# TechTeamEdublog

a) What widgets and plugins did you choose?

I chose the calendar widget, the image widget, and the recent posts widget.

b) What are their strengths?

I think the calendar widget is something that’s practical to have. It makes it easy to remember due dates for assignments and to plan your schedule. I also think the recent posts widget is practical to have, because it can make it easier for my teachers to find my posts and for myself if I ever need to show one of my posts to a teacher, a parent or a classmate. Finally, I think my image widget is something that makes my blog more aesthetically pleasing and I a great way for me to show some of my favorite pictures.

d) What are their weaknesses?

There weren’t any weaknesses with the widgets I applied, but I tried a couple of them. For example, the audio widget was sort of hard to use. Also, I wanted to place my widgets on the right hand side of my blog but they stayed at the bottom. I kept trying, but my blog format only allowed me to place them at the bottom of my blog.

e) Can these programs be used in a classroom setting to enhance student learning? Would you use it and/or recommend it?

I think these programs can be used in a classroom setting, because by using these, you can make it easier to find blog posts, different pages, comments and other things as well. I would recommend these programs, because it makes your blog more practical and makes it look better and more organized.

# Flag Pole Lab Math Honors 20XX

In this lab we had to work with a partner to find the height of the canadian flag pole in front of the school by using trigonometric ratios.

To do so, I measured the height of my partner to her eye level which was 1.66 m. Then, we used a trundle wheel to measure the distance between the flag pole and my partner which was 8.65 m. Then we used a clinometer to measure the angle of elevation . My partner put the clinometer to her eye and tilted her head until her eye was facing the very top of the flag pole. I looked at the angle given where her head was tilted at which was 40 degrees. After collecting all the measurements needed we did a sketch of our results. In our sketch we labeled the measurements, the angle of elevation and which sides were the hypotenuse, opposite and adjacent to 40 degrees. The side of the height of the flagpole was the opposite and the length between the flagpole and my partner was the adjacent. So, we figured out that we had to use tan to find the height of the flagpole. We multiplied x(flagpole)/8.65 by tan40. The, we added the height of my partner to the answer and our final result was that the height of the flagpole was 8.9 m.

Here is my partner and I gathering our results.

This lab taught me that you can actually use trigonometric ratios to find out the heights of objects. Before, I didn’t know that was possible. I also learned about new tools to measure, like the trundle wheel and the clinometer. I thought it was cool to compare our results with another group, to see the effects of how the height of a person, and the distance between a person and the flagpole would have on measurements. Finally, I think this lab was very interesting and fun and it showed me that math can actually be applied to real life.

# Human Condition Paragraph – Corrections

How do labels affect humans?

In the movie, The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes, there are five high school students who come from different social cliques that endure detention on a Saturday. There is the jock, the rebel, the princess, the nerd and the basket case. Each character acts like the stereotype they are given, but throughout the day we find out a little more about who each character really is and a little about their life story. Most of the characters put on an act to fit into society and are scared of what people think of them. We find out that the outcasts are actually the more genuine people because they don’t put on an act to fit in, but at the end of the day, they all come to realize they have much more in common than they thought. Humans can be insecure, lost, need approval, need an identity.  This movie shows that labels a person is given can change the way one acts but, when surrounded by a different group of people, one can discover that they are more than the label they are given.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/breakfast_club/

# Prime Numbers Love Poem

23 was jealous of 34

Who had a man named 24

34 was her sister

Who stole her mister

Because 24 thought her sibling had more

Poor 23

Was sitting alone by a tree

Wondering why she was so odd

Then, just a few steps away

A handsome number came her way

To see if she was doing okay

He introduced himself as 47

And she thought oh my heavens

He’s making quite an impression

For someone ending in sevens

They spoke a long time

About the positives of being prime

And how annoying people full of factors can be

After that night

A realization came to light

That this sum of odd numbers

Was a much bigger wonder

Than 34 and 24 could ever be

So finally

23 felt happy

With the handsome number she met by the tree

# Electric House Project

For this science project (the Electric House Project) we had to build a creative house with a minimum of four working electric circuits. We had to have one series circuit with a minimum of two lights, a parallel circuit with a minimum of two lights, a complex circuit with a minimum of three lights and lastly a  circuit of our choice. For my classmate and I’s house we decided to build a six-level building with six circuits(one for each floor). We decided to name build our own version of  Scranton (after the tv show The Office), so Scranton 2.0. Our first level is the reception, in which we installed our complex circuit with four lights. Then for the next three levels( levels 2-4) are the offices where we installed three series circuits each with three lights. Then a conference room with a parallel circuit containing three lights and finally, the boss’s office with the circuit of our choice. We chose to do a parallel circuit with two lights.

Scranton 2.0

Our wiring: 6th level: Extra circuit (parallel circuit) 5th level: Parallel circuit with three lights 2-4th level: Series circuit with three lights 1st level: Complex circuit with four lights

Circuit Diagrams:

Series Circuit (for floors 2-4)

Parallel Circuit with three lights (5th floor)

Complex circuit (1st floor)

Extra circuit: Parallel with two lights(6th floor)

Project Questions:

1. You have three light bulbs. All have the same intensity when lit. Explain how you can prove to a classmate that they are connected in series by unscrewing one light bulb. Support your answer.

In a series circuit, all the components are connected in a single pathway. So, the electrons only have on path to follow. By unscrewing one light bulb, all the other lights would also go out because they are all connected on the same path. Since in a circuit the electrons have to go through a “loop” back to the source, if the circuit is cut off the electrons can’t go back to the battery. For example, if you have fairly lights and one of them is faulty and all the other ones go out as well, that means that it’s a series circuit because the electrons follow one path and when it’s interrupted they electrons cannot go through the circuit. Therefore, unscrewing one light bulb makes all the others go out.

2. You have three light bulbs. All have the same intensity when lit. Explain how you can prove to a classmate that they are connected in parallel by unscrewing one light bulb.

In a parallel circuit electrons follow multiple pathways. So, when a light bulb is unscrewed and shuts off, the other light bulbs still work, because the electrons have more than one pathway. The light bulbs don’t rely on each other to function because of the multiple pathways. When the electrons reach the unscrewed light bulb they just go through another pathway to get back to the source.

3. You have three light bulbs. Two are connected in a parallel. This parallel combination is connected in series with the third light bulb. Describe the relative intensity of each bulb. Support your answer.

In a parallel circuit the electrons are split into multiple pathways to get back to their source(battery), so the intensity is dimmer in the parallel lights since they would need a stronger current to get back to their source with a strong light because there would be half the amount of electrons flowing through the wires. But in a series, the electrons only follow one pathway so they don’t split so the intensity is stronger and equal throughout the series.

4. In question number three, describe the relative intensities of the two remaining lit bulbs, if one of the bulbs in parallel was unscrewed. Support your answer.

If one of the light bulbs that is in a parallel is unscrewed, the other parallel will be in series with the other light bulb. Therefore, all the electrons will flow through the remaining lights and the relative intensity of those bulbs will be equal. The electrons will only have one pathway to follow so, the lights will be brighter and the electrons won’t split and just follow a “loop” to complete the circuit.

# Data Analysis Reflecions

1. This article was about fake social media accounts who spread throughout Alberta politics. This article really made me be more aware that not everything is what it seems on social media. That we really have to be careful with people we don’t know on the internet, because they’re not always what they claim to be. I found it really odd how this James Galan person was able to befriend so many politicians and get into politic group chats, when no one knew who he was. It’s crazy how people just pretend to be someone they’re not to share their views and criticize others because they’re too afraid of being called out. Another thing is, since we don’t know who these people are we don’t know their intentions. Some fake accounts try to get personal information, which can obviously be very dangerous. So, we really have to watch out with who we communicate with online.
2. This second article was about fake posts about the aftermath of attacks(ex: terrorist attacks). I was shocked by this article. I didn’t know so many people pretended to have family members missing. I just don’t see the reason behind it. I think it’s very disrespectful, especially to the families who actually have people missing.  These fake posts make others believe that some people are actually missing, when they’re actually safe and sound. They ruin the ones that are actually real, because they get in the way of the real ones spreading awareness. Also, it can be hard to tell which ones are lies and which ones are legitimate. Another thing I found surprising was that some tabloids post stuff without having actually researched if it was false or not. For example, a Facebook post that claimed that there was a gunman near a hospital area(which was incorrect) was directly reported on Daily Star and Daily Express. This wasn’t the only case where this has happened. Again, this article made me more aware of the reliability of information online, even tabloids post false information about things like these.
3. The topic of this article was pretty similar to the previous ones. It was basically about misinformation. I was shocked what fake news could lead to. For example,(this is an extreme case) but in the presidential elections in the US there was a made up story that was spread throughout social media saying a paedophile ring involving high profile democrats was operating out of a basement in a pizza place in Washington. Later on, a man walked into the pizza place and fired a rifle, and the pizza place didn’t even have a basement. All this fake news just causes confusion and unnecessary worry. I think we should be worried about the excerpts shown, because it’s telling us that anybody can spread information and affect tons of people. Nowadays, there are less and less debates wether something on social media is true. We read a rumour and because it’s posted we assume it must be true and keep believing it ad sharing it with others and then a big lie spreads all over. This is worrisome because false information is spreading a lot more than before, and it can be hard to know if it’s true or not especially if millions of people believe it and share it.

# Math Video: The Pythagorean Theorem

Sources for research on Pythagoras’ life:

• https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/pythagoras-504.php
• https://www.mathopenref.com/pythagoras.html

# Distanced: A Short Film

This is our short film called Distanced. In this silent film, we are focusing on portraying the emotion of rejection and experimented with a few filters, close ups and speed change.

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