Friday, 2 December 2016

My 21st Century Literacy Course Academic Journey

My 21st Century Literacy Course Academic Journey
I, Donald Truong, am a Cedar Ridge student who has taken a one of a kind course called the 21st Century Literacy Course. This is a unique course that incorporates two courses, Business and English, into one, in order to build on my existing literacy skills. Throughout these 13 weeks, I have learnt and used many different skills such as writing, reading, oral communication, media studies, and design software. (You can see all of my work throughout this course here: http://donaldtportfolio.blogspot.ca/)

Reflecting back on what I did this course, I think as a person, my creativity, organization, and disciplined mindset has helped me power through all of my assignments and projects efficiently and precisely. I think as a student my strengths were my writing and reading skills. I have been able to work on my presentation skills for my ethics project and summatives, since I was always lacking in my oral communication during my presentations.

Each one of our 13 weeks during our course had a specific theme such as; Getting on the Same Page, Leadership, Technology/Poetry, Project Management, Individualization, Curiosity, Organization, Design, Respect, Perspective/Point of View, Adaptation, Responsibility, Self Regulation, and Initiative. These themes helped us students focus our skillsets to one specific theme for that week and to hopefully improve them. Having these themes helped me practice certain skills and helped me improve as a learner since I was able to practice certain themes that I was lacking in such as individualism, adaptation, and perspective. I was often working with a certain two classmates of mine which often led to similar work. That week I tried working with other classmates and working alone which led to find my own style and unique voice and work. Adaptation is another theme that I found was really important. A couple times we had a change of plans which allowed me to adapt to these changes and find extra time to finish my other work. Finally, I worked on my perspective. This often tied in when we were learning about the presidential election. We often see media portray someone a certain way and it can shift your perspective. This is why I had to learn and see different perspectives to further my understanding and even come up with my own conclusion.

We participated in a Global Read Aloud Slow Chat about All American Boys as one of our units. This was a controversial book which tells a story of police brutality from the perspectives of two high school students which one of them, Rashad, a african-american teenager was savagely beaten by a local policeman who wrongly suspects him for shoplifting and assaulting a white woman. Quinn, a young white teenager, sees this brutal beating and originally pretends he didn’t. This unit really taught me a lot. We mainly communicated this unit through media. We would write tweets to publish in order to share our views and perspectives with other students around the world participating in this Global Read Aloud. We would also have discussions in between to share our thoughts and this specifically helped me reflect on what we just read. This easily corresponds with the theme of perspective and point of view since your perspective on the entire book can be different from mine and there is no distinct antagonist so it just really depends on your point of view.

Although we didn’t dedicate a full unit to presenting, we did work on our presentation skills throughout the course from our Poem Analysis, our Ethics Project, our King Lear Scene Study, and our Business Summative/Presentation. I think this correlated best with individualism due to the fact that many of our presentations were as individuals. I think I really improved as a oral communicator since I wasn’t very confident about my communication skills during my first two presentations. However I believe that after the King Lear Scene Study, I was able to turn it around especially during my summative presentation.

I am very thankful that I was able to participate in this magnificent course and for all the information and skills I was able to obtain from it. I have not only improved my weaknesses (oral communication), but I was also able to learn new things that I have never even learnt before such as critical thinking. I have always just hit the knowledge, comprehension, and application categories, even though I can further my learning my trying to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. Overall this is a very unique course that I will be glad to take again any day in the future.


Saturday, 5 November 2016

How much will Ottawa change 10 years from now?

21st Century Literacy
Google Forms Survey Report
How much will Ottawa change 10 years from now?

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Introduction

In my survey, I asked and examined all of my respondents on their knowledge of Ottawa’s upcoming changes. Throughout my survey I asked questions of their existing knowledge of this topic then further questioned their opinions on the changes. With the data I collected on my form/spreadsheet, I found many similar responses with only a few different differing.

Questions

I asked many opinionated questions such as: “In your own words describe how you think Ottawa will change in the future years and if it is for the better.” Also with that, I asked a knowledge based question such as: “Which one of these future Ottawa construction projects do you know about?” I tried to forward my questions to more opinion based questions due to the fact that some might see the change in Ottawa as insignificant but many would differ. I could see that some really didn’t know much about this topic, possibly because they were from outside of Ottawa.
Results
As my first question, I asked: “In your own words describe how you think Ottawa will change in the future years and if it is for the better. ” Many felt that Ottawa has it’s responsibility to develop in technology especially as the capital. One of the responses that really intrigued me from this question was: “As the capital of Canada, I think Ottawa has to play a major role in investing in new technologies to improve the city. Honestly I am not sure if this will affect ottawa for the better or not.”

Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 11.01.50 AM.pngThe second division of responses that really showcased their thoughts on Ottawa’s changes was when I asked how substantial the change would be. Surprisingly, 100% of them agreed on number 3 on the scale which is that there would be moderate change. Not too many differences, but just enough to notice that ottawa is developing.

Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 11.01.39 AM.pngOne major thing that Ottawa is hyping up quite a bit is the 2017 celebrations. This includes sporting events, new construction projects, and many celebrations. When asked about these things on my survey, the majority felt that these things were for the better of Ottawa and the remaining few weren’t sure.

Final Responses:
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Conclusion
Overall I really related to many of the answers that I received. I drew a conclusion that the majority of people are really looking forward to the changes and think that they are for the better. One comment said “I believe that Ottawa will change for the better. It will change from a city to a community.” This is one thing that I think Ottawa is trying to do with all their upcoming events and projects. I feel that Ottawa is really developing for the better and truly representing Ottawa, the capital of Canada.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tragically Hip Essay

Gord Downie Cemented His Legacy for Centuries?


Unforgotten legacies are made by people such Gord Downie who place an extensive mark on the world. Gord Downie will go down as the man that led The Tragically Hip, the man who inspired others, the man who was involved in environmental movements, and someone who impacted many lives. Downie’s legacy has gone from music, to inspiration, to even bringing awareness to this rare cancer of Glioblastoma Multiforme. Even in his difficult situation, he still managed to be brave and strong enough and to perform for his final tour with The Tragically Hip.


Gord Downie is a living inspiration to many. He’s able to inspire others through his performances, lyrics, and speeches. Future generations will view Gord Downie a kind hearted leader. When he isn’t writing songs or performing he would spend his time being involved with environmental movements, usually issues involving water rights. As a board member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, he assisted a cause to prevent a cement company from igniting tires for fuel. Adding on to that, Gord has, throughout his life, been part of a music club called the Swim Drink Music Club, a club to bring artists and environmentalists together.


Gord Downie will leave us a legacy of strength, bravery, and kindness. Throughout his lifetime he has accomplished so much with The Tragically Hip and alone. Him and his “brothers” (The Tragically Hip) have won 14 juno awards and have been nominated many times as well. Even under his current circumstances, he’s still creating change through his movement to bring awareness to this rare cancer he’s battling, called Glioblastoma multiforme. Gord Downie has even started a fundraiser to help research for brain cancer and other disorders. Right up to the end he’s helping for the good of the world to hopefully find a game-changing breakthrough for treatments of neurological disorders, including cancer.


“I go for it; I sing, I dance, I listen to this great band, I do what music urges.” -Gord Downie. This quote is a representation of Gord Downie’s passion for singing, dancing and the general arts. He works hard with the band and does his best to positively impact the world of music. Downie’s persona while performing onstage often involves talking in tongues and blending in bits of poetry. Downie has said that he never holds back and always commits when it comes to music and performing. He has clearly demonstrated that he doesn’t hold back during his final concert in Kingston when he bursted in tears singing Grace, too.
Gord Downie will leave behind a vast legacy of assisting and inspiring others. He has even impacted our class where we are studying and researching his music. This proves that if you live a life of inspiring others and impacting others right up to the very end, you will be remembered for centuries and leave behind a legacy that will forever be remembered, not just by canadians, but by many others around the world.


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