HS Spring Concert Reflection

On April 13th, the Spring Concert was held in the auditorium. We played four pieces and our theme was Modern Landscape. For our concert this year, we were lucky enough to have DJ Monsta, a DJ/ music producer play along with us and mix in electronic sounds to our pieces using the launchpad and the turntable.

The first piece of the program, and concert was Spring in which I was lucky enough to play solo for and conduct. This piece by far was the most technically challenging piece; it was a very note-heavy piece with a fast tempo, requiring very good intonation and focus. Most of the time, the tempo for the different sections of the orchestra was the same and thus it was crucial that we were in complete sync during those times and deliver the notes accurately. Since the piece was technically challenging, requiring focus on delivering the right notes with good intonation relatively quickly, it was quite challenging for some players to keep the tempo. During practice, we had experienced major decreases in tempo during transitions of tempo which was pretty fatal because the lower strings that were keeping the baseline and in charge of keeping the tempo through the baseline slowed down, slowing down the other groups and it was hard to regain the tempo because not everyone was looking at me. Therefore, I decided to show the tempo clearly by nodding my head like a metronome because there were no hands to conduct the orchestra and at first, I was a little dubious of whether it was clear enough and helped the orchestra, but I was reassured when some members of the orchestra commented that it helped a lot. However looking back at the performance through the video, I am very surprised everyone was able to keep up because the tempo is extremely fast. We as a group did much better in keeping the tempo than the practices but i think that the experience we had of the decreases in tempo throughout the piece during the practices made me think that I should take a slightly faster tempo, and this was catalyzed by the adrenaline rush we all experience during concerts. Ms. Banehene told me during the last practice about this and she was right. However even at this tempo, the cellos were lagging and thus I think that it was good that I took a  slightly faster tempo so even if the cellos were slowing down, the violins could keep up with me and set the tempo throughout the piece although this is slightly risky. In the original of the song, there are more fluctuations of the tempo within the piece, with gaps of space to create flow, but I think that we as a group were not competent enough to deliver these fluctuations with confidence and with effect because there were other aspects of the performance that we had to focus on.

Oblivion was one of my favourite pieces, because this piece incorporates elements of jazz and classical music in a style called nuevo tango, and had a very different feeling of tempo. A lot of the times, when there is a piece with a solo part, I am the one playing the solo in which I can express myself in any way, with freedom, fluctuating the tempo, and dynamics as I like as the rest of the orchestra would be accompanying me, following my lead and supporting my solo. However, this time I was part of the accompaniment supporting the flute solo. The orchestra tends to deliver very decisive beats, quite literally following the music. As someone who has experienced playing solos many times, I knew that this would make the soloist slightly uncomfortable because it would restrict her ability to fluctuate the tempo in the way she chooses to, which is a big part of this piece with a nuevo tango style. Therefore, I focused on listening to her and looking at Ms. Banahene, making sure that the orchestra was flexible and able to adjust to the changes of tempo and dynamics not written on the music and allow the soloist to express herself in any way through our support.

 

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #11

The preparation for my personal project exhibition was relatively smooth. I printed out the following and displayed it on my board. My exhibition was successful. Alike me a lot of students and parents were shocked, presented by the reality of under-age use of social media. I received comments that the fact that I surveyed CA students made the issue more relevant and a lot of parents thought that my topic was a very important topic that should be covered especially with social media being a vital part of our daily lives. Additionally, parents said they they realized that they were very unaware of many aspects of social media including the under-age use of social media and what they were actually agreeing to when accepting the terms and conditions of applications such as instagram and said it was helpful that I presented tips to follow at the end. I receieved very pleasant comments about my display; they said it was eye-catching and immediately grasped their attention. That was my intention and thus I was very pleased to hear this. I also received encouraging comments regarding my video. The viewers said it was informational yet entertaining and many asked where they could access this video because they wanted to show it to their children. During the exhibition, I was not nervous and I was simply very excited to share my learnings and spread awareness about  the reality of social media use within the younger generation, who are extremely vulnerable to the dangers of social media yet are often not informed or fully aware of the dangers, the dangers that social media may bring upon its user, the pitfalls of social media and how to use social media more responsibly and safely.


PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #10

I created an infographic showing tips that could easily be followed by elementary students. I wanted my video to not only inform the viewer about the dangers of social media also wanted to prompt action and thus this was a crucial part. With the inclusion of this infographic and transitions, I finished my final video. After the completion of the video, the link to the video was distributed to teachers of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and I received commending comments.

https://youtu.be/IFoSHtb7zjc

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #9

After my painstaking efforts of reading through the terms and conditions of instagram, identifying the key parts, researching the concepts included in the terms and breaking down the lengthy text and converting it into kid-friendly terms, I took screencasts of the original document, highlighting the text and including a voice over explaining it in kid-friendly terms and providing captions and pictures.

https://help.instagram.com/478745558852511

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #8

In order to include a real-life example showing the dangers of social media, I talked about a case of identity theft which occurred to Jaleesa Suell. Her identity was stolen when she was 17 and in foster care. Her personal data was used to apply for a credit card by a complete stranger, leading her to have 725,000 dollars of debt and she is still struggle to pay back the debt created by a stranger who stole her personal data and identity. Her story will appear after the presentation of the survey results. As can be seen in the screenshots below, I have included voice-overs and music.

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PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #7

After I sent out the survey, I waited for the response but the results did not come through thus forcing me to resend the survey using another platform. This was stressful and annoying because I did not want to cause trouble for the teachers who would have to organize a time for their students to redo their survey. The second time, I used surveynuts.com as my platform and I was able to successfully gather the results from a sample size of 64 students ranginf rom 3rd~5th grade and convert the data collected into infographics. I used canva.com and represented the data as pie charts, using royalty-free images to make the data very visual and clear to understand. The pictures above are the survey results and below are the infographics representing the data that I created with Canva.com

Click here to see the survey

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #7

As I wanted to have more in-depth and accurate knowledge about use of social media within the younger generation and since this was such a relevant issue to CA, I wanted to collect first-hand information from elementary students in CA. I sent out a survey with ten questions the teachers or 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. The questions asked about which grade the students are in, reason as to why they use social media,  what social media apps/ websites they use most often, parental permission, privacy settings, posting of content etc. and whether they read the terms and conditions presented before the creation of a new account etc.. The platform I used was surveymonkey.

I asked the following questions and provided the following options:

What grade are you in?

Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

If you use social media apps or websites, why?

I want to look at what other people are posting!
I use it to talk with my friends!
I want to post my own content (videos, photos etc.)!
I don’t use social media apps/ websites!
My friends are using it, so I wanted to try it!

If not, why?

I’m not interested!
My guardian doesn’t allow me to have a social media account.

Do your parents know that you have an account?

Yes
No

What social media app/website do you use most often?

Instagram
Facebook
Snapchat
Other

Do you post content (photos, videos etc.)?

Yes
No

Are your settings set to private?

Yes
No

If yes, why?

I know about the dangers of sharing information with strangers and only want to share my personal information with people I know.
I was told to keep my settings private by my parents, teachers, siblings etc.

Do you read the terms and conditions page before creating an account?

Yes
No

If not, why?

It’s way too long!
I’m not interested!
I didn’t know what it was so I just agreed.

 

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #6

Within my age group, instagram and snapchat are the two most common used social media applications within my age group. However, I do not have much background knowledge about what kind of applications are most commonly used by children of a younger age group and thus I did some online research. I learnt that instagram and facebook are the two most common social media applications used and thus I will focus on one of the two for my analysis of the terms and conditions

References

Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites and Apps [February 2018]. (2018, February 11). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from https://www.dreamgrow.com/top-15-most-popular-social-networking-sites/

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #5

Throughout my research, I learnt that under-age use of social media is on the rise. The minimum age of most social media platforms is 13, but a study from regular Ofcom showed that half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media account. According to Ofcom’s Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes report, 46% of 11-year-olds, 51% of 12-year-olds and 28% of 10-year-olds have a social media profile. Despite these scary statistics, parental awareness of the age limit is very low and 80% of parents of the children who use instagram or snapchat are unaware of the restrictions. 40% of the parents said they would allow their child to use social media even if they are under the age limit.

Social networks are pretending to not see the children under the age of 13 signing up for their services and the issues and dangers surrounding it.

References

Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2017. (2017, December 29). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/media-literacy-research/childrens/children-parents-2017

Under-age social media use on the rise, says Ofcom. (2017, November 29). Retrieved March 06, 2018, from http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42153694

PERSONAL PROJECT PROCESS JOURNAL #4

 

Personal Project Goal

Focused goal of my investigation. Purpose and product should be clear.

The goal that I want to achieve throughout my personal project is to spread awareness about the reality of social media use within the younger generation, who are extremely vulnerable to the dangers of social media yet are often not informed or fully aware of the dangers, the dangers that social media may bring upon its user, the pitfalls of social media and how to use social media more responsibly and safely.
Success Criteria

What do I need to investigate in order to meet the goal of my RQ?

  • Reality of social media use within a younger age group such as elementary students.
  • Dangers of social media
  • Terms and conditions of instagram
  • Tips to use social media more safely
Action Plan

A set of achievable goals that will allow me to meet the goal of my research question.

Each goal has a deadline and evidence of achievement.

 

Criterion B: Planning (Strand ii: The Action Plan)
1-2 (ii) Present a limited or partial plan and record of the development process of the project.
3-4 (ii) Present an adequate plan and record of the development process of the project.
5-6 (ii) Present a substantial plan and record of the development process of the project.
7-8 (ii) Present a detailed and accurate plan and record of the development process of the project.

 

Phase 1: Investigating

Target

Deadlines

Interim Goals & Tasks

Describe the task. What research method is needed?

Once complete, very briefly summarize key learning/ outcomes.

Complete (✓)

(time planned/taken)

11/30

Thursday

Task (to do): Research on general use of social media use within younger age groups; elementary students.

  • Research under-age use of social media
  • Research what applications/ websites are commonly used or are most popular
  • Research for what purpose the applications are being used.

Method: Look online for reports done on social media use within a younger age group or online websites

Outcome (done): Under-age use of social media is something that I had noticed amongst CA students and felt was something that had to be urgently addressed and thus was not surprised to see that this was an issue worldwide. Throughout my online research, I learnt that instagram and facebook are the two most commonly used social media platforms.

 

(120min/140min)

12/7

Thursday

Task (to do): Research the pitfalls of the internet and social media

  • Research the dangers of social media
  • Research a specific case of this proving to be a reality

Method: Research will be done online, looking at online articles, blog posts etc.

Outcome (done): I researched the dangers of social media including “stranger danger”, not knowing the true identity of who you are interacting with because they are behind a screen, possibly leading to cat fishing or dangerous encounters. Additionally, I learnt about cases of oversharing of information or personal information being leaked and cyber-bullying. I learnt about a case of identity theft which brought serious consequences, which can be included in my video. 

(120min/150min)

12/21

Date

Task (to do): Research the pitfalls of the internet and social media

  • Research the dangers of social media
  • Research a specific case of this proving to be a reality

Method: Research will be done online, looking at online articles, blog posts etc.

Outcome (done): I researched the dangers of social media including “stranger danger”, not knowing the true identity of who you are interacting with because they are behind a screen, possibly leading to cat fishing or dangerous encounters. Additionally, I learnt about cases of oversharing of information or personal information being leaked and cyber-bullying. I learnt about a case of identity theft which brought serious consequences, which can be included in my video. 

(120min/150min)

12/30

Saturday

Task (to do): Research the terms and conditions of instagram and facebook.

Method: Go to the official page of terms and conditions of instagram and facebook and read, researching unknown concepts or terms. 

Outcome (done): I expected very lengthy texts that are very opaque but I did not except the vocabulary to be this hard to comprehend. I realize that a lot of research is needed to understand the concepts without flaw and convert it into kid-friendly terms. 

(180min/200min)

 

Add more rows where needed.

Evaluate your progress against the descriptors. Move on to the next phase.

 

Phase 2: Planning

Target

Deadlines

Interim Goals & Tasks

Describe the task. What research method is needed?

Once complete, very briefly summarize key learning/ outcomes.

Complete (✓)

(time planned/taken)

1/8

Date

Task (to do): Plan components that will make up my video

Method: I will do this by determining which issues need to be addressed and what I want to communicate to my audience. 

Outcome (done): I decided on including the following components; survey results about social media use within elementary students of CA, a real-life example of identity theft, analysis of key parts of the terms and conditions of instagram in kid-friendly terms, and tips that could be followed to improve the security and safety of the user.

 

(120min/150min)

1/15

Monday

Task (to do): Identify the key parts of the terms and conditions that should be analyzed and converted into easier words and start to analyze. 

Method: I will do this by reading through the terms and conditions of instagram and look at parts that could potentially have a big impact on the life of the user. 

Outcome (done): I decided that I will be focusing on parts talking about personal data because I will be including an example of identity theft before the analysis of terms and conditions in my video and also because leakage of personal data could bring disastrous consequences upon the user. 

 

(120min/180min)

1/22

Monday

Task (to do): Work on documentation of research and blog posts. 

Method: I will do this by writing blog posts about the research I have done on the terms and conditions of instagram and the concepts surrounding it. 

Outcome (done): I wrote blog posts regarding this and I have realized that my research is allowing me to understand concepts that seem very complicated, allowing me to convert them to easier words.  

 

(120min/160min)

1/30

Tuesday

Task (to do): Complete survey to be sent out. 

Method: I will do this by using the knowledge I gained about use of social media within the younger age group; elementary students and asking questions that will allow me to grasp the reality of social media use amongst 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in CA.  

Outcome (done): I decided on asking questions about which grade the students are in, reason as to why they use social media,  what social media apps/ websites they use most often, parental permission, privacy settings, posting of content etc. and whether they read the terms and conditions presented before the creation of a new account etc..

 

(120min/150min)

2/1 Task (to do): Work on Criterion A & B of report and blog posts. 

Method: Start filling in Criterion A & B of personal project report, using the guidelines provided. 

Outcome (done): I have completed 80% of Criterion A and 75% of Criterion B. 

(180min/200min)

 

Evaluate your progress against the descriptors. Move on to the next phase.

Phase 3: Taking Action

Target

Deadlines

Interim Goals & Tasks

Describe the task. What research method is needed?

Once complete, very briefly summarize key learning/ outcomes.

Complete (✓)

(time planned/taken)

2/2

Friday

Task (to do): Send out survey and gather results

Method: Send survey to teachers of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade;

  • 3rd Grade (Ms. Mito, Ms. Terry)
  • 4th Grade (Ms. White, Mr. Sprague, Ms. Shih)
  • 5th Grade (Ms. O’Hanley, Mr. Booth, Mr. Rampling)

Outcome (done): I was able to successfully send the survey and will be waiting for their response. 

(30min/30min)

2/7

Date

Task (to do): Finish analyzing the data collected and convert into colorful graphics. 

Method: Use piecharts to represent the data and add graphics/ images. 

Outcome (done): The survey results did not come through and thus I have to resend a survey using another platform or website. 

(180min/30min)

2/12

Date

Task (to do): Create graphics to show tips on how to use internet safely. 

Method: Use canva or piktochart to create infographics with images and colorful headlines.  

Outcome (done): I resent the survey and I got the results and using Canva, I was able to create attractive infographics showing the results of the survey and outlining tips to use social media more safely . 

(60min/240min)

2/17

Date

Task (to do): Finish Video. 

Method: Search for royalty-free footage, music and pictures that can be used in my videos. Record voice overs and compile infographics. 

Outcome (done): Despite delay, I recorded voice overs, screen casts etc. and compiled infographics I had made into my video. I also added royalty-free music, pictures etc. to make my video entertaining. 

(240min/300min)

2/20

Date

Task (to do): Distribute video to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers. 

Method: I will post the video to youtube and sent the link to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers. 

Outcome (done): After the completion of my video, I posted the video onto youtube and it was sent to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers and I received replying e-mails commending my video. 

(30min/20min)

Add more rows where needed.

Evaluate your progress against the descriptors. Move on to the next phase.

 

Phase 4: Reflecting [The Report & Exhibition]

Target

Deadlines

Interim Goals & Tasks

Describe the task. What research method is needed?

Once complete, very briefly summarize key learning/ outcomes.

Complete (✓)

(time planned/taken)

2/26

Monday

Task (to do): Prepare for exhibition

Method: Print out the following:

  • Infographics of survey results
  • Infographic of tips on how to use social media more safely
  • Title + name
  • Explanation of my research, goal, and success criteria
  • screenshots of screencast of analyzed terms and conditions of instagram and simplified text.

Outcome (done): I printed most of the above at home so the only thing I had to do at school was put the backdrop on the board and stick the pieces of paper. 

(300min/300min)

3/5

Date

Task (to do): Write up report

Method: 

  • Finish Criterion C & D and ensure that I have more than the required amount of blog posts.

Outcome (done): I was able to finish the report but with delay. 

(180min/200min)

Day

Date

(Xxmin/Xxmin)

Day

3/7

Final Submission Deadline

Submit to: Mr. Rosell

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