Friday, November 28, 2014

Week 15 Tech Tip: Typing Game

I played the Ninja Cat typing game. It was my first time playing this type of game and it was pretty fun!! There is a lot of action and it was cool to use the katana to slay the dinosaurs when they got to close. I tried to play some of the other ones, but on the website Ninja Cat was my favorite!
I used to play a different typing game called Typer Shark when I was younger. It is by far my favorite of all typing games! You should give it a try!.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Week 15: Writing Post

What I like the best about the writing for this class is that you gave up the choice and topics of what to write about. Not only that, but also, the writing was from our perspective. It was interesting to read different peoples reactions to stories. The comment system was great too. I feel like I have made a lot of friends with people that I haven’t even seen before! The comments other students leave also provide a lot of feedback when I am writing a story or taking notes. The most useful comments were the ones that gave constructive criticism or suggestions. Students would help me better my wringing and storytelling skills by nicely leaving me a comment and suggesting what I should look at. Other comments that help are the ones when people really enjoy your story, and they praise it. It gives me a huge confident boost when I take the time to write a story, and I learn that people enjoy them in return. For my main writing assignments I decided write a Storybook. I’m very happy with my choice. I had the opportunity to write about the topic I truly love. I think that you should emphasize how FUN it is to write the storybook! It is really the best option in my opinion.

This Class had helped me improve my writing a lot, especially narrative writing, before taking this class, it had been about 2 years since I had to do any type of writing. It was safe to say that I was rusty. The many writing assignments and feedback from Mrs. Gibbs helped me out a lot! My advice for students taking this class next semester is to Work Ahead and do the bonus. It will help you our greatly in the end.

Week 15: Reading for the Class

Now that I reached the end of the class, I would like to discuss how the reading went. The best part about the readings is that they are not too long. Each major unit had different stories that were only about 10,000 words or so. This made it easy to read and talk about many different types of stories. I think that the Un-Textbook was setup absolutely perfect. There were lots of topics to pick from, and stories within those topics to choose. I think that all of the bases were covered throughout the semester. There is no way someone would not be able to find at least one story that they liked.

I have never had to write as much in any class as I have in this one. When you add everything up, it’s probably well over 40 pages of text. It was a unique experience for me and definitely a positive one. Even though the workload balance was about 35% reading-65% writing, I do believe that it was a perfect fit. Even you are writing stories and essays it is important to let other readers know what you are feeling and the many different writing assignments helped with that.

I don’t think any change needs to be made for the Un-Textbook next year. It had a good balance of pictures, introductions, and notes. I can’t think of any more topics that you could include in the book. Maybe, modern?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Google Translate

The Google Translate feature is sweet. I didn't even know that it excited. I wish I had known about this in high school when taking Spanish! It would have made my life so much easier. Here is the Translated text from an Italian Aesop Story. The Translation seems decent enough for me comprehend.

 The cow, the goat, the sheep and the lion

There is never to be trusted alliance with a powerful tale that proves my point. The cow, the goat and the sheep were resigned to injustice in society with the lion on the slopes wooded. Caught a deer from the large body, so the lion spoke, without the parties: "I'll take the first because I'm the lion, and the second, as a partner, you will assign me, and then, since I'm the strongest I'll have the third; woe to those who touch me the fourth. "So she alone, the evil impudence, took away all the prey.

Phaedrus, I, 5.