Digital Literacy

Assignment #1: ZIP:  Final Document of Learning 

Click HERE to see my blog post! 

Description: First, I learned how to use images on word press, in order to make a more interesting and colourful blog post to make it more engaging for my readers. In order to do so, I had to learn how to scan images. I did this by having my dad teach me how to use the scanner, sending the images to my email, then saving these images onto my desktop. I then learned how to drag the images from my files to my blog, and finally how to properly format the image so that you could read the text within it and see the picture clearly. 

Digital Literacy Criteria 

Communication and Collaboration 

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.  

During my ZIP, I learned about children’s books. One of the most essential parts was the impact of creative aspects within the book. Images allow the reader to understand the emotion of the book with clarity. It also provides stimulation for the eyes so that interest is kept throughout the reading.  I knew that if I simply just posted my writing and not the images, I not only would not be doing the words any justice, I would also not be showing all my work that I put a lot of effort into.  

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations 

  • I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past.  

I have never been someone who is technologically skilled, so I knew that in order to do well on ZIP I would have to catch up to the same standard of skills as my classmates in order to properly display my work. I had never uploaded scanned pictures before, and I am farely new to word press. Majority of the time when I used word press, I would just copy and paste my work from word onto a new post. I feel as though learning how to format images in a blog will be very helpful for me in the future, because now that I have seen how clean work can look with visuals, I intend to continue doing this with the rest of my work. 

 

  • I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout 

When making my ZIP final blog post, I decided not to post images of every page that I made. I picked the most engaging pages that I was most proud of in order to avoid overstimulating the eye with a series of colourful pictures. Instead, I decided to post a few images, simply giving the blog reader a taste of my book, so that they felt more enticed to read the whole thing. Only giving a taste of the images, makes a more simplistic and clear blog post, keeping the focus on the post itself and not the series of images within it. 

Assignment #2: Rate of Dissolution Lab 

Science lab April 1-3 2019 (1)

Description: For my TALONS Science 9 class, I collaborated with three of my classmates to complete a lab over word. This lab required us to do independent research on the topic then share a word doc with each other, giving everyone editing access, and simultaneously work on it with each other. We then had to edit it together using communication skills and hand it in to Ms. Mulder through email. 

Communication and Collaboration 

I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with others. 

  • My group used word to collaboratively work together on this lab. I have shared documents on word before, but never with such a large group of people. I learned a lot from trial and error, such as how to make the document editable for everyone and refreshing the doc every so often to see the new work your peers have added. We also communicated with each other through email and texting to figure out who would do what task and who would hand in the project through email.  

I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of others. 

  • Having a shared document gave us the opportunity to watch out that we aren’t repeating each other constantly and to easily fact check each other’s work. It gave us the liberty to have every group members opinion on the overall project. We could also read each other’s sections for inspiration and their data so we could include it in our own.  

 

Research and Information Literacy 

 I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose. 

  • When conducting research in Science, it is important that all your sources are current and reliable. All of my peers in my group used the CRAP test when going on new website so we knew that the information we were dishing out was factual today. For example, we all knew that using an online PDF of the textbook would be reliable because it was a direct source of what we were asked to do. 

 

Assignment #3 : Parts of the cell Powerpoint 

Parts of the cell pdf (1)

Description: In this assignment, my classmate Tiffany and I collaborated to make a PowerPoint explaining the functions of the nucleolus. We had to conduct research and make two impactful but concise PowerPoint slides with all of our information. Finally, we had to add the slides to a class-wide PowerPoint Document. 

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations 

I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout. 

  • Through making these slides with Tiffany, I learned that an effective slide should be sparse in terms of text, and the images used should be vibrant. Limited text keeps the slide clear and gives the audience the essential bullet points of your presentation. Colourful images capture the eye, making it simpler for people to understand complicated topics such as the cell. 

Communications and Collaborations: 

I respond to the work or ideas of others in a way that is compassionate and productive. 

  • By collaborating on these slides with someone I don’t often work with, I learned how to respectfully show my opinions and express my ideas. If I didn’t agree with something that Tiffany would put down, I would always be sure to discuss options with her rather than change it without telling her. 

I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of others. 

  • When working on this project with Tiffany I realized that we meshed well with each other, especially when we had the resources to see each other’s work as we went along. Her work gave me new ideas and concepts that I could immediatley express onto our slides which she could then read and get new ideas and concepts from. Digital group work is like a wheel; constantly benefiting from the work of others. 

Assignment #4: Indigenous Womens Rights Pecha Kutcha 

Indigenous women rights

Description: In this assignment, me and three other classmates had to make a 20 slide Pecha Kutcha about Indigenous Womens Rights with smooth, well-timed transitions and factual and insightful points. We made our assignment on PowerPoint and collaborated with a shared word document for notes. 

Digital Citizenship 

My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview 

  • By researching a relevant issue such as Indigenous Womens Rights, we exercised our empathetic worldviews. We learned of the alarming amount of murders done towards Indigenous women, and through this project were able to not only discuss this topic in class, but also show our classmates ways they can help. 

Communication and Collaboration  

I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with others. 

  • A successful Pecha Kutcha is clear and well-practiced. Having this collaborative digital space allowed everyone top prepare by independently practicing their parts with the PowerPoint so that when we came together, we could simply smooth out any rough edges rather than learn the basics. Dividing up work was also made easier when there was a shared PowerPoint with a clear outline of everyone’s slides. 

I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past. 

  • Before this project, I had never done a Pecha Kutcha before. I learned how to change the timer on PowerPoint in order to adjust it for different amounts of time each topic needed. I also learned how to properly format images on a Power Point as to not make every slide look identical. I knew that having some variety in colour and setting of the images wouldn’t bore our audience and in result would keep them engaged. 

Assignment #5: Sourcing a Personal Object 

Sourcing a Personal Object Blog Post

For this social’s assignment, I had to find a personal object that was important to me, and conduct research on its history. I then made a blog post discussing all the new information I had learned about this object including images. I chose to research my ring that I purchased in Haida Gwaii, because I didn’t know much about it, but I knew that I could find the research about it online.  

Research and Information Literacy 

I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose. 

  • When researching my ring’s creator, Gwaii Edenshaw, I knew that using his website would be very CRAP test approved, since all the information is directly coming from himself rather than a Wikipedia page I found. Using his website gave me more insight on his life and everything that led up to him making my ring, and it helped me understand how his style has changed today since he is constantly updating different forms of social media or technology platforms. 

I view issues or topics from multiple perspectives. 

  • When writing about the story of my ring, I had to make inferences about who it was in contact with. I tried to understand the perspective of Gwaii Edenshaw through research that led me to believe that making this ring was an artistic endeavor. I also tried to understand the perspective of the saleswoman who sold it to me, by digging deeper and learning that she was related to Gwaii himself. 

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations 

I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout. 

  • When adding the image of my ring to my blog post, I took a clear picture of it and pasted it in a size large enough that you could see the intricate details that mattered towards the research I had done. I also decided to put it at the very top of my post so that as you read it, you had a visual in your head of what you were reading about. 
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