February 2018 archive

Debate Unit

Hello everyone,

For the past month or so my class has been doing a debate unit. My group picked a topic to debate over. Our topic was Should We Drink Bottled Or Tap Water we did a little research and then we split our group in two, one side would be debating for bottled and one side would be debating for tap water. I wanted to debate for bottled but four out of the five people wanted bottled. Originally bottled was Kate, Dani and me and tap was Barbara and Hana. Then we had to switch it around. For bottled it was Dani, Hana and me, for tap it was Barbara and Kate. We researched a lot about our topic and we got three reasons and three pieces of evidence for each reason. We did an informal debate and we got feedback on how to make it better for the formal debate. But we had another problem, Barbara was going on vacation and she would leave a week before break. So we only had four people and someone on Bottled had to switch to tap. I volunteered to switch but Hana did instead. Since this was the most important debate we wanted to make our debate stronger. So we gathered pictures, diagrams and quotes. We also prepared great rebuttals. We did a practice debate right before our formal debate. Then we had a problem, we realized that our rebuttals were out of order so we had to switch them. That caused a big argument, we thought that if they went first it would be fixed. It wasn’t. We thought for a while and figured the only solution was we had to switch rebuttals last minute. I was really nervous for the debate. When my teacher called us to come in I started freaking out. When we were going and it was time to rebuttal I had to say what Dani would’ve said.  I was a little to nervous and I showed it. Overall I think this was a pretty good unit and I defiantly learned a lot.

Here is the video of the debate:

Coding – #4

Hello everybody,

Today I made another Tynker project. I made a rock band. When you tap an instrument, it will animate itself and play some music for you, although some don’t have any movement at all. I had a lot of fun making this, but at first I made the whole thing not realizing I was not signed in. This was a big problem because the first project took a lot of time, and when I went to my account, it was gone. I was so annoyed, but I figured that it would be easier since I already knew what I was going to do and how to do it. I used a tutorial for all of the music but I made the movement by myself. I really feel like I’ve learned a lot by making these coding projects, because before I relied on the tutorials to do everything, but now I can do stuff on my own. The only thing I use the tutorials for is to give me ideas and sometimes I use them for help. I am so proud of all of the work I’ve done for these projects and I really learned a lot.

This is my Rock Band game:

Coding – #3

Hello everyone,

I made another Scratch project, it’s a fashion game where you can change what the girl, Dani is wearing. Basically all you have to do is tap on whatever you want to take off (don’t take off the pants because she doesn’t have any others) and then tap on whatever you want to put on. It’s that simple! I used one of the tutorials to make this but at the end I personalized it a bit. I had so much fun making this and I hope you have a lot of fun playing it.

This is the Fashion Game:

Coding – #1

Hello everyone,

Today in school I made a project on scratch. Scratch is a website where you can code to make movies, games, etc. Since I am just learning how to use Scratch, I use the tutorials to help me. I made a hide and seek game. It’s not very long but it was fun to make. I like how you can basically do anything on Scratch, you can choose your character, background and much more. Scratch teaches you how to code using many things and it’s fun. All you have to do is tap on the characters when thay appear. Unfortunately the score doesn’t work but everything else does. I had such a good time making my game on scratch and I will definetly be making another one soon.

This is my Hide And Seek Scratch video/game:

Coding – #2

Hello everyone,
Today I made another coding game using the website Tynker. I like Tynker because it gives you a lot of different things to do. For example,  you can make your own game or movie, you can use a tutorial, or you can do a different coding tutorial that gives you different levels. On Tynker I made a big monster with a moving mouth and googly eyes. One of the eyes follows the curser but the other eye goes on it’s own.

Here is my googly eyes game: