Digital Literacy Reflection #2: ZIP 2020

ZIP 2020 Colour Psychology

ZIP is a fast-paced and open-ended inquiry project that is a great way to demonstrate our time-management skills. ZIP is an opportunity to delve into a topic that we are interested in, learn a new skill, or expand on a previous idea.

As I was thinking about possible topics, I came across a website talking about the psychological effects of the colour blue. This inspired me to begin researching the psychological effects of some of the main colours out there. My final inquiry question was, “In what ways can colour have a psychological effect on us?” My ZIP project explored this topic and ended by creating a book with a page dedicated to each colour and its description.

Criteria Met:

Creativity, Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts:

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

Since this was such an open-ended project, it was up to me to choose the most effective way to demonstrate what I had learned. I had to narrow down my options and plan around my topic. For example, it wouldn’t have been effective to write a persuasive essay, because there wasn’t a point I was trying to argue. I also had to play to my strengths and interests; since my strengths and interests are not in the visual arts, I wouldn’t have wanted create any sort of painting by hand. The best way I could think of, with the time I had to complete this, was to create the book including colours with their descriptions.

Digital Citizenship:

13. I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using in-text citations.

Part of the ZIP assignment was to create an annotated bibliography with the resources we used to gather our research. In this way, I gave credit to the necessary sources. I also provided annotations with some of the main sources I used so that others will know exactly what information I took from each source.

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