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Halloween October 31, 2011

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So this year unfortunately I don’t get to hand-out candy to all the trick or treaters that come to my door because I live in residence. I don’t even get to see all the scary, different and cute costumes that everyone has. I, however, am kind of glad that I don’t get go out trick or treating myself because I find it to be really cold outside. So on the plus side its not that bad staying in my warm dorm room doing homework instead I guess. I was forced to go to Paranormal Activity 3 last night because I was told that it was Halloween and that I should go watch it. So I go along to watch this movie, even though I ABSOLUTELY hate scary movies. Lets just say that was the worst thing I chose to do. The movie I found to be alright but I hated the ending. It was a terrible ending in my opinion. But thankfully since we all found Paranormal Activity 3 to be scary we don’t have to go to the shock house tonight. So in all my Halloween was different this year thats for sure but I still had a good time with all my friends! So to all those people who actually went out trick or treating in the cold I say well done and be safe! Happy Halloween to everyone and I hope everyone has a good one this year!

Tech Task #7 October 31, 2011

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So for tech task #7 we were told to go to http://www.wonderville.ca and try out one of the educational games and write a review on it. The game I chose to play was Crash Test: Power Shootout. This game basically just determined if you were a good hockey player or not and if you had what it took to becoming a star hockey player. You were given a variety of different sticks and had to see how many goals you could score with each different stick. By using these different sticks you could find out which stick gave off the most power and which stick had the greatest accuracy. From my experience playing this game I found that the cardboard wood at the best accuracy for me, scored the most goals with it and had a power that wasn’t too extremely huge. The cardboard stick was easier to score goals with because the power bar didn’t go that fast and the accuracy bar started slower than the other ones so it was easier to get goals in the beginning until the accuracy bar started going faster. I found that the other sticks power was rather quite slow as well but the accuracy bar was really fast so it was harder to get the correct accuracy in order to score any goals. For me the cardboard stick had an accuracy of 50%, power of 44% and scored 3 goals, the plastic stick had an accuracy of 38%, power of 18% and scored 1 goal. I found the wood stick to be really fast with getting the power and accuracy down. I had a power of 80%, accuracy of −1% and didn’t score any goals with it. The fibreglass stick was slower than the wood stick but still too fast for me. I got an accuracy of −2%, power of 59% and scored no goals with this stick as well. Lastly the carbon stick I had power of 88%, 27% accuracy and no goals with this stick as well. So in all the cardboard stick was the one that best matched me.

Tech Task #6 October 25, 2011

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So last week we had Silvia Tolisano join our online class and she talked to us about some different amazing ways to connect with other students around the world. Some of these different techniques to connect with others around the world I knew myself such as Skype and others I had recently just learned about through this online class such as Twitter, Blogging and Flickr.
I find Skype to be a really useful technique to connect with others around the world in the sense that it is good to be able to see the person that you are actually talking to. Skype works better than e-mail or over the phone because being able to actually see the person makes it easier to understand what it is they are trying to teach you. Not only does Skype help you with being able to see who it is you are actually talking to but it makes meeting different people around the world more easier. By meeting these new people around the world you get to get a different perspective on things and other peoples point of view on things. For example getting the point of view from someone outside of Canada on something about Canada can be interesting to just see what it is they think about the topic/subject and so on.
I found the project Around the World with 80 schools to be really neat because when you are learning about different places in school, getting the perspective from someone that is from that place is a good thing to have. So if you were learning about France in your history class it would be a really neat thing to be able to actually talk to someone from France on what it is you are learning because what you learn about the country or place and getting the perspective from someone who actually lives there can be quite a big difference. This way you can bring in experts and see different perspectives from people around the world. The reason we connect with others around the world is because we can also learn from them.

Indoor Soccer October 22, 2011

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So I am currently going to be playing on my brothers indoor soccer team in Saskatoon and I am so excited! I just went and bought new indoor shoes today, and we have a practice at 8 tonight. So I get to meet the team tonight, there is 10 girls and 15 guys on the team and its going to be 3 girls and 3 guys on at a time plus the goalkeeper. I am so excited to play indoor soccer with my brother and his girlfriend and all his friends. This will be my first time ever playing indoor soccer and it should be interesting. I’m so thrilled to see how things are going to go tonight. Our first game is on November 5th! This opportunity will give me a chance to meet some new people even though it isn’t in Regina, give me a break from always doing homework and being bored in my dorm room every weekend. This also lets me play soccer again, because I do really miss playing all the sports that I was involved in during my high school years. Going from playing sports all year in High School to not being involved in anything in university has been a really big change for me because sports was a really big part of my life during high school. But then again things change and you have to work around it all because that is just simply how life goes!

Tech Task #5 October 16, 2011

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So for Tech Task #5, we were told to create a short one minute video on one of the three topics that we were given. For our group we chose to do life at U of R as a student. In our video we talked about the huge amounts of homework that we have, the insanely long line ups at Tim Hortons at 8:30am, how the teachers are all really nice and helpful to their students, and of course how everyone is always trying to catch a nap in between their class and while doing homework. Through this video we learned that life at the U of R can be fun, you meet lots of new people and have big workloads to try and get done all in a matter of weeks.

Learning Project – September 24th, 2011 October 15, 2011

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Today I learned that all the numbers from 1-100 are all pretty well follow one another. SO if you know the numbers 1-10 you can also go to 99 because all the numbers you just add the multiple of 10 to it. For example 52 would be 5×10+2. So you don’t need to know any other numbers. But 100,1000, 10000 and so on, however, you do need to know them because they don’t relate to just the numbers 1 through 10. But I still have some trouble with the multiple of 10 numbers. I find trying to read the complex characters to be very difficult. The numbers aren’t as complex and relate to one another in some way.

Learning Project – September 19th, 2011 October 15, 2011

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So today I started my learning project which includes trying to learn how to read chinese. So far I have got the numbers 1-10 down pat and the two words “love and person”, but I can’t write these two words very well. I found the word “love” pretty easy to recognize because of the fact that you always see people with either a tattoo or necklace with the character love on it.

First Year University October 14, 2011

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Life at the University of Regina for the first month has been really hectic, stressful and frustrating. I find it to be really hard to be living 5 and a half hours away from home. I live in dorm and don’t have a kitchen so I find it really inconvenient in that sense. But living on campus also has its plus sides as well such as you don’t have to get up as early because classes are just a 5 minute walk away. You don’t have to plan for traffic in the mornings, parking is convenient because its close and you also don’t have to drive around campus looking for a parking spot when you live on campus. Classes have been confusing, frustrating but enjoyable as well. Lately,however, homework has been piling up with assignments due all at the same time and midterms being in the same week. So trying to balance my time to do all of my homework has been really frustrating. But as time goes by and as much as I don’t enjoy it, it is getting better.

Tech Task #4 October 14, 2011

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So for tech task #4 we had to create a story. I chose to create a comic because I enjoy reading comics myself. I used pixton.com to create my comic. I found it really neat as to how in depth you could actually do things, however, it was quite difficult to use as well. I wasn’t sure exactly how to post it on my blog so I just dragged it onto my post page and the URL popped up.
http://www.pixton.com/ca/create/comic/2r3b5xyi

Learning Project Description October 12, 2011

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So for my learning project I have decided that I’m going to learn how to read Chinese. I already know how to speak Cantonese, I can speak it semi fluently but not the greatest. However, I can have conversations with my mom, and I can speak Cantonese better than French, and I have my grade 12 French. Where as I never went to any classes for chinese I just learned through the family. I kind of had to in order to talk to my grandparents. So I think it would be neat to be able to read even a little bit of Chinese because my friends always ask me, “What does this say?”. I also think it would be a good idea to be able to read and write Cantonese and not just speaking it. So for now my goal is to be able to read something if not nothing, and if I catch on quite easily I would also like to learn how to write chinese. In order to learn this I am going to use youtube, books, blogs, and the internet. My mom, however, doesn’t remember how to read and write as well so I can’t go to her for help. She also lives 5 and a half hours away. 😦