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The reason I made my blog the way I did was for several reasons. I named it Laugh Aloud because I love to laugh. Laughing is healthy for you and I do it all the time. I am a very silly person, only serious when I need to be. I decided to have pictures to describe my life instead of words because pictures are colorful and speak for themselves. I shall explain them though.I used the laughing ad crying emojis because those are my favorite emojis and I 5 times/10 I start crying when Im laughing. The two babies are me and my sister. I am the chubby light skin one. My older sister gets on my nerves and tests my patience all the time but I love her, my life wouldn’t be the same without her. The picture to the left of that is my friends and I when I was in 7th grade. We were at a graduation party in the photo booth. The bathroom picture was taken recently this summer, it is my younger sister and I. I used a picture of me laughing with Pilar because that was us laughing after something that happened the previous day. Things are still funny to me no matter how long ago it was, if it was funny, I’ll laugh just as hard as I did when I first heard it. The picture of those three Heat players are Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh. The Heat is my favorite basketball team. I added that picture not only because that team is apart of my life, but basketball can be funny too. President Obama is on here because I just love his smile. He has a smile that is contagious where you just have to smile too. The last two, are me just smiling. I’ve always been a smiley person and I shall continue to stay that way. Smiling to me is a sign of strength and I shall be strong until the end. The reason I used this layout is because its called scrapbook and I knew I wanted a lot of pictures to describe my lifestyle and concept. I really like the font style italic because it just because it looks fancy.

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Media Fluency

In class we have been talking about creating a slide. Most people don’t know how to create a slide correctly. A lot of people try and put too much information in a slide, but you should actually only try to have one main idea per slide. Through using two websites, I learned how to make a better slide. One of the websites said that Ikea the furniture store did a great job with the way they did their posters for advertising. I really like the way that the posters look. That is where a lot of my inspiration for my one slide came from.

When I was making my slide all I could think about was how clean and nice the Ikea posters were. I liked how they had about 2 words, and then a picture of what they were trying to sell. I like how they didn’t try to make it crowded  it with a bunch of information that they wanted you to know. When I was making my slide I didn’t want to add too many colors. I think if I did it would be a little too crazy. I made it so there is only one point on the slide just like they said on the Presentation Zen website. There is a lot of empty space on my page, so it is not too busy. Another thing that I got from the Ikea website was that it looked more interesting to bleed your pictures. I bled my picture, to make it more interesting and to make it look better. I have seen many slides where they did not bleed and I don’t think that it looked as good as Ikea’s where they bled their pictures. On slide design for developers I used the idea where you only make the size of the letters huge. I wanted to do that because that would make it so that is what the people who are reading it see that faster. If I made the letters any smaller I think that people might not go straight to that. Another idea that I got from the websites is that if you take the words and slant them in the direction of the picture it looks very nice. I think it is because when you look at the words they are leading you down to the picture. One more thing that I did with my slide was that I tried to make contrast. I made the words bright green because they make a  great contrast to the rest of slide which is all black.

I think that creating a slide was really fun because I never knew how to make a slide that actually looked good. And I also didn’t know that there was so much to learn about creating a slide. The websites that we used had a lot of useful information on them. With mine, I applied a lot of the information that I learned. Overall, this information helped me create a really cool slide.

Tech Slide Revised:

I didn’t change much on my slide. The only thing that I really changed was that I changed the picture. I thought that this picture stuck out more. The words are leading down to my picture. The picture still bleeds off. It is very similar to the first one. I think that the words stick out well so you see them first, they lead you down to the other picture. My slide is very plain because I wanted I didn’t want it to be too distracting, and I wanted people to know where their eyes are going. The way that the words go, you can see which way your eyes are supposed to go. I am very proud of my slide, considering I never got to present, and get constructive criticism. I have learned so much about this, I now have a really good understanding on how to make a slide, and I will keep these ideas forever, since I have to make slides for the rest of my life.

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Tech Slide by Ilker Erkut

Ilker Erkut

I had a project given to me from Ms. Hull about how to make a 1 paged power point with out having to add tons of information and how to get the point across.  She said that if someone was driving by a billboard of your 1 page and saw lots of writing, they would not be able to read it.  But with this way, people can take a glance at it, know about it, like it and might want to check it out.  When making 1 slide with various amounts of information to put in, everything that you do is important.  The amount of empty space, the amount of words.  Everything matters.

This slide represents my love for soccer and everything else I like or am good at.

The reason I made my slide the way it is, is because I had a lot of information on my Me Magazine.  I could not fit everything in the 1 slide so I decided to get the key words and make a wordle.  It has all the important info and looks really swell.  Also I added the timeline that I had in my project because that shows how I grew up.

What influenced me to do it this way was that I thought what better way to preserve space and get your point across with out using a wordle.  It has all the importance of my Me Magazine.

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Olivia Mack Media Fluency

On my slide I put things that I like. I put my name right on the top because the slide is about. I wanted to make a collage at first, but I didn't want it to be too much so I only put some pictures. I tried my best line up the pictures. I didn't want it to look sloppy. When someone put there eye's on it I wanted them to look at my name first, then they look at the pictures from left to right. My background was colorful so I made the color of the letter in my name white because of the contrast. You don't want too much color. Also, the letter's are really because I wanted to fill most of the slide. 

My decision making for the design was influenced by Tumblr. Tumblr is a blogging website and the theme for your blog looks similar to mine. On the top there would say things and on the bottom on the page there would be pictures of things you like or just basically anything. That part of the design really influenced me because I think that Tumblr is one of my favorite social networking websites. To incorporate that into my slide as a design really shows that. 


I kept mine the same because I didn't go up. I think that according to the feedback that other people got that mine is fine the way that it is. I made the pictures straight as I possibly could. Also, I think that the contrast within the slide was pretty good. 
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Shaion Denny Media Fluency

In my slideshow I have various pictures of things I enjoy. I think mines is very easy to understand. I like to play baseball, basketball, and I want to graduate high school and go to college to make more money. My favorite scientist to ever live is Einstein for various reasons. I put these things in my slideshow because I feel that people don’t know enough about what I like and want to do in life.

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Dymek Malwina, MEDIA FLUENCY

       In my slide I put different things that describe me. They describe me very well, which means you can get a lot of information from them. 

        The first thing in my slide is a picture of me during volleyball game. I really like volleyball, it is my favorite sport so that is why I put that inside my slide. Volleyball was actually my dream when I was a little. I always wanted to be the best player at my teams. I enjoy playing volleyball everyday even if I am tired or I have a headache. The second thing I put was acoustic guitar and some notes because when I think of the guitar I can hear my favorite music in my head. I started to play on the guitar a few months ago and I am so happy that I continued to play it because when I was a little I stopped playing for no reason. There is also a word which is “MUSIC”.  It basically means that I love to listen to music and I always have my music turned on on my phone. I also have a translator which actually means a lot to me. I have no idea what I would do without it. It really helped me when I came to the US two years ago. On the background I have a Polish flag. When I look at it, it reminds me of Poland, family and my friends. It makes me feel sad sometimes because I go back to times with my friends and family and I really miss them, and I do not have that much of the contact with them besides my grandparents. 

       All those things mean a lot to mean. I do not know what I would do without them. They make my day happy and I feel confident about them. I think they are the best things in my life.

Slide #2 reflection:

I made some changes in my new slide from my classmates’ constructive criticism. The first thing I changed was my picture. The old picture was foggy and you could not see my face. I found a new picture where you can see my face so I decided to use it. The second thing I changed was the dictionary. On the old slide the dictionary was small and you did not pay attention to it. I made it larger so that everyone can see it. I did not change my background. I wanted to stay it that way because it is a Polish flag. 
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My Media Fluency Slide Project

This slide represents my love of music.  I put my name on it because I’m the subject of the slide.  Each letter in my name is from an album cover of one of my favorite bands or artists.  The C is from Panic by Caravan Palace, the L is from Born To Die by Lana Del Rey, the I is from Fortress ‘round My Heart by Ida Maria, and the O is from My Head Is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men.  There is a picture of my bass, a blue Ibanez SR300, and a picture of my Ibanez acoustic electric guitar, and a picture of a microphone.  There is also a picture of me playing bass in a School of Rock show. 
My decision making was influenced by how much I love listening to music and how much I love playing it.  The instrument I play most is bass guitar, and I also sing, and play keyboards and guitar.  I wanted the slide to show that I love playing music, and I love listening to my favorite bands, and I think this slide does that. 

My last slide had the same instruments as this one does but it also had an additional picture of me, which was unnecessary and just made the slide more messy.  Also, my letters were images that got very pixelated when they were blown up, which looked unprofessional.  To solve that problem, at first I tried to find bigger versions of them which I couldn't find.  Then I came across a site that had nice lettering, available in really big sizes, so I went with that.  My name runs from left to right down the screen, which also takes your eye past a picture of my bass and a picture of my guitar.  The "I" in my name is a picture of a microphone, because I also sing.  I made the background mint green/blue, because that's my favorite color right now.  

Some suggestions I have for other people making slides are to look at websites on the topic and learn about it, and to also make sure not to crowd your slide.  
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Felix d'Hermillon Slide

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This slide represents me by stating exactly what I like.It is telling you exactly what I am interested in.

I love skateboarding (my favorite thing in the world) so I had to put that up there. I want a penny board really bad. I am getting a gopro camera and they are one of my favorite things. I love surfing. I love photography, skim boarding, biking and music. I made the slide look the way it does so that people would be able to understand it and like the way it looks. What influenced my decision making was the blog that Mrs. Hull read.

In conclusion, this is everything that I like and the reason and decisions that I made.

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My Media Fluency Project Slide

I made my slide look the way it does so that it would represent what I like to do. I also made it look like the way it does so that people would look at it and be able to figure out what it means in a matter of seconds. I combined a lot of things that I think about when I think of myself and searched on the internet for pictures to represent them. The things that influenced my decision making was how interesting my slide was and the way that people think when they look at something. I used a picture from the movie the Matrix because it is something that is popular and a lot of people would look at it if they saw it on the road. From there they would see the rest of the slide and be able to figure out the message that I am trying to send about my life.

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My Home Network

        My home network is set up with several laptops and a computer (mostly my dad's, as his job is immersed in technology), which connect to our wireless provider (wireless-ly). That has a cable going to our modem, which goes right to the cloud via our Comcast service. Our home phone, cellphones and tablets connect via AT&T straight to the cloud.
        I learned from this that there are many connections required just to give an internet signal to a computer, which is something I never really thought about before. I also learned that the <...> symbol represents.
        I would advise other people who are new to the internet to always remember: whatever you do on the internet has a permanent record. Whether it's browser history or something stupid you posted on Facebook, it will always be there and it is forever to stay.
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Struggles in Life

Life, yes life, everyone at some point or even everyday goes through some obstacle that blocks their path. I had to go through several everyday.

You ask for my name? It's Hector, always Hector. Not some fancy name like Hector D. Johnson, it's just Hector. I constantly remind myself of who I am, my name, my birthday, and why I continue to not give up.

I have been through so many places and probably another is going to add itself to that list. I have been through 7 hospitals, 3 RTFs, Residential Treatment Faculties for those who do not know, 4 foster homes and it just keeps growing. I have only myself to rely on and nobody else. It's really been hard for me to trust anyone because either I never see that person again or they betray me. I just can't TRUST anyone. When I went to a new RTF, I immediately got into a fight and the “staff” who were “supposed” to break it up, did not. They just stood there and laughed and smiled like it was a comedy show. How could I trust adults, when I'm just entertainment for them?

They just put all these boys together and what did they expect? That it was going to be a Happy ever after? Hell no, it was just Chaos, there was fighting wherever you looked. I said that there are only boys and I never saw a girl in a RTF. I wonder where they kept them? I hope it was better than THIS.

When I was first thrown into a hospital, I thought, “Is this where I spend half my life in this room with bars on windows?” It felt like prison. It WAS prison. You couldn't even have shoe laces, belts or anything that can be used to kill yourself. I wasn't gonna do that.

The foster homes weren't much better. They were prisons too: house rules. The owners said, “You can't do this and You can't do that!”. There were classic rules like, “You need to eat your veggies first.” and “You need to eat everything on your plate before you can have more.”

You're probably wondering why I keep track of where I have been. It's the only way that I can trace my life back to my parent. Yes I left my parent at a very young age. That parent was my mother and I will never see her again because I cannot contact her. My mother has blonde hair and a wonderful smile and I will never see her smile again. My father told me, I'll see you again in three weeks and I never saw him again. I pushed him out of my mind because he betrayed me. All I can do is to continue to live and get through these difficulties and break through. I hope that one day I will see my mother again, healthy and happy. But I know one thing, that I won't see her anytime soon because I am moving again to another place.

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Media Fluency

I have words of things that describe me completely. I also have pictures of somethings too. I have a picture of my 2 favorite artists, Nicki Minaj and Jhene Aiko. They are the people I look up to the most and listen to their music the most. There is a speaker representing how "loud" I was and a Sapphire stone representing that I am a Virgo.Then I have Big Sister, and "Singing" because I love to sing. I also used a lot of colors for my words. Wild, crazy, Loud, Hyper and Reliable are the words that pop up in my mind about myself. I also tried different fonts and sizes. 
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