单元2反思 -叶颖宜(完成)

 

单元反思 Unit Reflection:

  1. Concept(探究说明,概念概念,探究问题)

在这个单元, 我们学习的概念是交流和功能。交流是很重要,我们学习怎zen么写一个演讲稿。如果你写的演讲稿太复杂或者是错的,读者不会知道你在讲什么。演讲稿的功能也要你表达,帮助你表达想法,并且说得比较清楚。

 

  1. Knowledge(学科主题词语/句型/语法/课文/对话/单元知识/项目)

我学了很多新的词语和语法。以前我不太知道学料词语,可是看了课文以后,我练习了很多新词语,也进步了。我学了校园生活的词语:课程,课外活动,学校设施,各种各样的社团,和学校主题。这个帮助我改进我的写作。

  1. Skill / ATL(语言技能,学习方法)

我也改进我的学习方法。在这个单元,我学很多新词语和语法,帮助我的思考技能在我的演讲稿里面。可是,在这个单元,我 的思考技能进步不多。下一次,我应该想一想怎么在我的文章里展示比较多的思考技能。

 

  1. Learner Profile / Action (学习者档案,行动)

我知道我需要成为一名全面发展的学生,所以我开始参加别的课外活动和比较多的学术社团,因为我认为我要参加更多的学术类 活动(我作比较多的运动)。

 

▪ 我的功课样品 My sample works:

  1. 这份功课做了什么?What did you do for this work?

I had to first write a speech about being a School Tour Leader and discuss the designs, clubs, and other subjects.Then you had to use photos on the slides and record a audio along with the video.

 

  1. 我做得好和不好的地方。 Why did you select this work to share?

I selected this work because it’s one of my best works and shows overall communication and other aspects of this unit. It also has photos and audio along with my personal writing.

 

  1. 你学了什么?What did you learn from doing this work?

I learned more about grammar and the format of writing speeches. I also learned how to pronounce things fluently in order for my video to have a better flow.

How science can cause and solve environmental problems.

1. Give a brief description of an oil spill and how it can be cleaned up using science

An oil spill is when liquid petroleum hydrocarbon leaks out onto an  surrounding environment usually causing damage and harm. However, thanks to science we can now clean up with lots of different methods like oil absorbing pompoms, sorbents, skimming, and steel mesh. Focusing on the steel mesh, it’s superoleophobic (takes out the oil, leaving it on top, letting the water through the mesh). The design is based off lotus leaves are that they are  superhydrophobic (leaves water behind, oil passes through), materials can be developed into non- hydrophobic materials by making the surface rougher which reduces surface energy. The mesh consists of layers. The first has a surface with polymer with surfactant (helps soap and detergent to clean) built inside. On the outside layer of steel mesh, nanoparticles of silica help to increase the surface area and improves the ability to repel oil, mimicking the lotus leaf. Fluoro-surfactant seals the entire mesh. The mesh could be made into a huge net for cleanup to skim the water, or used as a filter for contaminated water.

2. Is science good for humanity? Do the benefits of scientific discovery outweigh the problems it causes?

Science can be seen as a advancement for humanity as many great innovations have been made such as medical advancements like antibiotics which help us to fight off disease and bacteria. Medical advancements also increased our life span and mortality rate and helped us understand and detect diseases like HIV. Next, electricity also helped us create many other innovations such as modern technology and gave us a better source of light instead of the dangerous fire which is a hazard. Finally, the final advancement is the building of the industrial revolution which started the production of items on a mass scale. This led to more jobs, and more available products to the public.

However, there are negatives to scientific discovery such as the mass scale of overproduction and global warming (from the industrial revoulution), the extinctition of animals (humans discovered their properties, and hunting began: ie. elephants and ivory), and the potentially dangerous chemicals and weapons (nuclear weapons which have a lasting impact on our environment.

In conclusion, Science is equally good and bad, and scientists are careful to consider the impacts of new discovery.

project genesis – final product & reflection

Crit C

Crit B

Explain the process of this assignment. *
The process of the assignment was through four steps. The first step was the proposal and deciding what kind of assignment I was going to do. I also set goals/ tasks I needed to complete for this assignment and my personal preferences for grading it. The second step was to start research after deciding I wanted to do a mashup, and I found several good sources using the same applications I had experience with (Audacity and Garage band). I found lots of good examples, however, I decided I preferred remixes as I found it fun to mash sounds that way. The third step was the actual creating and after much debating and researching, I decided to do jasmine which is a traditional Chinese song, after thinking it would be fun to mix up old with new. I found a version of it that was in the same file form as an apple loop so I could edit it and sampled sounds from the internet, including beats and another instrument cover of jasmine. Then I played around with the samples and came to a final result.

 

Discuss your must-haves and desirable qualities here… *
My must haves was that the remix must be at least two minutes long and use at least 6 different loops. My other must-have is that the original song must have other versions with different instruments to have other samples to play around with while composing. The desirable qualities were that it reminded the audience of the original old song as well as remixing into something new and innovative to transform the song. Another desirable quality is that it had a drop as you can tell my most my music composition, I like big drops within songs to add more diversity to the sound of it.

 

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I learned a lot about remixes during this unit by watching videos and found something I like a lot about music. I learned a lot how to remix songs and what makes a successful remix through watching several videos. I think in the future i could utilise these skills in other projects such as a video that requires copyright free music. Some new skills I acquired was sampling certain music, how to make a beat, how to change the tempo of a song by using audacity, and more about EQ/composition of songs.

 

What challenges did you face and overcome. *
There were many challenges with this unit, as I struggled and did not find doing a mashup at first that entertaining. After much struggling with tempo and trying to figure out what songs I wanted to mashup, I came across a remix from youtube and I really liked the sound/concept of it. I decided to switch to a remix instead of the mashup which really made me happy. Another challenge I overcame was which song to choose as I definitely knew I wanted to mashup a old CHinese song and came to two options. I originally chose Bluestone Alley but after struggling to find a mp3 for it, I switched to an alternative Chinese song called Jasmine.

Inspiration and Research Info music – project genesis

 

Inspiration and Research Info
Criteria A – Knowing and Understanding

ii. Demonstrate knowledge of the role of the art form in original or displaced contexts

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JackTFLCNZE

Important info from link:

After learning about bpm, this tutorial shows a simple but well done way to match the bpms of the different songs. This matters as without correct bpm the song ends up clashing and sounding very strange.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpIjLu5_aPw

Important info from link:

Some important information I learned from this is how to set up a basic mashup and how to do it specifically in garageband. It also showed me the basics like instrumental and acapella, as well as the fact you have to have bpm.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1Xo9T_Sv7s

Important info from link:

This is a more overall/completed tutorial using tools such as audacity and shows the complete process of the mashup. This also explains the mashup with details and how mashups work in general.
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od7t74xo3yE

Important info from link:

This is a mashup that I was inspired by as it has many songs yet manages to sound like one song and flow smoothly. It also has lyrics that match well even though there are many songs.

g8 music proposal

 

Criteria C – Thinking Creatively

i. Outline a clear and feasible artistic intention

Goal: My goal is to make a successful mashup using 4 different songs using garageband. I want to successfully blend the songs together and make it sound whole/consistent. I also want to use proper technique within the creation of the mashup  and have the song be on the same beat throughout the entire song.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal:

  1. Select all the different songs I would like to use and place them in a playlist
  2. Figure out how to make a mashup by researching videos, asking teacher, experimenting
  3. Download the 4 different songs and place them in garageband, separate acapella from instrumental within the songs
  4. Set the 4 different songs to the same tempo, and start cutting parts where I want to, and decide which songs will be the beginning and the end
  5. Finally, start cutting up the song and keep listening and editing until you have a finished product that you are satisfied with that matches the criteria as well

Why this project?: I chose a mashup up as I like listening to mashups and I think mashing up 4 very different songs is an extremely interesting idea. I also like editing audio/videos in general and enjoyed the music apple loop songs that we had to do in class for work.
I hope to learn: how to mashup different songs, edit audios, learn what songs sound good with each other. I also hope to learn how to mashup songs more in depth and have a clearer understanding of garageband/ making songs in the music industry.

G8 Humanities U1 Reflection on ATLS

During this unit, I improved on developing/learning ATLs.  I used thinking skills in this Food Issues Unit was the research into the issues and analysis of my personal food journal. These required loads of in-depth research as well as reflecting on my cumulative results.  I used my research skills was talking about food issues, my research skills became more developed. I learned how to make use of databases/WebPathExpress in order to find more effective and relevant materials for my project. I used my social and communication skills to practice and revise my slides with other people.  I also further developed a skill of learning how to recite knowledge and actually learn about issues rather than read directly off slides. I used communication to clearly explain my food issues and explain them concisely. I made a huge improvement in self-management skills, as I evenly distributed my schedule, unlike last year.

music cumulative assignment + reflection

Describe the process of this assignment. 
The process of this assignment was first decided what sounds to record and where to record them. I decided to use the beep from the microwave, the sign slapping together, a sample from the teacher, and knock on the door. After recording the sounds, I decided to transform the sounds with the different plug-ins in order to make it sound different. I used things like eq, reverb, and chorus to make. After listening to the sounds I decided to make the MIDI tracks and base the song off the MIDI tracks in general. I created this midi track using synths with chords and a harmony. During the MIDI creation process, I found some saxophone samples and other samples and added it in. After that, I played around with the loops and finally finished my product.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. 
First, I use the microwave beeps to make the beat in the background. They were somewhat useful as a contrasting sound to the clap sign beat and gave a nice topper to the harmony/melody. Next, I used the sign clap as a house beat for the drop and to top of the main beat. I also used it as a normal beat later on and often used it for the drops within the song. Then, I used the knocking sound as an alternative to the sign clap sound. I also used it as an intro beat to begin the sound and brought back the sound later as one of the drops. Finally, I didn’t use the teacher sound sample that often but edited it and placed it as a segway for the beat to drop as a climax.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
I learned a lot through this assignment as I learned how to compose a track altogether using a variety of methods. I learned how to create MIDI tracks and change the instruments within the song. I also learned how to add apple samples, mix sounds together, made sure sounds match a tempo, add plugins to original sounds, and how to combine all these together. I would say that my learning altogether was successful and I learned a lot from the Sounds of CDNIS unit.
What challenges did you face and overcome? 
Challenges I faced was editing sounds and time. The editing sounds were difficult as I tried to edit from the main panel instead of going into plugins and changing those up. After asking a friend to show me how to edit it, I got the hang of it and learned to use things like chorus & EQ. Time was also an issue as I felt I didn’t have enough content for the song and couldn’t complete a full 3 minutes. I found some new loops and finally completed the song by adding those and adding back the old loops.

seed dispersal reflection – science

What makes a credible scientist?

Credible scientists must have knowledge and an open mind. Knowledge is important as you need to have previous knowledge if you want to be credible as you can’t just make up scientific information. You need to have a good background in science. Research with knowledge is also important as you want to make a hypothesis/claim you need research to back it up. Otherwise, there is no proof, therefore making it not credible. Open minded is also important as if you try and force an experiment to match your hypothesis, you are not being accurate or credible.

Why is the scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine compared to other ways of knowing?

The way of knowing is medicine can vary in a lot of ways, ranging from factual to spiritual. For example, for some people, if they get sick they may perhaps head to the doctor for medicine. However, some other may believe with methods like acupuncture, praying to a god, and other rituals. In typical science, we rely on factual methods however as you can see in medicine we rely on other methods.

Reflecting on scientific investigations is important because you can get more accurate results by repeating investigations with improvements to your method. How would you improve your seed dispersal investigation if you were to repeat it?

I would improve the investigation by being more careful and making sure to add labels to the charts/graphs. I would also be more in-depth with analysis and the metho analysis. In the future, I would also try and follow the methods better.