China in many aspects, there are some parts (such as Guilin/Yangshuo) that consist of a completely different lifestyle. Seeing this culture, and being somewhat engaged in it let me personally gain a better understanding of parts of China by the vast comparison to Hong Kong.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

Unfortunately, because there was very limited service to this trip, I can’t say there are many ethical implications that come with my actions. However, I was personally able to see a place that was very different from my own lifestyle, giving me some insight on other lifestyles.

CAS,Service and Action

Myanmar: Service as teaching local students

26 Apr , 2017  

For this past CAS week (November, 2016), I went to Myanmar to teach local Burmese students English. We did this by engaging in fun activities, lessons, and games to enhance their ability to speak and read English.

1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?

Because we were teaching these local students, I became more aware of my strengths and areas for growth. One aspect I remembered of the trip that was very challenging was the communication between the students and us. Because the students couldn’t understand English very well, it was hard to communicate with them, as well as the students would also be frustrated with trying to understand what we were saying. One strength I found, however, was that I was able to do some improvisation, especially for when the children were getting impatient and disengaged.

  2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?

Undertaking the challenge of language barriers, I felt that I developed skills of a leader, such as trying to regroup the class we were teaching and try to engage the kids as much as possible. To do so, I often found that doing energetic games that involve more motion (such as tag or red light green light, rather than word games) helped the kids regroup and focus better afterwards.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?

I mainly discussed and evaluated with my group members, who were also teachers. We would try to make a plan of when we would switch from games to learning, of which both are student initiated activities. This process would normally take place the night before, or during when we were with the kids, as it depended on their behaviour.

4.How did you persevere in action?

Because this action was quite important, as we were teaching English, I think that it was easy to persevere as there was a lot more motivation.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?

As we were teaching in a big group, it was important that we worked not only with our co-teachers but also with the kids as well. In order to work collaboratively, we would often try to do the teaching and games in big groups, and encouraged all the kids to participate in the group activities.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

Through all the multiple aspects of the Burmese culture, I was able to develop international-mindedness by observing the differences between each culture. Despite the multilingualism, I was still able to gain a sense of the culture and the lifestyle of those in Myanmar. This global engagement with the Burmese children had enhanced that understanding.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

I considered the ethical implications of my actions as very influential on the children in Myanmar. I gained this insight from the way the children immediately attached onto you, and were so generous and kind from day one. When we were leaving, children were crying, which showed how much we really meant to them. Hopefully, it can be concluded that our actions have really made an impact on them, for a positive global benefit.


Design + English – Criterion D Final Project Reflection

14 Dec , 2016  

Over the past few weeks in English, we have been incorporating Designs into the lessons. After reading Lord of the Flies, we were given a passage that we would have to render into a graphic novel contribution, in order to enhance our understanding of graphic novel conventions, as well as the themes in Lord of the Flies.

Some of the main aspects I have learnt from this project include working with computer software, as well as improving the communication ATL. For this project, we were to design an effective graphic novel communication that represented a scene in Lord of the Flies. In order to do this however, we needed to use Adobe Illustrator to create our contribution. Personally, this was my first time using this programme, and I needed to experiment with it. Over this project, I learnt how Illustrator functions, and it can help me in the future if I need to use it for other school projects. I feel that my communication skills were developed, as I created mockups (Criterion B), in which I looked at graphic novel conventions (such as color, typography, etc.) to see how my contribution can help enhance the meaning of the passage to the audience. By developing these mockups as well as researching, I was able to improve my communication skills, which was a big aspect of this project as the design challenge was to enhance meaning for the reader from text to visuals.

Visuals help communicate messages, as they add in details that might not have been understood in a text. As well, they provide a picture for the reader to reference, making it easier for the reader to understand what the environment/setting, as well as the characters are like.

By using technology programmes  it can also help communicate ideas, and reinforce a particular message. For example, by using different fonts, it can help reinforce the mood as well as the setting of a scene. Technology also helps have flexibility with ideas – as it is easier to create aspects of scenes rather than doing it by hand. Personally, by using Adobe Illustrator and being able to trace my mockup help me , as I could successfully transfer the spacing of my scenes as well as what was happening in the scene. If I had to do this by hand, it would be easier for me to loose my final piece, and therefore start over – whereas with Illustrator, I am able to add layers and progressively save my work.

Visuals can reveal meaning, as they can add more depth for text. For examples, the use of color can set a mood for the overall scene, which might be hard to interpret when described in text. Perspectives may change through visuals, as the reader is now seeing one interpretation of a scene, possibly impacting their understanding of a scene as well.

Challenges that I faced include technical ones, such as having trouble doing certain actions on Adobe Illustrator. I overcame these simple challenges by just experimenting, or asking a friend. Bigger challenges included developing characters and mockups, and making creative decisions (such as use of color, text), because I needed to take into consideration how it would impact the audience. I overcame creative decision challenges by taking time (more than the time I set for the task) to develop these ideas.

If I were to do this project again, I would definitely make my mockup more realistic. That way, when it came to criterion C, I would have less work, possibly leading for feedback time. I wish I had gotten feedback in criterion C and in criterion B, as it only would have been beneficial, especially since we will be continuously using the design cycle. I would also want to add more aesthetic appeal to my graphic novel – which again, was somewhat hard as I wish I had developed a solid plan – and maybe add color. I also feel that I didn’t use the time needed to clean up my contribution, as there are still minor details that take away from the professionalism of the graphic novel.



Design + Math – Packaging Process

6 May , 2016  

Over this process, I have learnt multiple new skills as well as have realized many areas in which I can improve on. Firstly, I have learnt to calculate surface area and volume of composite shapes, which helped me to create a package that was environmentally friendly, as less materials were used. Secondly, I have learnt about the time and plan that is needed to create a package that is successful. I learnt to create an action plan that highlighted when I would accomplish certain tasks, letting myself keep organized and focused on the task. Finally, not only have I learnt how to manage my time and create a successful plan, I have also learnt the specifications of what makes a successful package. I learnt about how much thought is actually put into a package itself, and how the quality of packages are measured. By knowing this, it allows me to understand and notice more of the smaller details in objects that can really impact a big industry, such as the packaging one.

One of the main areas I feel that I could improve on was the sturdiness of my packaging. I felt that the material wasn’t strong enough to be created into a composite shape with open sides. This doesn’t enhance the overall appearance of the packaging, as well as the security of the product. Another environmental implication is that the package can’t be upcycled very much. The use of material is so limited, that they can’t be used. Another main area that I felt I lacked was the school spirit component. I only added one representation of the school, which was a logo. I feel I could add more of the school colors, which would also enhance the overall appearance of the package.


Melodic Symphony – 16 Bar Melody Composition

21 Mar , 2016  

I felt that this composition assignment was a big jump from what we composed last year. This year there was less structure to the composition  – I got to choose the instruments, key signature and time signature in this composition, as well as I had more freedom with the tempo and dynamics of the piece.

Firstly, my composition was in G Major because I normally don’t play or compose in that major, and I thought I could use this opportunity to experiment in it. Normally, I compose in C or B flat major.  When I was first starting this composition, I decided to make the composition in 4/4 time, as it is what I was more familiar with, so that I would be able to compose more easily, having a better idea to how the notes would play out. For next time I would maybe try a different time signature, as it is a good opportunity that could benefit my playing. Because I am a clarinet player, and used to play the piano, I chose to use those instruments as it is, again, what I am more familiar with. Another reason why I decided to use the clarinet, was because it helps me with my playing. Because I am hearing how the clarinet sounds, I can apply that to enhance my playing performance.

I also only used eighth, quarter and half notes. I did this because I thought it wouldn’t only be unique, but I also liked how the duration of those notes fitted the melody. As well, the use of eighth notes creates a mini scale, which I like for 2 reasons. It not only connects different notes to flow, but also adds in a form of conjunct motion, allowing the listener able to feel a sense of familiarness throughout the notes. Conjunct motion is used consistently throughout my composition, because it is a way to make notes connect more smoothly.

In my composition, I use accents on some of the notes, normally towards the end of the measures. I used these accents, as I wanted to emphasise on those certain notes, by making them stronger. I also use crescendos, normally when there is a scale. Adding crescendos makes the scale stand out, and adds some flare to the melody, making it more appealing to listen to. Emphasising on accents as well as using crescendoes makes the notes not as dull.

Since this is one of my first times composing a song, the process had some bumps along the way. I made a rough draft of my composition, but after being shown the examples in class, I knew that I could do better to achieve a higher grade. So, I trashed my composition draft and started over. This time, I tried to do the clarinet and the violin, but I wasn’t familiar with how the violin sounded, so it was harder for me to make it ‘coordinate’ with the clarinet. I changed back to piano, and started on my composition. Normally, to create a measure I looked at the notes for the chords I had chosen, and tried to match most of them to the notes for the clarinet and piano. I worked in phrases (4 measures at a time), so I could hear how it sounded together. For each phrase, I would start with the chord and then work out the clarinet section. I would then add in the piano section, and see how it would all fit together. Then, when everything was finally put together, I went back and changed some measures along the way with slight tweaks. I feel that this was I good method to use for creating a composition, as it breaks down the 16 bar composition, which personally helps me keep a timeline and set certain goals I want to accomplish by certain dates.

Here are the comments I left: for Audrey, Hermonie and Kyna.

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Design Day 2016

2 Mar , 2016  

Today, we got introduced to the new design cycle we will be doing: Design + Math.

In this project, we will be creating a box or container for a selected object. We will have to first create a 2-D net, and then eventually turn it into a 3-D shape. For starters, we were put into small groups, and we were asked to choose a fruit and design a box for it, after analysing a headphone box. My group chose an apple, and we decided that creating a cylinder for it would be the best container. A cube and triangle would be a waste of materials, as the edges wouldn’t be used. We also needed to make sure that the container would be easy to deconstruct. Below is a photo of our container with the apple inside.


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As well, today we looked at our carbon footprint. I feel that my box on SketchUp didn’t leave that much of a carbon footprint, for a few reasons. Firstly, my box was a cylinder, so therefore materials weren’t wasted, like they would be in a cube, pyramid or prism. Also, benefits of the shape being a cylinder include the satisfaction of opening it up, because the apple should slide out easily. As well, our box wasn’t made of plastic, thus, not harming the environment. On SketchUp, I felt that my box was a reasonable size, so not too much space was wasted or materials. Though, to make it even more sustainable for the environment, I would maybe experiment with other shapes that fit the apple better for next time.

Throughout this project, I used the skills of my ATL’s when creating the box as well as when I was doing my SketchUp. One of the ATL’s I worked on was my  applying my learning. I learned and explored on SketchUp, then transferring my knowledge to the final box I created. I feel that this was something I improved, as I went from barely knowing what SketchUp to being able to create the box (Below in the photo):

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8 Bar Melody Continued… Clarinet

4 Feb , 2016  

For this composition practice, I used clarinet and piano, to create a mini composition. I used different and repetition of chords, and mostly conjunct notes. Though, I did not finish on the tonic note, because I thought that it didn’t sound and fit with the rest of the melody. To improve for next time, I would use more of a variety of notes. This could make the composition more memorable. (Audio and Picture below)


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8 Bar Rhythm

26 Jan , 2016  

Today in music, we created a basic 8 bar melody on Finale. This composition piece will then be turned into our final piece of composition work. Below is a screenshot I included of the mini melody I composed. To keep it simple, we used the same note, same instrument and just changed note values today.

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