Category: Communicator

Grade 7: Congratulations, Creators!


Blogging Dagger via Compfight

Today I want you to think of a couple of things (which I will talk about in class, but you can use this post as a reference/check sheet).

First, I want you to consider the power of YouTube.  I want you to post your final remixes on YouTube for a reason.  If you have time today, here are two stories, which I think may impact you (and there are probably thousands of others).

Don’t Stop Believin’

An 8 year old girl makes 127,000 a month making baking videos on YouTube

1. What are ways that you can enhance your video on YouTube?

Do you want your video to be posted in the YouTube Commons for resharing/remixing?

Go to Video Manager and then see below… easy peasy!

YouTube Commons

Do you want to write something in the “About” for your video?  I found out that you cannot embed a hyperlink to text, but you can create a “linked URL” – although sometimes those are ugly.  Here’s a clear tutorial to help you.

Adding Annotations


Creating a Thumbnail


If you are done with time to spare, please fill out Criterion Aiv.  What changes did you make from your planning & storyboard.

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Next class you will share your video with your classmates, teachers and family to get feedback on your remix videos.


Blog Round Up – Winter 2016

This post is a selection of blog posts published by CA secondary students in the past two months.  Students post work on their blogs from all subject areas and activities to demonstrate their learning, reflect and show growth.  Please read these posts and feel free to comment.  If you have a student enrolled in our secondary school, please check out your child’s blog. There are hundreds of good blogposts published by our community every month.

In February, all middle school students went ski trips.  Most students wrote reflections of their time and what they learned. Here’s George’s post about his time on the seventh grade trip.  Cherin also wrote a great post about the sixth grade trip to Hachi-kita.

Saakhi has been doing a lot of service and film work for CATV, read about her reflection from filming a recent soccer game.

Grade 9 students have just completed their Personal Projects and all students have been documenting their process journals on their blogs.  Check out Ray’s post of his final project. His passion for soccer led him to create tutorials for other players and develop his YouTube Channel: Ray the Goalkeeper while mentoring CA soccer players to improve their game.

Aimi has done a lot of great service projects this year through Eco Club and Student Body Council, read about them here.

Hazel recorded a podcast about cultures in Humanities class.

Read Jina’s reflection on her Perspective Art drawing in Art class.

In Grade 7 Humanities, students are writing journalistic articles on a world issue. Read Sophia’s post about Human Trafficking in Ghana and Ragini’s post on Education in Africa.

In grade 6, PE students learned about self-esteem during Health Class.  Students created PSA videos to share their learning and encourage others to have self-esteem.  Watch Martino’s PSA video!

Grade 9 Food Design class started second semester with a few weeks of skill building activities, like learning proper knife cutting skills, making pastry dough, reading a recipe, measuring and converting recipes.  Read Anjali’s and Andy’s reflections on how class has been going for them.

Yumi’s Service Reflection on a Sakura Planting on Rokko Mountain.

Read Karuna’s analysis of “Hazakura and The Magic Flute” (in Japanese)

Grade 6 are writing book reviews on their blogs.  Read Isha’s book review on The Sign of the Beaver.

Grade 9 students finished their interdisciplinary unit with projects in English, Humanities and Art.  Read Mirai’s experience in Hiroshima on the grade 9 trip.

Secondary School Blog Round Up: August-September 2015


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The blogs are buzzing with so much great learning and reflection.  This blogpost is just a small sample of the number of blog posts that have been written since school has started this year!  Please read and comment on student blogs.

There is alway a lot of great learning, reflecting, service and activities going on at CA.  Here are some student posts that highlight all of this great learning in and out of school.


Read what Masao wrote as he analyzed 3D printers and their ethical use in Japanese class.

This past month, all middle school students went on trips to foster teamwork and friendships and learn more about nature and Japanese culture.  There are many fantastic blog posts about individual student experiences.  Check out a few here: Piya’s trip to Green Echo, Aki’s trip to Awaji and Haruki’s trip to Wakasawan.

This summer a few students and teachers went to Tohoku to continue CA’s work with area schools after the horrible earthquake in 2011.  Read Shaun’s blogpost about his service and impact from his Tohoku trip this past summer.

High school art classes are sharing their work and reflections of their first pieces this year. See Aya’s and Hina’s artwork and reflections here.

This year, Drama students are using their blogs to showcase and reflect on their work.  Watch Ahmad’s group as they perform a movement sequence and read more about the process and his reflection. Sohan also shared his groups’ performance and he reflected on how they created still images from a song.

All students and teachers at CA are required to create goals to improve our learning and performance. All students post their goals on their blogs.  Check our your child’s blog and see how you can support them with their newly created goals.  Here is an example of a tenth grade student’s goals by Kyu-Hyeok.

In Japanese class, Jessie wrote a blogpost for a reading response to her independent reading.

Grade 10 students have been diligently working on their Personal Project and have started their inquiry.  They will be documenting their personal projects through their blogs to share with the community.  Here are some examples of this year’s projects: Karuna’s, Fayaz’s and Min-Suk’s .

Saakhi posted about her art class field trip to the Kobe Biennale Museum.

Grade 6: Commenting on Blogs

Commenting on blogs is essential for our learning. It’s important that you are sharing all the cool things you are doing at school and in your life and it’s fun to read what other people think about our posts.  As a blogger, I realize that sometimes it is intimidating to put your work or thoughts on the web for everyone to read.  But, I definitely think it is worth it!

We are going to do a practice commenting activity (in class – on PAPER!) with this post from me:


This isn’t one my best photos, but it is one of my favorites. This is a picture I took when I was sitting behind Mr. Lemley on the Rokko Lines on a cold, clear winter day. I think Lola is in his lap looking out the window, but you cannot see her in this photo.  I love how the red of the bridge contrasts with all the train line and mountains in the background.  I have leading lines on my photo created by the train tracks that draws a persons eyes from the foreground to the background. I used a filter on Instagram that really brightens up the train track and makes the red really stand out compared to the darkness of Mr. Lemley’s back in the foreground.




Beautiful Pictures of Nara Photo Contest

A picture from my trip to Nara - December 2014
A picture from my trip to Nara – December 2014

Grade 6 –

We will be holding a photo contest from our trip to Nara on Thursday.

In order to submit your photos to the contest, you must post them to your blog and link your blogpost to the comments section in this blog post.

Each student can submit up to 5 images (please put all images in one blogpost).

Photos should be displayed in blog as large as your blog can show.

**Don’t forget the photography “rules” we went over first semester to create interesting, high quality shots! **

Blogpost links must be sent to Mrs. Lemley by Tuesday, April 14th by 6 PM.

Winners will be awarded April 29nd!