Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mary Jane's 2 Minutes to Make a Different Reflection

Google Presentation:

This google presentation shows all our research, pictures and other things we did for our movie project.

Poverty in Winnipeg: Version 1

Poverty in Winnipeg: Final Version

What were the changes you made between the first and final cut of your movie? Were the student comments helpful in making your final cut better?

There were many changes we made between our first and final video. One was that we changed the music because we thought the song we chose for our final video suited the pictures we found more than the first music. Second change we made was that we added pictures we took at the garage sale we had for our making a difference. We also made our voices more audible and added one or two more pictures. These main changes we did were mostly mentioned by the students so I would say that the feedback from the students did help us.

How did you find your expert? List 3 important points your expert added to your movie. What did you learn from your expert?

We found our expert when Binesi brought in a newspaper article on a girl named Candace Sutherland. Binesi quickly explained who she was and so we did research on her. We emailed her for our interview and we got her to answer ten questions we had made up. We decided that we wouldn't put up the email we sent back and forth to each other but we had evidence of who we interviewed. Even though our video didn't feature our whole interview, one very important thing we learned was that even though you're young and don't really have much say in some things, you are able to make a big difference in the present day. We also learned that people do care about having to make a difference and Candace proved that anyone can make a difference.

What was your greatest success in the 2 minutes project? What skills will you take away with you and use in the future?

I would say that our greatest success was probably being able to find an expert on our topic who has actually gone through poverty and is now helping to make a difference. Skills I will take away with me and use in the future is probably being able to work iMovie with the help of Mr. Harbeck and other teachers. Another thing I would probably take away is finding Creative Commons pictures so that I don't feel like I'm taking someone else's work without their permission.

What frustrated you during the movie making process? What strategies did you use to become successful?

Something that frustrated me during the movie making process was not being able to work iMovie the first time, although eventually I got the hang of it toward the end of the process. It was also frustrating when we couldn't upload our video onto iMovie, but with some help, we became successful. Some strategies we used to be successful was that we would take a break whenever we got really frustrated and just give ourselves time to think. During the movie making process we also had to ask some teachers for help.

Why is the 2 Minutes project important to Grade 8 Students?

The 2 Minutes project is important to grade 8 students because this project teaches us many lessons and helps us to be aware of the world around us. It is also important because we get the opportunity to educate other people about our knowledge on poverty, global warming, etc. Another reason why this project is important is because not only will we start making a difference but rather everyone else will as well.

How will you make a difference in the future?

In the future I will make a difference by continuing to donate clothes, money, etc. My friends and I will also continue to run little projects and raise money for an organization and continue to support Candace Sutherland.

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