Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy

Indigenous Women’s Rights – PTI Presentation

This assignment was to understand what current issues the novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, deals with. We all got a topic related to the issues first nations face to present in front of the class. Our digital presentation tool was PowerPoint. My group members and I researched about how indigenous women are being treated unfairly, causes, and what we can do to help.

My PowerPoint Slides

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7. 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.

With this assignment, my group members and I decided on one theme for the entire PowerPoint which made everything look unified and neat. I also took advantage of the PowerPoints “design ideas” feature. It arranges pictures for you and puts lists into SmartArt to make the PowerPoint slides to look organized. In addition, I used icons to elaborate my points visually for visual learners. For example, on my second slide, you can see the money symbol for poverty, people being together for social exclusion. I tried to keep the texts on the slides to a minimum for the audience to listen to what I am saying while looking at the pictures. Our group kept red or warm colour schemes as red helps honour, remember and bring awareness to the issues of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

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

We made sure that all the articles and websites we used passed the C.R.A.P. test. We made sure that the articles were up to date. We did not use any research sources that were more than three years old. We also discussed with each other whether the research source was credible and fits our purpose If we found good credible sources, we would share them with each group member. You can check the last slide of our PowerPoint which is the work cited for more evidence.

11. go beyond google and use databases to find scholarly research sources.

Mr. Morris suggested using the Gleneagle library website. Our group was able to access the go gale website on the Gleneagle library website. It was my first time using the database to research. Despite my worries, the go gale website had tons of credible articles to research from.  It was challenging to use a different search engine as the search tools were different. We searched with keywords and also searched by the publication date for reliability.

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

Our presentation informed everyone of the current issues in the world and what we need to do to help the indigenous women. This demonstrates a positive, productive and empathetic world view for everyone that watched and prepared the presentation. We need to let people know that Indigenous women deserve the same human rights as everyone else.

12. I look at controversial issues or topics from opposed perspectives to gain a more complete understanding.

Because I was in charge or researching why indigenous women and girls were being murdered and going missing, I had to think in the view of the murderers and anti-indigenous women. After some research, I was able to learn that indigenous people had three main factors of their vulnerability which are poverty, social exclusion and racism. If I only viewed the issue from the indigenous women’s perspective, I would never understand why they were being treated so wrongly.

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Eminent Speech – Learning Center

The eminent project is one of the biggest projects you have to complete as a TALONS learner. You have to choose a person that you consider eminent. Then, research online to put together a speech prove your eminent person is truly eminent. Grade tens get to present their eminent speech as the eminent person but, the grade nines present their eminent person as an object. My eminent person was Yuna Kim, a famous Korean figure skater and I chose to tell her story as ice. The learning center is the final show off. Its when you prepare a station for you to share your learning with teachers, parents and other students.

4. I constructively build upon or synthesize the ideas of my peers.

I struggled to think of what I should be to share my eminent speech. A lot of people jokingly said, “You should be ice!”. I thought that I could make my eminent speech funnier that way and add a bit of humour to my speech. I took the ideas of my peers and ended up with a good eminent speech. I am proud of how my speech turned out with the perspective of the ice.

Eminent Speech Script

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

For my learning center, I decided to have a laptop displaying Yuna Kim’s practice routines. It helped grab people’s attention when they were passing by my learning center. I used iMovie to make the video which I have only used once for my French Sports Video. I liked developing new skills in the software by using it again. iMovie offers free sound effects and music which is one of iMovies benefits. After making the video on iMovie, I uploaded the video on YouTube. I set the video private so it can only be seen by me.

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

I completed an eminent work cited MLA format with ten credible sources. I briefly explained how I used the sources for five of the citations.

Eminent Work Cited

MND – Character Investigation Rubric 

The Midsummer Night’s Dream character investigation is an assignment tasked to analyze a character with group members. Our group had to investigate Helena. We needed to investigate three main character traits, the fears and wants of the character, the conflict the character faces and lastly how the character proves what makes or breaks a good relationship.

1. I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with my peers.

My group used Google Docs and made a group chat to communicate outside of school to keep track of everyone’s work. Using Google docs made it easy to see what others were working on and also chat on the chat feature google doc offers. If some group members weren’t active on Google docs we could communicate on the group chat we made. This way we knew how to contact each other at any time. If someone needed to get things printed at school, they would talk on the group chat for someone to print for them if they didn’t have block one.

Google Docs

It doesn’t have the best formatting due to printing to make it fit on the poster.

3. I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive.

Our group communicated in the group chat if there were any concerns or problems with the project. For example, Avery, one of my group members asked whether she should fine line and colour her drawing or just make it look like a sketch. Derek and I agreed that it looks good as a sketch. (There is another example provided below) We also reviewed each other’s writing when we were finished on a group call. We gave compliments and constructive feedback to each other to make the project even better.

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

There are in-text citations in quoted sentences from the play.

Cells Presentation

Everyone in TALONS got a specific part of a cell and made a two slide presentation to share to the class. The part of a cell I got is the DNA.

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

My PowerPoint slides included many visual effects to appeal to the audience. It didn’t contain any words however I was able to lead on the PowerPoint with the pictures shown. The pictures showed the process of DNA replication. I was able to point and explain what is happening. The audience would be able to understand much more clearly that way. Unfortunately, the presentation cannot be accessed for me. I think it might have been deleted.

Presentation Notes


10. I identify and discuss bias in research sources.

Another person was doing a presentation on RNA. RNA and DNA are very similar. I had to identify some sources and make sure that the information does not overlap. I also talked to her about the things I will be presenting and discussing what could be overlapping information. This prevented the same information being told twice and we were able to have more variety of information combined. This may not be identifying a bias but I would like to argue that I am identifying a bias between RNA and DNA.

14. I ethically use content that is not created by me by using Creative-Commons licensed audio, video, or images and by properly citing these resources within my work 

On the PowerPoint, I made sure that I was properly giving credit for using the pictures. There is also a website that allows you to get free photos with no copyright. The grade tens told me about this website while working on my leadership event.