Talk ukulele

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *

I chose this song because the beat was pretty cool and it wasn’t too hard to remember the lyrics of the song. It is similar to the original song because of the beat and it was pretty similar to the ukulele version I saw and listened to on youtube. The other reason of me choosing this song was that the beat and lyrics were very repetitive which made it a lot easier to make the song.

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *

My recording is different because it doesn’t sound as “Hip Hop” or “electro” as the real song because I had to use the ukulele. I also had to add drums in which wasn’t part of the original song or the ukulele cover on youtube, but it was included in criteria and rubric. My strum pattern was also different from the original ukulele cover because mine was just down down down but his was different but Mr. OToole helped me. I cant really compare the strum patterns to the original song just because talk isn’t really a ukulele song and in the actual song it was just very “electro”.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *

My Garageband editing has definitely improved from the last summative because I now know where all the drums and the instruments are. Since it took me a while last time to finish up editing I gave my self some extra time just to make sure it would be on time, but I didn’t need it probably because I remembered where everything was and I didn’t really need help for this stage.

Time management for your project… *

I think I spent my time really wisely for example, I would work on my song during every class for that 35 minutes-45 minutes and if I needed it I would also work at home like when I had to record my self singing because I knew I couldn’t do it at school because it was to loud in the class.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *

I was very organised and always made sure I thought about the next step before I started it just so I knew what I had to complete, I also used my schedule on google calendar to help remind me what I had to complete this class which I found very productive because of it allowed me to complete things faster.

Donkey Riding


What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of my tune was in C major and it was in 2/4.


What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
I used eighth and sixteenth notes. The eighth notes me keep the music on the right pace and the sixteen notes make the music a lot faster


Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to inputting the strumming and melodic playing… *
My note accuracy was not accurate for the most part so I re-did it and this time it was a lot better. Because i decided to attend more Zoom meetings with Mr. OToole I got a better understanding about the notes.


How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
The tempo I used was 100 because that was the tempo that Mr. OToole used in the explanation. Donkey Riding is a very fast paced song and very lively so I figured you have to make a fast song if you want to have the same effect.


What skills did you acquire with your use of Garage band? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… How did you use these skills throughout the assignment? *
I am now much more confident with using Garage band, because at the start of this unit I had no Garage Band skills, but now I know a variety of skills. For example, trimming the tracks, pasting different sounds around, cutting the length off the chord so it fits with the music and is in time, also using the metronome to fit with the music. I also learned quite a few short cuts like holding the “shift” button to copy which is quite use-full.


Discuss any challenges you had to overcome for this assignment! *
I definitely think not being in school for this assignment was tricky but I worked my way around it. The hardest part was not being able to read the notes, in the beginning of the unit I could not read notes at all, but now I definitely think it has improved although it still needs some work.

Unité 1 Parlez-vous français

Le critère C et D à l’oral

The task was: Create a skit to include the information that we learned from the fist unit.

My challenges:

The challenges my partner Jasper and I had were finishing are skit on time because I was absent for one class and that set us back quite a bit, so we decided to use one of are lunch breaks to catch up. We were relived because we thought even using that lunch time we were still not going to catch up but we managed to have it submitted on time.

Overall I think I did okay I got a 4 and a 5 which was decent but I need to work on my pronunciation.


First Semester Reflection

First Semester Reflection


In what area or areas do you feel you have grown the most this semester?

Writing because in the beginning of the year I did not use commas whatsoever but now i think that my grammar is getting better. In the beginning of the year I was hard on myself because I was negative, but know I have loosened up. I still make mistakes but I try to fix them.


In what area or areas do you feel you really need to focus on more as the year progresses?

Structured writing because sometimes I forget to write conclusions, and my paragraphs are super long and it gets really messy. I also think I need to work on stop putting pressure on me because on fridays we have chinese exams and I put to much pressure on myself and my parents are telling me to relax so I am starting to work on one thing and take my mind of chinese.

Oxfam Field trip

Last week we went to Oxfam also known as Oxford committee for famine relief. The reason why my class went to Oxfam was because we had a field trip, to see how chinese factory workers work and how hard it is for them to get a residency card. They showed us how workers in a factory get treated and their pay. We had a simulation where we used nuts and bolts to make some sort of thing but we could not lean on anything and if we dropped something we would get in trouble. I learned a lot from that and that I am really lucky. I think that it is unfair that they get treated like robots and that they only get 2500 Hong Kong dollars. I wish they had the choice to go on strike because they are suffering harsh conditions, and it seems really depressing and that is what causes people to commit suicide which no one should go through. I believe that factories need to give better salaries because the factory managers are cheap and greedy, as consumers we cannot by the product you can buy the products that say on the packaging fair trade. Most of the time factory workers work so much more harder then the managers so that is another reason why workers need to get paid more.


Weekly reflection Oct,2

Here is my weekly reflection, we did a lot of fun things and I will share some with you


Last week we went to the hive. My group and I were doing a sugar and water experiment, how much sugar can water take before it stops dissolving. When we got there, we got 75 ml of water and kept on adding 15 ml of sugar until it stops dissolving. We managed to put in about of 135 ml of sugar before it stopped dissolving. In the end we noticed that it was very thick like syrup. For are second experiment we decided to try to use hot water because it might dissolve quicker. We kept on adding sugar and it was so much easier to stir because it did not take that long. It took 165 ml of sugar before it got kind of hard to stir. In conclusion hot water is easier to dissolve sugar that cold water.


Last week we did VR and my group did and expedition to a recycling plant it was really cool because it was very realistic and it also raises awareness for us to do more recycling. The group leader was kind of like a tour guide because he used his Ipod to show us where to look and read like, where we are and what this machine does.


On Thursday we were going to do a science experiment so when we got to the 11th grade science lab because some of the 11th graders were leading the experiment. As we got inside we had to put on safety goggles even though the goggles were useless cause nothing blew up, anyway we got into groups and each group needed to choose an acid it was either coke, lemon juice or vinegar and my group chose vinegar, we also needed 150 ml of hot milk. We also got a cheese cloth, a strainer and food dye so first we mixed the vinegar and milk that we put in the food dye. Next we put the cheese cloth on top of the strainer and we poured in the dyed vinegar a lot of liquid came out but some of it was solid. I recommend this to do at home but you should have adult supervision.


In conclusion I had a fun week with the VR and the science experiment, I hope I can redo this again especially the VR and going to the hive.