Our class is reading a book named "Orbiting Jupiter". The first chapter of this book is about a 14 year old boy named Joseph that tried to kill his teacher because he took something bad from someone in the bathroom at school. He has a daughter named Jupiter and now lives with a foster family. I think that one of the labels that his family would place on Joseph would be quiet. I think this because he doesn't talk much even when someone is speaking to him. He also usually doesn't make eye contact with anyone else. I think that one of the labels that the bus driver would place on him is that he is ignorant and disrespectful. The bus driver might think Joseph is ignorant or dumb because he decides to walk to school in the freezing cold instead of taking the bus, which probably didn't make any sense to the bus driver. He might think he is disrespectful because when he asked Joseph questions or said something to him, he wouldn't reply. The teachers and principal might think that Joseph is dangerous and a bad influence. They might think he is dangerous because they have heard what he has done in his past and the teachers might fear that it will happen again. One teacher didn't let him in his class because he heard about his past and it could have scared him. The teachers and principals might think that he is a bad influence because Jack has only been late to school or have had to have a talk with the principal since he has been with Joseph. This could lead the principal to think that Jack's behaviour is Joseph's fault and they might expect Jack's grades to go down and that he will start to act more like people think Joseph always acts. Overall, I think that most of the labels that the people surrounding Joseph have placed on him have been negative because of the things he has done in his past and some of the bad first impressions that he has made.
Digital Citizenship Infographic
In our class, we have been working on infographics about digital citizenship!
What did you learn doing this assignment about creating an infographic/advertisement?
Doing this assignment about an infographic, I learned that the most important words and images should stand out to the readers, that the topic of the ad must be easily distinguishable by looking at it, and that the placement of text and images in the infographic are very important. The placement is important because everything needs to be clear and easy for the readers to understand. I also learned that by using the colour spectrum, I can pick colours that coordinate with each other so the ad looks appealing. Lastly, I learned a lot of statistics and information about digital citizenship while researching for this assignment.
What is your target audience and does your infographic do a good job of targeting them? How do you know?
The targeted audience of this infographic is for anyone who uses social media frequently. This is because everyone that uses any type of social media that allows you to communicate with other people could be a cyberbully or a possible victim of cyberbullying. My infographic does a good job at targeting people who use social networks because the images of Instant Messenger, Myspace, Twitter, and facebook will attract the people who use those sites to read it. For example, if I used Instant Messenger the ad would catch my eye because I see a familiar image, and I would be more likely to read more of the ad. Hopefully the people who read my ad will learn some of the facts that explain how common and hurtful cyberbullying is, and how you can make sure that you don't post anything that will cause problems or bullying.
Describe why you used the components/images that you did.
The images that I used are Instant Messenger, Myspace, Twitter, Facebook symbol, a head with a brain, and a pie chart. I used the images of the four different social network sites because they relate to the statistics that are written above them. This is a good way to catch the reader’s eye so they are more likely to read the facts. I used an image of a head with a brain in it because it represents someone thinking which is related to the title, “THINK before you POST” I used a pie chart to describe a statistic about cyberbullying so the readers can have a visual representation and understand it better.
How effective is your infographic at conveying your message? (Ex. If you looked at this, would you look at it and read it, or would you just pass it off?) Explain.
My infographic is very effective because it catches the reader’s attention with vibrant colours and graphics. The content applies to everybody because of the technology so almost everyone can identify with the information.
Hi! This is my first blog post on Weebly. My name is Jordan and I'm in grade 8 this year. I'll tell you about myself and my first two weeks of school. So far, this year has been off to a good start even though the school year is just beginning. I feel like I have gotten a lot of work done and I’ve finished all of my work before the deadline. Some activities we’ve done so far have been art projects, history assignments, science tasks and some work in language. We’ve also started a unit in math and have had practice pages and diagnostic tests to get done. One of the two art projects we have done was a graffiti task where we had to draw an adjective word that describes something that we want to be part of our personality. I chose the word happy because I want to be more positive. The other art project we had was called "Candy pop art" which is where we choose a popular candy, draw it and then colour it in with bright pastel colours. This year is very different from last year. I'm so used to the grade 7 routine and grade 8 is a big change, since it’s preparing us for highschool. So far, I’ve enjoyed school and I find it a little more challenging than last year which is a good thing. We have more assignments, a closer due date, and less school time to get work done compared to last year. I think some of us are still trying to get used to these new routines and procedures. I wouldn’t say that this year has been very difficult so far. But I think it will definitely get harder because there will be a lot of new units in multiple subjects that I haven’t learned before or don’t know anything about. I am happy that I have a teacher that encourages people and pushes us to our limits so nothing is easy and we have more challenges. I like my classmates and there’s no one specific that I would be unhappy working with. Overall, I'm excited for a year full of learning!