Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Key Points To Being a Cybersmart Learner

Throughout this week my class has had a few refreshers. The most important refresher we had was how to be a cybersmart learner/student. We started researching on the Manakalani website for some help. Each one of us has written down at least 3 or 5 facts we learned throughout this process. I have written 5 new facts I have learned.

I have linked the sources for my ideas so, you can check them out for yourselves!
  1. Being able to understand the difference between private and public information. Source: Smart Footprint
  2. Everytime I connect, collaborate and publish things online I create a digital footprint. Source: About - Cybersmart (Sideshow, slide 15)
  3. Making smart, positive and supportive decisions about who I interact with online. Source: Smart Relationships
  4. Being able to understand copyright laws and the consequences that come with agreeing to terms and conditions. Source: Smart and Legal
  5. Being able to think and analyse the construction of digital media. Source: Smart Media

The Profit Is Coming - The River Talks

On Thursday the 15th I followed with 14 others from my class and Room 10 to an event called "The River Talks". We walked to the little river beside the Glen Innes pools. It was disgusting

The river smelt terrible, the water was green and there was barely any fish swimming. A man was standing in the river saying a special message in Maori. He then translated his message. It was about the history of the river. He also spoke of his history with the river. 

After that, he walked us over to a massive waka. The waka was long and slim. The man told us that we are the future, we will row the waka in the river once we make it clean. That message really inspired me to try harder to stop pollution and help stop people from littering. He started telling us about his childhood, how he went to the river all the time. 

Then, a young boy from Tamaki Primary read a poem. The poem was about imaging a future where no one litters, where the world had less pollution, a world where rivers were clean. Soon after this two girls from Point England presented a poster their class made.

Later on, we moved along to two adults demonstrating what happens if the water pipes were blocked. I was amazed. A young lady then performed a dance. The dance did look weird but I enjoyed it. It was different. Followed by a man from one of New Zealand's many islands, showed us how the river talks. He had a little drum. The beats represented the river's emotions. It was really interesting. We then did a rhythm game by following the beat.

There were art pieces spread around the area. I was able to have a few quick glimpses. As we continued we watched a Cook Island group perform and learned about the benefits of having plants and trees around a clean river. 

The River Talks, in my opinion, was a significant event.