Friday, October 30, 2015

5th Period Genius Hour Presentations

By: Reid H.

Genius hour is something we do in class where we get an hour to research on whatever topic we want to research about. The next day we get an hour to make a presentation about the topic we picked. And the next day we get to present our presentation that we created. I watched everyone's presentation and wrote about each one. This is basically what they said in their presentation and what I liked about each one.

Cam did his presentation on string art. First he told about the history of string art. He then told some interesting facts. He asked us a question about it to make sure we were paying attention. And lastly he showed us how to make a string art. I liked how Cam provided a quick question and an example of some string art.

Andie and Allie did their presentation on birthmarks. First they told the causes of birthmarks. Then they told how you can treat a birthmark. They went deeper into each type birthmarks and told about them. They also told what some dermatologists said about birthmarks. I like how they related to it.

They did their presentation on hurricanes. They first told how hurricanes are formed. Next they told how they are tracked. They also told where hurricanes occur the most. Then they told about the destruction hurricanes can make. Lastly they told some fun facts. I like how they had a demonstration on how hurricanes are formed.

Wilks and Jagger did their presentation on football head injuries. First off they talked about what concussions are and how they happen. They talked about younger kids' brains and their maturity after that. They then talked about CTE and how it is caused. They also showed a video of football players being hit. And, they showed videos of them interviewing different coaches about concussions. I like how they included interviews of the coaches. They also included another presentation of the evolution of helmets. They also talked about a man named Walter Camp. Next they talked about the material of helmets compared to now. They showed pictures of old helmets compared to now. And lastly they showed a helmet that we use now for Lee-Scott and how it's padded and protective.

Jeeweon and Sydney did their presentation on melanin. First they told what it was. Next they went into detail of each kind of melanin. They also told about the benefits of melanin and the bad effects. I think they both did a good job projecting their voices in the presentation.

Arian and Landon did their presentation on Apple Inc. They first talked about what Apple is and the history of Apple. Next they talked about the employees for Apple. Then they gave an interesting fact. The fact was that Apple always takes a picture of their phones at 9:41 A.M. because that was when the first phone was created. I thought that was very interesting. They then told more about the history of the phone. I like how they had a visual of the iPhones during the presentation and I like their fact.

Davis and Ford did their presentation on iPads and how they work. They first told about what an iPad is. Next they told about iPads internet connectivity. After that they told about how the battery works. Then they told about the motion sensitivity.

Kendal and I were the last to present. We talked about what "hanger" is and why some people get angry when they are hungry. Mrs. Conway said that she liked the way we talked about how, in historical times, people who were fighting for their lives needed extra aggression. So if they were hungry, the anger that went along with it would let them be more successful in battles. We gave out Snickers bars after our presentation, but Mrs. Conway wouldn't let people have them until class was over.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Genius Hour

By Kendal H. and Olivia D.

Genius Hour gives all students the ability to explore and learn about their passion. When you do a Genius Hour project you research for an hour, and make a presentation or a model for an hour. The presentation or model you made will be used to show what you did your research on. Genius Hour also gives students the ability to choose what they want to spend their class time researching, and what they want to make their presentation or model on. With Genius Hour, children have the opportunity to learn about new things, and even make new discoveries. Genius Hour makes students feel like they actually have a say in what they're learning about.

This is the process that you would go through for Genius Hour. First, you ascertain an idea that you are interested in. Then, you research for an allotted amount of time that your teacher gives to you. Third, you make a presentation or model on what you have researched. This will also be given an allotted amount of time. Finally, you will present your presentation or model, and teach about your chosen topic to the rest of the class.

There have been many discoveries made with Genius Hour. One is when fourth grader Liam made a discovery by putting brackish water and seaweed in a fish tank. This was an experiment that Liam fabricated with no help. Using a magnifying glass, Liam connected a speaker to his iPad, and he placed it against the tank. Then he plays music. He was trying to ascertain if the baby grass shrimp react to different music sounds. His question was, “Are they smart enough to know the difference between upbeat and low beat music?” As you can see, with Genius Hour, children can discover anything.

Raise Your Voice

 By Grant B. and Luke D.

This year, The Student Blogging Challenge theme is “Raise your voice”. This topic is important for many reasons. There are too many things going on in the world everyone needs to know about. 

We probably all know one third of Africa doesn’t have access to clean water. But most don’t know the enormous size of the continent. To put into perspective, the U.S., Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the entire eastern portion of Europe, China, India, Japan, AND the UK can all fit comfortably inside of Africa. I’ll bet you didn’t know that. You may say, “But what about all the things I heard about people helping in Africa?” Well here’s another interesting thing. A game a the AT&T Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. Or how about that less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget goes into fighting poverty. There is so much more we could do, yet, we would rather sit in an indoor stadium and watch football. Or spending $750,000 on a soccer field for prisoners. There are so many things the U.S. government spends money on, and then watches in apathy as 5 million children die in Africa alone each year! 

Which brings me back to the “Raise your voice” topic. We all need to realize how much we could be doing but we don’t do. We need to raise our voice against stupid government spendings. That money should be used on people who need it to survive. Not on watch a bunch of grown men fighting over an oval ball. Some people though, have already started. Here are some people who are starting to raise their voice.

Here is Cameron Cohen. He had a medical condition and wanted to help other children in the same condition.

Another young difference maker is Jeremy Medeiros. He had a friend who had a tumor in his jaw. He raised $5,475 for his surgery. His voice managed to save his friend.

These example are very large scale, but you may be thinking how you can do something in your community alone. There are many websites online in which donations can be made. You also may be able to spend volunteer time at a soup kitchen for the homeless. It may not seem like much, but one person at a time, we all could help and may be able to put some sense into someone, and stop useless government spending. I hope this has been somewhat of an inspiration for you. Even if one person does something, that’s one person raising their voice, and one person making a difference.

Thank you for the picture of Jeremy

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Day in the Life

By Georgia and Mackenzie

Have you ever wondered what a day in your fellow classmates' lives would be like? This week we are going to find out. We are making a magazine on a day in our lives. Then, we will sell the magazines to help buy a 3D printer.

We first wrote a rough draft in Google Docs on these subjects: school life, extracurricular, family, hobbies, interests, what we think makes us special, what we would print with a 3D printer, and any other topics we wanted to. Then, we got a partner to proofread our papers to correct any errors. Next, we turned them in to Mrs. Conway to be graded. Mrs. Conway told us about the website we are using to make our 20-page magazines. It is called Lucidpress. It has many magazine formats that we could select. After selecting our format, we began designing our magazines.

Since we have a minimum number of pages to fill, we can also include pictures of us, our friends, a table of contents, and even advertisements for anything we want someone to give us (hint, hint). We think this was a very unique touch to add to our magazines. Some people even chose to add coloring pages or word searches to their magazines.

Overall, it was a very fun experience learning how to create our very own unique magazines to raise money for a 3D printer. We think that we may even use this in the future to create more informational magazines. We can't wait to see what people will create with a 3D printer!

Are You a Different Person Online Than in the Real World?

By: Wesley W. and Wilks F.

       We have been invited to write a blog for the 2015 Student Blogging Challenge. The blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blog. 

      Are you a different person online, compared to who you are in the real world? Many people are, and want to keep it that way. We interviewed a few people that go to our school to see what they had to say. Abbie the first person that we interviewed. She said no, she is not a different person online than in person. Abbie says that you should be yourself online, because people can get to know a fake you.

Maggie W. also says she is not different online, but she thinks too many people care more about who they are online than offline. Maggie thinks that people use the internet as a shield to close them off from the real world.

We also interviewed Lauren S. Lauren says she is not a different person online, but that people are too critical of others when they are online. This causes them to become different while they are on Instagram, Facebook, or just texting.

Almost everyone who we interviewed is not different online, but have strong opinions on why people might be different. Most people who are different online are much more popular, and have many more "friends," such as on Instagram. Some people edit photos to make them look prettier, others try to appear smarter than they are in person. All of these examples we got from the people that we interviewed. 

Online there are many reasons to become a different person. Many people are very judgmental and can be extremely mean online. To resolve this some people change themselves to meet another person's criteria. The people who said no in our interviews strongly disagree with this idea. Many people change themselves online because they want to be accepted. Another reason is wanting to be just like someone. Most people have someone that they look up to and try to be just like them, even if they have made terrible decisions. Others want their outside appearance to be perfect. For example, when they see people on magazines they compare themselves to them which leads to the same thing over and over again. You should always be proud of who you are and therefore not give people the wrong impression online. In conclusion we think that you should always stick to being you! 

Everyone who we interviewed are our friends, and we would know if they were different than themselves online.if they were different online compared to who we know it would not be the same. If we met them online we would not really know them, and if they told us one thing in person but posted it extremely different on Instagram we would probably feel lied to or ignored. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Live Pilgrim Show with Learn Around the World

By: Claire and Maddy

On October 1, Mrs. Conway's Seventh Grade Technology Classes contributed to an online program. This program is called GeoShow and is part of the Learn Around the World group. With it, we were able to talk to a group of people. The seventh grade was able to stay in Mrs. Conway's class while she projected an interview with them. They were able to see us, and we were able to see them. We were also able to use a website called PearDeck that, with the code, allowed us to send in answers for questions that they asked us. Many other school classes were in this conversation online, but we were the only live class. 

Seventh grade is watching the live footage of the group.
This online group travels around the world to get information from certain places. In this episode, they went to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. They went there to teach about the Pilgrims that landed there hundreds of years ago. We learned a lot about the Pilgrims during this activity. Some main points were the Mayflower, living as a Pilgrim, and Thanksgiving. The activity was very interesting, and it worked well.


     Our classes hopes to be contributing to these videos several more times. In the end, this unique opportunity for a live interview was exciting, interesting, and educational. 

Teaching Adobe Slate to 10th Graders

By: Peyton and Kelsi

As a project for Mrs. Conway, we taught tenth graders how to use Adobe Slate. First, we had them Download the app. Then, we signed them up. Once we signed them up, we had them press the button "Create a new story" so that they could make their own story. Once they pressed the button and they were in a new story we told them how to make a title slide, and then we told them how to slide down and create more slides and add pictures to the slides. Once we taught them how to create a story, they made their own. When every tenth grader knew how to create and publish or post their story we shared our stories and told how we made them. 

If you were to use this app, you would probably use it when you have to do a presentation about a certain subject that has a very wide variety of  details. If you have a computer class at your school you should consider using this app more often. It is a very simple and fun app to use.