Make the Most of your Learning

     For this round in Literacy, our theme was making the most of our learning. Unlike last round, we had a very specific theme but making the most of your learning is a very vague topic. We got to learn about managing our time and actually making our own schedule of what to do in class. The challenge for me this round is keeping tab with my work and getting things done. The first time when I was planning my own schedule, it was a little overwhelming, I didn’t know what I should put into my schedule and how I will complete it. Later on, when I had gotten used to managing my self, I found this strategy really effective because everyone have their own learning still and by not requiring task to be done in a certain order or in a certain way, students can explore lesson and find ways to understand the topic effectively. For me personally, I feel proud and the sense of relief whenever I saw a check mark in the box next to my task.

     This round we were also required to pick out a novel, and try to finish it by the end of the round. The book that I chose to read was “The Book Thief” written by Markus Zusak. I found this book to be really interesting, specifically in the way how the writer wrote. He wrote it in a very poetic way that might be a hustle for readers to try to understand what he wanted to convey. The book is also written in the perspective of death, which is a little strange because till now we don’t understand what death is, but when he wrote about how death comes and take people life, you are imagining death as a person or a character. One of thing that was in the book that help explained death was:

A Reassuring Announcement

Please, be calm, despite that previous threat.

I am all bluster- I am not violent. I am not malicious. I am a result.

 Page 7, The Book Thief.

     Overall, this round had been very successful for me, I got to discover my own learning styles and gotten to manage my own studies.

Keep up with the storm to see the rainbow

     The storm made it way through the clear sky, approaching fast. People quickly rise up on their feet as small droplet showered upon them. The rambunctious sounds of thunder echoes through the now empty beach filling each and every corner. As darkness fills the once clear cloud like a contagious disease lashing on any innocence it can find, bird silenced their song and flee to a safer place away from the colossal storm. Sand castles were now filled with seawater and seaweed, at least you can still tell that it’s a sand castle but not for long until a huge wave crashing onto the shore taking every little piece of sediments that holds the structure of the castle. The wind picked up trash that had been left on the sandy shore and scattered it all over the land. People sheltered in their car, hoping for the dark cloud to pass by; Their windscreen wiping furiously against the heavy droplet that fired rapidly down the sky. Wave raged upon the sand, hitting it violently, sending it back and forth. Boat rocked left to right, trying to keep up with the waves that was hitting it, afraid that it can over turn at any moment. The sound of kids crying, intimidated by the storm, made it way around the lifeless landscape as no one dared to leave their home. As time went by, the storm became mild and soothing almost rocking the once crying baby to sleep. People lifted their head to the sky dumbfounded. There was lines of different vibrant colors, stretched across the sky without an ending point who knows what lies at the end of the colors. Showing even a bad day can end beautifully. People were pleased and satisfied with what they saw, the once hatred that they felt for the storm was washed away. A terrible day can have a beautiful ending, remember that if you want to see the rainbow than you have keep up with the storm. “Don’t wait for the storms of your life to pass. Learn to dance in the rain.” Steve Rizzo.

Independent Learning

     So for this round in Multimedia class, we got the opportunity to learn about any adobe software and also any programming language. I was really excited about the project because I can get to choose what I want to work on. I chose to do a transitional video in After Effect. In class, we haven’t learn much about After Effect so I just wanted to learn that on my own time and do my own research. I was interested in this project because I love how on beat the edits is, and how I can take people that inspire me to edits. It’s also easy for me to explore different tools on the software. Some of my friends at school, already know about After Effect. I learned to edit from many different sources, like my friend, google and definitely YouTube. In the process of learning how to edit, there were still some setbacks. It was not as easy as I thought it would be. There are many process that goes into one video, like adding different transitions. Sometimes my friend is also busy doing her work also. Most of the basic things that I learned from after effect are taught to me by my friends but also found it easy to be watching you tube because it shows you step by step on how to add different transition. Through my journey of learning, I’ve learned to be committed to my work, and find people who I enjoy editing so it can boost my work towards it. I’ve also learned to be patient with the program, because sometimes it doesn’t respond and can crash. Given this opportunity to be independent on what I learned has been a really fun experience. It has taught me to be committed to what I am doing, and learn to explore programs on my own. This is the final product:

Go visit it in Youtube:

Random Team Chooser

For this round which is round 4, we went deeper into python. Learning about if/elif /else statement, for loops, while loops, break statement, continue statement and a lot more about list.  The information at first felt a little overwhelming but as Cindy further explain what it mean it became simpler. For the lesson, we did an assignment for writing code to choose people or put people into random team. It seems like a very fun and interesting assignment. When I was doing the code, I was struggling to store the code in another page. Storing both the names and the team names, it got kind of mixed up. I ask Cindy to see if she can give me any comments and she helped me. I experimented with many different code and put it in different to see if it works. Finally, I’ve put it in the right order and the code was working. There were many different part of the code. But this is the finished result:

It’s 50% off!!

Everyone love it when they walk to their favorite stores to buy items and see that it is 50% off. That’s why percentage is important to us. Percentage is important in many other different way.  It is a great way to represent a fraction and to show different data or comparing them. Percentage is also often used in business to see how much their finance has increase or decrease. There are even more ways to use percentage and these are just some. 

Here’s an idea of how to solve a percent of something:

This is only one way of solving that

You are who you are

In Literacy each round we will have different themes to study about and this year theme is identity. Who are you? Where are you from? What makes you “you”? That’s a hard question, understanding yourself is not easy. We also wrote a poem about where we’re from by Levi Romero:

I am from clustered brooms and mop dangling off the floor,

from the sapphire clock and the rounded plate.

I am from the tall building.

(white, translucent that smells like soap )

I am from the spiky aloe vera

The slender logan tree

whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.


I’m from gatherings and crowding around the TV,

from Donghe and Tommy

I’m from cooking and daily dusting

and from playing cards on chinese new year.

I’m from sleep early and do your homework

and little monkeys jumping off the bed.

I’m from sleeping under the billion shining stars

I’m from the warm and cozy womb of my loving mother and house by the river

slippery fishes and white porridge


From my mom being carried around by her brother,

when there were bomb and guns all around,

two loving parent getting married

On the wall was quotes, old pictures and art

a peek of faces in my heart that is no longer here,

I am from those wild and irregular strike of art.

By Soucheng Date 17/01/19

Identity is very important to each and everyone of us. We are shaped and influenced by many people that have entered or already left our life. Each one of them have gave us something: memories, lessons or blessing.

“You can’t fit in, if you were born to stand out”

This is a quote from the book wonder. Which is what me and my team read for this round. It is about a boy that is deformed and how he fight for himself. The book is very empowering and inspiring because it want to tell you to always be yourself and know your identity. Stand up for yourself.


Periodic Table

In STEM, we learned about the periodic table. Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table in 1869s. Why did he create it? Mendeleev was a chemist teacher. He was writing a chemistry textbook and he needs a way to organize the elements and it would be easier for the student to learn. Here are some facts about the periodic table:

  • Mendeleev used atomic mass instead of the atomic number because protons had not yet been discovered when he made his table
  • The symbol consists of one or two letters that come from the chemical name
  • The first letter is always written in UpperCase.
  • The second letter is always written in LowerCase.
  • The classes of elements are metals, metalloids, and nonmetals
  • Blue stands for metals, orange for metalloids, and green for nonmetals
  • Rows of the modern table are called period.
  • From left to right across a period, each element has one more proton than the element before it
  • The modern periodic table has 7 periods and 18 groups.

Should school stop the practice of giving out grade?

     In literacy this round, we learned about how to debate and argue for or against a topic. We also did an activity which is called Philosophical Chair. Philosophical chair is an event that we debate for or against a topic. The topic is “School should stop the practice of giving letter grades to students. Instead they should only written feedback”. I think that school should not abandoned the letter grades though I think that it is not the best way to grade student but for now this is the only way that we can ensure how well the students is doing. According to quartz, it turns out that the things grades may measure are things employers value—being on time, getting things done, managing time well. In this sense, grades are doing what they are meant to do, measuring many aspects of student success. Grade is something specific where student can achieve their goals and tell them how they are doing. It’ll motivate them to try their best and improve. Letter grade gives students motivation and goal. Students can use grades to gauge where they are on the continuum between Excellence and Failure. According to the quad College administrators, politicians, and job-makers all hold grades as sacred. 

Well, what do you think? Should we replaced grade?

Precious Plastic

     Plastic is essential and convenient almost everyone on this planet use plastic. People love to use it that now it becomes a habit. Eventhough plastic seems like a material that is very useful and convenient to us, it is extremely harmful to the environment. In this exploration, we found an open source website which is called Precious Plastic and we learned about 4 different types of machines which is the shredder, it shreds plastic into small pieces so that we can use it to recycle later. The second machine is the extrusion, it melts plastic and extrude it into lines, products can be made from this machine are 3D line, knife handle. The third machine is the injection, it melts plastic and inject into a mold, products that can be made from this machine are containers, bowls, plate. The forth machine is the compression machine, it acts similar to an oven melting the plastic that were put in it and later on compressed into mold. We were planning to make the shredder machine. We went on a trip to Siem Riep, to Naga Earth. Naga Earth is an organization that turned used oil into clean biodiesel and handwashing soap.

At Naga Earth

 They also make recycle paper from scrap paper and cardboard. Then we went to the Rehash trash where they turned used plastic bag into beautiful plarn products such as jewelry, bottle holder,


mat. Unfortunately we can’t make the shredder machine because if we have the shredder machine it needs to be under supervision all the time because it is dangerous and we also don’t have enough time.  There are 7 different types of plastic. But not all plastic, you can recycle. For instance,  the plastic type number 6 polystyrene is considered unable to recycle. It’s not impossible to recycle we need technical products to  recycle the type because it gives out harmful chemical when you burn the plastic.


In the process of making recycled paper




One thing that we learned from math this round is doing algebra coding. It is pretty complicated, we have to learn about the different vocabulary words that we use if we want to code. In the code, they also focus on how can we use code to make a calculator.

Calculating Algebra