Interdisciplinary Arts Reflection


In this art piece I wanted to draw personal connection to my poem and my own identity. I planned to have three sections in my piece, one for each of the places I could call “home”. (Shanghai, Boston, and Hong Kong).

However initially, I planned for each section of the art piece to be drawn. Instead of what I have now, which is a photo collage.

 << this was my initial plan.

 <<this was my initial art piece

But I changed my plan half way through because I didn’t like the direction this art piece was taking. My original piece felt too flat. It didn’t have the emotion I wanted it to.


So I changed my plan and decided on a photo collage instead. This decision was made so I could have more of a personal connection and portray a more confused/frantic emotion I was going for.

<< this is my final art piece

Each of the three photo collages has important buildings/things from my life in that place, and each have a color scheme that I associate with the feeling of each place. This makes my final piece much more personal.

I also have words in the background (“我是谁”>> who am I, and “DON’T BELONG”) this portrays the confusion I had/have about my own identity. “who am I” for Shanghai because it’s a place I should feel like I belong in, but I don’t. “DON’T BELONG” for Boston because it’s a place that makes me feel like belong in, but I do feel that I belong there more. And both the phrases for Hong Kong section because it’s a place that is a blend of cultures, a place where maybe I should belong, but instead I feel the more foreign in.


My poem has three stanzas, one for each of the places I could call home (Shanghai, Boston, and Hong Kong), in my art piece I got photos that remind me of each of the places.

My art piece has the same theme of belonging/identity and the same personal connection that my english poem has.

I also tried to portray the same feeling from my poem, confused, isolated, bittersweet, reflective, however I think because of the brighter colors, the isolated/bittersweet feeling wasn’t present in my art piece.

My poem also has two extended metaphors that I didn’t include in my art piece.

And finally, I added sections of my poem that I felt were most important in my art piece.


I also initially had footage of a time-lapse of me drawing except it was of the old art piece and when I restarted I forgot to film. So I gave up on the idea of making a video.

REFLECTION OF CRT C/D (copied from google form)

How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? 
I think I communicated my experience as a Hong Konger quite well. My art piece is not completely about Hong Kong, however, I think through talking about my identity and feelings of not belonging leaks into my experience living in Hong Kong. One element I think really contributed to it was the words in the background that showed my confusion of identity, for Shanghai and Boston I had a different phrase for each; however for Hong Kong those two phrases blended into each other portraying that HK made me feel more confused and out of place.


How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? 
I think I do have success as an interdisciplinary learner. I think my art piece represents my poem quite well, especially after changing it from a drawing to a photo collage. It portrays the same confusion of belonging/identity as my poem does. However, I excluded two extended metaphors: dandelion (because some people see dandelions as a flower some see it as a weed, the same way people are confused about me) and tea (which relates to HK’s identity, Western or Chinese) which are quite important to my poem. This decision strays my art piece from my poem a bit. I also only used one type of fine art, visual arts, and not music or drama.


How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. 
Some benefits of the interdisciplinary unit was that we got to explore and expand on our English unit and poem and express themes through visual arts, music and drama.


What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… 
Some limitations of the interdisciplinary unit was that the art piece had to be related to the English poem so it felt kind of restricting in terms of things we could do; leading to repetition as seen in the videos shown (some of them were very similar) Also for me, it was a bit challenging to portray the same emotion/theme I had for my poem.


Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!
Communication of the interdisciplinary theme.
Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner.
Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.
Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.


Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) 



Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) 

Project Genesis Product (Mashup)

yeah, it sucks I know.




Explain the process of this assignment:
First Mr. O’Toole introduced the assignment to us, and I immediately knew that I was going to do a mashup. I then chose three songs and mashed up the lyrics, and then proceeded to find out the next day that I had to have four songs…. After that I chose a fourth songs and tried to fit the lyrics in, but it didn’t work, so I gave up and decided to just find the audio tracks first I could only find the vocal, and instrumental tracks (separately) for two songs. I thought that was no big deal and just got the original songs for the other two. I found some difficulty in finding the tempo for the vocal tracks as there are no instruments or drums to help guide me. But when I inserted the tracks into GarageBand and started to mashup them up, I found that it didn’t work the way I wanted it to, because it sounded off and the instrumental did not work. So I ended up replacing those two songs with just the instrumental track for two different songs. Despite facing some challenges (mentioned below) while making this mashup, I ended up finishing it in one night, and spending about ten to twenty minutes editing it the next day.
Discuss your must haves and desirable qualities here:
A must have was four songs, and I met that requirement, although not with the original four songs that I planned (discussed below). Another must have I had was to have my mashup be at least 3 minutes, which I achieved with 5 minutes. A desirable quality was to not have Mr. O’Toole’s ears bleed while listening to my mashup, but I am unsure as to weather I met that requirement. (probably not). A final desirable quality I had was to actually be proud of my own work. which I DID NOT meet. I was a bit proud to have finished my mashup (and not have it suck completely) in a short time, but I’m still not proud of my work, I still think it should be thrown in the garbage bin.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired:
A new skill I acquired is how to match the tempos of two or more songs. Before creating this mashup, I wasn’t sure how it worked, but Mr. O’Toole’s video was very informative, and helped me with that task. Although one of the vocal tracks wasn’t exactly in time as it is much harder to find the beat with out instruments or drums so I ended up using the same BPM as the instrumental counterpart. I also learned that if I put enough time into something (and don’t slack off) I can actually finish my work pretty quickly. When I first started this project I didn’t know how to start, I spent to much time trying to find audio tracks and trying to figure out how to do the tempo that I didn’t think I would finish my mashup on time. Turns out I did, and I proved to myself that I can get my work done. The last thing I learned was a little bit about mashups, at the beginning my mashup sounded very choppy because I kept switching from song to song and I learned that that doesn’t sound good, and it’s better to have longer chunks of each song, especially in the beginning.
What challenges did you face and overcome:
The first challenge I faced was not knowing how the four songs I initially choose fit together. I had all the lyrics for those four songs, but I couldn’t find a way to fit them together well. But I decided to just get the audio files and set the tempos first and worry about the lyrics later.
But that just led into the second challenge thrown my way. two of the four songs I chose for my mashup weren’t popular songs so I couldn’t find the official instrumental tracks, and there weren’t any audio tracks available. I thought it wasn’t a big deal and I ended up just converting the original song into mp3 files and putting it into garage band. But when I started to mashup the four songs, the instrumental and vocals were is the same track for two of the songs and I had no way to separate them. This resulted in a messy instrumental. I solved this problem by just getting rid of those two songs all together and choosing just the instrumental for two more.
Another challenge I faced was the setting the tempo. The instrumental tracks for all the songs were very easy to find the tempo for because there are usually drums or instruments that follow a beat and it helps to guide me. But for the vocals it’s much harder to tell, so I eventually gave the vocals the same BPM as it’s instrumental track. Turns out, for one of the songs, the BPM for the vocals and instrumental was different, so the timing is kind of off for that song. I never had time to fix it as I only noticed the problem the day it was due.

Project Genesis (Research)

Link 1:

Important info: In this link I learned how to match the tempos of different songs for my mashup.


Link 2:

Important info: This is a simple guide on how to create mashups, and it gave me a general idea on how to start and what to do.


Link 3:

Important info: This link gives me some information about the problems that may occur as I am making my first mashup and how to solve them


Link 4:

Important info: this link explains the circle of fifths (mentioned in the last link) in more detail.

Project Genesis Proposal

Goal: My goal is to create a successful mashup, including the four songs (Demons- Imagine Dragons, Naked- James Arthur, Clarity- Zedd/Foxes, Faded- Alan Walker). and have them work well and complement each other. I also want it to be interesting, and have people to actually like it.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal:

  1. Improve self-esteem (optional)
  2. Find the audio files for the songs (instrumental and audio)
  3. Mashup the lyrics so they fit well together 
  4. Somehow fit the instrumental in there.
  5. Edit and make sure everything fits properly

Am I missing something?

Why this project?: Because I like mashups; the idea of mixing two or more songs together. I think sometimes the messages of songs can overlap or contrast each other and mashing them up can create a great song; an interesting combination. And the songs I choose are songs that I like. Plus I can’t find vocal only files for other songs I want to do.
I hope to learn: how to not suck at making mashups. How to put the tempo together, and create a satisfying sounding song.

Humanities U1 Food Journal Summative Reflection

In summary of my action plan reflections, some parts of this assignments were easy such as simple tasks including creating a folder, setting up a noodle tools project, summarising my food habits and identifying issues. These tasks were easy enough and simple to carry out. Some challenges I faced were taking notes from some of the articles I found on my food issues. I had trouble finding the main point at times as well as finding relevant information. Another challenge I faced was finding the sources themselves. I didn’t put appropriate words in the search bar and sometimes didn’t get what I intended. Making the presentation was easy, because once I managed to get all the summarised points from the articles, I could just put them in the slides and put in a few photos. The script wasn’t so challenging but wasn’t all that easy either. At first my script only consisted of the bullet points I got from my research, but it wasn’t until I started practicing my speech that it flowed better.
I also found at times I neglected my action plan and barely looked at it, and instead looked at my own homework tracker whenever I was unsure of what to do next.

Sounds of CDNIS finished song


Describe the process of this assignment-

Before I started this assignment, I did three formatives. The first one was to make a song out of apple loops, the second one was to make a kind of remix out of a already existing song, and the third one was to make a recreation of a song. After those formatives when this project started, I first got the loops I wanted to use, and then went around to school to record sounds. At this point, the screencast was due in a few days, and I haven’t really thought about what kind of song I will be making or how I will add the sounds in. So I made my screencast where I discussed how I will be using these sounds without much thought put in. When I finally got to the point where I had to add in the edited sounds (I pretty much created my whole song before adding in the edited ones), I realised that the sounds did not go with my song. But at that point it was too late to change the whole thing, and I submitted my assignment.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product-

The sounds I got around CDNIS were not useful at all. They sounded weird and didn’t go with the song. I had to struggle to find a good place to insert them. When I was creating my screencast, I haven’t really started doing my song yet, I mean I did choose some loops but I haven’t really put anything together. I didn’t know how my song would go at that point. So some of the information I included in my screencast didn’t work with my song. So in conclusion, the sounds I recorded were more of a burden than anything, and they didn’t enhance my song at all.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired-

I learned more about garage band through out this unit. For example how to edit sounds using plug ins, and how to use apple loops. I didn’t really acquire many new skills I’ve done these kinds of things in previous schools but this unit has just broadened my understanding and knowledge.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

A challenge I faced was that my song wasn’t long enough. And how I overcame it, was I got more loops, reused some stuff that were in my previous projects.
Another challenge I faced was my song not sounding interesting and too similar to my previous ones (because I used some sounds in my previous projects too often). How I overcame those was I downloaded some new midi files and put those in there. I also cut some of the tracks I used from my previous songs to make this one sound different and more original.

Science Reflection

What makes a credible scientist?

A credible scientist does trials multiple times to get more valid results.

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

Because other ways of knowing such as religion or spiritual ways of knowing can be sceptical because it cannot be proven but science yields the same result and is more accurate. And also what if your God is angry at you and refuses to heal you? Whoops! But that can’t happen in science because it will work the same (unless you’re allergic to it or something)

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 have controlled some variables better such as how the paperclips were attached to the whirlybird and I would have kept the whirlybird in better condition.