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CPagan,MFerry,ZCastro- Garbage Patch Q3

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Coming up with what aspect of the garbage patch we were going to focus on went smooth and we quickly came to conclusion that we were we going to use both the size of the mass and compare it to well known countries. We also included the most common animals that are affected and killed due to the land mass. The process that went along with coming up with the theme went really well as well as putting together the simplicity of the info-graphic. Something that didn't work well is coming up with a design that accurately depicts all of the necessary info. This is difficult when trying to keep a simple and visual theme intact. I would pre-set different sections of my info-graph to different information that is required or useful for the visualizer to understand about the info-graphic's topic. jmyj7

Be Concise- When using sizing to represent a size visually the ratio of the object's sizing must have the same ratio to the numbers.Example: if country A has 100,000,000 people and country B has 200,000,000 then the image that represents country B should be 2x bigger than country A's image. 

Be Visual- Use images and visual representation to resemble the information. Do not not use many words. Any words that are used need to have NO way to be resembled visual and must be important enough to be used. 

Be Smarter- Use space and words smartly make sure any image, word, info that you use is completely necessary and used smartly. 

Be Transparent- The info-graph should be clear and easy to understand explaining any abstract representations. 

Be Different- Be inspired by other graphs but think differently about your own design and how your information can be applied visually.

Be Accurate- Do lots of research and make all info accurate. 

Be Attractive- Use attractive colors and shapes. Use techniques that are known to attract people to read or understand more. 

Be Varied- Try different representations and forms of presentations. 

Be Gracious- Be bold without being to cliche bold. 

Be Creative- Use all creative tools that are available to you. Don't take th easy way out and don't be afraid to try creative things. 

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?



I think we excelled in the attractive aspect, we made our info-graphic visually appealing and easy to understand but I think we could've improved on the varied aspect of the project only for the fact we didn't really take advantage of all the different resources that were available to us. I feel like it was harder to incorporate ideas later on after we already had this idea of what we wanted it to be. 

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Info Graphic: Tennessee Ash Spill (Yasmeen, Manna, Ronald, Maggie)

a. What went well? 
We had an idea, and once we fully understood how we were going to post it. Everything else flowed well enough.
b. What did not? 
Not everyone was there at each work period, nor was everyone on time for us to utilize the full time that we were given, we didn't upload it to moodle yet. And communication outside of class didn't work very well.

c. What would you do differently next time? 
Set up a timeline assign roles and make sure everyone sticks to there roles. Also making sure we were on top of everything as well setting a deadline so that we know how much to pace ourselves. 

d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -
- Visually Appealing
- Not so wordy
- Statistically Sound
- Facts are true
- Colorful
- Interactive (optional)
- Big 
- Stands out 
- Makes sense 
- creative




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CPagan,MFerry,ZCastro- Garbage Patch

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Coming up with what aspect of the garbage patch we were going to focus on went smooth and we quickly came to conclusion that we were we going to use both the size of the mass and compare it to well known countries. We also included the most common animals that are affected and killed due to the land mass. The process that went along with coming up with the theme went really well as well as putting together the simplicity of the info-graphic. Something that didn't work well is coming up with a design that accurately depicts all of the necessary info. This is difficult when trying to keep a simple and visual theme intact. I would pre-set different sections of my info-graph to different information that is required or useful for the visualizer to understand about the info-graphic's topic. jmyj7

Be Concise- When using sizing to represent a size visually the ratio of the object's sizing must have the same ratio to the numbers.Example: if country A has 100,000,000 people and country B has 200,000,000 then the image that represents country B should be 2x bigger than country A's image. 

Be Visual- Use images and visual representation to resemble the information. Do not not use many words. Any words that are used need to have NO way to be resembled visual and must be important enough to be used. 

Be Smarter- Use space and words smartly make sure any image, word, info that you use is completely necessary and used smartly. 

Be Transparent- The info-graph should be clear and easy to understand explaining any abstract representations. 

Be Different- Be inspired by other graphs but think differently about your own design and how your information can be applied visually.

Be Accurate- Do lots of research and make all info accurate. 

Be Attractive- Use attractive colors and shapes. Use techniques that are known to attract people to read or understand more. 

Be Varied- Try different representations and forms of presentations. 

Be Gracious- Be bold without being to cliche bold. 

Be Creative- Use all creative tools that are available to you. Don't take th easy way out and don't be afraid to try creative things. 

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?



I think we excelled in the attractive 

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Nikki's Creative Macbeth BM

For my creative aspect of my Macbeth project, I made a life size figure of Macbeth and placed 5 different quotes from the book on his body. Each of these quotes are placed on a body part for a reason. Want to know the reason? Watch the video below for the full descriptions about why the quote was placed there and an analysis on each quote. Enjoy! :)
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Here's the video! Enjoy!: 
English Macbeth Project
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Macbeth Creative design.

These are pictures of three dimensional models of scenes from Macbeth. The green picture is the scene of the first confrontation with the witches, where they bring the prophecy that Macbeth will be king.
The other picture is where Macbeth has just killed king Duncan. he has not completely changed into a bad person, he has though gone down the path of no return. He is arguing with his wife in the picture.

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Kelly Creative Macbeth BM

Leah Kelly

Red English

 

            “Yes… No I just have my physics exam tomorrow… Yes, I will study… I love you too Grandma, talk to you later. Goodbye,” I sighed with relief as I finally hung up the phone.

            “She talks for hours mom, and you know that I have a huge physics final tomorrow,” I said.

            “I know, sweetie,” replied my mother, “but she loves you very much and wants to talk to you.”

            Sighing dramatically, I knew that I wasn’t going to win this fight. Next Tuesday night, I would still have to talk to my old and decrepit grandma on the phone, just as I have done for the past four years. Grabbing my backpack and physics textbook, I headed up to my room for some peace a quiet in order to study.

            Walking up the stairs, I realized that I don’t actually mind talking to my grandmother. Truth is, she’s the only one that really listens and sounds interested in what I have to say. She asks questions, always wanting to know more and congratulates me on my successes and is sad with me over things that have not gone my way. Even though she doesn’t have a say on what I do in my life, she’s one of the ones who I most want to please.

            My mom always teases me because of my study habits. Many people study best when they are sitting at a desk with their textbook open, lots of light and taking notes. Even if they don’t like that, most juniors at least would like to sit somewhere comfortable, like a couch or beanbag. I, on the other hand, prefer to lie flat on my floor with my textbook somewhere near my head and food close to me in case I get hungry. That is why, when I opened the door to my tiny bedroom, I threw my backpack to the side and flopped on my floor, opening my textbook to page 104. Balancing Equations, I thought, Yuck.

            “Yummy, mom! Thanks so much for the cold cereal!” I said sarcastically as I poured myself a bowl the next morning.

            “Don’t speak to me in that tone of voice,” she replied.

            I sighed. “Sorry, I guess I’m just really stressed about this exam. If I don’t get a good grade on it, it’s possible that I could fail and have to retake the course over the summer. It’s just a lot of pressure.”

            “Don’t worry honey, you’ll do amazing. Now eat your Wheaties. It’s the breakfast of champions, you know.”

As I walked into school, I saw some of my classmates studying for the exam. I wish I could study, I thought, but then I would need to be a nerd. God, come make me unpopular so that I can have time to study. Please, fill me with knowledge for this exam. (“Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty.” – Act 1, scene 5 page 17)

“Maya!” I hear Steven scream from down the hall. I feel a smile spread across my face as he comes towards me. “Hey!” he exclaims, “You ready for this exam?”

“Ehhh, not really. I’m not feeling too confident about it all,” I answered.

“That’s alright, I know that you’ll be able to get a wonderful grade. Well, I gotta run. I’m meeting John for a quick study session before class. Do you want to come?”

“No, I have to go talk to Michael before class.”

“Why?”

“I’m not sure, but he said that he needed to see me. I have no idea what it’s about.”

“Well, I’ll see you in class. Bye, Maya,” he says with his incredible smile.

I keep walking down the hall and to my locker. As I’m exchanging books in my locker, I notice Michael walking towards me. Well, let’s just get this over with.

“Hey Michael,” I say.

“Maya. I really need your help.”

“Okay… With what? Do you need to borrow my notes for physics or something?”

“No, but it does have to do with the exam. Just listen to it all before you say anything, okay? So the other day, I happened to come across the Ms. Jones’ copy of the test for today… and it has all of the answers on it.”

Oh gosh… this is not going to be good, I thought. But I kept my promise to him and stayed silent.

“Since I didn’t have a chance to study last night, I figured that I would just use the answers from the sheet to help me on the test,” he continued, “But the problem is is that I can’t be caught with the sheet. But I know that you sit in one of the few desks that has the opening underneath it. And well… you know… maybe you could just stick the paper there? Then when you copy all the answers you can just let me copy your paper… I mean, you don’t have to do it, but I was just thinking because it would promise you a perfect grade.”

I need to think about this. I’ve never cheated on homework or a quiz before, much less an exam. But I really did need this grade to be an incredible one. Plus, so many people were counting on me. My grandmother, my mom, John…

“Yes. I’ll do it,” I heard the words come out of my mouth before I had thought it through further. “Give me the paper.”

He handed it over to me. “Look, Maya, if we end up getting caught…”

“No! Stop! If you just stop worrying then we won’t get caught. Chill out.” (“We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail.” –Act 1, scene 7 page 23)

Walking to class, I didn’t feel all that guilty. Everyone who was wishing me luck on the test and telling me that I’ll do very well will be right: I’ll get a splendid grade and pass this class with flying colors. I found myself smiling stupidly as I entered the classroom, giddy with the thought of the reaction that my mom would have when I would bring home my test.

“Well hey again Maya. What did Michael need?” asks Steven.

“Oh, hey. He… he just needed my notes. That’s all. No big deal.”

“Then why are you smiling like an idiot? Did he ask you out or something?”

“Haha, you’re so funny,” I said sarcastically. “I’m just feeling really good about this test now.”

He smiled at me. That smile that gives me butterflies every time.

“Students, please put away all of your notes. The test is about to begin,” Ms. Jones instructed us as she started handing out the tests. “Take one, pass it back.”

Receiving my test, I’m suddenly very glad that Michael had given me the cheat sheet. I realize that I know nothing on the first page, which I’m sure is the easiest because it’s multiple choice. Unfortunately, I’m not a very sneaky person, so cheating is going to be tricky. However, Ms. Jones is also as blind as a bat and oblivious to everything. And so, maybe I can still pull this off. Okay let’s start this… “1. An airplane accelerates down a runway at 3.20 m/s2 for 32.8 s until is finally lifts off the ground. Determine the distance traveled before takeoff”. Oh gosh… yeah I don’t know how to do this. Let’s see… okay it’s b. That’s what the cheat sheet says anyway. D= 1720 m. Sounds about right.

            I finished my test quickly. I mean, how could I not? I had all of the answers right in front of me. I saw Michael peeking over at me, and so I angled my paper in a way that he could easily see my answers. To keep suspicion away, I doodled in the margins while he copied so it would look like I’m still working.

            “Psst—Maya!” he whispered, “I can’t see #7. Just hand me you paper really quick. Ms. Jones isn’t looking. I’ll give it right back, promise.

            I quickly handed him my paper, willing him to hurry up. Of course, just at that time, Ms. Jones decided to make her rounds.

            “Give me my paper, she’s coming!” I hissed urgently.

            “If I do now, she’ll see me. If she asks where your test is, just say you dropped it. Or never got a paper. Or you ate it. Just say something! I can’t risk handing it to you now.”

“Oh my gosh! Give me my paper! She won’t see you, I swear. I need my paper in order for us to be able to pull this off!” (“Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil. –Act 2, scene 2 page 29)

Thankfully, he handed me my paper just in time as Ms. Jones passed my desk. I pretended to be checking over my work. Hmm, yes. D = 1720 m that looks correct. Then she passed. Michael signaled to me that he didn’t need my paper any more, thankfully. Now I can just sit here and wait for this period to be over.

After class, Steven caught me first. “How was it? How do you think you did?”

I smiled at him. “Very well,” I replied, “And you?”

He returned my smile. “I did my very best, and I think that my hard work of studying paid off. I just wanted to say, I know that physics hasn’t been the easiest for you this year so I’m so excited that you think you did well on this test. I’m so proud of you, Maya.”

“Maya!” I heard Michael yell. I sighed.

“I gotta go,” I said to Steven, “See you in third period English.”

Stalking over to Michael, I confronted him. “What do you want?”

“Gosh, you’re mad. I just wanted to say thank you for helping me out today. I really needed it, and now I’m sure that I’ll pass that class. I thought that I would feel really guilty about cheating, but I actually feel fine. Alright, well I’ll see you later!” He was practically bubbling over with happiness.

“Wait!” I called after his retreating form. He turned back. “Look, we already did it and stuff… and I know we can’t go back and change it, but I’m just letting you know that our happiness might not last. I mean, if we get found out, we’re going to get in a ton of trouble.” (“Naught’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content, ‘tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.” –Act 3 scene 2 page 45).

“We’re not going to get caught, Maya, it’s okay,” he replied as he turned and left.

 

I took my phone out of my backpack to call my mom. I couldn’t stay at school. I needed to go home. I felt sick. I’ve never been a cheater. Not in anything. Not in school, sports, relationships or anything… and now all of a sudden I made a stupid decision to cheat on the final. And I feel terrible about it. But I can’t tell anyone. Maybe if I just leave it, I’ll feel fine after a while. The guilt can’t be too bad, can it? I guess that I will find out soon enough.

“Mom? Yeah, I just feel really sick… can you pick me up? Yes, I already took my exam. Yes, I think I did well on it… Okay I’ll go to the office and tell them I’m sick… see you soon.” And I hung up.

Walking to the office, I started to think about how I would face my mom. I would just tell her that I think I did well. That’s all. She wouldn’t ask more about it, would she? I’m sick. She wouldn’t want to make me talk more than I have to.

Once I told the nurse that I was sick, she had me lay on one of those really uncomfortable “beds” that school nurses tend to have in their offices. Once my mom got there, I got in the car and we drove away. I pressed my head against the seat and squeezed my eyes shut, willing the nausea to leave me. Why was this bothering me so much? I’m scared that I let all of the people who were betting on me down. Well, they wouldn’t know that. They will think that I got a perfect grade, that I’m a great student. But the guilt inside of me is eating me up already, and it hasn’t even been an hour since I turned in my test.

The first thing that I did when I got home is flopped on my bed, waiting for sleep to over-take me. Soon, it came and I began deeply dreaming. I should have known that this was going to happen because I’ve watched too many movies, but I began to dream of the cheating instance. When I woke up, I was covered in sweat and shivering. I heard my mother come up the stairs, so I tried to compose myself quickly.

“Honey?” she said as she peeked in the door, “Okay good, you’re up. I was just coming in the check on you because when I checked on you earlier you seemed to be having a rough time sleeping… you seemed to be muttering something like ‘No, give it to me, give it to me Michael! What if she catches us?’ and stuff along those lines. (“Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One—two—why when ‘tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when one can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him” –Act 5, scene 1 page 84). Are you sure that you are okay, sweetie?”

“Yes, mom, I’m fine. Just feeling really sick. But I’m feeling better than when I was at school,” I say guiltily.

“Well, I’m glad that you’re feeling better because grandma wants to call you and ask how your physics test went!”

I groaned. This cannot be happening. Why did she have to call? Why can’t I just forget about it? Why did I cheat? Why, why, why…

“Hello, Grandma… Yes my test was today… I think I did very well, yup…” and on and on went my conversation with my grandmother. Yes, the questions were hard. Yes, I did study hard. No, my mind did not blank. Yes, I think I got a good grade. Finally, she was all out of questions. Now it was time to lay on all the compliments of how much she loves me, how proud she is of me, and what I wonderful granddaughter I am. Thanks, grandma.

After I hung up with her, I started down the stairs to get some food, but stopped short when I heard my parents whispering in the kitchen.

“It was like she was going crazy! She was whispering and sweating and thrashing in her sleep… I asked her about it, but she said she was fine,” (“She is troubled with thick-coming fancies that keep her from rest.” –Act 5 scene 3 page 89) whispered my mother.

“She’s alright, honey. Just sick. She’ll be as good as new soon,” comforted my father.

I couldn’t do it anymore. I just needed to tell them.

“Mom, dad?” I gasped out.

“Honey! Are you okay? What’s wrong?”

I decided that it’d be easier to just say it straight, without having to explain context. That would cause me to choke up and not be able to get my words out. “I cheated.”

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My parents brought me to school the next day so that we could talk to Ms. Jones together. Naturally, she was angry, but she agreed to let me retake another test that she would come up with. The catch was that I had to take a six week advanced physics course over the summer in order to ensure that I know all of the material that was needed to pass the course. Other than that, the only other change was that I now had a terrible reputation with Ms. Jones, who was actually one of my favorite teachers.

Michael, on the other hand, got a little harsher punishment since he did not own up to what he had done. He was suspended for two days and required to take the same six-week course as I was. I know for a fact that the teacher will not be putting us next to each other.

In the end, I told Steven about what had happened. He didn’t freak out, but he was really disappointed in me. I hate it when I disappoint people; it makes me feel like a stupid person. From then on, he never gave me quite the same beautiful smile that he used to.

From that Wednesday in June, I learned a very valuable lesson. Guilt will consume you, and not let you out of its nasty grip. You may think that you will be okay with doing something, but I assure you that you will not. A guilty conscience cannot rest. Oh, and I also learned in my summer course that d does in fact equal 1720 meters.

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Macbeth Creative BM

I wasn’t always like this. A year ago, I was a brave man and now I’m dead. I remember as I “unseamed him from the nave to th’ chaps and fixed his head upon our battlements.” That time I was known as a brave warrior. As I proceeded along with King Duncan, things became more uncontrollable. My wife turned me into a monster. It’s that feeling where she gets in your head and literally controls you. She told me to kill him, and so I did. I remember the night so well as if I’m in that exact situation right now. I come in the door as I said, “I have done the deed.” I... (Pause) have killed King Duncan. Of course, I came King later. It’s crazy because his own sons ran away. It was perfect because everybody thought they had killed him, Not ME, but I’m sure I began to lose it. I was going insane! I thought it would all be better and so I made a wonderful banquet. In “supposedly” the honor of King Duncan in whom I killed. Haha! Everything was going as plan. Then I remember when I was in the middle of giving a speech when one of the hit man I hired was to kill Banquo. He came to me, with blood upon his face and said, Tis Banquo’s then” and I asked him “is he dispatched” and what I recall remember him saying is “My lord, his throat is cut: That I did for him.” He had did what I asked and killed Banquo and thought as well my job was done here. The insanity has finally left my body and forever I shall remain as king. Shortly thereafter someone came to me and reported that MacDuff has gone to England and met with Malcolm. And I knew exactly what he was going to do. So instead I thought to make sure his family were to pay a visit. I hired more hit men to kill his wife and son. I can imagine how they both got killed and as if I can hear the sons last words to the murderer screaming at him “Thou liest, thou shag-haired villain.”

 

Thereafter, I hear my wife has been losing her mind and I’m no longer the one who has. She’s been sleepwalking and soon after… she killed herself. MacDuff has sought more revenge on me cuz he clearly knows I have set murderers to kill his family. At this point I’m so anxious and anyone who gets in my way is going to get killed. MacDuff has come and he has found me, and there’s only one thing I am going to do. I’m going to fight him. And I clearly say to him “I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet, And to be baited with the rabble’s curse. Though Birnam Wood become to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last. Before my body.” I will die fighting no matter what. I have come that far as a King and I told him I will die a king, than hail to Malcolm as king. I wasn’t always like this. A year ago, I was a brave man and now I’m dead.

 

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Pacific Garbage Patch

What went well?

I think what went well was the group working together as a whole and getting all the work done on time. 

What did not?

I think what didn’t go well was the fact that we had a lot of websites, maybe too many, and that made it hard to figure out what we wanted to use for info .

What would you do differently next time?

           If I could do something different next time, I'd probably make something physical as well as the picture, something some what interactive. 

 Be Concise: I believe our project was concise

 Be Visual: Our visual was pretty good, it included facts as well as pictures.

 Be Smarter: I think our project could've been a little more detailed.

 Be Different: Our project wasn't so much different, but ours provided facts relating to the pictures, and I'm not sure if anyone else used our concept.

 Be Accurate: We used Sources that were reliable, sufficient, and to the point. We mainly based our sources on articles.

Be Attractive: Our info graphic included pictures that related to our descriptions.

 Be Varied: We used a variety of pictures.

 Be Creative: I thought we were creative by adding the pictures to match the facts.

 Which of these areas did you excel in?

I believe we excelled with our creativeness, as well as our information.

 Which were not so well represented?

  I don't think anything wasn't well represented, I do believe somethings weren't at their full potential for example, I think the fact that we just used the pictures with the facts wasn't that interesting, it was kind of creative but it could've been better.

 Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?


I think having to do an info-graph made things harder since we've never made one before.
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N.Harding Exxon-Valdez Oil Disaster Infograph Reflection


Group Members

NaQuan Harding

Martha Robles

Keanu Farrow

1. What went well? 

No one in the group felt like deadweight. We all found a considerable amount of useful information, and all of our strength came out in terms of research and design of the infograph.

2. What did not?

We didn't do a very good job maintaining communication with each other, and as a result, only one of us had the original file, which meant that no one else could see and help improve the infograph.

3. What would you do differently next time?

We would definitely improve our communication between each other. We'd also spend more time discussing different types of graphs so that we could have a more concrete idea on what we'd create.

4. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise

Be Visual

Be Smarter

Be Transparent

Be Different

Be Accurate

Be Attractive

Be Varied

Be Gracious

Be Creative

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?

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Rocket to the Stars a HUGE Success!

Congratulations to the Home and School Association for an INCREDIBLE event on Friday night! Over 200 folks showed up to support Science Leadership Academy. The night featured the SLA Parent Band (and rumors of a Van Morrison imitation by Mr. Lehmann are completely unfounded... unfounded, I tell you!), some chocolate-covered Oreos, and more items to bid on than we can name. While the final numbers are not yet in, it looks we raised more money than last year!

Thank you to Randi Kessler and all the members of the Auction committee and the entire Home and School Board for their tireless work for our school!

Fuel the Rocket!
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Reed Timmer of Storm Chasers and Mayor Nutter Visit SLA!

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SLA welcomed Mayor Nutter and Storm Chaser Reed Timer for a visit on Friday, March 23rd. Mr. Timmer spoke to the entire 11th grade at The Franklin Institute in the morning and then met with a smaller, multi-grade group in the library. Mr. Timmer was duly impressed with the thoughtful and complex questions SLA students, and Mayor Nutter told us that he would return!
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Macbeth Creative Q3 BM

For my Macbeth Creative Benchmark I created a puppet show. I chose one scene from all of the acts and performed them. I made the stage and the puppets. The lights that you see on the stage are christmas lights. When the turn on and off, that signifies a new scene. In each scene I incorporated a quote. Below is a video of my puppet show. Enjoy! :)
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THE PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

What went well?

I think what went well was the group contribution towards the project. I also liked how our group were doing things on time checking in with each other. I think overall our communication was very good, and when doing a group a project I believe that’s very important.

 

What did not?

I think what didn’t go well was the fact that we had so many websites that it was hard to figure out what information should be included in what. It was very hard to narrow it down.

What would you do differently next time?

            If I could do one thing differently I guess I would’ve organized the websites better, and learned how to professionally do an info graphic to make it more decorative.

 Be Concise: I think our project was concise

 Be Visual: Our visual I believe was good, it included the information that it needed and the requirements that were needed.

 Be Smarter: I think we could’ve added more information or could’ve been more detailed and specific in certain areas.

 Be Transparent: It was obvious that our project had a good overview of information that we found.

 Be Different: Our project wasn’t necessarily different or unique but it was nice, neat, and straight the point.

 Be Accurate: We used Sources that were reliable, sufficient, and to the point. We mainly based our sources on articles.

Be Attractive: Our info graphic included pictures that related to our description.

 Be Varied: We used a variety of pictures.

 Be Gracious: having graciousness throughout this project wasn’t presented as much as we could’ve.

 Be Creative: The info graphic could’ve been a little more creative. I believe we could’ve added more wording, more color throughout the project.

 Which of these areas did you excel in?

I believe we excelled in making our project concise, and making it with a variety of pictures.

 Which were not so well represented?

         I think our creativity wasn’t shown in this particular project, but overall our project I believe is well developed and straight to the point.

 Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?

         I think some elements of design were harder to include in the end product because we weren’t necessarily use to working with info-graphics, so creating something different I guess was a little more challenging.

 

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Prisilla Nieves - Gulf of Mexico - Dead Zone

1. Post a copy of your infographic to SLATE. Link the words to an image that can be viewed by someone visiting the site, do not include a link that requires someone to download your image and please do not post a dropbox link.

2. In the SAME BLOG ENTRY complete a reflection - 
a. What went well? 

I think that the research went well.

b. What did not? 

The whole group adding information.

c. What would you do differently next time? 

Add comparisons and contrasts.


d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise

Research as much as you can and make the information precise.

Be Visual
Interpret the subject however you see it.

Be Smarter

Have a clear understanding of the subject.

Be Transparent

Make your subject easy to detect. Focus on making it the main and only idea.

Be Different

Use your unique way of creativity. 

Be Accurate

Make sure all of your work is precise.

Be Attractive

Attract the eye of the beholder, meaning to make your infographic informative and nice- looking.

Be Varied

Have a variety of different things on your info-graphic.


Be Gracious


Welcome whoever is viewing your infrographic. 

Be Creative

Use your creative mind to come up with something extravagant.


Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?


I think I excelled in all the areas except varied. I could have added moer information about the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe compare and contrast to other dead zones. I think that some elements were a bit harder to include in the end of the product to have lessen information due to the spacing.
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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Info Graphic Reflection

1. What went well?

Our group was fairly successful at the research portion of the project. We were also respectful of each others opinions and abilities.

2. What did not?

Our time management wasn't as wonderful as it could of been. Communication wasn't that solid either. I can't help but think that our final product would have been better if we were stronger in these areas.

3. What would you do differently next time?

I would have spent less time looking for appropriate vectors, and more time on the actual design of the info graphic.

4. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for info graphics:

Be Concise

The orientation of certain elements in our graphic could have been formatted better.

Be Visual

We searched diligently for usable vectors for the graphic.

Be Smarter

We could have found facts not typically known on the spill.

Be Transparent

We were fairly straight to point.

Be Different

Our graphic is eye-catching with the depiction of a large drop of oil.

Be Accurate

We only used credible sources for the information presented in the info graphic.

Be Attractive

The color scheme is consistent. Nothing seems to be an eye sore.

Be Varied

    We could have included contrasting elements in the info graphic.

Be Gracious

    We could have been more sentimental in the feel of the graphic.

Be Creative

I thought using an oil drop as the main container for the information was creative.


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The Great Garbage Patch

  1. ​What went well was the amount of information we were able to get about our topic. We were able to split up the work but still were able to understand all of the topic and information that we gathered/
  2. What did not went well was being able to put all of the information of the poster without overwhelming everyone.
  3. What I would do differently next time is be a way to find a way to obtain and put the information on the poster in a better way.
  4. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics - 

Be Concise - each number of objects represent a number

Be Visual - things were colorful

Be Smarter -

Be Transparent

Be Different - used cartoons

Be Accurate - same amount of cartoons stood for something

Be Attractive - it was colorful and looked entertaining

Be Varied

Be Gracious

Be Creative - cartoon animals

The areas that we excelled in for different and creative because we used animated objects that people wouldn't usually use. Areas that were not so well represented I think some elements of design were easier or harder because it just depends on the amount of information that you have. It's hard to condense so much information on a poster board without doing too much.

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Candace Blocker


a. What went well? 
We all worked very well together and all did an equal amount of work. I also like the pictures we chose and how we have little talking bubbles next to them.

b. What did not? 
Putting everything together so it makes sense and the make it clear to the person who was reading it so they could understand it.

c. What would you do differently next time? 
Next time I would want us to do things more timely and not rush things. And to make things a tad more colorful.

d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics.


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Alex - Kentucky/West Virginia Coal Slurry Spill

​a. What went well? 
We worked well together and managed to produce a good product that effectively compared the coal slurry spill to not only the Exxon Valdez spill but to football field lengths.

b. What did not? 
I think that trying to use the football field lengths as comparison was hard to do because we couldn't really size them to represent the spill area effectively.

c. What would you do differently next time? 
I think next time I would have used different colors and added more information about the event.

d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise: Used as little text as possible.

Be Visual: We used object and events to compare the coal slurry spill to what we could relate to.

Be Smarter: Used colors and size to highlight difference between events.

Be Transparent: 

Be Different: Used photoshop to create our own infographic.

Be Accurate: Used a variety of sources to verify the information.

Be Attractive: Infographic was colorful.

Be Varied: Used not only normal shapes but other methods to display information.

Be Gracious:

Be Creative: Used various fonts and methods to visualise the information.

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?

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Libby Montana Asbestos - Reflection

​As far as things that went well, the gathering of the information played a key role in the completion of the final info-graphic. Assembling a good list of primary sources was crucial for having good facts and information, and because we had them, the final product was able to be a lot better. Also, changing things around and using a google.drawling came out pretty well, too. In regards to things that didn't go too well, are simply the spacing in which we completed our checkpoints. Lauf specifically said we'd only work on it in class, but there were times where we'd have to do some parts for homework simply because we couldn't afford to be behind in class the following day. Also on the topic of process, we did finish literally in the knick of time, because by the time class ended, we just put the finishing touches on it and submitted it. What I'd do differently really just goes with what didn't go well. And that's the process. I'm a little curious because all in all, we did a fairly good job with the process given the circumstances (people being absent, days without class, etc.). So all I could suggest is that next time, we'd have to be on top of the classwork and make sure that come the next day, we wouldn't have to work on anything outside of class.

Be Concise - We didn't use too many words, but relied on using pictures and graphs to relay the information.

Be Visual - Similarly, the majority of the info-graphic is comprised mainly if pictures, graphs, and keys to demonstrate the facts and information gathered.


Be Smarter - I'm not necessarily sure how "smarter" we could have made it, but as far as information is concerned I suppose we did a "smart" job. 


Be Transparent - Similar to being concise, it's just specific data without too many words that shows the information we've gathered.


Be Different - Though the difference factor played a role, I feel that what we did isn't too out of the ordinary. We applied many different styles of explaining the information. 

Be Accurate - The information 





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Morgan M, Amanda M and Jessica H.. Infographic

The Anniston Alabama PCB Poisoning

What went well? 
We found information on our topic very easily. It was easy for us to research what we wanted and our brainstorming and collaboration went very well. 
What did not? 
We had a lot of ideas for how we wanted our info-graphic to be displayed but they required more photoshop skills than what we were capable of. 
c. What would you do differently next time? 
Next time, we would use paper and pencil so that we could specifically plan out the way we wanted our info-graphic to look. I would also use the spare time we had to look up more information about the company. Also, next time it would be better to use a site where everyone could edit the page, the work basically had to be put on one person. 
d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise- remain specific to one topic. Although our topic had many elements 

Be Visual- to use visual elements and a lot less words. 

Be Smarter- think about our topic thoroughly and use whatever elements we think will work best. 

Be Transparent- to make it obvious. 

Be Different- to be creative. 

Be Accurate- make sure we do research on our topic.

Be Attractive- make sure it looks nice and is aesthetically appealing. 

Be Varied- have a variety of images

Be Gracious- fair. 

Be Creative- use the left side of our brains. 

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?

I think we worked very well with being attractive, concise and different. We weren't very varied because our info-graphic had a set theme. I think being gracious and being different was harder because within the time frame we had we focused on getting it done. 

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Tenn, coal ash spill of 2008

1. What went well was our research. We researched a lot of ideas on our topic.

2. We needed to communicate better. We yelled at each other a lot and we had different ideas.

3. What we should do next time is to have better communication and have better time mangement.

4. I pick the creative one. because our ideas were put together in a creative way I touught. The cause and effect method was pretty well represented.
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Sierra Dinvil - Blog Post

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a. What went well? 

We were able to find a lot of useful information on the Dead Zones. I learned a lot about it by researching and I feel extremely informed on the topic.

b. What did not? 

Because of the topic we had, we had an extremely hard time trying to find graphics to use. We then got distracted by trying to find graphics and stopped paying attention to the time we had, which caused us to have to drop finding graphics, and just make a creative post with the information we had.


c. What would you do differently next time? 
I would ask for help so that the process of finding graphics would come more smoothly and spend less time on finding information and more time on creating a better info graphic 
d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise

Be Visual

It is very important that you make the information appealing to the eye. A boring text heavy poster, isn't exactly the way to go.

Be Smarter

Be Transparent

Don't make things hard to understand. People should be able to get the general gist just by your info graphic alone. 

Be Different

Stand out from things that people may have seen before. If it's something that's repetitive then others may not be intrigued to look.

Be Accurate

Make sure the information are facts. Do not lie to innocent people.

Be Attractive

Make the info graphic appealing to the eye. 

Be Varied

Add variety to your info graphic. In other words, don't just stick with one concept! 

Be Gracious

Be Creative

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The Coal Slurry Mess in Kentucky/Virginia






I think what when well was the fact that there wasn't much argument about the design of it. We didn't have underminding ideas and we worked together to make it look very neat and creative. We tried to keep the information concise and to the point and i think we did that well. 

 Nothing really went wrong or bad. We got a little of task at times but we got out project done with all (iThink) of the required components. If we were to do this project again, the only thing I'd probably change would be the colors because I'm really picky about that. 

The ten tips that we got were very helpful to our presentation and we really tried to use them. The main ones we focused on were using contrasting and popping colors, and keeping the text easy to understand and read. 

Below are a list of things we believe we excelled in when making this project:

Being Concise

Being Visual

Being Accurate

Being Attractive

Being Varied

Being Creative



I think we could have done better at using more of the information we gathered and incorporating it in an intelligent way.  

 


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