Technology and Children

For years, professional researchers as well as parents and teachers have been tackling the topic of what television does to children’s development. Many people have been under the impression that TV is not harmful to young brains and provides distractions and entertainment when needed, but studies completed  in the last couple years have challenged that belief. Researchers have conducted hundreds of experiments trying to prove what’s right for kids. One common outcome is that children under the age of two should not be exposed to TV because there is a higher chance they will have developmental issues. Television can damage the brain development of young children because it doesn’t provide them with the necessary skills they learn by interacting in face to face communication.

In the earliest stages of life, proper brain development is very crucial, and the biggest influence on this development is the actions of the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the newborn child. What a child is and isn’t exposed to in the first years of life can negatively or positively affect a child’s future development. In an article published by The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, Families, the author explained that  “Infants prefer human stimuli-your face, voice, touch, and even smell--over everything else. They innately orient to people's faces and would rather listen to a speech or singing than any other kind of sound.” Videos and TV aren’t prefered by babies and doesn’t help with their initial brain development. Face to face interaction helps children learn different skills like identifying sounds, facial expressions, and different senses while TV doesn’t provide any of these skills. Without these vital initial skills, proper brain development could be jeopardized. 

Despite the debate about the affect of children and technology, many parents, daycares, and child care facilities use television to keep young children occupied. Most of these people don’t want to bring harm to the children, but they might be tricked into believing that TV produced for children will help. Dr. Cris Rowan, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, wrote an article giving information into the use of technology on young children. He says, “This situation has prompted France to ban its broadcasters from airing TV shows aimed at children under three years of age (CBC News, 2008), and Disney to offer refunds for their “Baby Einstein” DVD‟s (NY Times, 2009).”  “Baby TV” is popular among parents with small children who think that these programs will improve their child’s intelligence, but many of these shows do not show improvement at all. In fact, they affect a child’s brain development negatively. Even France saw the harm in TV for infants and banned the “Baby TV” shows and offers refunds to the famous baby program “Baby Einstein”.

Doctors and scientists haven’t found health effects from technology in children younger than two, but they have found them in older children. Infants watching TV can lead to long term effects that might not be detected until they are almost ready for school. An article published  by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics stated,” Media use has been associated with obesity, sleep issues, aggressive behaviors, and attention issues in preschool- and school-aged children . . . Although parents perceive a televised program to be a calming sleep aid, some programs actually increase bedtime resistance, delay the onset of sleep, cause anxiety about falling asleep, and shorten sleep duration.” Obesity, sleep issues, aggressive behavior, and many other issues are very serious. These problems bring stress to parents and kids and frustrate them because they know that something could have been done earlier in the child’s life to prevent it. When technology is used in such young children, important pieces they need for growth are missing and are expressed at an older age. Early proper interaction with infants can make their development stronger and improve their skills later in life.

If parents stopped to think about it, they would realize that the effects of TV on children under the age of two is not just about their developmental issues down the road, but about their interaction with other people as well. Even though Baby TV claims to be doing good for children to become smarter, it does not help children interact with each other. As a result, when children eventually go to school, and have been exposed to Baby TV earlier in their lives, they have a harder time interacting face to face with other children.  Television and technology are amazing things, but when used improperly, can be harmful. Infants under the age of two should not be exposed to any type of technology because their is a risk of harmful brain development that may appear later in life. Babies at that age need hands-on interaction to develop good skills later on in life but things like “Baby TV”, that claim to make babies smarter, do the exact opposite.


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Illegal Immigration

Ty Ellerbe

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Many Americans have expressed negative feelings towards illegal immigration.These groups feel  feel as though immigrants are getting freedom and benefits for free, and that these immigrants don’t give their fare share of contributions to the United States. In reality, however, Illegal immigrants bring endless opportunities and hard work to America. Illegal immigrants should be accepted in America because they work as much, if not harder, than the average American citizen to be considered a part of the society in America.

For the longest time, illegal immigrants have come and done the jobs that many Americans won’t do and will do. They have gotten jobs ranging from janitors and store owners to lawyers and doctors. There is an endless amount of jobs that illegal immigrants have here in America, that contribute to the well being of this country. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that immigration would increase U.S. employment and raise wages. Illegal immigrants bring nothing but skill and opportunity. Illegal Immigrants contribute to the unemployment rate, which is at 5.0 % according to the Bureau of labor Statistics.  Having Illegal Immigrants come to America helps America financially.

Another financial benefit of immigrants is that they create new businessness for America. These new businesses help America in a very big way economic and financial aspect. A study put out by National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) found that venture-backed companies with at least one foreign-born founder are responsible for an increasing amount of IPOs and subsequent job creation (Fast company).  Huffington post shows you companies such as google, at&t and ebay, that are run by immigrants. These Immigrants that own these billion and trillion dollar companies are working ten times hard than natives of America to be successful in this country.

Contrary to popular belief, illegal immigrants also pay taxes. Many Americans believe that while illegal immigrants are here, they are living off the government for free. The Fiscal times says “The 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released on Thursday found that roughly 8.1 million of 11.4 million undocumented immigrants who work paid more than $11.8 billion in state and local taxes in 2012, even while they were living illegally in the country.”  Since a lot of people believe that illegal immigrants are living in America for free, they feel as if they have not earned their stay and should pay as much as a citizen does to live here. The statistic proves those people wrong and that even though these immigrants are illegal they still follow the same regimen as a person who is legal and are not trying to live here for free. They are giving their hard owned money just like the natives of America.

All in all, Illegal immigrants are earning their way in America like anyone else. There is no difference between the natives of America and illegal immigrants except of for the fact that they are illegal. Illegal immigrants work so hard to escape hardships unknown from their countries. They come to America, for a better chance at life and for more opportunities. They are willing to show how much they want to be in America and are not taking it for granted like some Americans do. They want to be here and they are putting in countless day and nights and working harder that most Americans. It’s time they are showed the respect they have deserve.


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A Linguistic Escape From Philadelphia

“Wuhter”, my father said. His Philadelphia accent is almost nonexistent, especially compared to the deeper accent of my mother. However, it comes out in certain words, like the usual English term for H2O.

“Water”, I correct him. I always correct people, certainly my parents with their sometimes bizarre Philadelphian pronunciation, which are seemingly dying out anyway. I’ve corrected what is probably the most annoying pronunciation of all, my mother saying “iron” as “ahrn”. (I have heard that this is an exclusively South Philly thing). I tell my father that they are “sprinkles” and not “jimmies,” and my mother that it is “sauce” and not “gravy”.

All in a day’s work for a so-called (by his own mother, no less) “grammar Nazi”.

It’s not just grammar, though. Every word I say is carefully chosen and very formal. Sometimes, in the presence of friends, I let my hair down a little and might curse or use slightly less stuffy language. But otherwise, I probably sound more like an Edwardian gentleman than a 21st century teenager.

I hardly, if ever, use slang words. Most of them sound cheap, synthetic, and disposable, the junk food of language. I balk at them because they sound unnatural and useless. Further to the point, they have no place in a sentence – they sound like they’re tacked on merely to sound cool, while the best words will last forever.

For some people, it’s easy to use slang. But I like rigid routines, and order. I like to control, and it isn’t even really my fault. It is something that you can’t detect at first glance, something you can’t really see. It is  Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism.

It’s not like I’m trying to make everything perfect. For me, it just flows naturally, just like other teenagers say “get turnt” or “on fleek”. I can’t help it that I speak and write in a patrician manner – it’s just part of my mental hardwiring. My brain is different from everyone else's – and I’m proud of that. I don’t care if you think I sound like a snob or take things literally or can’t stand mispronunciations,I crave order and stability in a world that offers very little of it.

It’s perhaps a choice of lifestyle, as well. A lot of teenage and youth slang revolves around an eventually unsustainable lifestyle-partying, concert-going, urban exploration, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. Meanwhile, I prefer quiet moments – looking at small architectural details, analyzing the lyrics of British rock bands, overthinking things, and generally just enjoying the company of either myself or a close friend.

I think my family has something of a choice as to whether they could speak in a more formal and proper dialect. There are plenty of Philadelphians and ex-Philadelphians (including some of my aunts and uncles) who you’d think had never been inside the City of Philadelphia in their entire lives. However, there are many people in my family, who, when they open their mouths, sound absolutely embarrassing, if not in reality, then at least to my ears.

In the musical adaptation of “Pygmalion”, “My Fair Lady”, the protagonist, Henry Higgins, sings, “An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him/The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him”. Change “Englishman” to “American” and you can see that there really isn’t much of a difference in lingual judgement once you cross the Atlantic. In the United States, we look down our noses at people depending where in the country they come from. A Bostonian might regard a Texan as sounding slovenly, and a Texan might find a Bostonian’s accent snobbish. As James Baldwin once wrote, “A Frenchman living in Paris speaks a subtly and crucially different language from that of the man living in Marseilles; neither sounds very much like a man living in Quebec; and they would all have great difficulty in apprehending what the man from Guadeloupe, or Martinique, is saying, to say nothing of the man from Senegal.” In this same manner, I find my relatives’, specifically my mother’s accent, to be thoroughly grating.

The fact that a lot of my friends, especially those in the middle class, have parents from other parts of the country does not help – indeed, some of them have no family at all in and around Philadelphia. While this can be typically chalked up to gentrification, it also makes me feel slightly nervous, knowing that I sound absolutely proper, and it’s not because of my breeding. Through a pre-existing mental condition, speech lessons, and an exposure to British television programming at an early age, I sound like I should be on the CBS evening news, instead of (with apologies to Mr. Springsteen) the streets of Philadelphia.

When I think about all of these other places, I think about where I want to go. On one hand, I feel a very deep kinship to Philadelphia. I am absolutely smitten with the precise terraces of rowhomes, the way the stoop meets the sidewalk, the diverse styles of architecture, the abundant (if sometimes wild) streetlife, even the relative lack of green space as compared to other cities in the nation. However, my very voice betrays my ambitions. Even though I am of nearly pure Philadelphian blood, I sound so polished and formal that I don’t really fit into a neighborhood of bizarre mispronunciations (that my mother seems to use constantly) and an inability to say “drawer”. Although I resent the gentrifiers, and the way they displace hard-working residents, I am, in a way, closer to them than the natives. I speak properly, have obscure, intellectual interests, and listen to the Who and Radiohead rather than Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I love Italy (I still have vivid memories of my visit to Rome in 2014), but disdain the cheap mockery that Italian-Americans are unknowingly doing to their heritage.

When I walk through my neighborhood, I don’t feel like a native. Sure, I know the streets like the back of my hand. But with my quirky t-shirts, and headphones plugged into my phone, I could easily pass for a hipster or a yuppie. I walk among the rows and churches, and despite my deep roots, I feel like a “stranger in a familiar land”. I have the experience of being both at home and completely alienated.

And yet, sometimes, this feels perfectly fine. I am me, and nobody else. I don’t care if I really don’t sound like the rest of my family, or if I alienate myself from my friends occasionally. I’m me, and only I have control over that.


Haisha Hahsy

Fire  Stream


Communication over time has evolved rapidly with the change of each generation, and most, have developed their own new way of communicating with themselves and each other. The older generations are usually known for their wisdom and experiences throughout their lives, while the younger generations are thought to need to learn more. The older generations can learn from the younger generations about the way they communicate.

Communication has altered over time just as young generations have turned into older generations. Older generations have usually been recognized as having wisdom and being more wise for the life experiences they have had. So the younger are always the ones to learn from them.  Older people are always the people the young are supposed to look up to.

     The younger generation always has adapted and created new ways of communication. The older generation can learn that these new ways can be used to the fullest to make life a little easier.  Over time the ways of communication has changed rapidly. From spoken word stories from past generations being told over again, to today’s microblogging and online content collaboration.  Now matter what the situation has been, consistently the young generation has always been able to keep up with it.  The older generation always tells the younger generation they need to communicate more .  Daily Mail a big news producer in the US and especially in the UK tell us how texting and emailing on phones made communicating, better with others. “More than half also use a text or email message to apologise for a workplace mistake.” Daily Mail also tells us about how relationships are more truthful in text compared to when their is no texting.  The older gen think, that the new ways for communication are useless and do not need use of. For it is making us speak with less emotion.

Phone calls are what the older generation seems to be used to  but  young generation favors apps like Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, and Keek.  Pew Research Center, tells about the younger generation vs the older generation texting differences on a daily basis. The younger generation sends an average of 109 messages per day while the older generation sends about 41 messages per day.  Frank Newport an economy expert and journalist tells us about the percentage of sending text messages between the younger and older generation. Ages from 14-25 have 68% chance to send a message while 50-64 year olds have the chance of 26%; then 65 and above have a 8% chance. The older generation can learn from the young generation that there is a need to notice that there are different ways of communicating.  Messaging only takes a few seconds while making a class takes the time to prepare for. A text you can send anytime on the bus, fastly in class, or even right before going to bed. While making a call you cannot do at most places including the bus and class.  There are much easier ways now to communicate with others.

The older generation has always told us to learn from them but now it is the other way around. Now the older generation can learn from the younger generation about communication. Now there are different ways of communicating that are much easier and fit better into one's life on a daily basis. CBS News tells about the iphone in the year of 2007 and the percentage increase of 450% texting and making life easier for most.  

Although the older generation might not think new communication matters much it’s influence goes beyond our daily lives to all humans. Communicating the new way seems much more efficient yet the older gen still need to look at the younger. Understand where they are coming from. For the young generation cannot go back to using telegraphs.


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CIC's work to be exhibited at the Philadelphia Int'l Airport

Last year, SLA's Community Involvement Club (CIC) decorated dozens and dozens of egg shells for Cascarones por la Vida. We have just been informed that our work will be displayed in the Philadelphia International Airport's Art at the Airport exhibition this fall! It will be in the international departures and arrivals gates area.  

If you're interested in doing community service, come to our meetings on Thursdays X (204) and Y (207). We have many opportunities coming up including:
- volunteering at the Philly Marathon on Nov. 22, 
- sorting toys at Youth Services, Inc (YSI) in West Philly for their holiday drive on Dec. 12, and
- wrapping gifts for Brighter Holidays on 15th and Pine on Dec. 5th, 7th and 12th.

Sign up for the holiday service projects here.
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Science Education

New scientific discoveries are made every day. Technology is an ever-present force in almost every American’s life. In schools, there's a very vocal push for STEM education, to make sure that the United States stays competitive with other nations in producing computer scientists and engineers. With all of this, it would be very reasonable to assume that science education is in a great state. This, however, is not the case. The importance of science is overlooked by almost all of the parties who have influence over it. Compared to other classes, especially English and math, science is hugely under prioritized.

One major hurdle towards STEM success is that the standardized tests that often decide kids’ futures basically don’t care about science. For example, the SAT has eighty minutes devoted to math and between one-hundred and one-hundred-forty minutes devoted to English, depending on whether or not students take an optional essay, and zero minutes devoted to science, although recently, there was a slight push to include questions relevant to science in the English and math sections. The ACT has sixty minutes devoted to math, either eighty or one-hundred-twenty minutes devoted to English, depending on whether or not students take an optional essay. and only thirty-five minutes for science. These tests are so important to students that high school curriculums are often based around helping kids do well on these specific tests. As these tests are mostly lacking science, students and educators have very limited motivation to learn and teach about science, respectively. Additionally, science SAT subject tests are nowhere near as as ubiquitous as the traditional SAT is. If learning science has such limited relevance to college acceptance, schools will always prioritize the avenues of education that send their students to college. Therefore, science takes a backseat to reading and math.

Costliness is another significant issue. Science education, in its most effectively educational form, is more expensive than math or English education. Science education is most effective when peppered with laboratory experimentation. Researchers at Penn State found that “ laboratory activities have special potential as media for learning that can promote important science learning outcomes for students [sic].” However, “construction costs can reach $150 to $200 per square foot [for school laboratories], according to Motz and other experts, an especially daunting proposition, considering that NSTA recommends 1,440 square feet for a lab serving 24 students. Adding laboratory furniture and cabinets can cost another $25,000 to $60,000 per room.” This is because laboratories require advanced equipments, materials, and types of major upkeep that reading and math classrooms don’t need, because of the nature of science. Chemistry classes require expensive chemicals; biology classes require specimens; physics classes require models and modelling materials. Scientists barely receive enough funding to run a lab; schools certainly don’t. Since science is more difficult to fund than other classes, science is rarely taught properly.

Even the government is out to get science. In 2002, there was a law passed called the “No Child Left Behind” Act (NCLB). NCLB makes schools enforce standardized testing, and schools that fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on these tests for enough years consecutively suffer harsh consequences. AYP is just an average improvement over their previous year’s cores. Much like the SAT/ACT, NCLB places a testing emphasis on English, specifically reading, in this case, and math. “No Child Left Behind requires that… each state must measure every child's progress in reading and math in each of grades 3 through 8 and at least once during grades 10 through 12… states must also have in place science assessments to be administered at least once during grades 3-5; grades 6-9; and grades 10-12.” This means that K-12 students are to be tested on math and reading seven times each and science only thrice. Even more importantly, however, is this: “Science is not included in AYP calculations.” Because of this, the three times they are tested on science won’t affect their schools’ AYP, and won’t cause their schools to suffer or not suffer. Teachers don’t have the motivation to prioritize science at all when the federal government practically punishes them for teaching anything but ELA and math.

The College Board and whoever designs the ACT spit on science by ignoring it and removing the motivation to teach and to learn it. State governments spit on science by refusing to create budgets that will allow teachers to properly teach it. Finally, the federal government spits on science by passing laws that force teachers to emphasize ELA and math over science to a huge degree. Science education isn’t just about school, as anyone who might stop to think about it would realize; it’s about the safety of American innovation and the health of the populace. Science education promotes the advancement of medical and technological sciences, which are integral to a continually growing society. The powers that be all have the ability to change their rules, their allotment of money, and their allotment of test space, but since NCLB was introduced, science education has been on an apparent downward spiral towards technological and medical illiteracy.

Works Cited:

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Proyecto: Parte 2 by Nick R., Vivian P., Kristian R., Grant S.

Spanish 1: Unit 1 Benchmark
Proyecto: Parte 2 Videos

Video #1: In Unit 1 of Spanish 1, we learned our restaurant manners using Spanish. We learned terms like "Me gustaria un ____, quiero ___, discuple," etc. In this video, there is a couple who are ordering bananas and a waiter to serve them.

Video #2: In spanish 1, we learned all about how to ask what the weather is outside along with the degrees. We also learned how to respond to that question like if it's nice weather outside we say "Hace Buen Tiempo" and many more phrases.

Video #3: For our numbers video, we wanted to apply what we learned about numbers in real life situations like our setting was in a math class with a teacher going over homework.

Video #4: We wanted to show the class what we learned about Y tu vs Y usted, and we applied it to real life situations like meeting a new friend or talking to someone who is older than you. 

Lukas Supovitz Aznar Q1 art

​Throughout the process of this quarter I questioned what made me who I am. This coincidentally was perfect because I could create a piece of artwork on a ceiling tile. For some reason I thought of Sponge-bob, a character from a show that I loved as a kid. I chose to draw him because it made me feel how I felt as a kid, which I think is critical to utilize while making art. My favorite part about my piece of artwork was that it took me back to imagination. That is one thing that I think many people tend to lose as they grow up. My second piece of artwork was my take on a album cover that I always loved. Kanye west has always been my idol since I was a little kid, So to continue with the theme of a kids dream, I drew his album. I used a lot of what I had learned in my lesson review to draw this, by starting with shapes and then continuing finding other shapes to start with. My favorite assignment was the Pumpkin assignment. I made a despicable me minion, because I loved the look on the pumpkin. I wanted to make small shapes into something that people could recognize and I did that with this depiction of the Minion.
My final piece of artwork was my self portrait. It was very hard for me to do this because it was surprising to realize how little I look at myself. I had to recognize the little things in my face that I usually do not. I was able to do this and did a really good job of not over thinking anything and just doing my best going off of a photo. In the end I wanted to bring the kid mindset back to my artwork, with creative thinking.

Who am I ONLINE part two reflection Matthews,Lauren

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1.The video that we watched in class today was about a boy who was being bullied.In the video the was a eye emoji to represent how if someone was to click the eye his life would be better. When you clicked the eye his life got better and if the eye wasn't clicked on, his life would be bad. The eye is to show that we see the boy.
2.The video brings to my mind that it the same as bullying because when the eye is not clicked on, people will still get hurt and still be bullied. The eye indicates that we can help and that we see those who are being bullied.
3.When I look up my name online I am a business worker.I have no back round of myself. 
4.Based on this appearance, people will perceive me as a busy and hardworking.
5.The goal of internet trolls is to see people be hurt and too get bullied.
6.The positive results  is that if you have a positive back round, it is good for applying for jobs. Some negative results would be that if anything bad appears then your out of luck and can't be eligible to work.

Popularity of a Pope

Humility, optimism, compassion, and progressiveness: These are all examples of the traits arguably desired in a modern religious leader. Argentine pontiff Pope Francis has more than proved that he has these desired traits. Time and time again, the new pontiff has been greeted by the people with thunderous applause and cheers of joy, and their admiration of him is justified by the way Francis  has been running the Catholic Church and contributing to modern global issues. His progressive stance on issues of social justice such as divorce, climate change, and the treatment of the LGBT community, combined with his optimism, humility, and compassion, have earned him the adoration of the people and the respect of his fellow bishops. He is so different from other bishops and monarchs because, unlike stereotypical religious leaders , Pope Francis is actually, genuinely concerned for the needs of the unfortunate and downtrodden.

Pope Francis’ growing popularity has attracted the attention of admirers from every race, religion, and nation. His diverse collection of people who adore him was exhibited during his recent visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. One of the many people who Francis is popular with is a Liberian immigrant named Juwli Roberts-Karluah, who said that the new pontiff is “trying to bring us back together.” This means that even in a world torn apart by violence and pain, the Pope is confident that humans can come back together as one. Francis is also seen as sort of a messianic healer, especially by Leslie Herring. This woman dreams that her disabled daughter, Debianne, will learn to conquer her innate cerebral palsy and epilepsy when the Pope kisses her. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia even traveled to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis. Sister Anna Grace Neenan demonstrated her profound knowledge of why he is so loveable, describing how people “see his goodness and are attracted to it, Catholic and non-Catholic, rich and poor.” This ultimately means that when people listen to his speeches or read about what he does for the world, they look up to him as a sort of Christ-like figure. Those of his admirers who aren’t Catholic admire him for his open-mindedness and fair treatment of people of other faiths and races.

Francis’ relatability, friendly demeanor, and willingness to live like a working-class man, despite his position, has earned him the epithet of “The People’s Pope.” This is demonstrated by many of his lifestyle choices, even though it is traditional for Pope to live in the Vatican Palace. This may be because he wants to show everyone that he views himself as not above or below the common man, but equal to him. As a cardinal, Pope Francis had a habit of using public transportation to get around the Vatican City instead of being driven in an expensive car. He also lives in a small apartment instead of living in the lap of luxury in the palace. Plus, he appears to have taken up a sort of “servant leadership,” meaning that he believes the pontiff is meant to serve rather than be served. According to an article by pastor and writer Chris Nye, the reason for his status as a “servant leader” is to connect himself to the younger, “more cynical” generation-so he can break rules and traditions that “shouldn’t even exist.” Through this generous outlook on life, he is much more willing to provide financial, physical, and spiritual help to those most in need of it. He demonstrated this characteristic by washing the feet of young women in a prison, one of whom was a Serbian Muslim. Apparently, it is a break in papal tradition for a pope to be tending to the needs of women, let alone Muslim women.

Arguably the most admirable trait about Pope Francis is his attitude towards current events, not to mention his dauntless pursuit of goals that most churches are avoiding . And to top it off, he has reinstated the Vatican as a major player in international diplomacy. The Argentine pontiff’s views on life are described as, “accessible and concise.” Even though his quotes about life are simple and straight-forward they are also very profound. For example, he describes the Catholic Church as a “love story,” rather than an “institution.” He wants to attract more people to the Church but feels as though it should be more akin to an option for a new school. It is meant to welcome those who choose to attend with open arms rather than simply forcing outsiders to join (Nye). He has also taken a simple, but otherwise heartfelt, stance on war and violence, describing them as pure and simply, “madness; the suicide of humanity.” He uses social media and communication to spread his messages of peace and truth throughout the world, ideally ending the cultural wars on social justice issues including, but not limited to contraception, divorce, and the treatment of the LGBT community. He was also credited by both Cuba and the United States for helping to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two nations in the midst of tensions between them. Plus, he started an international campaign to prevent airstrikes in Syria, thus preventing more innocent casualties. Although these actions are all different, they were all inspired by Francis’ general desire to help people and make the world a much brighter place.

When asked, members of the Catholic Church might say that Pope Francis is doing nothing short of breaking Catholic traditions and giving them a bad name. Upon closer inspection, he is actually trying to help those less fortunate than himself. His willingness to work for peace and justice in the midst of overwhelming conflict, economic problems, the cynicism of the younger generation, and opposition against his progressive ways, makes Pope Francis a very compassionate man, as well as a courageous and outgoing one. The Argentine pontiff, dubbed “The People’s Pope,” by some, can be seen as an admirable role model and arguably the quintessence of a wise, just monarch and an agent for change. By spreading his message of love and peace via social media, combined with getting involved in politics, he has proven that even one voice can start a quest for peace and help to completely heal the world. This goal may seem outlandish, but due to his admirable qualities, belief in the human capacity for good, and willingness to share his sermons with the entire world, he is confident that others will soon follow in his footsteps and join him in his quest for world peace.


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Assignment 6 Part 2-Reflection

1. We watched the I Am A Witness video in class. The video was about bullying. By using the special emoji, people can stop bullying by showing that they are a witness.
2. In reference to the topic of bullying, this video brought up to me that if people don;t just stand by and watch, bullying can be stopped. One of the worst things about bullying is that people watch and don't say anything. Speaking up can really save someone.
3. I think that I have a good online identity. I keep my online appearance appropriate for all who view it. 
4. I think that people would perceive me as just an average human being who just lives life and stays out of trouble.
5. The goal of internet trolls is to get a reaction out of people. They will often exaggerate, lie, and offend just to get a reaction.
6. The positive result of online anonymity is that no one can know who you are. This means you can post what ever you want, though things could possibly trace back to your real identity. The negative result of online anonymity is that if someone is bullying you anonymously, you will not be able to know who they are.
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Home Network, Eastwood

1) I have Verizon Fios which is connected through a Ethernet cable which is connected to a modem/router. On my internet connection I have 2 I Phones and 2 androids , 3 TVs , two laptops and a printer. 

2) I did have a OMG moment it was when I found out how much the internet costs every year it was a surprise because I never payed attention to it.

3)I would tell them that they always need to know how they get it. And where it comes from. 

E1U1 Proyecto Alyssa Eastwood , Amelia Benamara , Antonio DeRock

Basic Spanish Scene-
 Professora Amelia is teaching during class and a new student names Alyssa comes in, she introduces herself to the teacher and another student. Antonio. this is a very realistic scene because this somewhat happens in the being of out Espanyol class!!!!
Birthday Scene - 
 Amelia is miserably sitting next to her locker because no one remembered her birthday. Antonio comes by and wishes Amelia a happy birthday . This cheers her up tons!! This scene will introduce how to say birthday in Spanish , as well.
Weather Scene - 
Two friends Amelia and Alyssa, are walking home from school together. They talk about what the weather is like. Words such as "frio" and "lloviendo" will be used to describe the current weather.
Tu & Usted scene- 
Amelia and Alyssa are two students talking in the hallway in  informal Spanish. Professor Antonio walks by and both girls greet him formally. This shows the difference between informal and formal Spanish using tu or usted.

Proyecto E1 U1: Jayla Wright, Lily Rivera, Ahlik Muhammud, James Klenk

In Unit 1 of Español 1, we learned how say the days in español and how to tell someone what day it is In this video, Jimmy and Jayla go about their normal school day, and then head home. As per usual, Jimmy goes to bed, but he wakes up to quite the surprise.
In U1 of E1, we learned how to use Ud. when formally greeting/conversing with someone, and how to use tu when casually greeting/conversing with someone. In this video, Lily gets the chance to meet President Obama and have a friendly conversation with him! She then meets with her friend Jayla later on.
In U1, we also learned how to correctly order in a restaurant, and manners to use as well. In this video, Jimmy goes to a restaurant and orders a burrito. The outcome of this simple event will shock you. 
Lastly, we learned how to ask for someone's birthday as well as telling someone out birthday.In our last video, Jayla, Lily, and Jimmy just casually walking together. Lily asks Jayla's birthday, and she tells her. Turns out, it happened to be that very same day!

E1 U1 Proyecto: Sofia, Tyreek, Salsabeel

Very early on in Spanish class, we learned how to greet each other and say goodbye. Tyreek comes into contact with these skills at his first day of school. The teacher introduces Tyreek to the class. When he goes to lunch he trips and falls, then a student, Salsabeel helps him up and they introduce themselves to each other.
With someone of your own age and rank, you can use tu. With someone older and more important, you use Usted. Salsabeel accidentally uses tu with her teacher and suffers the consequences.

Two friends use excuse me in 3 different forms (Con permisso, Perdoname, Disculpe). First when exiting the bus and again in a funny restaurant scene.

Sofia is scheduling an outdoor party and asks her friend what/how the weather will be on certain days. Tyreek must use the weather terminology we learned to tell Sofia that it will rain on her party, be too hot, or be just perfect and sunny.

Proyecto E1U1 Alexandrea,Kamil,Bou Bou and Lauryn Participating in a Spelling Bee, Ordering In A Restaurant, Telling Time and Introducing Themselves

In the first couple months of school we learned how to spell in Spanish, here is a Spelling Bee to show what we have learned.
In the first couple months of school we learned how to order in a restaurant , here is what we know.
In the first couple months of school we also learned how to tell time, here is a short video showing what we know.
In the first month of school we learned how to ​introduce ourselves in everyday life. Here is our video showing what we know.

Proyecto E1U1: Majd Bostani, Lilly Roman, Alan Li, and Sean Desilva

Majd and Sean decide to go to the local Mexican restaurant for a taste of the best tacos in Filadelfia. The restaurant is a popular hangout spot for local teenagers as they go to eat tacos, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, and do their homework. Lilly, the head waitress waits on Majd and Sean and all goes as planned!
Lilly and Sean are two nervous 8th graders that are considering SLA as their first like they should! They attended SLA's open house on Halloween to get a taste for how the school is run! They run into Senor Bostani, the Spanish 2 teacher who has some words of advice for them!
Majd is freezing cold in school, but he has to go outside to work on his project. Lilly and Sean, his two best friends decide to surprise Majd to get a good laugh!
Majd forgot his Tarea and needs help during Lilly and Sean's lunch period. Lilly and Sean were eager to lend a helping hand and all went well!

Videos for Spanish- Taylor, Julia, Tony, and Deja

In Spanish, we've been learning how to say numbers. In this video, ​Halloween has just passed and Deja has some candy left over. Taylor asks Deja how much candy she has, hoping she'll share. In class, we have been learning months and dates. In this video, we have Deja and Taylor trying to wish Tony a happy birthday, only to find out that there has been a mistake. Since we've been learning about the temperature, and forms of weather in class, we thought that it would be appropriate to do a weather report for this video. A while back, we learned the alphabet in Spanish. In this video, we see Taylor and Julia getting ready for a spelling bee.

Proyecto E1U1 Sashoya, Kwan, Marcin

This video shows our knowledge of the Spanish alphabet. In this video we displayed a fun game of bingo. In the beginning of this quarter we learned the alphabet in Spanish and numbers in Spanish. This video displayed our knowledge of Spanish letters numbers and a bit of common greetings.
This video shows our knowledge of numbers in Spanish that we learned in the beginning of the quarter. In this video a teacher gives a student 18 pencils to give to the principal for the PSATs but he ends up dropping the pencils so he has to count them. This video displays our knowledge of numbers in Spanish.

This video shows our knowledge of common restaurant etiquette  in Spanish.  in this video we have the regular interactions between a waiter and a customer, when the customer leaves the waiter calls the customer cheap through gestures. This video displays our knowledge of the regular behavior in a restaurant, a bit of common gestures from Spain and  common greetings in Spanish that we learned throughout the first quarter.

Our knowledge of Tu vs Ud ( formal vs informal).  In this video we see two friends talking about one of their upcoming interviews then one leaves and goes to their interview. This video displays common greetings in Spanish and the way to speak to someone formally or with respect in Spanish.

Who is Tylier Driscoll online?

During the classroom activity I watched a video of a cartoon monster kid getting bullied I realized that this video brings to light what someones life can be like without a friend and also what some people can go through with too much exposure to the internet. I found very small amounts of myself when searching for myself, the only thing that i found was my old private Facebook page, email, and twitter account. Then, I went to the second page and I found my middle school graduation page. Based on this they may see me exactly how I am today, a teenager in the 9th grade with a lot of private accounts. I believe the goal of internet trolls is to be funny and annoying. This is because they think that it's okay to say rude things on the internet while thinking that they're funny. The positives of anonymity is that your identity remains secret and that nobody can track your movements throughout the web.
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