The Telegraph

Hey, hi, hello. Welcome back to another post. This post is going to be talking about something I have talked about in the past. Historical significance. Now as most people know, the past is everything that has ever happened. Whereas history is specific significant events from the past that have left great impact. Now with this in mind lets dive into the post.

Now talking about historical significance I thought I would give an example of a significant event that impacted communication and technology. The invention of the telegraph and morse code. Before the telegraph was invented communication was different. It was different for each culture, for example civilizations in China, Egypt and Greece used drumbeats of smoke signals to communicate over long distances. Then the telegraph was developed in the 1830s and 1840s. Samuel Morse (the inventor) sent the first telegraph message in 1844 from Washington D.C to Baltimore Maryland. Until the early 19th century telegraphs were not wireless causing weather to effect to communication. The electric telegraph was then created allow contact with ships, trains, and places of longer distance. 

With the invention of the telegraph came the creation of morse code. Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail assigned letters to certain sets of dots and dashes. More commonly used letters got simpler codes compared to those less common. Nowadays we may no longer have telegraphs however we still use morse code. One of the main ones is SOS signalling. There are two main ways I know of to do this. One is three whistle blasts, this will usually get someone’s attention and someone will help. The second is to do the morse code for SOS (3 dots, 3 dashes, 3 dots) with a flashlight.

Before I delve into why i think this event is significant I want to explain what makes a historical event. A historical event is determined by historians. These events need to leave an impact over both time and distance (geographically). For example the creation of the atomic bomb is significant whereas buying chocolate milk instead of eggnog isn’t significant. 

Now, with the knowledge of what makes something significant I think that the creation of the telegraph and morse code is a significant event. Without the telegraph we would probably not have developed phones or a well known way of signalling for help. Now knowing this it’s strange to think what our lives would have become without Samuel Morse and many great inventors. 

Thanks for reading this post. If you want to learn more about the telegraph click this link. Stay tuned for my next post. 

Peace ✌️ 

Our Revised Government!!

Hey, hi, and hello. Welcome back to my blog where not all those who wander are lost (J.R.R Tolkien). In this post I will be continuing on the topic of politics, like my last two posts (election reflection & Press release) . Before we get into the post I want to briefly explain our recent project. With the recent election we started a project about Canadian politics. The main focus of this project is to answer the question, how should we govern ourselves? My answer to this before we delved into this project was; I thought the way we currently govern ourselves is fine. Now, onto the post.

One of the assignments from this project that I think was the key to this project being successful was the vote compass test. For this we had to go to vote compass and answer some questions. My results from it:

I discovered this to be important once we got our groups for creating political parties. When we were put in our group we all looked at each other’s vote compass results to discover that we all got very similar results. This ended up with us all agreeing, for the most part, on our groups ideologies. After forming our group I than began to rethink my answer to the driving question and started to think there might be some things that need to be changed.

The next thing I would like to talk about in this post are Zettlekasten. Zettles are notes, either permanent, literature, or fleeting. We learned what and how to take each of these types of notes using a program called craft . I found that this method off note taking is similar to the one I started using in march. It helped me find notes easily with the magic of linking and I was able to add those notes to my posts. I will definitely continue to use this method of organization and will create a post soon to explain them more in depth.

Reform & Revise. This is what our group (Izzy, Natalie, Zoe, and Ben [links to their posts] ) decided to call our political group. As I mentioned earlier in the post, we all had similar views on politics and how we should govern ourselves. The main issues we wanted to address were: the current electoral system, climate change, social inequity, and social inequality. After creating our statement of intent we were tasked with creating a press release (you can see it here). And finally our video. When we started to plan our video we wanted it to be serious but then we decided we wanted to be more focused on have a younger audience, make it for future voters. The plan of action to achieve this was to get inspiration from the Rocky Dong video. Rocky Dong was our local PPC candidate in the previous election, his video attracted the audience of teens. We then created our video to be partly serious and partly comedic. This video reflects a more in depth description of our group’s views on the current government and how we should change how we govern ourselves.

Now onto competencies. For this project there were 4 competencies over all.

I can share my opinions and support them with evidence. I found that throughout this project. I was able to back most of my opinions by connecting them to a source or a different topic.
I can use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create original, engaging, and meaningful texts for a variety of purposes and audiences. With taking Sylvan’s writing program last year I have been able to not only expand my vocabulary but also deepen my knowledge of writing techniques making me a better writer and learner. For designing processes I find it easier to plan with sketches or small outlines.
I can reflect, assess, and refine texts to improve clarity, effectiveness, and impact for purpose, audience, and message. Doing two formative post has helped me understand how to improve my writing for this summative post. I always enjoy feedback to be able to improve for the future.
I can infer and explain corroborated interpretations from sources after investigating points of contention, and the reliability and adequacy of the evidence. During my Sylvan course last year I learned how to see if a source is reliable or not. I think that this has helped me be able to find reliable sources. However I need to work on sourcing in my posts and assignments.

 

How should we govern ourselves? I put this question at the beginning of this post, I then showed the work I did to try and answer. However, now that we are at the end of the post and the end of this project I will try my best to answer it. I personally think that we should govern ourselves in a way that is equal. A way where there are no favourites, a way where everyone is accepted for who they are no matter race, sexuality, or gender. I think that if we do this we can move forward past this pandemic together, then tackle issues like climate change. If we don’t stick together our nation will fall apart.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it has inspired you to ponder this question as well. Make sure to check out the PLP blog. Until next time.

Peace ✌️

Reform & Revise

Hello and welcome back to another post. So if you have read my latest post you would know that my class is creating political parties. About a week ago we got our groups and started creating our parties. I was put into a group with Zoe, Ben, Izzy, and Natalie. One of our first tasks was to make a list of issues our party wanted to work on if elected. Our second task was to create a press release. In this post I will be explaining 3 things about our party and allow you to look at our press release.

Our press release:

Why should you be interested in our party? That is a great question, which I will answer through asking another question. First question is: what makes our party unique? One of the many unique things about our party is what we hope to implement. Our party hopes to implement a similar electoral system to the one in New Zealand. This way you have 2 votes, one for the candidate in your area, and the second for your choice of which party’s leader becomes prime minister. We want to implement this due to many Canadians wanting a to vote for a candidate in their area however they do not like that party’s leader or if they like the leader of a certain party but not their local candidate. This causes them to be torn and can lead to people not wanting to vote. So why vote for us? The main issues we want to address are: Climate change, Social inequity, Social inequality, and our current electoral system. We think that these are big issues and we want to change canada for the better.

I hope that after reading this post you will become interested in our party. Don’t forget to check out my teammates’ post as well.

Peace ✌️

Canadian Government

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog. I haven’t done a post in a while due to summer break but now im back to school. Today’s topic is the structure of the Canadian government and election. But before I get into my opinion I will explain the student vote at our school. My PLP class ran our school’s student vote. We ran it in the morning, during first block, and lunch. My job was to go to different classes and bring them down to the library to vote. After school the people in my class who were clerks counted the ballots. Here are the results:

NDP got 1,216 votes, Liberal got 1,069 votes, Conservative got 541 votes, Green got 506 votes, and PPC got 216 votes.

The results of the actual election in our area is that the liberal candidate won.

The question for this post is; how is the Canadian government and election structures? To answer the first part of this question I created a puppet show, however I will be typing the second part.

How the Canadian Government is structured:

“Democratic Principles.” YouTube, 3 Sept. 2019, https://youtu.be/rhtEuH2G6bg.

“Government and Democracy.” YouTube, 22 Sept. 2015, https://youtu.be/JgBBfM8SYPA.

“The Levels of Government.” YouTube, 22 Sept. 2015, https://youtu.be/7C8uDuhLqvg.

The way the election is structured:

“Introduction to Politics and Political Parties.” YouTube, 9 Sept. 2021, https://youtu.be/5-s84atcouE.

“CIVIX Explains: Elected Representatives.” YouTube, 2 Mar. 2020, https://youtu.be/y_vmG4Thld4.

There are parties, these parties are made up of people with common goals and views. One person from each party will run in their local area and if elected will represent that area. There win then adds to their leader, the party with the most local area wins gets their leader elected prime minister.

In my opinion I realized that I understand the structure of the government however I dislike the structure of the election. I find it difficult to decided who to vote for due to the fact that you can only vote for someone running in your area and cannot control who becomes prime minister. An example of this is that in my area the candidate my parents want to vote for is apart of the liberal party, however they do not want Trudeau to be re-elected. I was informed by one of my classmates (Fraser) that in New Zealand you can vote for both your local area and who you would like to see as prime minister.

I hope this post informed you about the government, election, and my opinion.

Peace ✌️

 

Women’s Roles in the 50’s

How did Canadian life develop after WWII? With this current project I have found that the topic that has jumped out to me is gender roles in the 50’s, more specifically the roles of women. Women’s roles changed when soldiers returned home which effected Canadian lifestyle. I have found many examples that support this idea and may make you look at this topic differently. 

Women’s roles in the 50’s were focused around the household. They would clean, cook and take care of the kids. Women in the 50’s were expected to fit the description of a perfect wife. When we watched “Leave it to Beaver” in class I noticed that the father referred to the mother as a dish washer. I was able to connect this to the “Back in Time for Dinner” episode we watched when Tristan commented on how she had to do all the work while her husband relaxed. Beauty standards also went up after Cinderella was released. 

Women had finally gained independence during WWII with all the men going to war and jobs needing to be filled. But once the war ended they went back to being seen as a wife and nothing more. Most women were told to quit their jobs and find a husband. These job positions were then filled by the men coming home from war. Women lost their independence and started having to depend on their husbands. 

With all these women marrying and starting families there was the baby boom. Suburban life emerged and the ideal family was set. The husband would go to work and the wife would be expected to raise the children. Boys would be raised knowing they will get a job and family one day while girls were taught how to be a mother. Girls would help their mother clean and cook and if they went to school they would take a home economics class. These home economics classes would teach them how to take care of a home when they grow up. This caused many girls to only dream of becoming a mother rather than an astronaut or to work in a business. 

In conclusion I think that women had worked so hard to get more respect and then were set back to square one in the 50’s. Their roles did indeed change when soldiers came home and it still leaves behind an impact today on Canadian lifestyle.

Life in Nature

Hello and welcome back to my blog. In todays post I will be reflecting on our second to last PLP 10 project. This project is going to tie into our end of year exhibition. For the past 5 weeks we have been learning about post WWII times and how they affected canadian lives. For this project we teamed up with Deep Cove Heritage Society to help build there archives. In each of our podcast episodes we interviewed someone who has been associated with the cove for a while and listened to their stories. I was able to schedule an interview with Wendy Bullen Stephenson, she grew up in the cove and now has a studio there. In my podcast episode I compared some of her experiences with mine and how growing up in the cove has changed over time.

I created a presentation during this project that represent the change in nature.

Now looking back at the project I like to reflect on the competencies, which one shows my best work and which one I could’ve improved on.

This competency is about continuity and change. How are lives and conditions alike over time and how they have changed. I feel like I was able to really represent this competency with my podcast episode. I compared and looked at the changed and similarities between my interviewee’s experiences and mine.
This competency is about Discussing, listening, and speaking. How have I respectfully exchanged diverse ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking using appropriate speaking and listening skills for the context and purpose? I think that I showed the shared understanding with my podcast episode but I could have extended my learning by connecting my podcast to current and past events.

In class we wrote a reflective essay on what we have learned through this project, more specifically what stood out to us. I decided to write about the roles of 1950’s women. You can read it here.

 

I would also like to give a shoutout to my class mates, Noah and Anthony. They did an interview with Wendy before I did mine and I got some information from it to form my questions for my podcast. Big thanks to them and make sure to check out their podcasts.

Anthony’s podcast

Noah’s podcast

In conclusion I really enjoyed this project and learning about the 50’s. I am excited to see how our exhibition will turn out. Stay tuned for my exhibition post.

Walt’s Light

Hello and welcome back to my blog. As you may have noticed I haven’t posted much, this is due to not have PLP for an entire quarter. But now I’m back and this first post is about one of my favourite topics. Disney. To understand what we talked about you need to know a bit about our current project. We are learning about post WWII leading to now. We are also working with the Deep Cove Heritage Society to help build up their archives by interviewing people who have lived in the cove the majority of their lives and creating a podcast episode. With studying post WWII we are mainly looming at the 50’s when a certain happiest place on earth was built. 

During Friday’s class we did a couple things. We showcased our school year as a ride or roller coaster, we learned about the building of Disneyland and of Disney productions, we then split into groups and compared certain rides from the 50’s till now. And finally we watched the trailer for Disney opening back up this year. 

While watching this I noticed that some people who were interviewed mentioned how Walt’s light was still on and I decided that in this post I will tell you all of my favourite Disney story.

In Disneyland, above the fire hall building in Main Street is an apartment, Walt and his family would live there from time to time. Whenever he was staying at the apartment he would turn on the lamp at the window to let the people visiting the park know he’s there. When he died, the cast members turned it off. The next morning, the cast members went to work to find the lamp on. The lamp was turned on by itself mysteriously. The lamp never turned off and never went out. It is believed that Walt’s spirit is connected to this lamp.

I don’t know what it is about this story but it gives me so much joy whenever I walk past it when I travel to Disneyland. I hope you enjoyed this post and stay tuned for more.

Adaptions are all around us

Welcome back to another blog post, today’s post is going to be a reflection on our third week of our Romeo and Juliet project. This week we were watching the 1968 and 1996 movie versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I learnt quite a lot about adaptions and how the directors of these films adapted the movies to fit their filming style, the time it was filmed, and the time they wanted to capture. For example the 1968 version has a renaissance style to it rather than what the 60s were like, whereas the 1996 version wanted to capture the 90s.

There are many different movies or tv show adaptions, some are adaptions of a book or play, and others are adaptions of other movies or tv shows. Adaptions also apply to our daily lives. We created our second co hosted podcast this week and the focus was adaptions, we had to include our theme of our podcasts and possibly mention Shakespeare or Romeo and Juliet. My co-hosts Thomas and Julia mainly stuck to their podcast themes of ski and mental health, whereas I included more of Romeo and Juliet and reflected back on the first co-hosted podcast.

 

I have learnt this week that there are so many adaptions in life whether it’s in productions, manufacturing, or worldviews; everything keeps adapting. I also learned that sometimes an original does better than an adaption but an adaption can sometimes be better than an original.

Romeo and Juliet

Hello and welcome back to another blog post. This will be my last post for this quarter as I will be moving on to quarter 3 starting Monday. This post is about our latest project in PLP 10 and it’s all about Shakespeare. Now at the start of this project I thought “great another Shakespeare project” but in the end this project was by far one of my favourites. The driving question to this project was changed from “how do we modernize Romeo and Juliet to appeal to a younger audience?” To “how can we present a live audio story that makes an audience appreciate the relevance of Shakespeare?” The reason of the change is that we couldn’t create a good enough adaption of the entire play. So we just adapter certain parts in the end. But let’s not rush. This project started with comparisons, more specifically that of the original play, the 1968 movie, and the 1996 movie. I also created 2 new podcast episodes, these episodes were different because I had co-hosts, Thomas and Julia.

For this project we 3 curricular competencies that represent each PLP area of study, English, Social Studies, and Maker.

English 10: I can express an understanding of how a text uses literary devices to make meaning.
I can express an understanding of the role of contexts, values, and perspectives in texts and how language is used to construct personal, social, and cultural identity.

the stepping stone that best represented this competency was the act comparison charts. For these stepping stones we read through the Romeo and Juliet play and watched the movies to compare how they were similar and different. I found that I was able to get a better understanding of the play through seeing the movies.

Maker 10: I can select and use a design solution to a problem, process, or challenge.

The milestone that best represented this competency was milestone 2, this milestone was our first co-hosted podcast. For this episode i had to solve the problem of how does Shakespeare connect to the BC outdoors. I answered it with bard on the beach, bard on the beach is a festival held at a park in bc and they preform Shakespeare plays.

Social Studies 10: I can explain and infer different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldview, and beliefs.

the milestone that best represented this competency was milestone 4, our second co-hosted podcast episode. In this episode Thomas, Julia and I talked about how the location for the Romeo and Juliet movies we were watching in class adapted to fit the time era and characters. We also talked about our different views on the Romeo and Juliet movies and which adaption we liked the best.

The final step to this project was to wright our own adaption and preform it as an auditorial story. It was a challenging process but it turned out well.

In conclusion this was my favourite project yet and i hope we get to do more similar projects in the future.

The Colourful 60s

Hey guys, welcome back to another blog post. In todays post i will be talking about the colourful fashion of the 1960s.

Many things were happening in the 1960s, one of the major things was women’s rights, now I’m not here to talk about that but about the style of the 60s. The 60s was known for their colourful style of neon and flowers