Self-Directed Project ( Summary)

  • What your project is about

Web design: is process of creating web. It covers several different aspects, including webpage layout, content production, and graphic design.  Meaning that I will start learning about how can I design a website.  My goal is to design legitimate website that actually people visit it as a good source.

  • Why you chose it

I chose to do web designing because from the start, when i got my first technology that i could use media on it, i was wondering how they do it. In those times making a website and designing it was not easy and had long procedure.  Now, you do not need to all that work to have the best functional website, there are sites out there that makes the website for you and you just need to put the information in it. so , I had opportunity to see how they do it by doing it myself.

  • What you learned/did – tell me the story of your learning, what was easy/challenging/expected/unexpected, etc.

Back then, when I was 5-7 years old designing website was not easy and you had to go over a lot of steps. Now, you still have to go over a lot of steps, but there are tools that help you to do everything faster. I used Wix.com to make my own website and design it. The thing about the Wix is that it recommends you a per made website with the theme you want and the only thing you have to do is to put your information in it. but then i found that there is option that you can just open blank page and go through the process of making and designing website. meaning the animation, what i want to be in it, background, and so on. I can not say it was challenging but it was not easy either. in some points i was lost and i had to watch video of how you can do something or how you  make the contact us section work. Actually the hardest part of designing a website was finding good backgrounds that you could see the texts, because there was slight problem with the texts colors but I solved somehow. I was expecting to finish the whole thing in winter break but my timing was not right and some how i ended up not doing it every day. As result, I do not have prefect website, with prefect design but the it functions with no problem.

Link to my Website:

https://hosseinfarsi022.wixsite.com/idcselfproject

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Blog Post #7

  • Briefly summarize the content of this talk.

Kelly McGonigal has been helping people that are suffering from stress and telling them that stress is something dangerous, but has now changed her tune. When your pressure goes up, your heart gets faster, you breathe faster and you sweat. mainly, we see this as signs that you are not feeling OK, but people can also learn that your body is ready to act. By pumping up more blood and breathing more, you are ready for something difficult and ready for any challenge that comes to you.

  • Why did you choose this talk?

I chose this talk because I am a stressful person. usually, I stress out when I am trying to do my presentations or when I am trying to do my tests. so I thought with my self that maybe this talk can make me see my stress as a friend, as something that will back me up in difficult situations. when you listen to her talking about stress as something healthy and helpful, you can not believe it, but when she comes up with shreds of evidence and proves her statement, in your head you say wow. furthermore, I think this talk is going to be a big help in farther tests and assignments.

  • What did you agree with in this talk?  Why? / What did you disagree with in this talk? Why?

As you listen to her talking and going through every piece of evidence that she got to prove her statement, you can say that everything she says is reasonable due to the evidence that she shares. in another hand, I do not agree with her when she sees this for all people, that everybody can use their stress and something helpful. In conclusion, most of her statements were believable but she did not tell about the way that you have to teach yourself and that how long you need to practice to get control over your stress.

  • What questions do you have after this talk?

what are the steps that you have to take first, so you can use your stress as a helpful thing?

Is it possible for every stressed person to do this Technic and use her stress in a good way?

How long does it take to master this Technic (meaning to get to control your stress)?

Can this have negative effects in long term even though we are using it as good thing?

 

  • Would you recommend this talk to a friend? Why or why not?

Personally, I thought it was great talk and her points about stress and its effects were believable. well, I will recommend this talk to my friends and others in any age. Maybe some of my friends have same problem with stress as i do and their stress results them to fail, do something wrong, and maybe in worst situation cause them physical problems. furthermore, this talk can give them ideas of what is stress and how does it effect them mentally and physically, and how they can use their stress to be successful.

 

 

Future of Technology

  • What technologies are depicted in the show?

Geoengineering also called climate engineering, is a set of appearing technologies that could help to control the effects of climate change. In “Geostorm” movie, scientists discovery is a powerful satellite-based technology that allows the users (The scientist and others that work in there) to control the weather. Meaning that they could potentially offset some of the consequences of climate change. For example, They can stop rain in a country and make it sunny, or on the other hand, they can make weather snowy in places that they have never experienced snow or places that snow is a miracle.

  • Briefly, how have the technologies changed people/business/society/government choices and behaviors?

This technology helps societies to be safe from unexpected impacts of climate change. As a result of this protection, some business, like airlines, insurance companies would have a safer job with more benefits. All these effect governments budget and plans for future. Meaning that choices and behaviors of people and their society have been changed for good.

  • Overall, are the technologies portrayed in a positive, negative or neutral fashion? What evidence do you have to support this?

Overall, in the movie, this tech has the more negative effect than positive because terrorist takes control of it and try to make war. But if we just look at the new technology and put the all the terrorist incidents away, in my opinion, this tech saved more lives and businesses. as evidence when the movie starts you can see the events that happened through all those years until they invited this tech. moreover, you can see that now, they can stop any impact of climate change easily and make it in a way that benefits people. so we can say that this tech portrayed in positive fashion for people and governments.

  • Would you want to live in this future? Why or why not?

I am not completely sure because as we know terrorist took control of tech and start to hurt people. so there is a possibility of it happening again. But if we put all those terrorist things away and just think about the tech itself, we can say it is good future to live in. Think about it this way, you do not need to worry about sailing to a place because there could be a storm. All around the world people are suffering from the negative impacts of climate change, so being part of a future that negative impact of climate change is no longer a problem to people and governments would be nice.

ICT Issues

Based on the materials presented in class and your own background knowledge and experiences, do you think social media has overall had a more positive or negative impact on the world?

This is the most popular question today. Well, there are always two sides to everything. It depends on your point of view how to understand it. As it happens to social media, most people admire it as a revolutionary invention, and some seem to have it as a negative impact on society.

Social networks began as a place to communicate with your friends in an easy and easy way. Social Media has given us opportunities to connect with people and aim for better relationships with friends. moreover, with social media, we are able to share our thoughts and ideas on different topics with a large number of users and find groups and people that agree with your statements. In fact, Social networks have become an important part of our life. we do not even realize this but as soon as we open our laptop we go to our favorite social network just to see the updates received. Companies have also recognized the value of social networks too, they are using different techniques to advertise their products. More companies are moving towards social networking due to the huge number of users on the net.

On the other hand, Many studies have shown that the comprehensive use of social media can actually cause addiction to the users, slowly destroy their daily life. moreover, Fake news has recently reached the mainstream with the 2016 US elections. This misinformation is hard to verify and most people fall for them and result are not acceptable for most us. Also, Personal safety has never been as important as today due to the Big Data and Facebook publicity and algorithm. for instance, an online intruder may be able to learn a lot of information about an individual that you may have not wanted to share and your other personal information.

To summarise, we can see positive and negative points of social media but none of this points explain that social media is good or a bad thing. But in my opinion, the social media has the more negative impact on people and society than positive impacts. therefore, by using social media as less as possible you can save your information and have better future.

Placement Blog Entry

 

I was assigned for physics prob and two other students were helping me go through it. we start the project with teaching our self about prob, how can we use it, for what lab it can be useful. we basically barrow the prob from the teacher and tried to do a lab our-self so we know what is going on. after working with all prob we realized that there is one prob that is more useful and there are more lab for it. so we put most of our tension on working on that, and even after talking to teacher, he was looking for that prob more than others. LUCKY.  we are making a power point and putting every information needed for teacher and students to get the prob to work and start a lab.

Did you enjoy the experience? Why or why not?

Fabulous, working with new people that are now my friends and getting a chance to learn about new technologies that can be useful for my future. we have been working on this assignment for weeks now, I am not a big fan of physics but I think physics can be fun after all. we have been figuring out how we can use the probs and how this props can be helpful for the teacher to make his teaching more effective. Along this way, we had fun too. we made jokes, argued,  and the most important thing we learned together.                                                               

What difficulties did you have with your placement?

We did not have major difficulties, the only difficulty we had was to find a time to present the props to our placement teacher. someday he was busy and he could not do it the other day one us had some work to do, so we are behind schedule. other than this everything went as we planned.

Do you consider your placement a success?

we still did not get to the presentation part so I do not know what exactly is going to happen, but I think we are going to do good. we have been working hard on this assignment and we are more than ready.

Do you think the project is useful/has value for IDC students/teachers/students of placement teachers?

The project that we are doing is about the props that can be used to explain part of the physics. After we explained everything to our placement teacher, he can just use that information that we gave him and the prop itself to explain his lesson more effectively to his students.  he can even make the students to use these props, by finding the lab and preparing students to use the prob and find what he asked for. this can make students pay more attention.students like to experiment and talking itself is boring for them. this can be good for the student and the teacher, students because now they can learn better and have fun at the same time, and teacher because he can teach them faster and does not need to explain something over and over.

How could the project be improved for future IDC classes?

The project was fine, i do not think that you can do much to make it improve. the only problem was just finding time for presentation and you can not help with that or maybe talking  to the placement teachers that if they can do it at specific time so every body can finish at same time and start another work. I think that some placement thinks a lot of times and maybe others not much, so those that are finished with there placement, they have to work on something else so they get mark on something that maybe they are not good at. all I am saying is that the marking is not going to be fair because the amount of work and the hardness of work is not going to be equal for every students.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Strategies Reaction

How successful were you at implementing the strategy or technique? What helped or impeded your success?  

I  can say that I was very successful using retrieval practice.  I have never been better the night-before exam or test. I used to stress out and think about that how I am going to do all that in little time I have. And when I am stressed, I cannot finish the work the way I want it to. In another hand, I used to sleep late at night and wasting my time by playing video games, but now I go to sleep between 10 and 11, and I have more energy in the morning.

Practicing Retrieval is hard and there was situation that I was struggling and just wanted to give up. One thing that helped me and kept me on the track was that I had a plan  and was following it every day. And if I missed one day, I should have done something in next day to cover the hours I missed so I could stay on track. So the plan was that I was reviewing my notes and my book and trying to retrieve all  the important information on my own. this helped my retrieval practice a lot.

Did the strategy improve your learning or reduce your procrastination? What evidence do you have to support this claim?

Retrieval practice helped me a lot to reduce my procrastination. I do all the assignments as fast as I get them and do not leave them for the night before the deadline. I figured out quickly that starting early meant less per day which helped manage my study stress.

In another hand, my learning skills had a good improvement. my marks are like I wanted them to be and they are going to get better as time goes. And now I understand most of the concept by reading it once.  And even my long-term memory is increased. At first I used to study just by going over my notes more than once but when you use retrieval practice the information are more retrieval later and even it is easier to apply them in new situation.For evidence, I only have my marks that are good as I expected them to be.

Will you continue with the strategy?  Why or why not?

I try my best to stay on track and keep doing it. But the classes started to get harder and harder and staying on track and sometimes working as you planned is hard. I will try my best to continue with my strategy and do not procrastinate.

Retrieval, on the other hand, causes learning because it takes an effort to wear a path in the brain to retrieve that information.the main reason that I want to keep using retrieval strategy is that the more you use the retrieval practice, the more permanent your learning becomes. and I need that a lot to get to university with a high average.

Learning Strategy

1.Summarize your chosen strategy and explain why you picked it or explain your procrastination or multitasking problem and explain why you want to fix it.

Retrieval practice: is recreating something you learned in the past and thinking about it right now. it is kind of active learning that most of the students are not using it. retrieval can turn the information that you got in class into true understanding and knowledge. In conclusion, the information is stored in our mind and forgetting is less likely to occur.

I chose it because it is a good strategy to follow and in my opinion, it is more effective than other strategies. Recalling information without supporting materials helps us learn it much more effectively.

2. Explain how you will implement the strategy.

The day before, I am going to review the information that we got, so in the next day, I can understand how that information is related to my new lesson, and if there was an opportunity, I am going to ask others that how previous information might relate to the new lesson we got.  This can help me to make pathways in my mind to access the previous information.

3. What is your end goal? How will you know the strategy works for you?

I think the goal is that I can remember everything without looking at notes and book. like I said in the second question I can use those pathways to get to the information I want and in overall, this strategy is going to increase my marks if it goes right.

there are many ways that you can see if it is working or not but mainly my marks shows the result. If my marks were low before and now high, you can say that your strategy is working. in another hand, if my marks do not make you happy, that means that I am doing something wrong and I have to fix it. I am going to give my self, more time to do this if I am doing it right this time, I will be happy by the result if not, I have to change my strategy to study.

4. What are your critical moves?

one of my critical moves is to create a better mindset towards studying. The reason is, I do not like studying but I have to do it anyways to be successful at school. Another critical move for me is to show a lot more interest to school and lessons we get. and maybe make studying fun not something that I am forced to do, maybe in this way I enjoy it. another critical move, I have to stop playing video games for too long, I think this is kind of multitasking but whatever this is, it is not good. This happened for my last math quiz so I was working on math questions and after like thirty minutes, I was like uh this easy and I start playing a video game, and i almost failed my quize.  i think another critical move is going to be planing for studying and playing video games so i can study and enjoy my time.

5. How will you shrink the change?

I will try to shrink the changes by first studying for 2 hours a day and by the end of each 3 weeks, I add 1 hour to my study time. now for making the interest towards school it’s 90 % me and 10% teachers but I will try to listen to class, I will try to understand the value of the learning and how is this going to help me in future. for my multitasking problem the only thing I can do is to plan something like I study for 4 hours and I have 30 minutes to rest but if I do it more than that I have to do something, for instance,  tomorrow I am not going to have the resting time or something like this.

6. How will you tweak the environment?

While I am studying I will put everything that counts as a distraction in other room like my cell phone, my laptop (if I do not need it for work) but if I need any of these I am not allowed to do anything except doing my work with them. no listening to music when I am doing work I think because I know most of the songs and I started singing with them and it is a big distraction.