April 2019 archive

Immigration Project – #4

The immigration interview project was a really nice experience. There were still a lot of challenges that I faced but I was still happy with the end product. Today I am going to tell you how the experience was!

I think this process made me learn a lot. It taught me that motivation and hard work pays off! I had to be very motivated because it was very frustrating at times. For example, the audio was very hard to record because it kept on sounding choppy and unclear. Also I would mess up a lot and stumble on words. Each slide took about 5-10 minutes just to do the voice recording! Another example was that I couldn’t find any pictures. I didn’t want to have to say exactly what I wrote on the slide, because then the person who was watching it loose interest. This meant I had to find the perfect picture that would match what I was saying. The process also taught me hard work because I had to spend a lot of time on the video so I could finish it. One night, I spent two hours on it! It was a very big project that I had to work hard on in order to complete it.

Overall,  I’m pretty happy with the video because it showed that I put a lot of dedication into it and it really tells my mom’s immigration story. I also liked my ending and thought I did a really good job of concluding the video.  I also liked all the pictures I included. I think they really show what I’m trying to explain. I also liked how I put quotes on some slides so the people who watch understand her story more. However, if I could make any changes I would make some. One change I would make is adding more personal pictures of my mom so that they the person watching can picture her story in her head. Another change I would make is make my audio clearer because it was super to do my audio recording and it sounds a little fuzzy.

In conclusion this so fun! I was really happy we did this interview!

Immigrant Project – #3

Making the video was both hard and fun. At times I felt like a wouldn’t be able to get it done in time. In the end, I did finish the video and I was really proud of it!

I had two challenges. One was with the the photos and one was with the audio. The first challenge was with the photos. I didn’t know what photos to use for some slides. When I searched up photos I couldn’t exactly find what I what I wanted. Another problem with the photos was getting photos from home. Me and my mom had to look through a lot of old photo albums before we found anything from when she was in India and when she was little. Another problem I faced was trouble with the audio. In adobe spark video, you can do voice recording for each slide. I did that for all my slides. However, after I finished the voice recording some of the audio disappeared! This kept on happening even though I re-recorded a lot.

It was was super fun  to create to the video. It was a new platform of video making. It was really different than google slides or wevideo. One thing I like about adobe spark is that you can add icons. These are similar to photos but more like emojis. It was nice because if I couldn’t find a photo or I didn’t like any of the photos I could just use icons. Another thing I like about adobe spark is that you can use voice recording on each slide. This is nice because you can voice record one slide at a time. I also like that you can make a separate graphic to put in your video. You would use this if you didn’t like the options they gave for a picture.

Overall, making the video was hard at times but I still really liked it!

Immigrant Project – #2

I was super excited to interview my mom and find out a bunch of new things! Even though She is my mom and I know her very well, we never talked about her Immigration experience. From the interview l learned so much and learned some interesting things. I also had challenges though.

One challenge I faced was with my questions. My mom was only 3 when she immigrated so she didn’t really stay in her homeland for long. This meant she couldn’t really remember what her homeland was like or how was it different from America. This meant I had to change some of my questions so that she could answer it. Coming up with questions was pretty hard. I didn’t know a lot of questions that I could replace them with. Since I couldn’t find questions to replace all of them with I ended having less questions than what I started with. Instead of 12 questions, I had 10.

The Interview was really fun! I learned super cool things about my mom and their experience! I think the most interesting thing I learned is that the haven’t seen a lot of the same machines and technology we have. What I mean by this is that she and her brother had never seen an elevator or escalator before! I wasn’t until they reached America that they discovered all these things.This was surprising and interesting to me because these are something we use so often and we wouldn’t think that they are weird or different. But for their family who came from India it was new for them.

Overall, the interview was a really nice experience for me. I discovered a lot of things I never knew before. I now know her story and can’t wait to make it into a video!

Immigrant Project – #1

We just started our immigrant interview project about a week ago. So far, we have made a lot of decisions. We had to make our interview questions and find a person to interview. Here is how we prepared for our interview.

The first thing we had to do was find a person to interview. This was a super easy part for me because I knew someone right away. The person I choose was my mom. My mom immigrated from India when she was a toddler. This was really easy but there was still more parts we needed to prepare. This part was the choosing interview questions.

Interview questions had two parts. One was coming up with the questions. The second part was organizing the questions and putting them in a order. I didn’t have a lot of problems finding questions, in fact I found a lot of them! But we needed open-ended questions. These were questions that you could elaborate on and not answer with a simple yes or no. However, organizing questions took a long time and was pretty hard because I didn’t know what her trip exactly was like and which came first.

Overall I can’t wait to interview my mom!