Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What has happened this year? - 7th Grade

This school year (2012-2013) in the seventh grade, a lot of things have happened.  Here is my reflection of the seventh grade and everything that has happened this year:

7th Grade Reflection:
What's Popular?:
Music - rap, techno (electronic), One Direction, Taylor Swift

Fashion - Jeggings/Leggings, sweaters

TV shows - Crime shows (Criminal Minds, NCIS, etc.), Duck Dynasty

Other:
The Harlem Shake
Link to LJH's Harlem Shake video!



What am I like?:
Music
Style: techno (electronic), rock, hip hop, pop
Artists: Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift

Fashion
Converse, Old Navy Jeans, JCPenny clothing

Favorites
Sports: Soccer and tennis
Colors: Yellow, green, and light blue
Animals: Dogs and bunnies
Books: The I Am Number Four series
Movie: She's the Man
Colleges: USC, UNC, Stanford
Games: Clue, Little Big Planet, Mario Kart, Monopoly
School Subjects: Math (Algebra 1) and Language Arts
Activities: Reading
TV shows: Criminal Minds, Survivor, Ridiculousness
Restaurants: Hacienda
Foods/Drink: Ice Cream, popcicles, pepperoni pizza, sprite
Other: Funny videos, Pinterest

 Friends
1. Brook H.
2. Lauren C.
3. Grace M. 
4. Kristen B. (Brownie)
5. Karen P. 

What has happened?:
1. Obama was reelected president of the United States
2. The Boston Marathon bombing
3. A new pope was chosen
4. Tornadoes hit Oklahoma
 5. Kevin Ware broke his leg on live TV (the bone was popping out!)
6. The Newtown School shooting
7. The Batman Shooting in Aurora, CO (this summer)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 10

Student Blogging Challenge
Evaluation

For this last challenge, we were to evaluate our blog by answering the questions from the "student blogging challenge" website.  Here are my answers:

My blog evaluation:
1. How many posts did you write? - 9 posts (counting this one)

2. How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge? - All but one of my posts were set by the challenge.  The other post was about my own interests and feelings, but it was also school based because I did it at school.

3. How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers, or overseas students? - 19 comments

4. Which post received the most comments?  Why do you think that happened? - My first challenge, "Who Am I", received the most comments.  I think this happened because it was the first challenge of the student blogging challenge and everyone was excited to start blogging.  As it got later into the challenge, less and less people were commenting, probably because they were sort of fizzled and tired of the blogging.  I also think it got a lot of comments because it had a lot to do with favorites and things that I like.  It is easy for people to relate to favorites and opinions, especially ones about famous people and celebrities that everyone knows about.  I think that the first challenge got received the most comments because everyone was excited to start blogging and it was easy to relate to.

5. Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why? - Challenge 6 (the one about digital citizenship) was most definitely my favorite post to write.  I liked it because we had so many options of things to choose from.  They all sounded pretty cool, so it was hard to pick one.  I also liked how on the  option I chose, activity 5, I got to play a game and learn about digital citizenship.  I also got to see what they said about my digital citizenship skills, which was interesting.  Lastly, I liked how we used a web 2.0 tool to teach other people about digital citizenship.  I made a Thinglink to teach people about it, and it was really fun.  Challenge 6 would most definitely have to be my favorite post that I wrote.

6. Did you change blog themes at all and why? - Yes, I changed it multiple times (mostly just the background and color scheme).  I changed it because I changed a lot throughout the year and I wanted my blog to reflect me and my style.

7. How many widgets do you have?  Do you think this is too many or not enough? - I have 11 widgets on my blog.  I don't think this is too many, nor do I think this is not enough.  I think that is a perfect balance in between those two.  It is just right.

8. How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll? - 3 overseas students' blogs


Along with the blog evaluation, I also had my sister, Grace, (who is in my grade but doesn't have a blog), and my mom go around my blog.  I found that they really liked my blog, but they thought some of the things that I posted were a little too boring.  They thought that it was kind of bland to only have posts for the student blogging challenge, no other school-based or interest-based posts.  Overall, they really liked the set-up and the content of my blog, but they thought it could use more of a variety of different posts and pages.  I am going to try to help this by posting more of a variety of posts, like "how-to's" or posts about my personal interests.


What were some of the things you found when filling out your blog evaluation?  What about the evaluation with another student and teach/parent?  Leave a comment! :)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 8

Student Blogging Challenge
Favorites
My 10 favorite things:


1. Animal: Dogs


My favorite animals would definitely have to be dogs.  Dogs are so nice and friendly, specifically golden retrievers.  I have a golden retriever named Max, who is shown above.  If you haven't already, click play to learn more about my love for dogs.  Enjoy!


2. Book(s): The I am Number Four series 

The I am Number Four series, written by Pittacus Lore, would definitely have to be my favorite series of books.  The first book, I am Number Four, would probably have to be my favorite in the series.  I also really liked all of the other books in the series so far, including The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine.  He is also currently writing the fourth book in the series, The Fall of Five.  I am really excited for his upcoming book, especially because of how good the other three were.  They are science fiction books with a little bit of romance in them as well.  They are about a group of teenagers from another planet who are being hunted by their enemies.  They are trying to stop them as well as save the entire planet Earth.  They are really interesting and so easy to get sucked into.  



3. Place to Travel (town): San Diego, California

My favorite place to travel (as in a town) is San Diego, California.  San Diego is a beautiful city full of beaches and all sorts of places to go.  One of my main reasons I love San Diego is because of how much sunlight it gets.  It is always so sunny and bright there compared to where I live.  One of my most recent trips to San Diego was a little over a week ago, when I went to see my brother graduate from law school.  We basically spent the whole trip laying in the sun or at the beach by our hotel.  It was so much fun to be there with all of my family and I can't wait to go back again.  



4. College: The University of Southern California (USC)

My favorite college would have to be the University of Southern California.  One of my favorite things about the university is it's campus.  I have visited it two times, once to visit my sister who went there, and a second time to see her graduate with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience.  It was so beautiful and all of the people there were so nice.  I also really liked the college a lot because of it's ranking.  It is one of the top schools in the United States and I think it would be really amazing to go there.  My favorite college and university would definitely have to be the University of Southern California because of it's campus, it's ranking, and how my sister went there. 



5. Actress: Emma Watson

My favorite actress would definitely have to be Emma Watson.  She is so amazing and so pretty.  She is in a lot of my favorite movies, including all of the Harry Potter movies and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  She plays Hermione Granger, one of the main characters, in the Harry Potter series and Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  She is a phenomenal actress and I just love her overall.  She is so funny and really nice.  Emma Watson is most definitely my favorite actress. 



6. Author: Sara Shepard

My favorite author would definitely have to be Sara Shepard.  She is an amazingly talented author with some many great books.  Some of these books include the Pretty Little Liars series, the Lying Game series, and the Heiresses series.  My favorite of these series would probably have to be the Pretty Little Liars series.  I am currently on the sixth book of the series, and it is really good.  I just can't put it down!  I really love getting sucked into good books, and Sara is always good at writing books like that for me to get into.  My favorite author would definitely have to be Sara Shepard, because she is talented, has great books, and is an overall great writer.

Here is the link to Sara Shepard's official website.


7. Color: Yellow

My favorite color would definitely have to be yellow.  It is so pretty and bright, it just makes me feel better.  It is like the sun, or a pretty yellow flower, both of which bring me joy.  I think that colors can really change your feelings about certain things, and yellow never fails to make me feel better.  My sister, Grace, has a yellow room and I just love sitting in it because of how warm and bright it is.  Sitting in that room always makes me feel better.  My favorite color would definitely have to be yellow because it is bright, warm, and it makes me happier.


8. Sport: Soccer

My favorite sport is soccer.  I have been playing soccer as long as I have been able to walk.  Everyone in my family plays soccer, besides my mom.  We all love it so much because it is so fun to just go out onto the field and have fun.  One of my favorite things about soccer is scoring a goal.  It is such a rush, just kicking a ball past the goal-keeper and into the back of the net.  I play all positions, but mainly midfield.  I am lucky enough to get to have this rush pretty often, unlike the defenders who have never really felt that before.  However, maybe they get the same kind of feeling from keeping the ball from going into the back of our net.  Maybe I will try playing defense more often to see how it feels.  I just love all of the positions of soccer, all of the little things about soccer, and the overall idea of soccer.  Soccer is the best thing ever and I am so glad that I get to play it every day.  My favorite sport would definitely have to be soccer because it is fun, I have been playing it forever, and I just love everything about it.

Here is the link to the "Major League Soccer"'s official website.


9. Game: Clue

My favorite game would definitely have to be Clue.  My family always plays it together and it is so fun.  I just love everything about it, from the characters, to the game board, to the whole idea of it.  It is so fun to try and use the clues to find out the confidential information.  I don't like to brag, but I'd have to say that I am pretty good at it.  There is a lot of competition in our family, and I like to think that I am the best at Clue.  It is so fun and I love playing it with my friends and family.  Clue would definitely have to be my favorite game because I love playing it with my family, I am pretty good at it, and it is really fun.

Here is the link to the Clue section of the Hasbro website.


10. Movie: She's the Man 

My favorite movie would definitely have to be She's the Man.  The main reason I like it is because it is really funny.  Amanda Bynes plays Viola, the main character, and she is so funny.  I also like it because it is about soccer.  I love soccer and I love movies, so it is a double win for me.  Lastly, I like to watch it because it is just good overall.  It is an enjoyable movie that I love to watch with my friends and family.  My favorite movie would definitely have to be She's the Man because it is funny, its about soccer, and it is just an overall good movie.



Thinglink: Challenge 8 - Favorites

 


 What are some of your favorite things?  Why do you like them?  Leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 6

Blogging Challenge
Week of 4/15-4/19
Activity 5: What is Digital Citizenship? 

   For this blogging challenge, I have chosen an activity where I got to play a game that tests my digital citizenship.  My score didn't turn out as good as I had hope; My "Digizen" score was a 40 out of 100.  I was very surprised by my overall score for the game.  I had thought that I was such a good Digital citizen!  I earned a 7 in "supporting Joe", who is the main character in the game that is being bullied.  I earned a 20 in "making sensible online decisions", which I was pretty happy about.  I earned a 12 on the first quiz and a 1 on the second quiz, which were both about safety online and digital citizenship.  Lastly, I earned a 0 on gathering information, which I was not very pleased about.  From this, I concluded that I did pretty well at making good decisions and knowing about online safety and digital citizenship, but I was not very supportive and didn't say the right things to help Joe end the bullying.  Overall, I was very surprised by my "Digizen" score on the game. 

   I have learned a lot about digital citizenship from this game.  I have learned a lot about what digital citizenship is, what to do online, and what not to do online.  I have created this Thinglink to help you learn about these important topics as well. 

Thinglink: What is Digital Citizenship?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 5

Blogging Challenge 
Secrets

"If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees." - Khalil Gibran

Imagine that you are walking through the forest, and you stumble upon this mysterious sign:


What are ten secrets that you think could be hiding in this forest?  I have decided to create a ten-page digital storybook to show you what I think could be hidden in this forest.  


The Girl Who Found The Secret Forest:


Monday, April 1, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 4

Blogging Challenge
Challenge 4
Using images in posts

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” - Jorge Luis Borges

  Paradise for me would most definitely include books somehow.  I love all sorts of books, from fantasy, to science fiction to mystery.  My favorite books would probably have to be fantasy.  I like fantasy because for me, books are a way to get out of my life and go into another, more interesting one.  With fantasy, I can go into a world much, much more interesting and fun.  Some of my favorite fantasy books include the Harry Potter series, the I Am Number Four series, and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  
  
  I absolutely love to read books.  They are so fun to read and get into.  One of my favorite things to do in my free time is get into a good book and read it for a good hour or two.  They are so fun to get into and I just overall love reading them.  Books are not only fun, but they can teach me a lot of things that I didn't know before.  I have learned many new vocabulary words and terms I would have never known without books.  Books are good ways of raising your vocabulary and learning new things, as well as having something fun to do in my free time.  

I would probably have to say that in my opinion, books are the absolute best thing ever created.  They are not only fun, but they can also teach you new words and vocabulary.  I love all sorts of books, including fantasy books, mystery books, romance books, and so on!  As said at the beginning of my post, Jorge Luis Borges once said, "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library".  I loved this quote because for me, paradise would most definitely have to include books in some way.  I could not live without books!  Books are my greatest interest and I just absolutely love them.  

Here is the link to my Pinterest board.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blogging Challenge - Challenge 3

Blogging Challenge
Get Creative

Imagine that you had just finished washing your clothes and you found that one of your socks was full of holes.  You can't use it as a sock, but you can use it for ten different things.  Here are the ten things that I would use the sock for:


1. Fishing net

2. Butterfly catcher

3. Dish rag

4. Patch on a quilt

5. Pet toy

6. Fingerless Gloves

7. Sock Puppet

8. Pillow Stuffing

9. Teddy Bear Stuffing

10.  Dry erase board eraser