Thursday, April 25, 2013

Carry It Forward: Ted Presentations

            These past few weeks we have heard tons of Ted Presentations that have really made us all think. But one in particular made me think extra hard about what I was doing with my life and how I could actually be changing the world. It was actually Allie Sonneborn's Ted presentation about water. After her presentation that day I realized that I could be doing so much more to help preserve water. It was that moment that I decided to carry it forward (hence the name of my post) and do all I can to help preserve water. 
            This was also the moment that I started obsessing over the amount of water I was using on a daily basis. I made sure to take the quickest showers possible and I always turned the water off when I was brushing my teeth. I also washed my hands quickly and made sure the dishwasher was very full before I ran it in order to run it less. But I still felt like I wasn't doing enough to change the world. So I decided to explain this problem to my family and get them in on it too. 
            This was when I began to take charge of my families water usage. I would remind them often about what other people are going through without water and how we take water for granted every day. After a while my family started being just as conscious about their water usage as I was. I finally felt like I was starting to make a difference. 
            I am going to continue to be conscious of my water usage for the rest of my life because of the presentation that Allie gave to our class. It made me aware of how much I take water for granted everyday and how thankful I really should be for my water. I plan to spread this idea and knowledge to as many people as I can in order to truly make a difference in this world.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Metacognition: Mashup Process

          My thought process during the mashup process is difficult to describe. I felt like during the process my mind was EVERYWHERE! I was unable to focus on one specific thing until about half way through the time I spent working on it.
          It all started with the word love. I am exposed to this word every single day in many different ways, and yet when I was asked to create a mashup about that word I was stumped at first. I spent about an hour searching the internet for different love quotes and things about love, but I then decided that I couldn't take that route and decided to start somewhere else.
          This time I started by looking through the book, Letters to a Young Poet. I thought that this would be a better place to start because then I would have a foundation for what to base my other quotes or pictures around. This is when my thinking began to steer in the right direction. I think I just needed to focus in on a specific thing in order to really get my thought process working correctly. And the topic of love was so broad that my brain didn't really begin to work until I specified my search area to one book.
          After picking about 10 different passages from the book I decided to try using google to find other quotes and pictures. This time it worked! I was able to be more specific in my searches because I knew what the book quotes were specifically about. Now that my thinking was on track it made the process go much quicker and smoother. I found the other key aspects of the mashup easily after finding the book quotes.
          I realized from this project that my mind needs something specific to focus on before it can really get good work done. If given something very broad to explain, like love, I have trouble wrapping my thoughts around it. I really do like how I think though, I find that if given the right opportunities my mind can accomplish pretty much anything.