Today, we had a trial of using map engines(similar to Google Maps, but you can pin down ANY spots). It is a very good source to mark locations and routes. We can change the icon of the pin to most of the shapes(transport, sports and services), can also add pictures and descriptions to each location.
We started off by locating the school, our home, some cool places around Hong Kong and places that we usually go to. I can tell that everyone is happy about using this new tool to help our learning on this public spaces unit.
It is a very easy tool to use, I learnt how to use it straight away. It is a useful tool for planning a road trip/holiday, keeping track of routes to different locations and building your own maps for daily purposes. However, if I were to improve something about Map Engines, I would say that they should allow us to customize our own icons and change the colors of the “More Icons” icons.
This week for book club, I read the Cool! book by Michael Morpurgo, I would recommend this book to anyone!
Here’s my letter to Mrs. Miller:
Dear Mrs. Miller,
I recently read the Cool! book by Michael Morpurgo(for book club), and so far I’m half way through the book. This book is about this boy, named Robbie Ainsley getting a coma after he got bumped by the car. He was trying to save his dog that almost got hit, but I still don’t know if the dog is alive or not, but most likely the answer is that his dog had passed away. When Robbie was in his coma, he could still hear and smell things, but he just couldn’t see. move or talk. He was struggling to wake up and see things, I can tell it was a hard time for a 10 years-old boy.
This book is an awesome, relaxing quick-read. Michael Morpurgo definitely used a lot of descriptive language in this book. Some of the useful phrases for my writing are: “I try, I try and I try.”(repeating to sound like the character is really meaning to try hard) and “ We hammered them 4-1.”(instead of being so straight-forward, saying that we won/beat them by 4-1, hammered is more powerful) etc.
I can’t wait till I finish this book next week. I would definitely recommend this book to you!
December 11, 2014
Today, Mrs. DC came here and talked to us about taking actions and we shared our opinions on if taking actions were our responsibility. We were divided into groups with similar opinion. I believe that sometimes taking action is our responsibility and sometimes it’s not. I represented our group and shared our opinion that we came up together to the rest of our class. My group’s perspective was that when you were young, you might need some supports or helps from adults and you couldn’t really take full responsibility on your actions. Also, when you’re interested and passionate on something, you tended to care more about it.
Sometimes, we shouldn’t take actions because we are forced to do it or it’s something really small that doesn’t really help anything at all. If it’s not what you like doing or something that is led by you, you have the right to not take the action and actually do something that really matters to you. Our parents work hard to earn money for us and we have good standard of living. If we have more than enough, we can donate some money to the less fortunates as being able to give is a blessing. Furthermore we should always learn to share some of our things that we don’t need to people who are less fortunate or people that needed help. This way, it would help our society be more balanced (between the poor and wealthy) and everyone would be more equal. If we don’t need those things, what’s the point of keeping it and throwing it would be a waste, so why not share it or give it away to people that needed it.
The 2 links bellow are the presentation presented by Mrs. DC and Ms. Manson:
We started our new unit about public spaces this week. We are going to focus on public spaces, the purpose of different public spaces, special features/characteristics of the different public spaces and how people use them to connect with other people. Our process journal for this unit is going to be our iFolios/blog, which is the blog that you’re reading now. (I think I’ve mentioned it before in the previous posts?)
This unit’s central idea is “Public spaces provide people with opportunities to make connections and establish a sense of community.” I think it is suitable because how we use our public spaces and the purpose of it can or can’t let people understand and know more about the community. People can also use it to make connections with other users and develop thoughts about the community. Our key concepts of the unit are function, responsibility and connection. Function- How the public space work in the community and the purpose of it. Responsibility- Our responsibility on using and creating public spaces. Connection- How the public spaces connect with people’s lives, the community and our activities. Our lines of inquiry that I should always keep in my of when doing a task are the purposes of the public spaces, some characteristics of it and the connection between people by using the public space.
In this unit, I can take a lot of actions in my free time, which is also one of my goals. I can visit different public spaces around Hong Kong and observe it, go further and find out more about unique public spaces mentioned in class, discuss about different designs and purposes of interesting public spaces around the world, share with my parents my favorite public spaces and what makes it my favorite and look for different special and interesting public space around the world in the internet.
Here is the link of our overview:
(Please Click on the photo)
This is our pre-assesment that I mentioned before(in my last blog post) on creating a public space for the grade 6 students. We needed to go into groups of 2, 3 or work individually to design any public space. Kelly and I (Andrea was sick for the day when we filmed and created our public space) only had 30-40 minutes to create our public space, so it didn’t look as good as it could be and it definitely wasn’t our best effort, but it could demonstrate our understandings about public spaces and how it improve the connections with other people.
Our public space is called The Plaza. It has 2 sections, 1 is more of a technological section and the other section is a relaxing wildlife area. The wildlife area has a pond where people can fish together and make new friends, trees all around the area where people can sit under the shade and chill out by reading etc, a biking path where people can rent a bicycle and just enjoy themselves and also a bicycle parking and rental just in case if people wants to bike but don’t bother bringing the equipments. Inside the tech area, there are interactive displays and screens for kids to learn more about our world and usage of technology, since technology will take over our lives in the near future and it will benefit students. Students can also cooperate in different groups to complete challenges and develop more understandings.
I think the pre-assesment is a fun hands-on task, it is also a great activity to improve our creativity and thinking skills. I wish we had more time to actually prepare for our video recording and to create the public space, instead of rushing through everything. If you follow my blog posts, you should know that I like things to be as good as possible and I need quite a lot of time to prepare and organize things to make it better.
Here’s my video of our plaza!:
Paul Zimmerman came to our school today to talk about public spaces , which helped us with our unit of inquiry. He is the CEO of a company, Designing Hong Kong and a district councillor of Pok Fu Lam.
Mr. Zimmerman help building public spaces such as the Waterfront in Hong Kong. He talked about his opinions on public spaces, how people use public spaces, positives and negatives of the pavements in Hong Kong, some issues on public spaces in Hong Kong and the comparisons of public spaces in other cities to Hong Kong. He also shared with us some of his principles of a good public space, what makes a good public space and what he thinks should happen in a great and comfortable public space.
This presentation definitely helped me a lot on my pre-assesment of creating a public space for grade 6. From this presentation, I learnt about what users think about of what makes a good public space, some criteria for designing a useful public space. From the whole talk, I took away one famous quote: “Less is more” I think that “less is more” can best represent the entire talk because we when designing our public spaces(the pre-assesment) our group was way too focused on the details and making it look pretty. However, a comfortable public space is actually just a simple one that everyone is welcomed in and that it has a big space for you to do whatever (though there are still some restrictions) you want with no one complaining and shooing you.
Click HERE to check out Mr. Zimmerman’s website! (district councillor)
Click HERE for another website about some background information of Mr. Zimmerman (also the Design Hong Kong website)
Here’s a photo of Mr. Zimmerman:
We started a new unit of inquiry today. This unit, our new transdisciplinary theme is “How we Organzize Ourselves” and the topic we’re focusing on is public spaces. We were asked to do a task to observe and investigate on a public space in Hong Kong. We needed to record the use of the public space by residents, list some positive features and negative features of the public space and took or sketched the public space. We could even ask the users of their opinions on the public space.
Today is early dismissal, so I decide to go to a sports ground near my house this evening, Bellow are some of my observations on the sport ground
How are people using this sports ground?:
– playing soccer
– sports training
Positive and Negative Features of this Sports Ground:
– spacious and big
– in a convenient place (near to many apartments and schools)
– A variety of facilities, eg. Shower rooms, storage lockers, first-aid room etc.
– Sometimes the sports ground is booked for events or competitions, so people can’t always go there
– the quality of the grass in the soccer field is pretty bad
Some Photos of the Sports Ground:
The link bellow is my HWOO unit reflection. This unit is about governance and I learned how the different system of governance works and the affections on different organisations and individuals in the society. This unit is BORING, but I learnt a lot.
Click here to see my unit reflection