Movie Project

As you have read in one of my previous posts we use a lot of technology in our class at Sandvika high school. Today we used it in a way we never have done before. In today´s english class we received a task were we had to make a movie. We have worked with films at Sandvika before so it was a lot of planning to make it perfect. We split the class in two and the two groups would make a different movie. My group chose the task “make a video about how we work in class”. My job was to be the script writer and sort of a director so I was the man behind the story in this movie. Everyone in the group participated, some more than others of course, and together we made a solid and serious movie to represent our school. We even used a professional digital camera to film with and that was pretty cool. It was really fun to visualize the way we work at Sandvika for other people and schools to see. I hope other schools will use this as an inspiration in the way they work in class, because technology can bring learning to new heights.

The rabbit proof fence

Today we watched a movie called The Rabbit Proof Fence to learn more about the aboriginals. Since we have been interacting with Australians it`s fascinating to learn their history with their native people. The film is basted on a period of Australia which most Australians today are not so proud of. From the beginning of the 1900 hundred century to 1972 the government of Australia allowed out breeding of half-castes. Half-castes are people with both aboriginal and white parents. The government snatched half-castes all over Australia and sent them to camps with no communication with their original families. Their goal was to outbreed the aboriginal rase and culture.

 

Do you think the girls could have really walked all that way?

Its really hard to tell if the girls really could manage to walk that long distance, but I have to agree. They were raised in wild life surrounded by the desert and bushes. Molly escaped when she was 14 years old, and with 14 years of growing up in the wild you would have experience in surviving in the wild. In the film we observe this because in a lot of scenes we see Molly doing smart things to cover their tracks from the so called Tracker.  But what makes me insecure about this question is the two youngest girls. Im not sure about their exact age but I believe the youngest was 7 and the middle one was 11. Girls in that young age should not be able to walk the distance these girls walked (1500 miles/2400 km) , and this particularly applies to the youngest one. It requires much from a seven year old girl to walk a distance of 2400 km. But this just showes how these children`s lust to see their mothers and real home again. To conclude Im sticking to my first saying, I believe these girls really could walk all that way.

Rabbit proof fence map

 

 

Did the “biological absorption” program treat the half-caste children with respect? Explain the reasons supporting your answer.

Of course they didn’t treat the half-caste children with respect.  First of all the half-caste children were mistreated at the camps. They were not given specifically nice food, and what happened to their language? They were also forbidden to speak their native language, if they did so they would be given a punishment. In a fact they were given punishment for not obeying the camp leaders exactly how they were supposed to.  They might give them food and a place to sleep, but that does not change the fact that they ripped them away from their real homes and families. They came and transported them to a so called “new home”. Do you really think tearing their lives apart? And this is not all, their purpose with that was to bread out the aboriginal rase. So even if they treated them with a little hint of “respect” at the homes it would mean nothing to them. They ruined the aboriginal`s lives and respect dont belong to those who did this. The white men of Australia literally stole the children, and they even caused a whole stolen generation, as it`s even called. The word respect are something the white men had a massive lack off during this period.

The stolen generation

 

Your reflections on the topic, what did you know before you saw the movie and read the background, and what did you learn today?

I knew a lot of this before (we actually watched the exact same movie to a mid-term assignment in 10th grade) so I didn’t learn anything knew. But I can still reflect to the topic! My first thoughts to this is of course how on earth so many people agreed to literally out breed a rase. What makes it even more incredibly retarded is that the ones they tried to out breed was descents of the original people of the land they settled down in. The Aboriginal people had lived in Australia for over 50000 years. How could people back then be so arrogant and ignorant that they started a project in deleting the natives rase and culture. I just get mad by overthinking this to much, I just can`t believe it. If there really is a God my question to him/her would be how he could let this go through.

 

Since I knew a lot about this theme earlier I don`t have any sources except the websites where I found my pictures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit-proof_fence

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/a-guide-to-australias-stolen-generations#axzz3sVN3WUwk

 

 

 

Aboriginal people

Small facts about the aboriginal people

Aboriginal people is the indigenous people of Australia. They were the first humans to live on the land of Australia. Archaeologists believe that the Aboriginals first came to the Australian continent around 45,000 years ago. Aboriginals’ land was invaded from the end of the 18th century onwards, with catastrophic consequences for them. Ever since the British first invaded, Aboriginal peoples have had their land stolen directly from them or destroyed. There were nothing the Aboriginals could do to stop the Britain`s invasion because the english men were extremely more advanced in armory back then. Until 1992, when the British colonizing was finally overturned, the legal principle governing British and then Australian law regarding Aboriginal land was that of ‘terra nullius’ – that the land was empty before the British arrived, belonged to no-one (not even to the one million Aboriginals), and could therefore be legitimately be taken over.

Before the Britain`s came there were many more aboriginals living than there are today. When the Britain`s took control they literally bread out the aboriginal people. The initial invasions also sparked huge waves of diseases that killed thousands of aboriginals, many others were massacred. In just over one hundred years from the first invasion of their land, their numbers were massively reduced from up to an estimated one million to only 60,000. But today there are about 500 different tribes, and each one have a different language and live in different territories.

Aboriginals are still exposed for racism and discrimination today.  Many aboriginal children has been taken away from their parents and put in foster families and foster homes. Most has still to be returned to their parents and families to this day today, and the loss of their land has had a devastating social and physical impact on Aboriginal peoples.

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The rainbow serpent

Today we saw a short film called The rainbow serpent. The theme was aboriginals, and in the movie we visited one of the first tribes in Australia. These aboriginals existed before animals did. Since there was no animals in the land there was a giant rainbow serpent instead. It searched trough Australia from south to north on his own tribe. He searched the land and in his searching he made rivers and lakes. He would listen to several tribes tongue to find out if they were his tribe or not. He accomplished acceptance with his tribe by showing them how to dance properly. But one night a storm blossomed up and the tribe needed shelter. Two young pil-pil boys came back home late that night and they had no shelter. They asked the serpent, but he tricked them and gave them shelter inside his stomach instead. The rest of the tribe found out that the serpent had swallowed the boys and they began to fight the serpent. The serpent then managed to escape the angry villagers.  

The serpent climbed up a tall mountain in search for safety, still with the boys inside him. The tribe were not capable to climb the mountain, except for two brothers who made it up. Luckily for the brothers the serpent had fell asleep to rest. When they reached the serpent they began to cut it`s stomach open until they had rescued the young boys. When they cut through the stomach they could not find the young boys, all they was two red parrots. The boys had evolved into parrots inside the serpents belly!

When the serpent woke up it found out it`s dinner where missing and it then let out a gigantic rage upon the tribe and the mountain it was resting on. It destroyed the mountain down to pieces and that terrified the tribe. Some of the members of the tribe got killed by flying stones, but most of them ran and hide while they turned into all the kinds of animals that live in Australia today. So the story is basically about how the animals came to earth (in the aboriginals view).

 

This is a link to the short film and my sources.

http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/aboriginals

http://www.buzzfeed.com/simoncrerar/this-real-australian-language-map-will-blow-you-away#.qmmPKVRZo

http://www.scoop.it/t/indigenous-stories?_tmc=eDVtgj1ZDASXdzz10qqJh1Wnf1V7VkXMr3PFVQyX09Q

 

Using Kahoot to learn

Kahoot is a new type of quiz. The concept is that the quiz appears on a big screen and then the participants get to answer on their phones or pc´s. I have participated in Kahoot several times and I think the way the quiz works it`s an excellent learning material. It`s really fun to play and that helps a lot, you compete against your classmates. It`s a battle on appearing on the scoreboard (top 5) and the winner him/herself have accomplished a massive honor and glory. I have an idea where Kahoot will be most learning. After a long day of school students need to summarize what they have learned, and what would be better with a round of Kahoot in the end of the day?

People from the company Kahoot themselves even visited our class today. Three of them came from London and one actually came from Austin Texas! They were here basically to film us for a commercial. But during the day they observed us and how we made Kahoot`s, of course for improvements they could make.

If you wonder who and where Kahoot is founded then you should read this. “The Kahoot! platform and brand is developed by the founding team lead by Johan Brand, Jamie Brooker and Morten Versvik. The quiz is based on research carried out by Professor Alf Inge Wang and his colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The technology platform itself is based on the research conducted by Morten Versvik for his Master’s degree at NTNU. The Pedagogy and User Experience is based on work by Jamie Brooker and Johan Brand developed while working at their behaviour design company We Are Human in London” This is directly from Kahoot`s own website.

Ernest Hemingway, the different one

Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899. From early on his life was full of adventures, he attended in both the world wars. He was a part of The Lost Generation. He brought a new way of writing to the world. And he also made a lot of fact into fiction.

Ernest Hemingway was a part of the author group called “The Lost Generation”. As it relates to literature, the Lost Generation was a group of American writers, most of whom emigrated to Europe. They worked there from the end of World War I until the Great Depression. America was filled with cynical people who were facing less than certain future, but why on earth move across the ocean just to write? Well because the United States that they knew was gone completely, many of these writers felt that their home and life they had could never be repaired.

From almost the beginning of Hemingway`s writing career, His distinctive style occasioned a magnificent deal of comment and controversy. Basically, his style is really simple, direct, and unadorned. This probably resulted because of his early newspaper training. He avoids the adjectives whenever it`s possible. I think Hemingway`s style was revolutionary because it makes it easier for the readers to understand the texts, and of course easier to read them.

Is it brave to suffer in silence?

If you are hurt, sick or just depressed is it good to suffer in silence or talk about it? You yourself might feel brave if you suffer in silence not to bring your pain over to others, but the people around you often wants to help you and do the best for you. Thats why the question “is it brave to suffer in silence” is quite important because it has a meaning in it.

In Ernest Hemingway`s short story “A Day`s Wait” Hemingway wrote about his sick son. His son had a high feber, which is not death threatening, but thats what the son thought. But yet Hemingway`s son refused to share his pain, he pretended he was fine. Even when the people around him tried to make him say whats wrong and where his body hurt, he would still hide the pain.

But the real mystery behind this question is whether it`s brave to keep the pain inside or have the courage to share their pain with others. I think it`s braver to share your pain with others, cause it takes courage to be able to let other people inside your really special personal space. I myself would really suffer in silence because I don`t want people to know that I’m suffering.

So to conclude it is different views on how suffering in silence is brave or not. People will guaranteed have different sayings about this theme because people are very different in their minds.

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A little fact about New Zealand

Culture

The culture of New Zealand is inherited from Britain and Europe. The first people on New Zealand were the Māori. Later the colonials came, and now New Zealand is a multicultral country. The New Zealand human habitation as Māori predominated most of the time. In 1280 Polynesian reached to the Islands of New Zealand. Polynesia is a subregion of Oceania. Over the centuries of Polynesian expansion have the Māori culture have devoloped after its Polynesian roots. Māori seperated and established new tribes. They built villiages, hunted and fished, traded with eachother, developed argiculture, weaponry and arts. The contact with Europe began in 1800. In ca. 1855 British immigration began. The colonists brought with them advanced technology, the englidh language and christianity. In these days people from East Asia, South Asia and Pacific Ocean immigrates to New Zealand.

New Zealand have two national days, Waitangi day and ANZAC Day. Close or during the anneversaries the New Zealanders celebrate holidays. The country have two national anthems too, “Good Save The Queen” and “Good Defend New Zealand”. The citizens likes to call themselves New Zealanders or Kiwis.

Literature

In 1830 New Zealand´s first book was published. Today, the country´s wealth of non-fiction publishing ranges from artistic and commercial treatments of traditional culture and contemporary arts, through history, popular science and narrative non-fiction, to lavish lifestyle books that celebrate New Zealand´s unique culture.

New Zealand literature may be written by New Zealand-born writers, migrants or emigrants.

New Zealand writers have regularly captured international attention and readers, from 19th century short story writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) to the lyrical Janet Frame (mid-20th century) and Lloyd Jones (1955). Other prominent writhers in New Zealand are among others, Patricia Grace (1937), Albert Wendt (1939), Maurice Gee (1931) and
children´s author Margaret Mahy (1936-2012).

Certain themes and ideas that pervade New Zealand literature are the perception of masculinity which has been influenced by works like John Mulgan’s Man alone and evocations of thegood keen man. A sense of magic and wonder is often at play in New Zealand literature, with novelists like Margaret Mahy and Elizabeth Knox experimenting with fantasy and altered realities.

Issues

In March 2015 New Zealanders voted and it showed that Economic issues 40% are still clearly the most important problems facing New Zealand. In New Zealand there is also a huge difference between rich and poor. Without doubt, New Zealand`s biggest problem today. A lot of New Zealanders actually says that the government/politicians/leadership are also a issue for the nation. Even though New Zealand`s economics is falling, they still have a good economics. They still have better than their neighbor Australia. Because of its relatively small population (4 million), New Zealand’s natural resources have until now suffered less from the pressures of development than many other industrialized nations. But the major use of fossil fuel is a huge problem. The air pollution is huge in New Zealand, and because of that the country is the world leader in skin cancer. Water pollution is also a issue due to industrial pollutants and sewage. The nation has 327 cu km of nice renewable water resources, of which 55% is used for farming activities and 13% for industrial reasons. The country’s cities produce an average of 2.3 million tons of solid water waste per year.

Regions

New Zealand is an island located on the southern hemisphere, southwest in the pacific ocean, 1500 east of Australia. It has no direct neighbors, as its an island, but the closest islands /lands are Australia across the Tasman Sea, Antarctica across the Southern Sea and Africa a long way across the Pacific Ocean in the east. New Zealand measures 270,000km2, where 1,6% of that is water. There are an estimated 4,6 million people living in New Zealand.

New Zealand consists of 16 regions, where the biggest one in terms of population is called Auckland. The regions are separated across two islands, the northern island and the southern island where the northern island has a majority of those, consisting of 9 regions. In New Zealand it was in 1989 decided that New Zealand was to be separated into those 16 regions, because it would make it easier for police, the fire department, planning for land use and basically everything that has to do with controlling the different parts of the country, which made it way easier when they separated it into different regions spread across 16 places on the two islands instead of everything being ruled by one central place.

The different regions are, in the northern island from most populated to least populated are Auckland, Wellington, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Manawatu-Wanganui, Northland, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Gisborne and on the southern island from most populated to least populated Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast.

Government

Until 1853 New Zealand was part of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, then they finally granted self-government following the New Zealand Constitution Act in 1852

How technology is helping me learn!

Our class is one of 3 groups in Sandvika vgs that has been chosen to participate in an experiment. Its about using new technology as our way of working instead of old school, using text books and pen and paper. We have no books, we have all our books on our computers. Some of us use notebooks and write in those, but others like me use technology like OneNote.

Using a computer as the only source of learning instead of books is for me really practical, but it can be distracting. When I use my mac its so easy to be distracted when I’m bored in class it is easy to chill on the internet instead of paying attention. I can surf on the web and not pay any attention to the teacher and class if I want to. However I am trying to learn and I’m good at staying away from websites that have nothing to do with work. Nevertheless i think that I soon will stop wasting time on other websites.

The best part about having a mac is that its so much easier than books. We have everything conveniently located on our machine. In addition if something in the book is unclear I can easily check the web for answers. And it`s so much more chill to use as a learning material.

To conclude I think that using this technology in our learning is awesome, and I really fancy it! I would definitely recommend it to other schools because it is a nice advantage if people do what they are supposed to do in class.12168082_1083142098377722_2092706176_n12166947_1083142095044389_1306363480_n12167303_1083142111711054_576959588_n

This is the main entrance area of our high school. Its called the glass hall because of the glass ceiling.. By the staircases you will find our classrooms. This school has 4 blocks with 4 floors. In each floor you will find atlas 5 different classrooms. This is a look inside our school.

The movie Square Parts

Today we watched a movie in english class, its called Square parts. Its about some high school immigrants from Mexico (i think) that builds a underwater robot. And they end up winning a underwater robotics college competition. And this is kinda extraordinary because these 4 guys comes from a very bad high school and everyone thinks the have no future, but then they end up beating technological colleges.

All of these boys had different abilities, and if they had worked separately they would have failed big time. This just shows how people can do some team work and then accomplish really good things. Together they had great qualities and were able to do a great thing. Many people doubted them and even the principal laughed, but yet they showed everyone wrong.

And the fact that these boys managed to even make a so fascinating object as an underwater robot is just amazing. Robotics today are super important for us in every way. Almost everything is based on robotics and machines, and the world is becoming more automized.

A thing that happens not only in the USA, but also in specially Europe, is that immigrants dont have the same options as no-immigrants. If people have a different culture they might not succeed so good as the countrymens. The really shitty high school the boys went to was full off immigrants and a lot of them never got to college. Many of them joined criminality and took easy jobs. And also we could see white americans from the good colleges in the robotics competition. So opportunities for everyone is something the modern society must work on.

A huge problem today is immigration. I have heard that it is over 11 million illegal immigrants in the US, and immigrants from the middle east is coming to Europe. Syrian refugees are traveling across Europe to get to countries like Germany and Norway. The danger they are facing for a taste of hope is huge. Thousands of refugees are drowning in the Mediterian because of overfilled boats. This is one of the world biggest problems at the moments, we need to make a stop to this. We can’t have a world where people can’t live in their homecountrsies without dying. This crisis have to come to an end soon.

Kolsåstoppen

Today we are heading to Kolsåstoppen to take som pictures for geography class. Kolsåstoppen is a place in Bærum and it is over 350m over the sea. We have to take a buss to a place then we are going to walk up there. I have never been there before so I’m looking forward to visit it with my class.

Well the climbing up was hard and tiresome, but when we got up the view was really nice. I could see my home, Vardåsen, from there. And I could also see a huge part of Bærum and Oslofjorden. It was beautiful to stand there, but too bad it didn’t last so long.

On the top of Kolsås there are volcanic rocks from the carbon time (350 million-290 million years years back). We also saw a lot of big rocks separated from the mountain just laying on the ground. There was these kind of rocks everywhere all the way up to the top.

Bye mates