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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review of English Language Learning Website

This is a review of an English language  from the class homepage.

The website is called a4esl.org:


First I chose to review a simple crossword.



I would recommend this activity for a beginner level English language student because it's fun and the vocabulary is very easy and common.
I hope you enjoy this website!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

UOI-Week 7 Synthesis

Week 7- Synthesis May 16th- 20th Teacher Notes
Completed Task I will create a large poster that shows the process of water filtration for our class exhibition.

My poster will explain the process using different visuals.

Resources Internet, books, poster materials to make my poster creative. Mr Justin (Science teacher) I look forward to seeing your poster next Thursday. Great idea to use the expertise of Mr Justin.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

UOI Interview With Ms. Gamage


As we are completing the Unit of Inquiry we have to participate in a final assessment task. Ms Dianne will be interviewing us on this Wednesday. The interview will be recorded and assessed using Criterion A and B. I have selected three questions from the list and I would like to provide a brief explanation for each choice.

Questions
1.)   Can you describe some things that you did well, and some things that you could have done better during the project?
      I did well in creating the product because I made my product, a simple water filtration by using affordable materials through design cycle. I did it to make the best water filtration in order to solve the problem, which’s water crisis. I could have done better in researching all I needed to design and create my product. I used many resources however I still couldn’t get what I wanted to find therefore I think I could improve my researching stage.
2.) Can you describe some problems that you had when completing your tasks for this project? What did you do to try to solve them?
Procrastination was one of the problems that I faced in completing my tasks for this project. I created a timetable in order to solve my problem. I hope by creating a timetable, I could use my time wisely and effectively. Other problem that I had was meet my supervisor. It’s so hard to get a fix time to meet him because we had different business. Furthermore, I also had another problem when I had to create an oral task. It took a long time for me to edit and upload it on my edublog.
3.) Was this topic easier or harder than you expected it to be when you chose it? Explain why.
The topic about water filtration that I chose was harder than I expected it to be because I need an expert to explain me a brief explanation about water. After I researched about weeks, I found out that there’s too much information about water. Moreover, I wasn’t sure that my product would be successful or not. I tried to do different experiment by pouring different dirty water so I knew what’s the result of the dirty water after it’s being filtrated. Lastly, I thought my product would be so easy. I just put all the materials into one empty bottle however for me it took around less than 4 hours to complete my product.


I will prepare for the interview by learning the answers and writing them on cue cards. i will then practice recording my voice using Photobooth.  My predicted grade is 6.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Creating The Product

2 days before the exhibition, I have completed collecting all the materials like sand, activated charcoal, etc. I made my simple water filtration less than 3 hours. I created my product based on the Internet and followed the steps in order to create the product effectively. Then, I took a photo and I asked everyone to give input about the product.

Lastly, I made a poster related to my topic, water filtration. It took 1 day to complete it because I had to decorate my poster and find pictures to make my poster more interesting. I created my poster because I need something to display for my exhibition tomorrow. I hope this poster helps the visitor more understand about the topic I've chosen for my personal project.


Final Product

Here is the picture of my final product, water filtration:

My simple water filtration which's made of affordable materials

Sunday, May 22, 2011

List of Materials


No.
Material
Cost in Rp
1
Sand
5,000
2
Activated Charcoal
5,000
3
2 Plastic Bottle
1,500 each
4
Filter
15,000
5
Cloth
5,000

Total
33,000

Reflection on Bloom’s project


Knowledge

What have you learnt about?
Water Filtration


What have you learnt about how you learn?
I started an Internet search on “How can we purify water using affordable materials?” I used one article and it said that we could make a simple water filtration by using materials around the house. I was surprised to read this comment as I found out the cost is just less than 100,000 rupiah.


I found that I am a visual learner and the print is more interesting when there is picture cues that help me understand what I am reading.

Comprehension
How can I compare dirty water with clean water?

I will form some questions related to cleanliness, time and cost.

Do an extensive research from the books, Internet and I will interview my science teachers like Ms Jane and Mr Justin.

Application
I drew some pictures and wrote a brief explanation on each picture in order to give people visualization how to make my water filtration.  I recorded my steps and then I posted it on my edublog.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Oral Task

video

Reflection On Weeks 1-5

During the past 5 weeks I have created 2 tasks on my topic about water filtration.
First I researched using the net and found an article that provided background information to help my understanding of the issues related to my topic.

With this information I created a summary on the topic and posted this on my blog page. This helped my understanding and provided me with more information to move to the next stage on Blooms.

During the "comprehension" stage I created my second task which was embed a visual snapshot to show the audience my understanding of the topic. We were asked to record our summaries as a video and embed the file into our blog page to demonstrate our oral language skills and ability to master intonation and expression. I found this difficult to do at first but Bibil was able to assist us and I was pleased with the final product.

Now i am preparing for the next stage of Blooms "Application" and I and deciding how I will design my next task that could include:  an interview, a simulation, a presentation using IT tools and illustration.

It's time for me now to plan my next task so please check my blog on Friday and post a comment.

Types of Filter

Filtering water
There are many ways to filter water to make it safer from germs . Some filters, like the ceramic filter below, require special equipment . Others need no special equipment and can easily filter small or large amounts of water before disinfecting .
Cloth filters
In Bangladesh and India, a filter made of finely woven cloth is used to remove cholera germs from drinking water . Because the cholera
germ often attaches to a tiny animal that lives in water, filtering out these animals also filters out most cholera germs . This method also filters out guinea worms . You can make a cloth filter out of handkerchiefs, linen, or other fabric such as the cloth used to make saris . Old cloth works better than new cloth because worn fibers make the spaces in the weave smaller and better for filtering .
1 . Let water settle in a container so that solids sink to the bottom .
2 . Fold the cloth 4 times and stretch or tie it over the mouth of another container or water jar .
3 . Pour water slowly from the first container through the cloth into the second container or jar .
Always use the same side of the cloth, or germs may get into the water . After using the cloth, wash it and leave it in the sun to dry . This kills any germs that may be left in the cloth . In the rainy season, disinfect the cloth with bleach . Be sure to clean the container you use to store the filtered water in, at least every 2 to 3 weeks .

Ceramic filters
A small water filter can be made from fired clay coated with colloidal silver (a substance that kills germs) . With basic training, any potter can easily make these filters .