Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Science Reflection

What? - Describe what the work is about. For example, this presentation is about a country and the requirement was .......Make sure you talk about what was expected for this work and what time it took you to complete it. Was it a group project? What input did others ahve to this work?

In the first term, we had to write an essay about a specific disease, which was one of our own choice. My essay was about stomach ulcers. I chose this topic because I thought stomach ulcers were something I had never learned about, and they could have been very interesting. I learned a lot of new things about the disease, and how to cure it and solve the problems as well. There were many expectations for this essay. Firstly, we had to use scientific language. This included using scientific terms, and other terminology, which was related to the essay topic. We were also expected to first of all, come up with a plan and think about what we were going to write for the essay. This took about one lesson, which was the time that we were given to plan it out. We were given several classes to plan out this essay. This essay was actually one that we were supposed to write up in class, since we were given about a week to plan everything out.

So what? - Now talk about why this piece of work is significant. Is it something you are proud of? Is it something you received a high grade for? Is it something developmental that helped you reach a new level in the subject? In other words why have you chosen THIS artifact for your portfolio?

This piece is quite significant because I explained clearly and thoroughly everything that was required to for the stomach ulcers. I am very proud of this essay because I achieved full marks. This was one of my best essays, and another reason why I am proud of it is because it was a timed essay. I was really happy that I was able to write up a whole essay talking fully about the topic, and covering all objectives that were needed to. I have chosen this particular artifact for my portfolio because it is one of my best projects of science, and I think it is the one that should be put up on my science page on my digital portfolio.

Now what? - Now talk about how doing this work has improved you as a learner in the MYP program. Has it helped you organise your time and work efficiently? Has it demonstrated that you are capable of doing mathematics and so now you have a lot more confidecne than before? What are you now going to do with the new knowledge and skills you have gained from doing this work? How is this moving you along the path of life?

This piece of work has improved me as a learner in the MYP program because of the fact that it was something new that I did. This year, this science essay was the first timed one that we had. In the beginning, I thought it wouldve been impossible to write up a whole essay in just 1 hour, however I proved that I am capable of the task. It improved my skills of thinking and writing up information. This is why it has organize my work and time efficiently, which helped me succeed. Since I recieved full marks, I am very confident that I am capable of doing more, than I could do before. This essay also taught me many new things, which I can use later on in life. For example, it gave me more knowledge on stomach ulcers, what they are and how they can be cured, and how they are affecting people in so many ways today.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Navigation Link Plan

For each navigation link, I will be writing about 1 or 2 of the projects that we had done in the past terms, and what grade I recieved for the term.
Here are the links that I will have on my digital portfolio, and this is the information that will be on each page:
Humanities: I will put up my Saudi Arabia power point presentation, annotated bibliography project, and one of the best essays I have written.
Math: For this subject, I will be putting up my investigations since I recieved really good grades on them. I will also be putting up the reflection I did since I recieved full mark on it.
English: I will put up the quote log project, and the brochure I did for Riviera Gardens.
Spanish: Since most of our work is written, I will just put up the reflection I did for the biggest project of last term, which was the reflection on the restaurant.
Arabic: For arabic class everything is written as well, so I will have to scan some of the big tests that we had and I will put it up. I might also take a few pictures, and upload them onto the page.
Art: I will scan some of the pages of my sketchbook, since I do not have the actual projects with me.
Music: For music, I will put up the reflection that I will be writing later on. I wil also scan the final piece I will be playing on the keyboard.
Drama: For drama I will put up the script that my group members and I wrote for our melodramatic play.
I.T: For IT I will be giving a link for my digital portfolio, as well as my blogger.
D.T: For DT I will take a few pictures of what I designed in the class, since they turned out to look good. I might also put up the evaluation I wrote for both projects that I desgined.
P.E: For PE I will upload pictures of the badminton project that I did in the first term. I will also take a few pictures of the olympic pool and upload those onto the page.
Community and Service: For C&S I will list the independent projects I did and upload pictures of me and my friends doing the projects as well.
Friends at school: I will be uploading pictures of me and my friends from random days and nights. I will also list a few things about them on this page.
Out of school activities: On this page I will be listing what I like to do outside of school. for example, swimming, badminton etc. And also what I do with my family.

April 16th, 2008

Today's lesson went off quite easy and fun for me. This is because I began to take videos of the school for my video in the digital portfolio. We had to choose a partner to work with on this task, so I chose Setareh. We both went around and took videos of the DT area, the walk to the cafeteria. Next class we will be continuing the videos so that we can start creating the actual video on windows movie maker. Before going out to video the places in school, I finished off the plan of my video. I want everything to be planned out before I start anything because that way everything will go smoothly. If I plan everything out ahead of time, then all I will have to do is start everything without doing any thinking. This is why I am trying my best to make the plan as detailed as I can so that I wont have to spend imwe thinking on every single thing when creating the video for my digital portfolio. This way, I will also finish up early, and I can begin the other tasks that will be given by Mrs. Lindsay. My plan was approved by Mrs. Lindsay which is why I got to go out and start the videoing.

14th April, 2008

Today was our first day back from spring break to IT class. It was time to get back to work with our digital portfolios! Last lesson, before we went on spring break, Mrs. Lindsay told us that we would have to begin making a video for the digital portfolios. The video will be about me, since that is why we have to create the video for our wikispace. Mrs. Lindsay told us about what kind of things we should include in the video. For example, we should be including our school, some stuff about us, our friends, and family etc. I am going to work quite hard on this project because I want to achieve a good grade on it. I used today's lesson to basically plan everything out, since next lesson we were going to start videoing for our video. Mrs. Lindsay told us that we can view some digital portfolios that were created by the other classes in the first term, because some of them were good examples and they could give us good ideas on what to do for the video. Mrs. Lindsay recommended us to look at Eliah and Hend's portfolio. I viewed their portfolios and got many good ideas on what to do, since they were very good examples. After viewing these portfolios, I started to work on my plan for the video. In the plan I wrote about what exactly I will be saying in the video, what photos I will put in, and what places I will video to put into the actual video. So basically, this lesson was used for planning everything out, and hopefully I will begin videoing next lesson.

March 31st, 2008

Today I started off the lesson by working on my home page. I added in a few more things to it, in order for it to be more informative. My homepage is now nearly complete and it is looking very nice. The theme of the homepage is shopping. I wanted my homepage to look all girly, because thats how I basically am, and so are some of my friends. Another thing I did today, was start on the navigation. I created the navigation links by using my mindmap. This is because all the navigation links I want to include were on the mindmap, which I had created a long time ago. It was good that I had already done this on inspiration long ago, because all I needed to do now was create it since I already knew what I needed to put. The navigation links I made today were: Humanities, Science, Math, English, Arabic, Spanish, IT, Music, Art, Drama, and Social Life. Then after creating the navigation, under each link, I wrote "under construction" since that was what the instructions from Mrs. Lindsay were. Later on, we will be adding in more of the information for each link.

March 26th, 2008

Today I worked some more on my wikispaces digital portfolio. I mainly focused on my home page today. I completely changed my homepage from what it was before. Before changing the home page, it was very simple and didnt have any design at all and only including a little bit of information about me. This time, I focused on myself for my home page. I wrote how old I am, what school I go to, about my friends, about my family etc. This way readers of my digital portfolio can get a better idea of who I am and what I am like. So today I basically concentrated on the home page and improved it a lot. I also added a color to my background, which I found out how to put in last lesson, since I explored the wikispaces site, and what you can do on it. I actually wanted to have a background that was quite unique. So first of all, I made the background on paint, typed in the text on to it, and then uploaded it on to wikispaces in my homepage. I wanted to be original when it came to creating the home page, because I want it to look very eye catchy and attractive for all the viewers. Next class, I will be working on my digital portfolio more, and I will also add in more to the navigation.

March 19th, 2008

Today I basically continued working on the design of my wikispace. This included, improving the mind map for the design of my wikispace. I also planned out what colors I will be adding on to my wikispace. I want to have a color theme that is quite attractive. The font colors should be contrasted with the background, because that way everything will be much easier to read and recognized on the page. If I have colors that don't go together, or dont have a good contrast, then the wikispace wouldnt look good at all. For example if my background is blue, and then I make my font color a different blue of shade, then this would not look good because the colors would most probably make it very hard for the readers to read the text.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Plan for photos

I will need to collect many photos in order to design a great video

The photos I will be collecting are of:
My family
My friends
Photos of Qatar Academy
And other random photos of things that I like

In the video I am going to include music as well. The song I am planning to put is Elevator by Timbaland Ft. FloRida.

What I will be saying before the video starts (I will be including a short video clip of myself):

Hi my name is Maryam and I am an honor student at Qatar Academy. I am 13 years old, and I have been living in Qatar for exactly one year now. I moved to Qatar last year and joined Qatar Acadmey in the third Term. This video will be including pictures and videos about things that are important in my life. It will show many memories and most importantly people that have made a big impact on my life. Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy my video!
What I will say about some of my closest friends:
Sana: Sana is an amazing friend that I have known for 5 years now. We share many memories, and whenever I am with her I have an amazing time. We have the same taste in fashion and have a lot of fun shopping together! However, sadly I moved here, but still I am in touch with her. We still talk on the phone and through emails as well.
Change is actually for the better. When I moved here, I made more friends, and here are some of the closest ones, that have completely changed my life!
Setareh: This girl is just amazing! She is one of my best friends in Qatar, and I have an amazing time with her. It is great talking to her, and she is always there to help you out. She is very trendy, and it is always fun going out shopping with her to malls!
Mahnoor: Mahnoor is the first person I met when I moved to Qatar. It is great knowing her because she has the same heritage as I do, and most importantly she loves right down the street! Whenever I am feeling a bit down or need someone to talk to she is always there for me and always cheers me up! We share many memories even though we have known each other for one year.
Star: Star is one of my best friends at Qatar Academy. It is great talking to her, and we share many laughs during school. Sh is really into her studies, and is always there for me when I need help. Its also always fun hanging out with her out of school at the movies or at eachothers house!
Layanne: Layanne is one of the quitest people I have met! She seems to be really really quiet, but once you get to know her and become one of her good friends, she is not like that. Its fun to have conversations with her about absolutely random things. She is very very clever, and is a big help whenever you need help on homework, projects etc.

Plan for videoing

Videos of Qatar Academy:
Diamond Area
Football Pitch
Multimedia Labs

I will also be taking videos of myself at school with my friends
*At the Playground
*In the hallways
*At the cafeteria
*In the multimedia labs

Outside of school
*In the Squash Court
*Playing Badminton
*At the park

And More!
I will take a lot of videos so that I will have more choices to choose from when making the final video