JMW11 Journal






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JMW11 Portfolio

Date
Plan
Effort
Achievement
Reflection
6-3-15
The plan for this week is to work on my portfolio and get it done before class on Friday. Also I am going to do my end of the year reelection that talks about what I have learned about myself and my learning.


I have worked on a few different projects over the few years I have had this class Leather was my main project but it was not my only project. I have learned that I like this kind of class, where I am able to self-direct. I can go at my own pace and it gives me a chance to grow on my own and become more independent in my learning. Over the past few years I have worked on making videos, photography, and leather craft. I have received constructive criticism/feedback from my peers. This has helped me to reflect back on my work and make adjustments. I have also critiqued people's projects by asking questions and making suggestions about their work and progress. I have been able to go forward on my own and rate myself as I reflect based on my effort and achievement at the end of each week. This has made me more aware of my work patterns and what I could alter/change to be even more successful.
5-27-15
I am going to finish up sewing the money clip and then move on to the other sewing I have to do but I am going to try to get through all of this quickly so I can move on to making the backpack.
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Describe your progress towards your goals
I didn't make as much progress towards my goals as I had intended. Today, instead of working on my leather, I worked on my portfolio page. This slowed my progress a little of moving on the my next project.


My/Our next step will be...
To move on to sewing the other projects in this kit, hopefully in a small time frame, so that I ca move on. I have to finish sewing these projects products because my next step is to make a backpack purse. That will involve some sewing so I will have experience from these smaller projects before moving on to the bigger project.
5-20-15
I am going to continue sewing the money clip and then moving on to sewing the coin purse and billfold.
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What was fun? What did I/we enjoy?
I enjoy sewing the leather. This part can be quick and easy after you sew through a few holes. The sewing for the money clip is simple. After I will move on to sewing the coin purse and billfold.


Where could I use this again?
After I sew some more, I could use this new skill to sew other things like clothes. This is a skill that I will be able to use in the future and it is relevent.
5-12-13
I am starting the week off with my critique group. Then I am going to work on sewing my leather.
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My/our achievement was affected by ... This caused ...
I began to work faster as I got used to the pattern for sewing my leather. After I got the hang of the sewing pattern, I didn't have to think about it as much, causing me to work at a faster pace. This caused more progress for how much of the sewing I got done on my money clip.

I/We were efficient/inefficient because ...
I was efficient. I got more of my sewing done and I did it correctly. It took me a little time to get used to it but I have it down now. I am more than half way done sewing the money clip.
5–6-15
I am going to work on stitching the leather with lace and then moving on to starting the leather backpack if I have time.
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I/We didn't get as far as I/we planned because...
We had critique groups so I didn't get as much time to work on my project as I had planned. I was planning on finishing gluing my money clip together and moving on to sewing/stitching for my other small projects.


What resources did you use? Which were most helpful? How were they helpful?
I used the Tandy Leather Factory website as a source. This was helpful because I had a glue that came in the kit but it was not the same glue that was used in the video that was in the kit. I wanted to check to see if it would work if I used the glue I had. They are a little different but they are both water based products so I used the glue I had.
4-22-15
This week I am going to work on stitching my leather projects and reading the directions for my next project.
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What got in the way of your learning?
I was planning on gluing my leather together like it had been shown in the video, but I didn't quite have the same glue product that was used in the video so that slowed down my progress. I was given a suggestion to contact the Tandy Leather Factory asking about the product before I move on.


I/We have changed my/our plan...
I was going to start looking into my new project but my plans changed as I realized that I hadn't practiced my lacing/stitching skills on the smaller projects I have been working on. So now I am going back and watching this part in the video before I try it on my bigger project.
4-15-14
I am going to work on taking more pictures of my projects and posting them to the wiki and stitching and lacing the leather projects.



4-1-15
I am going to continue working on dying the leather on all of my projects.
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What was easiest? Most challenging? Why?
Adding dye to my projects was the easiest part of working with the leather this week. the most challenging was trying to get a certain amount of the dye on the leather with different levels of lightness or darkness. This was challenging because I am adding the Super Shene Leather Finish onto the leather like it was done in the video but I am not getting the same result as they did in the video.


What patterns did you experience/see?
I am noticing a pattern as I work on applying dye to the leather. I am not getting the effects that I wanted to get. The coin purse has two parts to it but I cannot get both parts to have the same shades of dye like I want because they are supposed to go together.
3-25-15
This week I am going to look at the floral pattern I am working on and add any few last touches I want.
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My/our achievement was affected by ... This caused ...
My achievements and goals were affected by a problem that occurred today. I was working with applying and taking dye of my leather. I reached over and got dye on my shirt and then quickly went to the bathroom to try and get the stains out. I was in there for a while putting soap and water on shirt and then drying it constantly. This took up a good chunk of time. This caused my progress to be slowed with critiquing the dying on my leather.


What about your thinking, learning, or work today brought you the most satisfaction? Why?
I was satisfied with the work I did on the leather with the dye. I was satisfied because I am trying to make the different levels of dye to give the leather character and I am not just doing it the way they did it in the video anymore. I am also doing what I want to make me satisfied with my projects.
3-18-15
I am going to work on critiques and then continue working on my floral pattern for the money clip.
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What breakthrough(s) did you have?
The breakthrough I have had is my steady hand control. This is the fifth project I have done and my hand control has improved a lot since the first one. Wetting the leather with water beforehand helps out a ton.


One way I/we received feedback today was ... That feedback showed us that I/we ...
I received feedback from Mr. Whitmer on how to sharpen my swivel knife. The feedback showed me that there are other ways to sharpen the knife before I straupe it with chalk on cardboard that might be more effective for the sharpening part.
3-11-15
This week I am going to work on the floral design for the money clip.
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How did I/we feel?
I feel satisfied with my work this week. I have made some of my own designs on the pattern that I traced. I made my own cuts with the swivel knife. I am starting to have a lot better hand control when using the swivel knife so my cuts are a lot cleaner and nicer looking.


What did you learn that you can apply to future projects?
I learned that it is alright to go off a little and add some of your own touches to make a project look the way you want it to look. At first I was so concerned with figuring out how to make this floral pattern for the money clip because I could not find how to make it in the video. Then I realized that I already had the materials without the video to make this pattern and the skill. So it is alright to just venture off a little after you have some of the fundamentals down and add your own things.
3-4-15
This week I plan on working on my portfolio on Friday and working on the new leather project I started.


Worked on portfolio
2-25-15
I am planning to finish dying the coin purse and sewing the floral billfold.
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I worked on going back and dying parts of my projects that I wanted to dye again. I dyed the coin purse but I haven't sewed yet.

If you were , what comments would you make about yourself?
If I were someone else I would comment that I am working hard and trying to get this part done so I can move on to my bigger project. I would also note that maybe I should try to work a little faster so I have more time to do something else at the end of the year.


What was easiest? Most challenging? Why?
It was easy to apply the dying for the projects. It was challenging to get the dye the way I wanted it to look though. Even after watching the video I have I was still confused to get it the way I want it. It is easy for the most part to trace the pattern from the paper I have onto the other paper I need for tracing the leather. It is challenging to trace the pattern onto the leather though because you have to press hard enough but not too hard that t breaks the paper.
2-11-15
This week I will continue working on the coin purse by adding dye and finishing my tracing and stamping. I am also going to try to peel of more of the glue from the back of the the billfold.
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I began working on the other leather project and added some dye and more texture. I
also added super sheen to the outer edges of the leather and then I will dye the inner parts of the leather to make the leather more interesting.


One frustration I/we had was ...
I worked on getting the glue off of the leather on Wednesday. This was frustration for me because it was hard getting most of the glue off the back of the leather because it was strong glue. I had to use the swivel knife to get under the glue but make sure I didn't cut myself like last time. Also, after a while my fingers were rubbing too much against the leather and made it uncomfortable.

One way I/we connected/collaborated with others was ...
Today it was my turn to present in my critique group. I presented for about three minutes to my group. I showed them my leather craft page and its contents.
1-28-14
I am going to go through the video and see what I need to get done.
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What patterns did you experience/see?
From doing these projects, I have experienced patterns about the steps of each project in the kit. First you wet the leather and then trace the pattern on paper and then on the leather, from there, you stamp and add dye and any final touches you want.


One way I/we helped someone else today was ...

critique someone in my group and give them feedback on their project. This was helpful because it can give them more creative suggestions and give them things to think about that could help them improve their project.
1-21-15
I will be working on my portfolio this week. I am guessing that it will take me both classes to finish this up.



1-14-15
This week I am going to look at the other projects I have in my kit. I will put on finish and make any other fixes that I like.
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Describe your progress towards your goals
I am a little slow on the progress towards my goals. My main goal is to make a backpack from the leather kit I purchased at the Tandy Leather Store. Part of the slowed progress is not having the disk on my computer yet.


One way I/we connected with others was ...
We did critique groups this week so that is a way I connected with some of the other students in my class. I connected by asking questions and commenting on projects and giving suggestions.
1-7-14
This week I am going to be looking at the other projects I left off on before I began working on the key fob.
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We want to know ...
I want to know more information about the coin purse. I want to know more because I can't find where he went through the steps to make it. I can only find the part where he adds the finishing touches.


What got in the way of your learning?
I got a little distracted today from talking and not being able to find the information I need in the leather craft video.
This weekend I need to get the disk put onto my computer.
12-17-14
I am going to make the key fob more interesting by doing different shades of the brown dye I have.
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Describe your progress towards your goals
I might add more dye to the key fob. I am taking my materials home over the break to work. Other than that, I believe that I am done with this project.


What was fun? What did I/we enjoy?
I enjoyed looking over my key fob this week so I can consider my next small step to complete the dying processes and make the project final.
12-10-14
I am going to try to finish the key fob this week with finish on it. I expect to have it finished before Christmas break.
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This week I figured out how to get some of the different shades of dye on my project. It took me a few days to figure out how to do this, but I learned through on of the videos on the Tandy website.

I/We learned...
Eco-flo super sheen is put on a design or letter stamp so when you add dye to your project, it does not change into that color. It adds more variety and makes the product more interesting. I wanted to know because I had wanted to know how to make the different shades for the dye so the whole little project won't be one color.

My/Our next step will be...
to bring the key fob and the video home over the weekend. That way I will hopefully have it done before break and I can put any final touches on it that I think are necessary.
12-3-14
I am going to work on my key fob and watch the video.
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One way I/we helped someone else today was ...
I helped someone else today because we did critique groups and I left my suggestions on their discussion post for them to review their work and consider new things.


What got in the way of your learning?
I do not have the leather craft video on my computer. That slows my learning down a little because then I have to look for videos on line and I can't find the exact video I need.

This week I finished putting dye on my key fob.
11-19-14
This week I plan on dying my coaster and putting finish on it. I have to look at the video to make sure I am doing the right thing to complete this part of the project.
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- What did you learn about your topic/tool?
After you finish stamping and dying, you should apply super sheen finish to your leather. This gives the leather more flavor and a different shade to contrast with other dying colors.


What skills did you use that you already had?
While working on dying my leather, I used my good hand coordination. I looked at the small details to make sure I was dying all the correct spots on my leather.

This week I dyed my coaster and I stamped the letter B on my key fob because I am planning on giving it to my brother for Christmas. Next week I plan to put finish on my leather.
11-12- 14
I plan to start working on the next project in the beginner kit because I uploaded my video to Mr. Whitmer's Youtube account last week. I also am going to do my portfolio.
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Did I do an effective job of communicating my learning to others? How do I know that?
I think I did a good job of communicating my learning to others because I worked on my portfolio this week. That talks about my project and the general overview and a posted reflection of my choice and why I chose that one.

How did I/we feel?
I feel happy about the progress I have made. I added dye to my coaster. After I will add the leather finish. I have been at a steady pace and I am satisfied.

This week, I worked on my portfolio and uploaded my video to the youtube channel. I continued working on finishing touches for my projects.
11-5-14
This week I am going to post my Explain Everything to my wiki page. Then I am planning to pick up where I left off on my leather craft.
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I/We didn't get as far as I/we planned because...
This week I did not get as far as I had hoped to. On Wednesday, the Explain Everything app was acting up but today it let me record my voice into the slides without making the pictures and words disappear.

What was fun? What did I/we enjoy?
I enjoyed completing the video and posting it to the wiki. I had planned to get it done this week and I did. I am happy because I met my goals for the week and worked efficiently.

I put the video link on my leather page.
10-29-14
This week I am going to continue working on my Explain Everything, if I finish, then I can post it to the wiki.


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10-22-14
This week I am going to add to my Explain Everything. I will put photos and dialogue to explain the basics of leather craft. I am working on iPad 8.
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I/We were efficient/inefficient because ...
I was efficient because I stayed focused on what I had to accomplish this week, which was working on the Explain Everything that talked about the basics of leather crafting.


What does this help you do that’s important?
Doing the Explain Everything is important. By doing this, I will learn good ways of communicating to others through words and pictures. That is a good skill to have.
10-15-14
This week I am going to see if I can finish my wallet. I am also going to make an explain everything for basic skills for leather.
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I/We didn't get as far as I/we planned because...
I needed to get the Explain Everything on the iPad. Then I decided to work on dying my leather. Also, today I had to find an iPad in the class that I could use.

A different way to accomplish my/our task would be ...
I could have brought an iPad from home possibly and started working on the Explain Everything earlier this week.

This week I dyed my leather and let it dry. Then I worked on my Basic Leather Craft Skills presentation and added pictures to it.
10-8-14
This week I plan to make my leather page more organized and post more pictures. I also plan on continuing to work on my wallet. I am going to see if I can start working on the explaining project of showing basic skills and information that beginners might want to know.
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I/we demonstrated character by ...
continuing to work and figure out by myself what I can do because there weren't any other computers to use today because they were all being used. I put in some of my own designs in some parts of my flower floral that the video didn't do.


How did I/we feel?
I feel good about the progress I am making this week. After I have completed the wallet which should only take a few more classes, I can move on to some of the other beginning projects in the kit. I am working towards my final goal, to make a leather backpack.
10-1-14
I am going to add to my leather craft page. I am also going to keep working on my wallet.
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One frustration I/we had was ...
that with the swivel knife, I cut part of the leather too deeply and it looks messy and dark now.


One way we might solve this problem ...
Going slower while cutting with the swivel knife and not going over the cut too many times.

Today I took a few more pictures also.
9-24-14
This week I want to start bringing in my leather supplies. I do not have them today so I will continue researching related leather projects.
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What skills did you use that you already had?
I used the swivel knife today and I used the hand control as a skill. It can be difficult to cut with a swivel knife, especially if it isn't a little damp anymore.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am ready this year to come back and continue working with leather. Last year towards the end, I wasn't as much into as I thought I would be. This ear I was a little uncertain about starting it again but I came back with a positive attitude. I also think working with leather is a cool skill to know.
9-17-14
This week I want to gather my leather supplies together and see what I want to continue working on. I also am going to look at the comments on my proposal page after the two other people revise mine but Riley has already looked at mine a few times and gave me feedback.


Went to Court House Friday
9-10-14
My plan is to work more on my own rubric for my proposal and start editing other proposals in my critique groups.
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On Tuesday, I finished working on my proposal but I need a couple more people to look at mine. Riley and I have looked at and edited everyone else's in our group today.

How did I/we feel?
I felt good about today because I felt I got a lot done and I did a good job about staying on task. I also finished editing everyone's proposals in my critique group.


Why was this project meaningful to me/us?
The final project I will be doing is meaningful to me because I will be able to show what styles I like through the way I design the backpack purse. I also really like bags and being able to make my own would make me really happy.
9-2-14



I enjoyed having a lot of freedom in this class. I used that time to try to accomplish the next goal I had in my project. I also liked that we were able to choose what project we wanted to. The projects kids chose were ones that interested them and had some learning and problem solving involved. You can choose almost anything as long as it was educational. I liked that when we did show our work and what progress we made on the wiki, it could look the way we wanted it to look because that is another part of creativity you could show when showing others your work. It did have to look a certain way when we completed our portfolios though. For the journals, Mr. Whitmer let us grade ourselves with the amount of effort we put in and the amount of work completed. In this class, you learn about all sorts of new things because you are able to have a sharing time with other classmates. We are given a lot of freedom and trust so you also have to learn to stay on task and work hard. You can strengthen your character traits.
6-10-14
2-3 ideas for TS next year:

Crafting leather and making things for other people besides myself. I will make a new page with things I want to make for other people.


Making music in GarageBand like pop music because that is my favorite kind of music but trying to make it fi with what I feel to make it differnet. For this, I will make music videos showing different instruments I used and what "effects" I used to make them sound the way they do.


What did you learn about yourself? I learned that I enjoy designing my own things. I can make them to fit my needs. I learned that I can mix together my essentials and style(s). I liked learning something new this year because it made me have perseverance because at times it could get frusterating when I compared my final products with the man in the video. It is a good hobby. I may be doing a lot more small projects than big projects like making the backpack purse. I learned how to use new tools for my project that had different purposes. Some of them needed more force and had to be in different angles. I learned that I can try something new without giving up.

What did you learn about learning?
I learned that learning can be difficult. You can only learn if you keep trying and you put good habits into your mind to get the best understanding and learning from something. You may not want to always learn something new but you can get a wider variety of skills at different levels if you try to learn something. You also want to be enthusiastic or esle you won't obsorb things as much as you could and you probably won't have a good time trying to learn because you will be thinking This is sooo boring" or "This is too hard" or "This is a complete waste of time" Sometimes though, you have to prioritize your time because you may not have time to learn everything. You have to think, "Is this really what I want to be doing, will I take this seriously, is thisactually worth my time?" Ask these questions with an open mind and sometimes the anwer will bew no. Sometimes it will be yes.
6-3-14
The "achievement" I am/we are setting is ...
I am setting my achievement goals for this week. I want to finish my key and then uplaod my drawings to the wiki.I also want to learn how to install a light inside the bag because I got an idea of that while looking at bags online. One of them had a light. I want to look at the cost and how difficult it will be to do that and then decide whether I will be doing that or not.
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Why was this project meaningful to me/us?
This project was meaningful to me because it showed my creativity through designing my own bag. I really like bags and purses and if I can create ones that fit my needs and explore styles that others might like, I keep going and learning. This particular one will fit my needs and be a style that I like.


How did I/we feel?
I feel like I worked efficiently and I am happy because of that. I achieved the things I wanted to achieve in my plan this week. I have worked hard on this portion because I am very interested in seeing where I can go with designing this.
5-27-14
The steps that I am going to follow are:
  • designing a backpack purse (not to scale)
  • Finding reasonable estimated measurements
  • Looking at patterns that I can stamp onto the backpack purse
  • Learning how to go about making a backpack purse
  • Gathering materials (w/ colors)
  • Creating a leather backpack purse
I will follow these steps as much as I can this week.
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Where could I/we use the skills/knowledge again? I could use these skills again in the future if I want to go into designing. I think that I have come up with some creative designing ideas. The way that I went about this was I went on the internet to find ideas of designs for purses. Then I decide if I like the look of certain things. After that, I think of what would work for me and what I usually like to have in a backpack or purse when I am walking around or on a trip. The things that I use more often, like my phone or my camera, I want to be able to access them quickly in easy to reach places.


I/We think...
I think my next step is to complete my key and start drawing my designs to scale. I think I may have a little trouble with this because this is the first time I have had to incorperate scale drawing skills in my life. I will have to be accurate with my measurments too.
5-20-14
I am going to work on the design for the backpack purse and gather information about materials I'll be needing.
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Describe your progress towards your goals
I have made progress towards my end-of-the-year goal. I have been designing the backpack purse that I want to create. I am using ideas from backpack purses that have already been made and I am adding my own touches and ideas to my design to fit my personality and needs.


What helped your learning?
Looking at different designs of backpack purses helped my learning. It shows people's tastes with different styles and designs and it gives me a wider view to learn more about myself for my taste. I am also drawing my own design by hand so that has helped my learning because this is one of the first times that I am designing something and then trying to create something out of it.
5-15-14

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Things I / We want to learn are... (phrase as questions) -Something that I want to learn is how to make a backpack purse that will last over a long period of time, be stylish, and be comfortable. Sometimes style doesn't always match comfortable so I want to make sure I design on that is both and one that will fit my needs.

What connections did you make? -
The connection that I made was that leather backpack purses and backpack purses made out of other materials can have the same patterns and I can incorporate other patterns into my leather design.
5-6-14
This week I will will continue working on the wallet that I started last week. My main focus will be to work on my leather page.
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What did you learn about your topic/tool?
"I went to search up how to make a leather backpack purse. What I learned about my project is that it can be difficult to find good tutorial videos because a lot of videos are just advertisements or taking about fashionable leather bags for women."

I/We have changed my/our plan
"I changed my plan and didn't really work on my wallet because I was updating my leather page and looking to find good videos for backpack purses because I want to start on my end goal for the year."

Next time we would
"Next time I would start this project earlier because it will be time consuming and I want to try to get at least half way through by the end of the year."
4-29-14
I am looking for leather ideas on different websites I wrote down and looking at materials that I would need.


Not here
4-22-14
I am going to work on making a leather bow this week and then trying to dye it.


Absent
4-15-14
I will look at projects that I may want to do and look at videos that can help me learn. I will also look at tips on how to user and how to use it safely for Twitter.
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On Tuesday I looked at info on how to use Twitter safely because ai forgot my leather materials. A pattern that I have noticed that reoccurs is not good responsibility. I have forgotten my materials a few times. My irresponsibility got in the way of my learning this week. I have made progress towards my end goal but I will not finish it by thee end of the year. I will start on it though for next quarter. If I had another month, I think I should finish up the couple of smaller projects that may take one or two days and then try making the purple backpack case and see how it ends up. I would work faster and move on and learn from my mistakes and left out the irrelevant things.
4-1-14
I am going to build a plastic iPhone 4 case and put leather on it. I am also dying the leather outlines I cut out of leather.
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I have made connections and realized that I can combine projects to make them more creative. I can combine different styles. I have a lot of good ideas for projects now. This project is meaningful to me because I can use these new skills to make things for myself and others and not always have to rely on the work of others.
3-25-14
I am going to look at dying and other interesting projects on http://www.brit.co
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I have changed my plan. I am going to come back to making the geometric necklace http://www.brit.co/geometric-leather-pendants/
because I need more scraps of leather with different colors and more leather to cut.
I am going to look for a clear iPhone 4 case so I can add my leather case to the back of that after I decorate it. Now I have started working on leather bracelets. They will be different colors and sizes. Next time I will come with more leather so that I have a wider variety of projects on http://brit.co to do because there are a lot of fun small projects on this site. I have demonstrated character by continuing on even when I don't have all the materials I need instead of just sitting and doing nothing.
3-18-14
This week I will be working on my portfolio.
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I didn't get a lot of things done today besides my portfolio. I want to know how to dye leather so I will look that up. Adding to my portfolio helped my learning because then reflect and think about what I write and decide to put in my portfolio for others to view.
3-10-14
This week I will start on making a leather fold-over clutch. I will also look for dyes.
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This week we had triads and I was presenting. I do not think that I was the most effective when communicating my learning. I kind of rushed through because I don't really like presenting things sometimes.I feel that I will be more engaged in my project because I have started some new litttle projects I find on like instead of trying to do everything, everyday in the Tandy Leather beginners kit because I found that I started to get tired of working on the floral carving because the guy just kept adding and adding things.
3-4-14
I am going hopefully move on to the next project but I am falling behind on where I wanted to be by this point.
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This week I could not find the Tandy Leather video CD. I was looking for project ideas for beginners and found a page with a good idea and tutorial for making a leather fold-over clutch. I have changed my plans for this project. Instead of just doing all of the projects in the Tandy beginners/starter kit, I will give myself more variety and do other projects I find online that interest me. Today I was having difficulty with knowing where I stand. I did not know what level I was at yet and what kind of project would be good for me to start. I felt stuck and then I got frustrated. Finally, instead of just searching Leather project ideas, I searched Leather project ideas for beginners.
2-25-14
This week I am going to try finishing the floral carving so I can move ahead onto the next small project.
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I could make this project better or more interesting if I started to work at a faster pace because then I would not get stuck on working one just one project for a long time because they are beginner projects to help me get started and learn basics. I have learned the names of the tools used in this project and I have learned that sometimes I just need to know when to move on to the next task.
2-11-14
I am going to finish stamping the floral carving. I finished the tracing already.
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The parts that I have decided to break my project into is to start with beginner leather kits. Then I'll get into other projects that I can find on http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/home.aspx
The achievement I will be shooting for is that by the end of the year start on a purple leather backpack purse.
2-5-14
This week I am gong to retrace my floral carving on the leather.
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This week I traced more of the floral carving and uploaded pictures to my project page. A pattern that I am experiencing is that I still seem to struggle with using the swivel knife. A reference I could look at to help me with is the Tandy Leather website.
1-30-14
No school Tuesday
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Worked on portfolio

1-21-14
This week I am going to start the next project, traditional floral carving.
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This week I glued down the leather to a piece of cardboard but I did not cover the holes in the leather like he said to do in the video because my glue came out differently and I did not want to cover the holes completely with glue. Then I traced the flower design on the leather. A pattern that I am noticing is that I am having trouble with tracing the traditional floral carving. I had to trace the design twice but the paper kept moving so I end up tracing in one place and then it shifts over a little to another place. One way I might fix this problem that I have is to carefully set the paper down in one spot and then make sure I tape it securely in one place. Then I should check after every few tracings (like he said in the video) instead of tracing the whole thing and then realizing that the shifting is occurring and making the design look blurry.
1-14-14
This week I am going to see what my next project is and start on it.
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I wasn't as sufficient as I was hoping. On Tuesday I re-watched the Tandy Leather Factory video for the coaster and I tried the part when you use the swivel knife again and I did better this time. Today we had triads and I commented and posted. Then I got distracted and talked to a friend. The next steps I will be taking in this project is how to use the leather hole puncher and to begin the traditional floral carving.
1-9-14
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I am going to keep learning how to use a swivel knife
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12-17-13
I am going to practice using the swivel knife. Last time I did not have a lot of control over it. I will see if there are any videos on how to use a swivel knife. I am also going to work on uploading pictures/videos.
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I uploaded photos to the wiki this week. I learned that the swivel knife is the most important tool in leather carving. I practiced using the swivel knife and learned a few key pointers. The next step I will take is to practice over winter break and get good at using and controlling the swivel knife. After I take that step I will go back to working on the projects in the kit. I am going to make a gift for my mom involving leather. I will have to learn how to sign my name using the key things that George Hursh talked about in the video.
12-12-13
This week I am going to finish tracing the flower pattern. I will go back and see if I need to work more on the coaster because last week I forgot to bring it back to school. I am also going to upload pictures/videos to the wiki.
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I was having difficulties with the swivel knife. I need to make my cuts and arches more smooth and do each little part in one movement. I did not get as far as I had planned today. I did not upload the pictures/videos today. I cut some cardboard out to rub the rouge against. Then I rubbed the swivel knife against it to polish that. The leaf design gave me some trouble. I will practice over the weekend so I can improve on my arches and cuts.
12-3-13
Today I am going to start another beginning project if I find that I have completed the other one. If not, I will continue to work on the same project.
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Today I worked on tracing the pattern for another project in the kit. I forgot some of my supplies at home. I wasn't efficient because I hadn't come prepared so I ended up wasting my time trying to decide what to do. The next step I am planning to take is to finish the tracing and finish the other projects that came before this one. I will try to remember to bring all of my supplies next time.
11-26-13
Today I am going to work on the coaster and make sure I have the right tools.
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By doing leather crafting as my project, I will be able to persevere. Perseverance is an important character trait to learn. I will need this skill throughout the rest of my life. Leather crafting is not was. You use techniques and you have to learn those techniques. Watching the tutorials helped my learning. There are also directions on how to do things in a little "book". The tutorials in the video helps because I am a better learner when I can see someone else doing this and using their techniques and skills to craft leather.
11-19-13
This week I am continuing to work on the key fob.
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Today I finished doing the stamping around the circle and then the inner stamping circle. I had trouble with the inner circle stamping. One way this problem could have been solved is if the man in the video would have showed the coster and started this project from the very beginning. Something that is important is learning how to use the material and understand it. Something that is unimportant is messing up. I am only on my second project and so far, neither one has turned out the way I wanted it to. I stress a little too much on trying to always make everything perfect the first time.
11-12-13
This week I am going to finish the key fob and video tape and/or take pictures to show my progress. I am also going to look up more information about the hole puncher.
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Today I made critiques with my group. Someone presented their project and we posted comments on the wiki for them to view later. I want to learn if it is bad for the leather to get wet again after it has already been stamped. I will learn this because that is what I did today with the leather. My progress towards is coming along. I am almost done with my first project from the kit. I am excited to see the outcome.
11-7-13
Today I am going to try to complete the first project in the Starter Kit. I already started working on the Key Fob but I have not completed it.
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I learned something about my topic today. When you start a project, you should try to finish it because I didn't finish my key fob but I think it would be better to work with the key fob a little damp so I can stamp. Now it may be difficult because if I dampen it again, it ma get the stamps I made wet and I don't exactly know what would happen if they got wet. If I had a do over, I would make the stamps closer to each other because it is kind of difficult to do the Pear stamp around the border because it makes the edges flat. I looked at the key fob in the video and the 1st set of stamps were closer to the middle so the other stamps could fit on it too.
10-29-13
This week, I am going to try to upload some of my videos to my journal page.


I have changed my plan for this week. I did not upload my videos to my journal page. Instead, I watched the Tandy Leather videos on the DVD and started a project. My goal for today (Thursday) was to complete the first project I am working on. I am working on the key fob for the first project I do from the Tandy Leather Basic Starter Kit.
10-21-13
I am going to start doing the projects in the kits and read the direction and watch the videos. I will start doing the projects AFTER I look at videos that relate the the same project I will be doing and read some of the directions and information I need before starting this.
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(absent on Thursday for this class)
I didn't get much done this week becaus I wasn't here for the Thursday class. I did not reach my goals for this week because I feel kind of stuck. I feel this way because I don't feel prepared to start a project yet that is in the kit. I don't feel prepared but I am a little confused on how to get more information and feel prepared. I learned that I need to not worry about everything. I need to accept the fact that yes, I will mess up. But I will learn from those mistakes.
10-15-13
This week I am going to watch videos and look at tools, what they're called, and what they are used for.
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I didn't get as far as I had planned because on tuesday, I forgot my leather and tools. I also forgot my DVD. I went to the tandy website and watched their videos. On Thursday, I brought the materials I needed for that day. I had troubble with the leather hole puncher. One way I might solve this problem is looking up how to use it and if it is used for a specific kind of leather.
10-8-13
I am going to watch some videos on the Tandy website and watch the DVD that came with the kit.
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Something got in the way of my learning today. I did not come prepared with all the materials needed to complete some things they showed on the Tandy website. Next time I will come more prepared and bring all the materials I need for the first project I do. Mr. WHitmer heightened the table for me today and I also stood up when I did the stamping. I also did not get as much work done because I was explaining my project to someone and showing them the materials I had.
10-1-13
This week I am going to use some of the new materials I got at Tandy. I will use some other tools, a mallet, and different leathers. I am also
going to use some of the different tools and I'm going to try combine my videos and then to an explaining thing in iPhoto.
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10-3-13
This week I used my new mallet and used a tool for the different leathers to see how easy/hard it was with each one. I think that after a while I will have to get a new mallet because this one is made of just wood and after I hammer, there are marks left on the mallet. I used the stamps on all the leathers that I brought today. The steps I want to take are after recording me doing projects with the leather, I can make an explainIt (?) where I saw what I am doing and what worked and what did not. Then I want to upload any videos or pictures I have to the wiki. I also looked as some videos on
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/home.aspx to help me as I work with leather. Next time I am going to try to remember to bring the DVD that came with the kit.
9-24-13
I am going to work on stamping leather with a hammer and use a hand broom. I am going to take videos too.
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Today I took a couple of videos. In the videos I stamped leather with a hammer and a hand broom. Next class I will try to upload the vidoes to the wiki. I want to know how to get a good inprint of the stamps. I have a website I could look at that could help me. Next time I am going to use different leather to see if they have different thicknesses.
6-10-13
I am still working on organizing my photo library.
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I didn't get as far as I had planned because I wasn't always working as hard as I should. If I had a do over on this project I would work on staying focused or working harder. Next time I would choose a different project that interests me more. I think that is partially why I didn't work as hard on this project. This project wasn't very affective for me.
6-3-13
I am going to organize my iPhoto library. Then I'm going to work on deleting pictures in different events. Then I am going to re-watch a video on iPhoto and then do it on my computer.
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I didn't get as far as I planned because I was staling because I was feeling a little lazy. I also didn't have the iPad today.I was inefficient because I wasn't completely focused yesterday. I was staling because I was feeling a little lazy. Today I continued to work on organizing my iPhoto library.
5-28-13
I am going to try to delete pictures on my iPhone and watch a video on lynda.com
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My next step will be to re-watch the iPhoto video. The one I want to re-watch first is the one about making a book. I want to know how to make a book on iPhoto. I already watched this video but I need to watch it again. I am making progress on deleting photos off my phone. I have 110 photos and 23 videos. I will try to reduce the number in both.
5-20-13
I am going to work on iPhoto and watch more videos.
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I know I will have succeeded with organizing iPhoto when it looks more like Derrick's and learned how to use the tools. The steps I will do are first organize my iPhoto library more. After I do that, I will go into each event and delete the photos I don't need. Then I will watch a video and then practice doing what he's doing on my computer. Then I will do this process again.
5-13-13
I am going to try to organize my things in iPhoto.
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This project is meaningful to me because I want to learn how to use iPhoto and my my library neat and other things. I also want to learn how to take really good pictures. I feel like this will be an effective project because I will learn more about photography. I will re-watch some of the videos.
5-6-13
I am going to continue watching movies that teach you how to use iPhoto with Derrick Story on Lynda.com.
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The steps I plan on doing is first starting with watching the videos. After that I'm going to practice a little and use iPhoto on my computer. I'm going to watch a video and practice and then start the cycle again. I think that watching videos helps my learning because I like looking at things and having people show me before I go off and do it on my own. If it's a video, then usually you can refer pack to it any time if you get stuck. I downloaded a newer version of iPhoto. I want to organize my photo library next.
4-29-13
I am going to watch movies about iPhoto.
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I want to know how to use iPhoto better. I started watching videos on Lynda.com. I am watching iPhoto '11 Essential Training with Derrick Story. I think that these videos are helping a lot because Derrick Story doesn't do the videos in a complicated way. I enjoy listening to his videos and look forward to learning something new.
4-22-13
I decided to work by myself. I am working on deleting photos off my phone and camera.
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I deleted a lot of pictures on my camera and iPhone. My goal for this project is to delete as many pictures ASAP. I want more room. I also want to get going on my photography lessons. I think that it's easier deleting photos than I thought it would be. I had a lot of pictures. I need to think to myself, "Do I really need this?" or "Are you really going to do anything with this?" I have to think that and then it will be easier or else I'll just think, "Oh I want this, and this, and this..."
4-15-13
We are going to work on my computer or her iPad.
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Today I got a new app, Self Timer. I also looked up Gorilla tripods. I feel excited because I might get a new flexible, and magnetic tripod. We wanted to know how much it cost (Mr Whitmer and I), so I looked it up. The magnetic one is $34.95.
4-8-13
Jacqueline and I are going to do a project that has photography and art involved in it.
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Today Jacqueline worked on drawings while I was deleting photos from my camera. I think that I will like this project because I get to draw ant take photos. I could use techniques from my art class maybe. I could use it to proportion things. We are going to take pictures then try to draw pictures. I have done things like this before. This is one of my favorites ways to draw because then you can compare.
3-25-13
I am going to start working on my own project, photography.
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We were having difficulty with putting our trailer on the wiki. We are going to get Mr. Whitmer to help us. I think that this is a little like that play I did when I was little. I did it with my other cousins, Katia, Molly, Delaney, and Leah. It was so much fun. I think it was more fun doing the play with my family though.
3-11-13
We are going to try to figure out how to make our video play.
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We tried to make multiple videos because if we make one it would be to long. I put the videos on a web page but Jacqueline wasn't able to view it. I want to learn how to put videos on the wiki page. We weren't able to figure this out. Now we have to ask Mr. Whitmer for help.
3-4-13
We are going to make a new page with our video on it and then link it to this page.
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We tried to finish our video today. I want to now how to make a successful trailer. One that is fast passed and has action in it. We are having difficulty with uploading our video to our wiki page. We are going to try to figure that out next time. After this trailer, Jacqueline is going do a trailer and I will be the main character this time.

http://thinkeringstudio.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Project+Videos
2-25-13
We are going to try to finish our trail or this week.
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We want to know how to get Bear in one more scene with Jacqueline and I in it too. We have changed some of the scenes that we were originally going to do. We are almost done with our trailer. I think it was more fun to do the actions instead of shots o the group or just one person. I enjoy this project a lot. For our next project, Jacqueline is going to do a trailor.
2-11-13
We are video tapping our trailer in the hallway.
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We were video tapping in the hall. We video tapped some actions today and not just people standing still. I went outside to video tape the landscape. We watched our video. We still have more to do. It is a very fun project. Something that I learned about myself is that I really like thinking of cool scenes that Jacqueline and I could do. I like action scenes. I like to put suspense into the things I do. I like being the director. I like taking charge ever once in a while.
1-5-13
We are going to use a storyboard to organize our trailer. We have to shorten some of our sentences.
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We worked on the store board and began to type. We had to fix some of our sentences because they were too long. We began video taping today. We were really excited.
1-29-13
Today we are going to figure out what we are doing. I am confused.
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We are doing a trailer about the story that I am writing called Remember. We are very excited. We started with iMovie.
1-18-13
Today someone is going to come and talk to us. We are also going to think about what we can do for our next project.
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We figured out what to do for our next project. We are going to do GarageBand. We are going to make up songs and sing. We still need to get Mr. Whitmer to email Mr. Fisher. The piano it old and isn't the best but it will do.
1-16-13
We are going to see if Mr. Whitmer emailed Mr. Fisher back. We are also going to look at our Video Star. We are doing photography now.
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We don't think Mr. Whitmer emailed Mr. Fisher yet. We recorded our Video Star on my iPhone. We are thinking about not doing photography. We will brainstorm on Friday.
1-11-13
We are going to work on our new project and have Mr. Whitmer email Mr. Fisher back.
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We finished our first Video Star. I learned how to do new affect and get more options. We didn't have Mr. Whitmer email Mr. Fisher yet. Next time we should find a place with more privacy. P.S. This Jessie using Jacqueline's account on her iPad.
1-9-13
We are going to see if he emailed us back. We are going to try to just figure this out because we REALLY want to start our next project doing Video Star.
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Mr. Fisher emailed us back. We also started on our new project, Video Star. Later we will have our teacher email him back. I think we were very productive today. We did Video Star to Payphone (the clean version). We were very excited to start our new project. We messed up a few times in our video.
1-4-13
Today we might start on our other project. First we are going to see if anyone else posted their videos.
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Today we email the man. We reread some of the directions. We also looked to see if anyone else posted their videos.
12-21-12
We are going to reread the directions and look to see if anyone else posted their videos.
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Today we didn't get a lot done. We reread the directions and we had done them all except one (which we couldn't do because there was nothing to link our videos to). We looked in the Public folder and no one else had posted. We went on the website that was in the email but it didn't help.
12-19-12
We are going to look up how you blur things in a video. We might put more videos I our folder. We are also going to see if anyone else put their videos on the Dropbox.
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We looked up how you blur things in a video. We had problems. We are couldn't figure out how to fix our folder. Then we finally went to the help link. It seems like we were the only one's who posted our videos. Now were have to link our videos to make one.
12-14-12
Today we are going to review our videos and see if anyone else posted their videos.
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We looked at our videos and I had to delete one because it showed personal information. We make two new videos. We messed up on one because we started laughing. We didn't put them on the Dropbox yet though.
12-12-12
Today we are going to look at the Dropbox and our videos. I have to look at the videos that aren't working.
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Today we looked at the Dropbox and our videos. Today we looked at videos that aren't working. I renamed a few and Jacqueline tried to help me get a few to work. The ones that would't play looked like this. We didn't figure out how to make them play, though.
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12-7-12
Today we are going to try to get Jacqueline's videos in the Dropbox. I have to look at my partners Portfolio and he has to look at mine.
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We got Jacqueline's videos in the Dropbox. I looked at my partners Portfolio and he looked at mine. We are doing our Reflection a little earlier to see if we can go down to the cafeteria so I can show Jacqueline my piano piece. I renamed most of our movie names but some of them I can't access and watch. Never mind, I remember that I recorded my song on my phone.
12-5-12
Our plan is to put a video in the Dropbox folder and read the directions that he put down for us to follow.
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Today we put a video in the Dropbox folder and read the directions that he put down for us to follow. I put video of me going running in the Public folder. We are going to stay in for lunch and work on putting more videos in the folder.
11-28-12
We are going to work on doing things with the videos that we took. I am going to look at my mail for the email that Mr. Whitmer sent me.
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We made another video for our project. I looked at the email and I also emailed it to Jacqueline. We were going to play the piano but it wasn't successful. The keys blocked out each other's sound.
10-16-12
Today we are going to take videos with different lightings. We are going to go outside.
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Today we took videos with different lightings. We also went outside. Now we are going to take videos at lunch and recess. Jacqueline was a little tired today.
World video links:
World Videos
World Videos
World Videos
World Videos
11-14-12
We are going to make a list with ten to twenty things on it that other people around the world might want to know about our everyday lives. We are also going to watch a video.
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Today we watched a video and put ten things on our list. We talked about what we might do. We also talked about what people might also be doing our project. I learned that Jacqueline pays attention to peoples manners while they are eating.
11-9-12
Today we are going to go around the school taking pictures. We are going to email one teacher today.
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We went around the school taking pictures. We also went outside in the front of the school and took pictures. We solved a problem for someone else today. We tested getting low and high on people in our class.
11-7-12
Today we are going to look to see how many pictures we put on Flickr. We probably are going to go around the school taking pictures.
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Today we went around the school taking pictures. I had to take pictures off my camera and put them on the computer because I had insignificant room. We took pictures of things around the school. We need to email teachers about going in their classes to take pictures.
10-2-12
We are going to go take pictures and come back early to email teachers. We are going to work on Flickr.
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We were looking at photos that we could put on Flickr. I looked at some of the pictures on my camera. I also looked at photos on Jacqueline's camera. We didn't post pictures on Flickr yet.
10-31-12
Take pictures of people and let Katia take pictures too. Write teachers names down.
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We put down the teachers names and the class room numbers. We did not take many pictures of people. Katia took some pictures too. We went outside today.
10-26-12
We are going to walk around the school taking pictures. We still have to write down teacher's names.
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We walked around the school taking pictures. We didn't write down teachers names. We mostly took pictures of the school and of things in the school. Jacqueline didn't want to go outside though because it was cold.
10-24-12
Today we are going to walk around the school and take some pictures and write down teacher's names.
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Today we walked around the school taking some pictures and we went to Mr.McCloud's room. We took pictures of both of the classes he had. We took pictures in the hall and of the school front.
10-19-12
We are planning on comparing our pictures that we took.
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We are now taking pictures for the Year Book. We went around the school looking at what grades are in what classrooms. We wrote our information down on our iPhones and iPods.
10-12-12
Today we will continue to look for websites or apps with shape collages. We have to put our pictures on our page.
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Today we continued to look for websites or apps with shape collages. We chose an application called Posterino. We didn't put our pictures on our page though. We did tests with Posterino. Now Jacqueline is going to see if she can download Posterino.
10-9-12
Today we are going to look for a website or app where we can make collages and slideshows. We are not going to put our pictures on t-shirts anymore. We are going to compare our pictures today.
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Today we looked for websites with photo collages. We decided not to put our pictures on t-shirts. We are looking at two websites, Loupe and Shape Collage. So far Shape Collage is looking better. We did not put our pictures up on our page but I showed Jacqueline my photos. We looked at reviews and videos about the two websites.
10-5-12
We are going to ask if we can go outside or in the building taking pictures and then coming back to edit them.
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Today I made a Portfolio for class. Jacqueline and I got permission to go outside and take pictures. We decided to do our picture taking outside and around the school in little increments. Next time we are going to edit our pictures. Today we only went in the front of the school to take pictures. Next time I think we should go other places too. I think that on cold days we can stay in the school taking pictures and on warmer days we should go outside because Jacqueline started complaining that it was too cold.
10-3-12
We are going to try to digitally edit our photo's and continue to look on websites with tips for taking good photo's.
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Today we shared our photos and said what we liked about them and fixed what we didn't like. I learned that Jacqueline has a editing app on her iPod. Today we did not look on websites for techniques for taking good photos. I learned that I am a kind of person who want's to go outside and take photos of things I find interesting. Last time I wanted to do that and this time I wanted to do it even more. We learned that I like taking pictures the most and Jacqueline likes editing more. Next time we are going to ask if we can go outside or in the building taking pictures and then coming back to edit them. We are going to take pictures on our own and on Friday we are going to come back and compare them.
9-28-12
Today we will look at Jacqueline's email because her uncle emailed her back. We will continue to look in books and on websites with picture taking tips. We will also update our new page.
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We looked at the email Jacqueline's uncle sent her. We looked on a website with tips about photography. I showed Jacqueline the pictures I took. She didn't bring her camera because it had to be taken in to get fixed.
9/26/12
Today we are going to email Jacqueline's uncle and look on websites for more good tips on taking pictures.
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Today we looked in books that told us about taking good photos. We also made a new page on photography and we emailed Jacqueline's uncle. We decided that we would take pictures at home. Any pictures. Then we would bring our camera's to school and put about three pictures each on our new page. We have to columns. Before Pictures and Improved Pictures.
9/21/12
Today we are going to to to try to email Jacqueline's uncle about his t-shirt printer and try to find websites on how to do good photgraphy.
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Today I/we looked for websites with things we can learn about photography. The only problem we had was that Jacqueline's email wouldn't work. She is going to use her mom's computer to email her uncle.