Capstone #6: Final Project

For our final project, we needed to express our knowledge of our topic. I chose to do a TEDTalk because it’s long, and I could convey a lot of information. I started planning  it. TheTEDTalk took about two days to create. I practiced a lot, and then I had an idea that I could use a green screen to make it look like I was doing OIT in a doctor’s office. Jonny, Ian, and I tried that today. It didn’t work that well.

We were floating around the screen, and our background wasn’t that good. It wasn’t good because it looked like Jonny was floating on top of a chair. We started changing the background by flipping the picture. It was better, but still a little hazy and weird. We also tried cropping it. When the video started, it looked like Ian walked in  through a porthole.  Then, Mrs. Edwards and I switched the background, and it made Jonny’s shirt transparent.

Mrs. Edwards and I didn’t know if the green screen was set up wrong or not. We went to Mr. Casal’s intern Ben. He told us that we should use tape to mark where everything should go, and we did. It helped a lot. Then, we taped down the green screen because Ian kept wrinkling it. Finally it came down to the last try. Mrs. Edwards said we were done for he day after that try. I was going to put the peanuts (pretzels) on the plate, and realized I had ran out. I went out to the wing to ask kids if they had leftovers from lunch.

Thankfully, Sammy had leftovers. She gave me a bag of chocolate graham crackers. We started, and everything went really well, except for the fact that Jonny didn’t like chocolate. After the video, he ran straight to the water fountain gagging. The next day Mrs.Edwards put the video on her youtube and told me to put it in my TEDTalk. A few days later we used our capstone time toward presenting and getting some feedback to help us. First up was Jackson.

He gave a TEDTalk on the French Revolution. After waiting a while, Mrs.Edwards called my name. I was doing amazing until the video slide. I had forgotten to put the video in! Mrs.Edwards let me put it in, and I started where I left off. At the end, I purposely skipped the thank you for watching slide because I remember her telling us not to make a slide like that. I got a round of applause, and Mrs.Edwards said I was great. Mrs.Edwards said she really liked how it was different from my essay. Now I feel confident to present on capstone day. Overall, I am excited to share my capstone with the parents and kids. I’m also excited that my capstone is going well.

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