Digital Literacy Portfolio Assignment

Assignment #1: English ZIP Project

Link: ZIP Project- Naked Reality

Description:
For my ZIP Project, I decided to create a book that integrated photography and poetry. I aimed to explore their correlation and how they could enhance one another. This assignment caused me to explore the grounds of photo editing and digital book formatting. I relied heavily on technology for this project. For starters, I used a Nikon D3500 Camera for the photos. I used the internet in research about photography and poetry, as my I lacked quite a bit of knowledge. I learnt how to convert photos into digital copies without losing most of its quality. Formatting a book proved to be more difficult than I anticipated and I ended up watching youtube videos and researching. Overall, this project was based off of digital sources.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations

  • I challenge myself to increase my technological literacy by working with apps, software, or mediums that I have not used in the past.

Before ZIP, I had little to no camera experience. Photography constantly intrigued me, but I never found time to focus on it. Through this project, my knowledge of camera controls and photography grew immensely. I learnt about different controls such as ISO and aperture- words I didn’t even understand before ZIP. When I was researching photography, the internet became a huge source of information and help for me. I used YouTube, examined professional photographer’s websites, and read through many articles. I challenged myself and, needless to say, my technology literacy increased.

  • I design my work with consideration given to aesthetics and design, such as consistent colour schemes, symmetry or organization of visual elements, and overall layout.

When creating a book of photography and poetry, it is important to create an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. The colours and ‘mood’ of the photography had to correlate with the specific poem for my vision to succeed. I analyzed every poem I wrote and brainstormed the perfect colour scheme and ‘vibe’ for the photograph. If a poem had a more cheerful, optimistic tone, the picture would have brighter colours and more saturation. If a poem had a more upset, defeated tone, the picture tended to be darker and more dull. Aside from simple colour schemes, I spent hours deciding the title and creating the cover. I handmade the cover of my book through digital editing, and although it took lots of time, it portrayed my desired vision more than any google image. I formatted my book in a sense where there was enough room for the picture and the poem. I ensured they had pretty equal space so one wasn’t empowering another.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of others.

Before I began this project, I scoured through pictures taken by photographers and read articles written by poets. I took their advice and work and used it to better mine. One author’s work I found particularly helpful was the book Kissing the Sky, by Cristina Olsen. In her book, she integrated the use of photography and poetry. Her book provided me hope and a belief that my vision was possible, since hers was so successful. Kissing the Sky inspired me through its beautiful writing and gorgeous photos. Her book and mine have different tones, vibes, and messages, but the same concept. I turned to this book whenever I needed inspiration or an extra boost!

Assignment #2: Socials Current Events Presentation

Link(s): Current Events Powerpoint
Current Events Script/Lesson Plan Outline
Article #1
Article #2

Description:
As a socials assignment, my partner and I had to come up with a 40 minute lesson to be presented in front of the class. We had one week to create this lesson. The lesson had to be about an event currently happening in the world that we feel passionate about. My partner and I decided to base ours off of felons’ voting rights in Florida. We created a PowerPoint, collaborated on the script through Word Online, and designed an interactive activity. We used many news articles and other research to thoroughly learn about our topic; we handpicked two of the articles to show to the class. We used technology for its software (PowerPoint and Word), for collaboration, and for research.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy

  • I identify and discuss bias in research sources.

A major part of this assignment was selecting two articles with different bias and acknowledging it. We did this provide our classmates with both sides of the debate. The first article clearly holds a stance against the bill making it more difficult for felons to vote. The second article holds no clear bias, but it provides points and arguments from both sides. We researched the authors of the article and checked their credentials and if they would have any bias. We aimed to present an informative, unbiased presentation.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with others.

This was a partner project. My partner, Chanel, and I both have very busy schedules, preventing us from meeting in person. We used FaceTime to talk, share ideas, and organize plans. This allowed us to have full conversations without the hassle of meeting face-to-face. We used Word Online to simultaneously work on our script and organize our lesson plan. We used PowerPoint Online so we could edit the same powerpoint together, and work on separate slides; this helped us manage our time and collaborate fully.

Digital Citizenship

  • My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.

When speaking of controversial and/or political topics, it is important to tread with caution. We acknowledged that and worked to create a presentation that evoked an open environment. We talked about the felons rights with empathy, while still acknowledging the other side’s viewpoint. We felt passionately about the topic, but we did not allow our opinions to cloud the presentation. Through empathy, caution, and non-bias, we presented a positive presentation.

Assignment #3: English 17th Century Letter

Link: 17th Century Letter

Description:
Despite the fact that this assignment does not hold the most digital interaction, it is one of my favourite writing assignments in English class so far. It was a small, overnight written piece, but I poured hours into it (which resulted in me having to stay up until 3 AM to get my other homework done, but it was worth it). The assignment was to write a letter of a day in the life of a 17th century citizen. We were to write in the perspective of either a lower class citizen, middle class citizen, or upper class citizen, and the letter was to be addressed to someone from a different class. The lack of strict criteria intrigued me and allowed my creativity to travel. I researched the King in power, the rules, and the laws of people living in the 17th century. After using the internet to research, I used Word to
type out and edit the letter.

3 / 4. Digital Literacy Criteria

Research and Information Literacy

  • I view issues or topics from multiple perspectives.

In this letter, I assumed the perspective of a lower class citizen. In class, we learnt quite a bit about King James I and King Charles 1, both upper class citizens. I decided to assume this role as a lower class person to see the less luxurious parts of the 17th century. Lower class people were perceived as lazy scum. The political issues in the 17th century often concerned the middle class and higher class people, rarely taking the lower classes opinions into account. To further my depth of knowledge of this generation, I wrote and researched about the lower class addressed to someone from the upper class.

  • I use databases to find scholarly research sources.

While researching the 17th century, I used different scholarly research sources in an attempt to get as many primary, or good secondary, sources as possible. I used JSTOR, which is a reliable, academic database. I also used Google Scholar. With these two, plus the packages and information my teacher gave me, I expanded my knowledge on lower class citizens in the 17th century.

Digital Citizenship

  • My work demonstrates a positive, productive, and empathetic worldview.

This writing piece is very blunt in the sense that it is not sugar coated. It is quite emotionally harsh, and the treacherous events that occur are described in vivid detail. While this piece of writing could be interpreted negatively, I believe honest reflection is the most productive way to look at history. When we look back on the brutality of history, it teaches us not to make the same mistake. Some philosophers believe that humans are destined to make the same detrimental mistakes over and over again; but through learning with history, we can ensure that we learn from our mistakes.

Assignment #4: Science ‘Factors Affecting Rate of Dissolution’ Lab

Link: Science Lab- Factors Affecting Rate of Dissolution

Description:
This lab was done in groups of four and we all had a seperate lab to work on, but all our separate labs joined together to create a big, multi-dimensional lab. My job was to focus on if the surface area of the solute would increase or decrease the rate of dissolution. We did research beforehand, then collaborated on a word document to write out the lab. I came to the conclusion that if the surface area increases, then the solute will dissolve at a faster rate.

Communication and Collaboration

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

When writing science labs, there are many different phrases we must remember. For example, when talking about results and a hypothesis, one must say, “seems to accept,” or, “seems to refuse.” This is important as with one lab, we cannot determine whether the hypothesis is accepted or not. We must remember to start every procedure step with a verb and never use personal pronouns. Instead of saying, “I saw the solute dissolve faster,” one should say, “the solute dissolved faster.” These key terms, phrases, and rules are essential when speaking through a science lab.

  • I respond to the work or ideas of others in a way that is compassionate and productive.

Within my group of science team members, I was paired with some extremely skilled students (just like all my other classmates). They were all very intelligent and could offer great advice. When one of them would constructively critique my work, instead of getting offended, I took their advice in mind. I acknowledged their ideas as valuable, and that helped better my own work. I would never interrupt anybody, and waited my turn to speak. It became a collaborative environment.

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations

  • I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work.

Science labs should always be professional, as they reflect on a set of data and experiments. Any reader should be able to read the points and data without being distracted by miscellaneous aesthetics. We chose to write out our lab in a Word Online document, so we could collaborate together. We used a simple font of Calibri in size 12- instead of, perhaps, Comic Sans. We bolded, italicized, or underlined keywords, but refrained from changing the word colour or font.

Assignment #5: Science Breast Cancer: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Research PAper

Link: Science Research Paper

Description:
In class, we had to pick a medical condition that intrigued us and do one double-sided page on it. I chose to focus on breast cancer, specifically invasive ductal carcinoma, because it is a leading type of cancer in women. I wanted to learn more so I could educate myself on such a prevalent matter. I researched using the internet and academic databases. I wrote out my report on Word and use a automatic bibliography creator to cite my work.

Digital Citizenship

  • I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using intext citations.

For this paper, I did quite a lot of research. I cited all the major sites I used using an online bibliography creator. I cited six different websites using APA format. Here is an example of one of the sites that I gave credit to:
“Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) Information.” MyVMC, 24 May 2018, www.myvmc.com/diseases/breast-cancer-invasiveinfiltrating-ductal-carcinoma-idc/#Statistics. 

Communication and Collaboration

  • I tailor my work to appeal to my intended audience and use language and visual design elements appropriate for them.

One of my favourite middle school teachers told me to write a paper as if your audience doesn’t know a single thing about your topic. This really stuck with me. Whenever I introduce a large word, concept, or condition, I must remember that the audience probably doesn’t know what it means. I thoroughly explained every keyword or concept that I included. I didn’t expect my audience to understand what the ErB2 gene was or what BRCA1 stands for. I explained as best as I could and put together a solid research paper.

Research and Information Literacy

  • I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose.

Since breast cancer is a serious, scientific topic, finding reliable sources proved to be an easy job. I used mainly sites that were from well-known hospital’s cancer centers. I checked all the authors and ensured all dates were relatively recent. All the sites I used were very professional with clear informative purpose. None of the websites information contradicted each other, further proving my belief that they were all filled with correct information.

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