Wednesday, May 5, 2010

April's movie reflection


2)The changes we made were re-recording our voices, putting the pictures in order, adding more detail, and adding our interview.

3)We found our expert by going on google, searching for Red Cross's telephone number, and trying to contact an expert. Our expert Jennifer, added 3 important points which are: Philippines strong natural disasters, the importance of helping out, no matter where we are in the world, and how Philippines is compared to Canada. Something I learned from her was the importance of helping out those people. Also I learned the big differences that Canada has compared to the Philippines.

5) We were successful in finding an expert.

6) I think the thing I was most successful about was finding the expert. I was in charge of it, and I worked very hard on finding that expert. I needed a lot of patience and I found myself patient. I think a skill I am going to be using in the future is movie making, and probably also with researching. I really enjoyed the process in making the movie.

7) The thing that frustrated me the most was the fact that our group wasn't working together in the beginning. One of my group mates was being in charge and telling all of my group mates what to do. She gave us jobs and she split our group in half. I really didn't like that, because we were all supposed to work together as a group. So I stood up and spoke my mind. :D At the end, we all ended up working together and it was a success.

8) I think 2 Minutes to Make a Difference was important for us grade 8's, because we should start being more aware of the world. The differences in people's lives and how important it is to help each other out.

9) I will make a difference in the future by being more aware of the things that I have that a lot of kids somewhere else don't have. For example, my food. I won't waste it by just throwing it in the garbage when I don't want it anymore. I should think of the kids that would die for just a little piece of food. Also, when I'm not using any of my things such as clothes, I will donate it to my cousins in the Philippines who have very little. I am trying to convince myself in donating my money to my relatives in the Philippines, instead of buying something for myself because, right now they are having a very hard time because of personal problems. Doing little things like that will make a difference in the world.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2 Minutes to Make a Difference Final Reflection

We changed the video effect in the movie , we took out parts that were repeated throughout the movie , a few speaking parts. We also added some new effects , to make it stick out more. The students comments were very helpful , it gave us suggestions on how to make our movie better ,and we used those , to make it better and we did.

My group and I could not find an expert on racism , because it was hard to find someone . We looked to see if there were any people ,who we could get to talk about racism , but we couldnt find anyone.

My greatest success in the 2 mintues to make a difference was getting the iformation together , organized. SO we could get enough information to make our video , and for it to be succesful.The skill i will take with me , was the movie making.

What fustrated me most was getting all the information we had and picking out certain parts to use in our video. What fustrated me was what we were gonna put in our movie ,and what pictures, and voice records. The stratoregy we used was to pick out the most important information ,and picutres that showed the topic well.

The 2 mintutes to make a difference is important because . It gives a chance for kids to learn about whats happening in the world , and get a chance to learn about it. Knowing that there is always a way to make a difference , its important cause we can make a difference. I could make a difference in the future by standing up against racism .

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Ammorn's 2 Minutes to Make a Difference Reflection

Please reflect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie. Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
Some changes that we made between the first and the final cut of our movie was stuff like adding voice, making the movie a bit shorter and also adding a lot more information to it. In the first version we made, there wasn't much information because if there were more information, we'd have to add more text and the movie would be longer than 2:30. It was longer than that because we didn't have a microphone at that time. Therefore, we couldn't record anything. I think that the student comments were very helpful, because if they didn't comment on the video, then we wouldn't know what to change when we edited the video. They told us things that we haven't noticed until they mentioned it.

If you did not find an expert tell us why you were unsuccessful. Be honest.
We emailed about 4 or 5 people asking if we could interview them and if they had the time. About 3 of the people responded to our email but the only time they could have an interview was after the movie project was due. So, we couldn't get the interview. We asked the expert if we could interview her online and she told us to send her questions. After we sent her the questions, we waited but she didn't reply, so we couldn't have an interview added to our video.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project. What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think that my greatest success in the 2 minutes to make a difference project was dealing with how to use a different type of program to make a video when my Windows Movie Maker wasn't working. It took us a long time to figure out how to work it, but in the end it turned out great. Although, the program wouldn't let us record our voices and we also didn't have a microphone. In the final cut, we used a different computer, where Windows Movie Maker did work and we had a microphone that time, so it all worked out.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
What frustrated me during the process of making the movie was having to deal with all the stress, because whenever we planned a day to get together and edit it, there was always 1 person who couldn't go. Also, the due dates were always so early, so we had to rush it and finish it so we wouldn't lose marks. A strategy that we used to become successful was, we divided jobs for each person, so it would all be finished the next time we were together.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?
I think that the 2 minutes to make a difference project was important for grade 8 students, such as me because it helps us learn to think about others instead of ourselves. Also, it helped us learn how to try new things like figuring out how to use a program on my own. I definitely recommend that next year, the new grade 8 students should do it too.

How will you make a difference in the future?
In the future I will try to make a difference by telling people to think twice about wasting something, when other people in Cambodia don't get any of it. Also, I would donate clothes, money and food to the UNICEF because they are also trying to help stop child labour. I can't do it all the time, but even once would make a difference. Another way that I would make a difference is, I will help to spread awareness everywhere.

Connor Bonnett's Two Minutes to Make a Differance Reflection

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Please reflect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie. Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
The most important thing we did was making our movie alot shorter. We reduced the time from 3:20 to 2:30 to match the title of this project 2 Minutes to Make a Differance. Another thing we changed was taking out the words we put and replacing it with voice which helped in making the movie shorter. We had to make are music more quite because we got comments on are video saying it was too loud. We made the pictures go by faster which also helped to make the movie shorter. It was really good to know what people liked and disliked about our movie so we knew what things needed to be changed.

If you did not find an expert tell us why you were unsuccessful. Be honest.
We sent emails to a bunch of people related to child labour projects. We got two responses one from the RCMP and one from a girl working on something in Africa. The RCMP couldn't set up an interview with us until after the project was due. The girl in Africa said that she would set up an interview with us, but when we sent the email she didn't reply back.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project? What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think the greatest success about this project was being able to have fun with it. We also got to try and make a differance telling others about what is happening with Child Labour so that maybe they could make a differance in the future too. Working with groups because I think it will help to have teamwork and being able to understand how your fellow group members work.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
What frustrated me the most was finding out that there was a change in the date the final cut had to be finished by. It meant we would have to squish all the planning for putting the movie together. We also had trouble with all of our group being together all the time because someone wouldn't always be able to go to another group members house one day. My strategy to becoming successful with this project was not being over worked and everyone being able to agree on what we were going to do with our movie.

Why is the 2 minutes project important to grade 8 students?
I think this is important to grade 8 students because we will learn how to help out others across the world at a young age. Even if it is just spreading the word it will convince others to maybe donate money or help out in any way possible to make life for others good. With everyone helping out at all ages it can make a huge differance in the long run. It also teaches us to be responsible for our world and to take care of everything on it.

How will you make a difference in the future?
I will make a differance by picking up trash that I walk by on the streets and I would like to donate money to things that will help people from the ones strucken by poverty to the soldiers trying to make peace for this world.

Binesi's 2minutes to make a Difference reflection

Our project's first draft needed a lot of work. The suggestions we got from our peer assessment really helped with our decisions. Most of our voice overs were really quiet so we had to spend a lot of time fixing that. We didn't like our music so we used my brothers music collaboration CD that had a lot of up and coming artists featured on it. I think we did that just to be sure our music wasn't the same as everyone else's.

Candace was our expert, (the girl running across Canada) and she was very open and sincere when she answered our questions. Lucky for us she was responding from her fan email and wasn't slow when it came to getting back to us, even though she was running all day. The 3 most important answers she gave us were probably this:
What are your thoughts on Canada being the child poverty capital of Canada?
its a shame when i see little children in a soup line asking for food,there is no reason for that at all,canada is ranked 3rd in the world for riches and yet we live in a poor lifestyle.45.000 children in wpg use the foodbank every month

Do you ever doubt that you'll finish your run?
it has never crossed my mind,if i thought about giving up then the run is for nothing..i want the youth to know we cant give up on things that seem hard in life or else your gonna be a failure and life will be hard because we gave up,so kids never ever give up no matter what people say.

This was what she put at the end of the email:
i want to tell the children that no matter how hard life is please stay away from gangs..stay away from drugs..these are very very bad things and they will make your life bad and all its going to do to you is be a bad person..

I learned that what ever you do, do it with pride and with reason. What I think she gave to this movie was a human face. You can tell your audience all of the facts, but you can't just expect people to make a difference without a real role model.

I'd have to say the biggest and most useful skill I picked up was learning how to use a Mac. Just like Harbeck said: "It's like learning a different language."
Other than that, the whole learning how to put equal efforts into a group project was something very important I picked up. I was really stressed out when it came to when I had to organize the garage sale. I didn't know whether I should just trust my group members to deal with the technology stuff that I didn't know how to do, or get mad at them for not making posters fast enough. In the end I did what I was strongest at (organizing and planning) and they acted as my crutches the whole way. I was their little student when we had to put all the effects on the video. I'm pretty sure I wasn't a technology person before the project, but now I know my fair share.

My 2 biggest problems with this project were the slides and the pictures. Their isn't exactly a lot of pictures of Candace Sutherland on Flickr creative commons now is there? So I contacted her and got permission to use the pictures from her website. The only other huge trouble I got into was my research slides. I didn't think I should waste my time on petty statistics for all my slides. So I spent 3 hours figuring out how much it would cost to live for a month in Winnipeg. That was very time consuming, but worth it.

We are at a very impressionable age right now, convince us to be good people before our minds go straight to hell. Pardon my French, but it's true and if no one's going to say it I will. I doubt we'd do something quite this time consuming on both the teacher's and student's behalf at another school. Then again other school's aren't as creative as Sargent Park. I don't think any of us would have developed any character at all without this project, at least not so early on in life. We all need to learn to be good people at some point in our lives, you just taught us to be good people earlier than expected.

I will keep supporting Candace Sutherland with her vision4hope. I don't want to just stop even after we get a grade for this project. 2 minutes to make a difference has just put me in motion for what I can actually accomplish. I just want to keep helping out anyway I can.

Argie Garcia's 2 Minutes to Make a Difference Reflection

Please reflect and talk about the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie. Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?
We made lot of changes. One of our most important changes was to make the video from 3:20 seconds down to 2:30 seconds. We also had to put in voices because in the other video we just had a lot of writing which made the video so long. Also, we had to lower the music because people said it was a little distracting. When we were editing he video we also made the pictures go a little faster and we put more transitions to each slide. When we had other students comment on our video, I think it really helped. When they told us how the video needed some changes, it helped because after they pointed it out we looked over the video and we saw what they saw.

If you did not find an expert tell us why you were unsuccessful. Be honest.
We didn't get a expert to interview so I can not answer questions 3 and 4. First we sent out alt of messages to people studying about child labour. In the end we only got two responses. One of which was with the RCMP. We couldn't do an interviews with them because they said they could only arrange an interview in the month of may. The other message we From a girl in Africa. She said she would be happy to set up a online interview with us. We couldn't do the interview because when i sen the message, she didn't reply back to me.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project? What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?
I think the greatest success in the project was finishing it. It took a lot of our own time going to each others houses doing the work, sending messages, and most of all having fun doing the project. I think some skills that I will take with me is gathering information. When you gather information it helps because it makes it easier to make sentences because you have all the information written down.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?
I think we got frustrated with the time changed, how we had to hand it in earlier. When the due date was switched it was difficult because we would have to plan out when we were going to meet and because we weren't too far into the project yet. It was also frustrating when we couldn't all go to a persons house to work on the project, it would either be three of us, or two of us, but in the end we all finally got together many times and finished he project. I think strategies i used to become successful was not to get over frustrated, like don't get angry easily if things don't go the way you want it to. if the whole group doesn't want to put what you said, don't freak out just change what you made and see if they will the next time.

Why is the 2 minutes project important to grade 8 students?
I honestly think that 2 minutes to make a difference is very important because, when we are at this certain age we could start to see what is happening now instead of when it is going to be too late. If we do the littlest things now it could lead up to a big thing in the future. When you are at an older age its harder too see what is happening to the world and the people living on it. People are going through child labour, some animals are soon to be extinct, the would is getting polluted every day because of all those people who don't care enough about the world to pick something up off the floor and put it into a trash can. With every ones help, and all of them pitching in a little bit every day the world might be different than it is now.

How will you make a difference in the future?
I will try to keep donating clothes, money or perishable food items to people around the world who need it the most. I cant guarantee that i will be doing this through out my life, but i will always try to help and try to make everything that goes to the people count.


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