Welcome to your iFolio

Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.

Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

Home Menu
Change Home Menu Attribute

3. Append the URL to read http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/your_student_number, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)

Home URL
Home URL Link

A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.

Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!

Featured image used in this post by Nathan via Flickr Creative Commons

Finished artwork blog post

The artwork we created as a group was made to represent the original poem of Pranay’s. It was built to represent the HK Harbour and the area between HK Island and Kowloon.  The LED on the buildings is used to represent the subject matter of the poem, which is the LED’s in Hong Kong. The title of this artwork is “The Brightness that fades away”. The elements most obvious in the artwork are the markers used on the buildings to represent the LED’s that are discussed in Pranay’s poem. We created this artwork using cardboard and newspaper to construct the buildings, which were the main focus of the artwork. The artwork was inspired by the poem written by Pranay, and how he does not like the bright lights.  The goals for this artwork were to properly recreate the buildings and make the sculpture seem as realistic and recognizable as possible. We reached the goals, as people can recognize this as Hong Kong, and the buildings have been completed to good quality.  My overall thoughts on this assignment are neutral, but there are a few criteria that can be improved, to fix the experience of the task. We could get a couple more lessons to complete this. This would make the process a little smoother, and less stressful.  The completed result is to a good quality and I am happy with it, though one more lesson would mean that there could be some tweaks to the work.

English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection Form 2019

Interdisciplinary Unit (IDU) and it’s final submission.
Your email address (aarushsahoo2023@cdnis.edu.hk) was recorded when you submitted this form.
Aarush Sahoo
How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
I believe that I communicated my experience as a Hong Konger quite well, since I have lived here previously. The big buildings are the centerpiece of HK, and is the most well known aspect of Hong Kong. We built the HK-Kowloon Channel, as we are generally new to HK, this is the one aspect of Hong Kong that is well-known to all of us. It also connects to the poem that Pranay wrote, as his is mainly about buildings and their LED lights. This is connected to my experience in HK, as I am always intrigued by the size and variety of skyscrapers on the HK skyline.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
I think that I was successful as an interdisciplinary learner, due to the branches of knowledge we covered in our artwork. I am successful because I spend my time wisely and I do the work I am given to my best potential. I put my full effort into learning, and try to get the most out of any given task. Each skill I gather in class can be applied to a different subject, to improve either one.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
The benefits of the interdisciplinary unit are that it helped to visually represent the ideas and thought behind the poem. In the sculpture, we covered visual arts and English, for the premise of the task, but we also added an aspect of Chinese into our work, with the display of the words 香港 “Hong Kong” in our artwork. This shows that I can use anything I was taught in a class to help elevate the result of a task in a different subject, or vice versa.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
The limitations of the interdisciplinary unit include the time limit provided. The task seemed a little rushed and out of the blue, due to the fact that one of the classes was an advisory block, decreasing the amount of time provided to complete our work to a substantial quality. Other than the actual artwork, the proposal and written task was also rushed. We were just given all of the tasks, with no proper teacher explanation of how to do it to good quality. We should have been given a little more time, e.g 2 more classes, and a better understanding of the task.
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) *

Once you have completed this form, SUBMIT! A copy of your response will be sent to you. COPY this information and POST onto your blog – #ArtsShowcase

HKI Proposal


I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs
Pranay Jain(8F), Aarush Sahoo(8F), Eyal Lenga(8F)
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
My personal goals for this project are to properly re-present the ideas within Pranay’s Poem. The intention of the artwork is to re-present the ideas within the poem we chose. The build should be intricate so we can include the most meaning.
Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
The project relates to Pranay’s poem, as his poem is about the buildings in Hong Kong and the different designs on each building. The final artwork should show how each building is different and how active of a city HK is.
Direct link to your poem, or poem text
Poem Link
What are your success criteria?

Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point, please!

  • Sculpture must have at least 6 buildings
  • Lighting can be possibly included(LED lights)
  • The time frame should be around 3-4 classes worth of quality.
  • The sculpture size should be ¼ of a table, approximately.
What materials do you need to complete your project?
To complete this project, we will need many materials. First, we will need wires and clay or cartons of some sort. This includes VLT boxes and Milk Cartons. we will need bright coloured markers, dark coloured markers and maybe cardboard for the base. These will be used to create the buildings and the ‘lights’ on them.
What equipment will you need to present your project?

(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organise this in advance!)

As we are not doing a live presentation, all we need is a table to place the sculpture and chairs beside to sit on. This is very easy to gather.
Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC

All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.


Fujian Reflection Reupload

This is a re-upload of the Fujian reflection, as I believe the other was not saved to a certain category.

Fujian was an amazing experience for me, especially as my first experience week at CDNIS. During the course of the week, we learnt a variety of skills and discussed many topics that are relevant to the CDNIS Learner Profile. We discussed a lot about the history of the region, and living in a Tulou helped further imprint the values and culture of the Hakka people in me. There were many activities which required a direct conversation with local people, that helped me practice my mandarin skills as well.

I enjoyed the variety of activities and locations we visited. My favourite activity would be the solo biking we did around the Tulou territory. This was especially amazing as we witnessed and drove past the amazing scenery of the land. The experiences of travelling through the land and experiencing local cuisine and culture made this trip especially eye-opening for me.

As I love Chinese food, this trip was exciting for me, as I got to try new varieties of Chinese food, such as Hakka cuisine. I loved trying the variety of foods provided in different local restaurants, and the final restaurant at Zhangzhou was especially fun, as we got to order our own food. The new foods I tasted also helped further shape my idea of culture-specific cuisine, and how food is a key aspect of any culture.

In conclusion, The Fujian 2019 Experience Week Trip was an amazing experience for me, and it has just made me more excited for the opportunities provided for us in Grade 9 Experience Week.

Separation Formative Task Reflection:

During this task, we were asked to separate the mixture that comprised of different materials. We had to create three different submissions; a Flowchart, a Diagram and a Reflection. The flowchart was a good way to neatly display all of our ideas, and the diagram represented the process of separation on paper. I used different separation techniques, such as Magnetic Separation, Filtering, Skimming and Hand Filtration. The major real-world connection that can be made by this task is relating to Oil Spills. When people clean up oil spills, they use many separation techniques to split the oil and water. An example of this would be Skimming. Skimming utilises density to separate the oil and water by floating on the surface and collecting the spilt oil.

Aarush Sahoo Genesis Crit B Final Product

Hello everyone! This is my final submission for the Genesis task. It is a mashup of themes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to pay tribute to Stan Lee.

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… *
The first step was to decide on the must-haves for the assignment and whether the task was a mashup or instrument. The next step would be to gather all of the required soundtracks for my piece. This would be done using the research I gathered. Next, I would find the correct tempos for each piece and would match them. After that, I would begin on mixing the pieces, as to not create a monotonous playlist. The final step would be to review the entire piece and to check the pieces for the correct tempo. As an optional step, I added a couple of loops to help the transitions.
Assess your success against your must-haves and desirable qualities from your proposal… *
I was successful in including more than 5 pieces. My final piece has 7 themes. I was also successful in keeping in the time limit. My final piece is 3:00, and the given time was more than 2:30. The recurring theme did work, to a certain extent, as the first half of the piece is in a similar theme. It began to change near the end, which can be fixed later. I did include some slight plug-ins to the sounds, to elevate them, and I did have the pieces in chronological order. I could improve the transitions between pieces, as that would help the piece flow more smoothly.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
The new skills I acquired during this unit of music include: using plug-ins, distorting sounds and the use of loops in my piece. These new skills I learnt can be used in other tasks that require an audio component. For this Genesis task, I learnt how to find the tempo of pieces and the importance of matching tempo for pieces. During this rotation, I also learnt about MIDI’s and how they can also be used for creating pieces.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
Some challenges I faced during this Genesis task were matching the correct tempo to each piece. I was able to overcome this challenge by utilising the help of some friends, to correctly match tempos. Another challenge I faced was keeping each song with their own tempo. I utilised the video Mr O’toole made and this helped in most occasions. Some themes were still a little fast and I do not know why.

Reflection on the Digital Lantern

Some cultural considerations people make when designing a product would be the message and design. When designing a product, cultural considerations are important to take into account.  A cultural misunderstanding can lead to a failed product, due to an ill-received message. An example would be the Toyota Pajero, which, in Spanish, means something very inappropriate. Cultural ideologies are important to review, to create a design that is appropriate for any culture, without any insult.

The design of a product communicates a message the creator wants to highlight a specific idea or theme, which is portrayed in a culturally appropriate design. The design will communicate the traditions and values of the culture it represents. An example would be in Chinese culture. A Chinese design would symbolise the traditions and values of the Chinese. The design also communicates the tradition and values of the maker. The maker could use designs and ideas that fit within his religion or beliefs.

Handmade products are a more effective way of minimising environmental impact in most cases. They reduce the need for large factories for mass production. Handmade products use components that may be better for the environment and purchase materials from responsible sources. In some cases though, mass-production is a better method to minimise waste. As the product is mass produced, the errors can be reused for another product. This is not as easy to do when handmaking a product.

Project Genesis Research Form

Link of your research *


What information are you using from this link? *
I will use this link to gather accurate information for my mashup. I will use themes for characters created by Stan Lee.



What information are you using from this link? *
This video will teach me how to correctly match tempo of the different songs. This is very important to make a good sounding piece.



What information are you using from this link? *
This video contains all of the required soundtracks I can use, which is convenient for me. I can gather all of the necessary pieces from this one location.



What information are you using from this link? *
I am using this site to learn how to interpret the genre of a song. This can help me pick songs that are within the same genre, to reduce the cluttered feeling.

CDNIS Genesis Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment? *
To give tribute to Stan Lee, who passed away in 2018. The piece will be a digital mashup of multiple themes he helped create.


Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *

The first step would be to research the different characters made by Stan Lee. This will help me pick the right songs and themes for the project. The next step would be to create a mashup of the different themes. The final step would be making smooth transitions between sounds.


Why this project? *
I chose this project because I love Marvel movies and characters, and I love the work Stan Lee has done. This includes Spider-man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Dr Strange and Daredevil. I want to create a tribute mashup of all his best character themes, in order chronologically. I also want to use my knowledge of Marvel characters and themes to create a smooth and polished mashup of Stan Lee’s greatest creations.


What do you hope to learn? *
I hope to learn how to use Garageband in different ways and formats. I also hope to learn more about Stan Lee’s work and what he created for Marvel. I would also want to improve my preexisting Garageband skills, which include: using plugins, editing pieces


What are you must haves for this assignment? *
The must haves would be: at least 5 themes, and longer than 2:30 minutes. I would also have all my songs from characters that Stan Lee made himself. These will help make the piece more authentic and relatable to the work Stan Lee did for Marvel. There must also be a recurring theme of the soundtracks, so the tracks don’t differ in style as much.


What are your desirable qualities you hope to add in for your assignment? *
I would like to include some plug-ins and transitions, which will help move the piece in a smooth way. Another desirable quality would be a chronological display of themes, from the earliest to the latest. These elements will also help create an interesting piece for the listener to listen to.

Aarush Sahoo 05 Sounds of CDNIS Final Submission

This is my final submission for the Sounds of CDNIS Task. It is 2:28 and uses all of the necessary components.

Describe the process of this assignment. *
To complete this assignment, the first step was to gather the sounds from around the school. This required in-depth thought about which sounds may be interesting and will elevate the final piece. This process will encounter some difficulties, as some sounds may be harder to get than others, for example: swishing a basketball. Another sound that was important was the teacher sound. This could be a phrase that was recognisable. The next step was to introduce these sounds to Garageband and to introduce plug-ins to distort the sounds. This process required a lot of testing, to find the best suitable combination of plug-ins. After introducing the plug-ins, we had to create a screencast highlighting these sounds and plug-ins in a video format. The final step was, of course, to create a finished piece that was crisp and sounded good.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
The CDNIS sounds I used were: Pranay Singing, a Basketball dribbling, a tissue being pulled out of a box, a ruler hitting a table and a teacher’s voice. I believe that the sound that worked the best in my piece was of the teacher saying ‘Welcome Back to School!’. This sound was used at the start and end of the piece, to ‘welcome’ the listener into the piece, and to finish it as well. The other sounds that I used well were of Pranay Singing. The sound of him singing, with plug-ins, was a good beat to introduce to the piece. The other sounds I used from CDNIS were more to create a stable and synchronised beat for the loops and sounds to build off of. Some of the sounds, when used with plug-ins, really elevated the theme and tone of the piece, and improved the quality of it.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
During the course of this task, I learnt a few important skills that will help me improve future pieces and can also consistently improve my ability in Garageband. The new skills I learnt while completing this task were mainly within Garageband, as this task was a good way for me to understand and practice using plug-ins in a proper scenario. I learnt how to distort voices, sounds and even normal, melodic instruments via plug-ins. My favourite plug-in to use is definitely Bitcrusher because I love how distorted and broken it can make a voice sound. I also learnt how to use Apple Loops, while creating this assignment. They are an important part of any piece because they can add a sense of finesse or detail to the sound. I also learnt how to create a screencast on QuickTime. This will be important and necessary to help me with any future assignments that may require a screencast to be submitted. During this assignment, I also learnt how to use melodic instruments to create a good beat and melody. This can also help me with any future music tasks that need a melodic instrument.

What challenges did you face and overcome? *
One challenge that I faced was properly incorporating plug-ins into my sounds and piece. Plug-ins, when used properly, can greatly improve the piece. If plug-ins aren’t used properly or effectively, they can sink the entire piece. My challenge was to correctly incorporate the plug-ins into the sounds I recorded from around CDNIS. Another challenge I faced was recording the right sounds for the piece. As I have stated before, it might be harder to get a sound than it seems, so time management and careful thought are necessary into choosing the right sounds that can be filmed without any difficulties.