Capstone #7 – Final Presentation


After I finished making the presentation I was almost done, but I still had to present it. Before there were any live presentations, (in front of people that are not in our class,) we had to have our presentations recorded in the computer lab. All that happened was that I went to the computer lab, with four other people, there were only groups of five, and we all have our presentations. While we were giving our presentation, Mr. Casal recorded us. I was nervous about this because it was quite soon to the time I finished the presentation. This means that I did not have much time to practise before I was recorded. During the recording, it was quite scary, and I felt like I could have blanked out and second. However, afterwards, I felt relived, and happy that I accomplished it.

Slightly after I had my presentation recorded, a few younger grades came to our class to see our presentations. We had two third grade classes, one second grade class, and one first grader class. One of the third grade classes was Mrs. Luciano’s class, I presented for them. My sister is in that class, and I had mrs. Luciano, so It was really fun to give my presentation to them.

The next presentation I gave was during the moving up ceremony, for the parents. This was the most nerve racking presentation to give. I was trying something new. Usually I would hold cards just in case I forgot something, the cards also made me feel more secure while presenting. Any way, I decided to not bring the cards. It was harder to give the presentation without them, but, I am happy I tried it. While I was up there, I did forget a line.

Overall, I learned a lot from Capstone, and really enjoyed the process. Although giving my presentation could be terrifying, it was also fun and made me proud. I really enjoyed everything about Capstone.   

Capstone #6 – Working on My Final Product

When I started to work on my final product, I had to decide if I wanted to have a Ted Talk or an Ignite. I ended up having a Ted Talk. This is because I tried an ignite presentation on “My Favorite Thing,” (Ace,) and I thought it was quite stressful to get the timings wright. Plus I am comparing three things, therefore I need more time than three minutes.

After I figured out that I wanted to work on a Ted Talk, I had to write my script. The actual writing part was easy, but my script was way too long. I had to cut the unnecessary parts of my script out. I ended up shortening my script, piece by piece, sometimes I cut out a paragraph, and sometimes just one word. Now my script is the right length, and with practice, the timing of it actually shortened. It is now six minutes and fifty two seconds.

Next, I had to make my slideshow. This was really easy because I already had everything planned out in the script. I did make my changes to the slide show. I decided to add title slides. For example, before I started to talk about the training, I had a slide before the just had the word “Training” on it. I also adding headings on the top of each slide that “Police Dogs,” “Service Dogs, “ or “Therapy dogs.”

I am recording my Capstone slideshow today. I am really worried, even though I am prepared. I will be thinking of what I should do, (speak clearly, speak loudly, speak slowly, wait until I finish what I am saying to move on to the next slide, improvise if you need to, and face the audience.) I will also be focusing on what I should not do, (mumble, speak really fast, get police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs mixed up, and take a long in between sentences.)

Capstone #5 – Answering my main inquiry question.

The essay that I wrote to answer my main inquiry question was hard and essay at the same time. The hardest part was figuring out the layout of my essay. At first, I thought I should have one paragraph on the training of police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, one paragraph on the requirements of police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, one paragraph of the job of police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs and one paragraph of their similarities. Soon I found out that the paragraphs would be way to long, so I decided to have a section for police dogs, a section for service dogs, a section for therapy dogs, and a section for their similarities. Last, the senior option, shove19, suggested that I should have a section on the training of police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, a section on the requirements for police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, a section on the job for police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, and a section on the simulates between police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.The easier part was actually writing my essay. This is because I had all my notes laid out in front of me, and my notes practically told me what to write about in the essay.

Here is my essay:

Have you ever seen a fierce looking dog, next to a policeman? Or a dog with a vest helping a lady with in a wheelchair open a door? Maybe you’ve even seen an older woman get a visit from a dog. In this essay I will be telling you about police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs. Police dogs help guide and assist policemen. Service dogs help people with disabilities perform specific tasks. Therapy dogs are dogs that are trained to provide affection and comfort. My main inquiry question is “How do police dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs compare?” To answer my question, I compared the training, the requirements and the job of police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.



Police dogs have to be trained to do many different things. They are trained to go on obstacle courses, to fight crime, bomb sniffing, drug sniffing, and human tracking. The dogs learn different things depending on the type of police dog they will be. All police dogs have to learn obstacle courses. The first things they are trained to do after their obedience training is learning how to do simple courses, like balancing on a wooden plank. Soon they start practicing on obstacle courses. According to K-9 Obstacle Course Specifications by Jennifer Mueller, the obstacle courses include hurdles, the catwalk, board jump, A – frame, and crawl. After police dogs learn all the obstacle courses, they learn how to sniff out drugs and bombs. There are two different ways to teach a dogs how to sniff out drugs and bombs. One way is to put a drug, or some of the chemicals used in a bombs in a towel, and play tug of war with the dog. The police dog will think they are only looking for their favorite toy when they go to look for drugs or a bomb. Or the police dog handler hides a scented cloth. When the police dog finds it, the dog gets to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. That method is call the Pavlov’s method. Police dogs also learn how to track people down. In order to do this police dog is given a cloth that has the scent of the person that they are after. Have you ever wondered how the dog picks up the person’s smell? Well, tiny pieces of dry skin are falling off of you at this minute. Your dry skin leaves a trail. All the dog does is follow that trail. Lastly, some dogs are trained to catch the criminals. They do this by running after the criminals and grabbing the criminal’s arm. When training, the dog’s handler wears a cushioned, black sleeve on his arm, so that the dog will not hurt him. The dogs are usually trained to grab the arm and shake it, but some dogs are also taught to go for the legs.

Service dog training is a long process. It goes from teaching a dog not to chase birds, to a dog opening doors for their owners. Before the dogs actually start training, the dog lives with a volunteer family for four months. The dog learn how to not be distracted by distractions, such as toys, birds, other dogs, and new people. They are taught to do this by laying down on a field, and people put distractions all around the dog or dogs. People can go through and squeak toys and they can bring other dogs and people. If the dog gets up from the lay down position, the human puts them back in the lying down position. Over time, the dog will stay in the lying down position. In the beginning, service dogs also learn how to come when called at any given minute. To teach the dog to do this, the handler will take the dog to a dog park, and while the dog is playing, the handler will tell the dog to come. Service dogs also visit busy places that they could go to with someone that has a disability. They go to schools, parks, zoos, malls, movie theaters, and more public places. Similar to police dogs, service dogs learn different skills depending on what who they are going to be a service dog for. Some guide dog trainers use a blindfold while training the dog. While the dogs need the majority of the training, the people using the service dogs need training too. They need to know the commands to give the dogs. They have to learn how to take care of a dog and hold its harness. The last thing that they need to learn are the laws regarding service dogs, permitting the dogs to go in public places that normally don’t allow pets. There are also only two questions that staff can ask the handler: “Is the dog needed as a service animal and is required with a disability?” and “What specific tasks has the dog been trained to do (in service to the handler)?”  

Training a therapy dog mostly involves nurturing and training the dog’s behavior. You have to teach your dog to be social. You can do this by introducing your dog to new dogs, people, and objects. Therapy dogs are also trained to walk on a loose leash and to not nip, bite, or jump. They are also trained to let people touch them everywhere. This is because some people will pick up and touch a dog’s paws. Dogs do not like it when their paws are touched,  so they have to be trained to not act out and instead know how to stay in place while being pet. The dog additionally has to be trained to not focus on new smells, like diapers, or harmless loud noises like fireworks or walkers. This prevents the dog from turning around to try to bite it. A therapy dog should never lunge at anything, especially not their client because of their wheelchair or walker. When a dog visits someone, they are supposed to sit in front, or lay down in front of their client and allow themselves to be pet.



There are many requirements a dog has to meet in order to become a police dog. One of the first ones is that when a police dog-in-training is a puppy, they have to get their dew claw cut off. The reason it gets cut off is because when a dog is crawling through a tunnel, the dew claw could get hooked onto a rock, and it could get pulled off. The dog also has to be a certain breed in order to become a police dog, such as the German Shepherd, the Belgian Malinois, the Lab, the Doberman Pinscher, the blood hound and the Rottweiler. You might be wondering why your standard poodle would not make a good police dog. Well, police dogs have to be extremely smart, have a keen sense of smell, be social and friendly, be a healthy breed, and have the willingness to work. Every year, police dogs have to be tested to see if the dog is still good at it’s job.

A service can be any breed of dog, but the dog itself has to have certain traits. The dog has to be willing to work and retrieve. The service dog also cannot get distracted. Its owner has to be able to confirm the dog’s age, breed and health. The dog also has to pass the public access test before becoming a service dog. During the public access test, the handler has to bring the dog that is being tested to a public place. The dog is tested on things such as their behavior around other dogs, people, and food, getting safety in and out of the car, their reaction to loud or abnormal noises, how they behave off leash, adjusting to different speeds, turning around corners, the words “come” and “stay,” and their reaction to strangers petting them. During the test, the dogs can never be aggressive, have a desire for food or affection, or be over excited. Service dogs are not required to have any sort of certification in the United States, but it is still a good idea for service dogs to have them because many places still want confirmation that the supposed service dog is actually a service dog.

Therapy dogs also have requirements, even though their work is not as intensive as police and service dogs. An example of the requirements that are important is, therapy dogs have to know how to leave and ignore anything on the ground. This is because therapy dogs visit hospitals, and if there is medicine on the floor and the dog is not trained to leave it alone, it will probably eat it, which could be lethal. Another requirement is that the dog has to be friendly and well tempered. The dog can never bite or jump. It has to be able to remain calm when alone with a stranger. It also needs to be confident and comfortable in busy and stressful places. Therapy dogs have to love people and attention, but at the same time the dog doesn’t demand attention or get overexcited. Unlike a service dog, a therapy dog has to be tested and fully certificated. Like service dogs, the therapy dog can be any breed. To become a therapy dog there are four main steps. First the dog has to take an 8 hour therapy dog participation class. Next, the dog has to pass the ACK certification test. Third, the dog has to have a health pass from his or her vet. Lastly, to become a therapy dog, a dog has to pass a test at two different facilities by a Pet Team Evaluator.            


The Job

There are many different types of police dogs: bomb sniffing dogs, drug sniffing dogs, tracking dogs, and criminal catching dogs. Drug and bomb sniffing dogs investigate crime sites and smell out drugs and bombs. When the dog finds a bomb or drugs, it shows where the drug or bomb is with a passive or aggressive alert. A passive alert is when the dog sits or lies down next to the bomb or drugs. An aggressive alert is when the dog finds the drugs or bomb, and scratches or pounces on where it is. The aggressive alert is primarily used for drug sniffing. If a dog uses the aggressive alert with a bomb, the bomb could explode.  Tracking dogs search for criminals and lost people. Tracking dogs are primarily bloodhounds. Criminal catching dogs make capturing criminals easier for the police. Police dogs are much faster than people, so they can catch the criminal before he or she gets away. When the dog catches the criminal, he bites and shakes the criminal’s arms and legs. In an interview with detective John Peters, and his bomb sniffing dog Daisy, he told me a story of how Daisy helped arrest a man named Michael Johnson, who set a fire in a house in White Plains.

Like police dogs, there are different kinds of service dogs too, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, assistance dogs, and medical response dogs. Guide dogs help the blind. They lead people around and make sure that their owners do not fall. Guide dogs stop where there are streets, curbs, and steps. Some of their commands are “Left,” “Right,” and “Forward.” Hearing dogs help people who are deaf or have loss of hearing. They get their owner’s attention when they hear something important. The dog will then lead his or her owner to the sound. Some of those sounds can be the phone ringing or the doorbell. Hearing service dogs nudge his or her owner when the fire alarm sounds. The assistance dog helps people that need with limited mobility move easily. These dogs learn to open doors and help their owner move. These dogs also get their owners essentials like water, food, their wallet, and car keys, ande dogs also turn the light on for their owners. It should be noted that these dogs wait for commands before taking action. The last type of service dog is a medical response dog. A medical response dog helps people with diabetes or people that are at increased risk for seizures.The way that these dogs can help people with diabetes is that they can smell their owner’s blood sugar, and tell if it is too high or too low. The dogs then inform their owner, and their owner can get medical attention. Medical response dogs can also notice slight changes in the human’s motions and blood before a seizure, and tell the owner who can then getto a safe spot or seek medical attention. These dogs also carry around medication on their harnesses and can get a first aid – kit if one is nearby and needed.

There are also different types of therapy dogs, such as therapeutic visitation dogs, disaster relief dogs, facility therapy dogs, animal assisted therapy dogs, and reading therapy dogs. Therapeutic visitation dogs are pets. They go to nursing homes, schools, houses, hospital, and jails with their owners. These dogs help people with mental illness, physical illnesses, depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as those in detention and court. Disaster relief dogs help people who have been through a disaster, such as those who experienced a shooting, a hurricane,  tsunami, tornado or volcano eruption. Facility therapy dogs work and live in nursing homes. They are considered to be part of the staff. An animal assisted therapy dog works in physical rehab facilities. These dogs can help people regain limb motion and other motor skills. The last type of therapy dog is a reading therapy dog. These dogs visit public libraries, and help children that have trouble reading. These dogs help by just being there for kids while they read. Their presence gets kids more comfortable, excited, and confident to read. Some of the benefits of therapy dogs are that they can help decrease anxiety,stress, loneliness, and the occurrence of aggressive behavior. Therapy dogs can also help lower your blood pressure and heart rate. The reason for this is that when you pet a dog, hormones such as serotonin and prolactin are released, which can  elevate your mood. In my interview with Jeannie P. Gurnis, a therapy dog trainer, she told me that one of her therapy dogs visited a lady in a coma a few times and eventually brought her out of the coma!



Even though police dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs are very different, they are also similar in some ways. All these dogs go through obedience training, during which they will learn potty training, leash training, and the commands “Sit”, “Stay”, “Down”, “Heel” and “Come”. Sometimes dogs will learn extra tricks such as shaking your hand, giving a high five, jumping over poles, hopping, walking on hind legs, or crawling. Police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs also all have to take a test to become the type of dog they are. They all have to be well tempered and not aggressive. There are different types of jobs for police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs and all these types of dogs need to have certain traits, but all of them can never get off track with their task.




In conclusion, police dogs service dogs and therapy dogs are quite different in terms of training, required qualities, and types of jobs. At the same time, these dogs all share a common goal of helping others. It is amazing how police dogs, service dog and therapy dogs do so much for the greater good.


Capstone #4 – The Interview

Post four – The Interviews

During Capstone, one of the requirements is to have an interview. Well, I got luck, and was able to have three interviews! The first one was an interview with detective John Peters, the man who was with me at the site visit. The second interview was with a lady named Jeannie P. Gurins, she is Ace’s therapy dog trainer, (Ace is my dog.) The last interview was with a lady named Marie, who works for Paws with a Cause. I found Marie because at during the police dog interview, (with detective John Peters,) one of my questions was, “Do you breed police dogs from their birth, or do you take police dogs whose owners donated them?” The Westchester Police Department actually took in dogs that who did not qualify as a service dog. They took these dogs from Paws with a Cause. John Peter’s police dog, Daisy, was too curious to be a service dog, so the Westchester Police Department adopted her when she was a puppy.  

Writing the questions for the police dog interview took the most effort. That is because I was not really an expert in writing questions for an interview, and because I was able to base some of the service dog and therapy dog questions off of the police dog questions. As I wrote the questions for each interview, ai got better at editing my questions. For example, while I was writing my questions for the therapy dog interview, I was able to combine two questions, that were similar and make them into a better question on my own. I had the interview with John Peters and Daisy during my site visit at the Westchester Police Department. I had my interview with Jeannie P. Gurins at the church that Ace is trained in. I had the interview with Marie on the phone.  


Here are the police dog interview questions:


  1. What is your experience with police dogs?
  2. Do you breed police dogs from their birth, or do you take police dogs whose owners donated them?
  3. What breeds of dogs do you use for police dogs? Why?
  4. What is the process to become a police dog?
  5. How is a police dog trained?
  6. What are the final requirements to qualify as a police dog and does a police dog need to pass certain tests to stay a police dog every year?
  7. How does having a police dog affect a policeman’s job?
  8. What is a typical day for a police dog?
  9. What does a police dog do out in the field?
  10. Are there different police dogs for different tasks?
  11. Are police dogs assigned to the same policeman? Why or why not?
  12. What happens to police dogs when they retire?  Do the policemen who worked with them ever get to adopt them?


Here are my therapy dog interview question:


  1. What is your experience with therapy dogs?
  2. What kind of certification and training does the therapy dog trainer need?
  3. What are the requirements to qualify as a therapy dog?
  4. What are all the tasks a therapy dog has to be trained to do to become a therapy dog, and how are they trained to perform those tasks?
  5. What is the process for a therapy dog to become a therapy dog and stay a therapy dog? (What tests do the have to pass, what training do they need beforehand?)
  6. What are all the different ways therapy dogs help their clients?
  7. When therapy dogs visit people, what do they do?
  8. Where are all the places therapy dogs go to, and how do they help in those places?
  9. Are therapy dogs used more for physical or mental therapy? What are the similarities and differences?
  1.   Why doesn’t the ADA support therapy dogs?
  2.   Do therapy dogs enjoy their job? (What do they like the most? What do they like the least or find the most challenging?)
  1.  Are there any other important things that I should know about therapy dogs?



Here are my service dog interview questions:


  1. What is your experience with Service Dogs?
  2. Are there any age limitations on service dogs, it so, what are they?
  3. What are the breeds that are used for service dogs? Why do you use those breeds?
  4. What is the for a dog to become a service dog?
  5. What are all the different types of service dogs, and what do they do?
  6. How are all the different types of service dogs trained?
  7. How is a service dog trained?
  8. What are the requirements to qualify as a service dog?
  9. Why does the ADA support service dogs and not therapy dogs?
  10. How do service dogs affect their owner’s life?
  11. What is a typical day for all the different types of service dogs?
  12. What are the all the different tasks that service dogs perform?
  13. Do service dogs enjoy their job?
  14. What happens to a service dog when he or she retires? Does their owner ever adopt them?
  15. Are there any other important things that I should know about service dogs?


I have learned about a few fascinating things about therapy dogs, police dogs, and service dogs during the interviews. If you read all of my interview questions, you would have seen that the service dog and therapy dog interviews both had their last questions as “Are there any other important things that I should know about therapy dog/service dogs?” The reason it is not one of my interview questions on police dogs is because at the end of the interview, my mom asked detective John Peters, “Are there any other important things that I should know about police dogs?” Detective John Peters respond with something very interesting. It was that a police dogs dewclaw is cut off when the dog is very young, so when they crawl through tunnels, the dog’s dewclaw would not get caught onto something and get ripped off. Another interesting story that I was told was during the therapy dog interview. Jeannie P. Gurins has quite a few corgis, (one named Cricket is always demonstrating at Ace’s training sessions,) well, one of her corgis was visiting a lady in a coma. After a few visits, Jeannie P. Gurins and her dog actually brought the lady out of the coma! I never knew therapy dogs could do something like that. These interview gave me a lot of information, and have helped me through capstone.

Here is a link to Paws with a Cause:




Capstone #3 – The Site Visit

Have you ever been on a site visit? Well, I went my first sit visit for Capstone! I went to the Westchester Police Department, in Tarrytown. It was the perfect Police Department, because it uses K-9 Units, and it is very close to Scarsdale. During the site visit I also interviewed an officer, named detective John Peters. He uses a police dog named Daisy. She is a Black Lab and works as a bomb sniffing detective dog.

During the site visit, detective John Peters showed me how Daisy can sniff out bombs! First detective John Peters hid a cloth with the scent of a chemical that is used in bombs in a field. He put one in the hole on a tree, and the other buried in the grass under the soil. Daisy was let into the field off leash. She had her nose to the ground and was sniffing. First, she walked up and down the area around the tree. Then she closed into a smaller area where the cloth was. Soon she was circling around the tree, and sat down excitedly next to the whole in the tree, and directed her paws to where the whole was, without touching it. After that she did the same thing with the second cloth. Daisy used the passive alert. The passive alert is when the dog does something like sitting or lying down on or near where the bomb or bomb sent is coming from. The alternative would be the aggressive alert, where the dog would pound on the drug or bomb. The reason most bomb detection dogs do not use the aggressive alert is because some of the bombs can be sensitive, and explode when the dog pound or touches it.

One of the biggest thing I learned was that police dog not only sniff for bomb, and catch criminals, but also solve the crime cases. For example, Daisy helped find a criminal named Michael Johnson. He started a fire in a home on Smith Street NY, White Plains. Daisy and detective John Peters went to investigate where the fire was, and Daisy was able to help find out that Michael Johnson was behind the fire.


Here is the link the Daisy & the other police dog’s website:

Here is the link to Daisy’s facebook page:

Here is the link to the Westchester Police Department:               

Capstone #2 – Crafting my Main Inquiry Question and Subquestions

First of all, what is a Main Inquiry Question? A Main Inquiry Question is the main question that you have to reacher about to find the answer. To answer your Main Inquiry Question, you have to have sub questions. A sub question is a guiding question. I knew I wanted to compare the way that you train dogs for two different dog jobs. I did a little bit of pre – research, and found out that the dog training was not as big as I thought it was. I decided to research about different types of dog jobs, and compare two dog jobs. All I had to do was figure out which ones, right? It was no that simple. I had to research more about many different dog jobs. I considered Police Dogs, Race Dogs, Sled Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Herding Dogs, Hunting Dogs, Service Dogs, Fire Dogs and Water Dogs. I reached a little about all these Dog jobs, and I narrowed it down to Police Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Service Dogs. My mom was against me reaching about three different dog job, but I will be able to make it work.

I was considering comparing Police Dogs and Fire Dogs. However, after looking deeper into Fire Dogs, I found that they were not as interesting as I anticipated. I was considering to just do something on Dog Racing, because it is completely different from anything else on the list. I would also be able to study animal abuse with it. The reason I did not choose to do anything on Dog Racing, is because I still liked the idea of being able to learn about two dogs. Dog Racing was too much to compare with another dog job, Dog Racing would out power any of the other choices that were on my list. Plus, I was more interested in Police Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Service Dogs.

Coming up with my sub questions was fairly easy. All I did was think about is what I wanted to compare about Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, and Service Dogs. I knew that I wanted to compare their jobs, and training. Then, I chose to find out the requirements to become a Police Dog Therapy Dog, or a Service Dog. From there, things started to get a little bit harder. I wanted to learn about the process as a whole, from the beginning to the end of becoming a Therapy Dog, Police Dog or a Service Dog. Last, I thought the best thing to do was to reacher something more simple that I would still need to know. That ended up as the different dog breeds that are needed for being a Therapy Dog, Police Dog, or a Service Dog.


These are my final Main Inquiry Question and subquestions:

How do Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, and Service Dogs compare?

  • What are the jobs of Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, and Service Dogs?  
  • How are Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, and Service Dogs trained?
  • What are the requirements that Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, and Service Dogs have to reach to become a Therapy Dog, Police Dog, or a Service Dog?
  • What are the breeds does a dog have to have to be a Therapy Dog, Police Dog, or Service Dog?
  • What is the process to become a Therapy Dog, Police Dog, or Service Dog?

Capstone #1 – Coming Up with My Topic

Capstone is a project where you research a certain topic, to answer a question. That question is called your Main Inquiry Question. During Capstone, you have to come up with a topic before you come up with your Main Inquiry question. I was deciding between two topics, neurological surgery and dog training. I wanted to do neurological surgery because I think that the nervous system and the brain are two very interesting things. Plus, I want to be a neurological surgeon when I grow up. A neurological surgeon is a surgeon who does surgery on your nervous system. They also operate on your brain and spinal cord. I wanted to do dog training because my dog is being trained to be a therapy dog, and I think it would be fun to learn about different types of dog training too. It is also interesting to see all the different types of dog jobs that there are.

I decided that I wanted to research dog training because after brainstorming different possible questions for both topics, I found out that I could cover more interesting aspects with learning about dogs. If I choose neurological surgery, I would only be able to study small aspects because neurological surgery has such a big spectrum. If I choose dog training, I could learn about many different things about different dogs and ways to train them. I could cover the big aspects, and the smaller aspects in one project. 

Immigrant Interview #5 – Final Review

Overall, I really enjoyed the Immigration Project. It was fun getting to learn more about my mom. I learned what colleges she went to, a deeper understanding of why she stayed in America, and her beginning thoughts. My mom has a very interesting story, and I am happy I was able to learn it and present it.

The part that was the most fun was of the process was making the video. It was nice to see how everything on my template played out, and what I need to fix. I felt very satisfied when I was done and happy with my video. The hardest part was making the template that I used for my video. This was hard because I did not know how to connect some of the slides in a way that flowed. Also as I went on, I did not just stick to my template. I added text on more slides, and I found more pictures of my mom. I also added an extra slide! The extra slide was my mom, when she got citizenship to America.

Here is a link to my final video:


Immigrant Interview #4 – Making my First Draft of my Spark Video

I started to make my first draft of my video! However, before I made the video on Adobe spark, I filled in two planning sheets. In the first planning sheet, I filled out the script, (everything I say,) and the topics of the slide. While I was writing this, I had to ask my mom a few more questions. I did not know the name of the two colleges she went to, or the order of her jobs. The second template had the script, the text, (what you write on the slide,) the pictures, and the number of the slide. This was easier to fill out than the first template because I already had most of my work done for me!

When I was starting the video, I had to ask my mom for pictures of her. Putting them in the video was probably the hardest part. I enjoyed recording the script, and making more slides for the parts of the script that did not fit on just one slide.

It was amusing and enjoyable to make the first draft of my video, and I am excited to move on.

Immigrant Interview #3 – Preparing the Spark Video

Adobe Spark is a website with cool ways to make videos and graphs. We started to use Adobe Spark in class. To learn how to use it, Mr. Casal taught us how to make an Adobe Spark video on Rube Goldberg. During the lessons using Adobe Spark, it became easier. I learned how to add in pictures, text, voice recorder, how to add in and make a graphic, how to put a video in, how to use different themes and music.

There is one thing that I do not love about Adobe Spark. You cannot move, or organize the pictures that you put into Adobe Spark. You can only make them smaller or larger. I love many things about Adobe Spark too. One thing is that Adobe Spark practically does everything for you! Also it has many cool colors and fonts that you can play around with. You can add a graphic to your video. Adobe Spark also provides voice recording, for narration. Last, on Adobe Spark you can have different themes and layouts. I think Abode Spark is really fun, and with practice using it, I got the hang of it.


Here is a link to Adobe Spark:

Adobe Spark