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Scratch Blog – June 26

  1. Programming language means a way that the computer or the internet takes instructions and how it communicates. I’ve never used any types of programming language nor learnt about it but I am now definitely interested in learning more about it. Two other examples of programming languages are Java or C.
  2. Yes, I definitely enjoyed working with Scratch and programming. Although the coding in Scratch isn’t exactly what people use for the computer but it was really fascinating to know that simple codes could make a character move and how we could be in control of how everything works. One specific thing that I’ve learned through using Scratch is how the X and the Y works. For example, when I was controlling where my character would stand, I would take the option ‘ To to X:  and Y: ‘ and put different numbers for each axis to position it. I’ve always learnt about X’s and Y’s in math but it was really cool to actually use it in something else other than my math class.
Genius Hour

Genius Hour Last Blog – 2017 – 06 – 20

Over the past week, we all tried very hard to upload everything onto the new website maker program after our trouble with are original one the week before. We went over the website numerous times to make sure there aren’t any errors, is well organized, and easy to use.

  1. For genius hour, my partners and I decided to make a website. We didn’t know what the topic of the website should be, so we talked for a while and decided we should make a website including some of our favorite recipes since we all had passion for food and baking.
  2. I think one of the main changes we made throughout the project is that we didn’t necessarily use HTML or CSS to make a completely new website from scratch. Instead, we explored with various website maker programs and used its basic templates to start our project.
  3. I believe our final presentation went well. We had many audiences to present in front of and everything went as planned because we knew our material and were confident in what we were presenting. I think the highlight of our presentation was showing different pages on our website because the audience were very interested in different layouts and the designs we’ve included on each of our pages. One problem we had was that the volume for the video tutorial was very quiet compared to all the other sounds in the library and it was really hard to hear.
  4. I think our presentation skills were 5/5. We were confident and knew how to keep people engaged in our presentation. One thing we could improve on was taking initiative and gathering people to watch our project. For most parts, we were expecting people to come to us, and next time, we could probably get even more audience if we go forward to people in the first place and invite them to watch our presentation.
  5. Everyone gave very positive and motivational comments for our project. They had questions like “How long did it take you to make this website?” or “Is Wix (The website maker we used) a good program to use?”
  6. I do agree with the statement and do believe that genius hour has taken me further than I thought. I agree because this project was full of setbacks and problems that we weren’t expecting at all. Each time a new conflict came up, I was able to deal with it with more patience and logic than freak out. This is a life lesson I learnt throughout this project.
  7. This project went by fine, in my opinion. Like I mentioned in the past question, we had many problems throughout the entire process. However, by the end, we were able to pull it together and calmly deal with the situations that we weren’t expecting.
  8. I really like this whole idea of our project. Making a website about our favorite recipes so others could have the chance to look at it as well and try it for themselves is something I’ve always wanted and I finally had the chance to do so. If I could change one thing about our website, I would change the way we uploaded our video. We used Vimeo used its URL to put it on the website. However, Vimeo was very glitchy and slow and next time, I’d rather try YouTube or another program.
  9. One way that the genius hour project itself could’ve been better was if the audience was able to watch the project a little longer. Personally, I wished we could present to more groups and teachers since we put so much effort into the project but only had the chance to present maybe 3 or 4 times.
Genius Hour

Genius Hour Blog #14 – 2017 – 06 – 06

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We used Vimeo to upload the video and get the URL 
  1. This week, we tried to upload the video onto our website but had difficulties.
  2. I actually am worried because uploading the video was the last step to our project but it hasn’t been working and we might need to start all over.
  3. This week was full of challenges. In the beginning, we tried to save the imovie file that we have done on my phone to icloud so I could access it straight from the CPU. However, the video wouldn’t download and we had to wait a really long time for it to download again. Second of all, the website maker said that we need to have an URL for Youtube or Vimeo to upload the video so we decided to use Vimeo but that was another 10  – 20 minutes of waiting. Finally, when we had the URL, we were stopped from the website because our content was too big and wasn’t supported unless we pay.
  4. We think that we may have to restart our website again on a different website since the video wouldn’t upload and it was one of the biggest components of our project. I believe we are going to have to do a lot of work even outside of class to get our project done on time.
  5. I guess the challenges we faced are sort of like failures.
  6. In the future, I anticipate on uploading the video properly and having enough time to fully finish our project.
  7. I learned that things happen in projects that you don’t necessarily expect and you have to fight it. I believe we were all motivated to work but were so disappointed by how everything was turning out.
  8. I believe our website is turning out the way it did because of our website maker program. In the beginning of the project, it clearly said that we were allowed to upload videos and we’ve even tried and it worked. However, just yesterday, it said our video cannot be uploaded unless we pay and we were in shock.
Homework

Photoshop – Lesson #5 (Part 2)

For the second part of lesson 5, I learned how to create variety of cool effects , such as the space, lightning, clouds, flames, etc. I chose these two images (Space and Lightning) to post onto my website because I think they were the most simple to make but is much more realistic and unique than other effects. There were so many different tones and factors that could be different for everyone and I thought that was really cool.

Genius Hour

Genius Hour Blog #13 – 2017 – 05 – 31

  1. This week, we worked on fixing, reorganizing and doing a few touch ups on our website.
  2. I’m happy we are now back on track with our time and moving smoothly with our process of finishing up this project.
  3. I didn’t learn too much this week. We were working with the website builder and were already quite familiar with it. I don’t believe we had any challenges either.
  4. No challenges this week!
  5. No failures this week! We are actually getting everything done quite straight forward.
  6. Next week, I hope we could upload our video onto our website and we will pretty much be all finished! We are talking about other things to add into our project during our remaining classes to make our project better ! (Maybe some more pictures or other fun elements?)
  7. I didn’t learn too much (As I mentioned earlier). I believe that we all had quite a good day and since we are getting to the end and are not too rushed, we were able to work on it with some peace and our minds at ease.
  8. We need to : Upload the video onto our website, prepare our final presentation, finalize and check everything over. I do believe our presentation is in good shape. There were difficulties along the way but the website turned out to be very similar to what we planned. Since we aren’t completely done our project, we will be doing those few final details in the next few blocks and I don’t think there will be time to do another project.
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Snapshot of our website – process of finalizing everything