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Lately in French class we have been working on a video project that incorporates weather into it. The video is pretty much a weather forecast, but (obviously) it’s in French. without further a do, here it is! french 8 weather project

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Nintendo 3DSHello readers! I’m writing this post to inform you about something that I found quite interesting: a new Nintendo handheld!

So, Nintendo has now confirmed that they are releasing a new handheld system. It’s the Nintendo DS’ successor, which means that it’s not just a spin-off of the Nintendo DS. It is something entirely new, and they are calling it the “Nintendo 3DS” because the games will be in 3D without the goofy glasses. It will have much better graphics than the Nintendo DS, and it also has not one camera, but 2!

Nintendo announced their new handheld at E3 2010 (E3 is one of the largest video game expos in the world!), along with a whole lot of other brand new games, like GoldenEye 007, which will be released on the Wii hopefully this November; Kirby’s Epic Yarn, which will be released on the Wii this holiday season; Donkey Kong Country Returns, which will be released onto the Wii, date to be announced.

You may remember a post I wrote a while back about a new Zelda game? Well, Nintendo also announced the new Zelda game at E3! It’s called The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword! The release date hasn’t yet been announced, though, so we’ll have to wait for more info!

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Winged Hourglass by Leo ReynoldsHello readers! Have you ever noticed that after blogging for a few years, your writing gets a lot better? Well, I’ve definitely noticed! Just look at the difference from my very first post, and a remix of my very first post, which I made on March 24th, 2009. The difference in the writing is very clearly there, and I’m sure that my writing has improved even more by now, because that remix was over a year ago now.

I’ve also gotten much better at reviewing games, which is what my blog is primarily about. Just look at the difference from my very first video game review to my latest review. Not only have the reviews gotten much longer, they also include much more details about the game which helps you understand what kind of a game it is.

Reviewing a game is also a lot like explaining; blogging has also made me a good explainer when people ask me certain questions (that is, if I know the answer to it of course!). Being a good explainer is also going to help you learn better because if a teacher asks you something, you would be able to explain it more clearly than if you weren’t good at explaining things.

Blogging has definitely contributed to my writing skill. If I hadn’t started blogging, I bet my writing wouldn’t be as good as it is after I have been blogging for about 2 years. I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to blog!

Image: Winged Hourglass by Leo Reynolds released under a CC Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike license

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From Powerbook to MacBook by DrewVigalHello readers! In this post, I will be talking about my 21st century skills.

  • Blogging – Blogging has made a large impact on how my learning has been since I have started it. It has made me a better writer, and a better reader. Blogging is definitely my most important 21st century skill.
  • Windows Movie Maker – We used Windows Movie Maker to edit some of the videos that we have made this year, like our christmas pivot breakdancers. Windows Movie Maker is very simple, and it can be used to edit a variety of videos that you may make.
  • Glogster- Glogster is sort of like blogging, but you are basically making a poster instead of a post. You can use a picture as the background for the entire Glog, and you can also add images and text to the Glog.

There are a lot of other things that we learned about this year, but these are the skills that I found most important to know how to use.

Blogging is probably one of the most important skills that I have because I will be able to use it next year in high school too, like say if I have some sort of paper to write, I could write it on my blog rather than in a Word document or on paper. That way, other people will be able to see my work!

What 21st century skills do you have? Do you think that you will be able to use them when you get into higher grades?

Image: From Powerbook to MacBook by DrewVigal released under a CC Attribution – Noncommercial license

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Hello readers! You may remember a post I did a while ago; it was about New Years Resolutions.Well, this is basically a follow-up post to it. We’re posting the results of our resolutions at the end of the school year because at the end of the year we will have a new teacher (and a new school for some people).

My Personal goal results

My personal goal was to try to help people out. Honestly, I think that this resolution didn’t quite work out for me because there wasn’t many times when people needed help, and our class usually has a lot of teacher assistants to help people when needed. So, this resolution didn’t work for me.

My Classroom & School goal results

My classroom & and school goal was to help pick up the trash around our class/school grounds. I think this resolution didn’t work out for me because I don’t really like picking up trash unless it was mine. :)

My Local goal results

My local goal was to basically recycle anything that I could! I believe that this resolution worked out for me because I already do recycle everything I can.

My Global goal results

My global goal was to walk or bike to school everyday to help by not using a car to get to school. I think that this goal worked up to the point where I broke my ankle, so I’d say that this goal worked for me.

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Crutches by gruntzookiHello readers! I thought that I would share with you some things that are currently happening in my life.

So, as you can tell by the title, I have a broken bone. It’s not my leg or my arm though; it’s my left ankle, so I have to use crutches to get around. I find them harder than walking for a few reasons, like how when you use them you are expelling more energy than if you were walking, and that if you’ve been using them for about 2 weeks, they start to hurt because they are rubbing against your armpits when you use them, and I guess that irritates the skin. I also had to get surgery done on my ankle! They had to put a screw in it to hold it in place because the bone didn’t split, I just somehow moved it about an inch out of place.

Not everything is bad about having a broken bone, though. It gets me out of doing all of my chores, but then again, I can’t really do anything except watch T.V. so it gets boring pretty fast. One good thing is that a lot of people have signed my cast, so it’s pretty colourful now instead of just being completely white. :)

The (partially) good part is that I will be walking by about the end of June, or the starting of July, but with the screw in my ankle I won’t be able to run, or do P.E. at the start of Grade 8 because the screw is staying in my ankle until about the end of November.

So tell me readers; have you ever broken any of your bones? If so, which bone was it? I’d love to hear from you!

Image: Crutches locked to bike-rack, 16th St Mission BART station, the Mission, San Francisco, CA.JPG by gruntzooki released under a CC Attribution – Share Alike license

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Hello readers! This post is to inform you who I am nominating for an Edublogs Award later this year. Anyways, my nomination is… The Angel’s Cafe!

I have nominated this blog because I like how Yana is such an amazing writer. Her posts about video games include a lot of information and interesting things about the game she is talking about. I’ve learned many new things about a wide variety of video games from reading Yana’s blog, from things like special codes that give you stuff in the game, and how to style your characters to be ready for performing!

All in all, Angel’s Cafe definitely deserves a nomination for all the hard work that has been put into it.

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iPhone 3G Writing by Fr3d.orgHello readers! This post is written as Challenge 9 of the 2010 Blogging Challenge.

So, for Challenge 9, Miss W. has given us links to some infographics about teenagers and their use of the web. The infographics covered a wide variety of topics, with one of them being the growth of Facebook over the past 6 years, like how it started out in 2004 as a Harvard-only networking site. Now, Facebook has over 400 million users worldwide! Also, the infographic on Facebook includes a lot more information than just how many users there are – you should check it out! I myself don’t actually use any social networking site… they sound a bit strange to me!

The use of cellphones has also changed a lot in the recent years. There once was a time when the only thing you could do on a cellphone was talk to people; now, you can access the Internet, use Facebook and Twitter and many other things that cellphones couldn’t do before. Devices like the iPhone have truly changed the way you look at a cellphone. I also don’t have a cellphone or any of those fancy gadgets either.

I think that the most nteresting infographic is the one that fits people into what type of Internet user they are. It has a variety of things that people are doing on the Internet, with all ages having a different percentage of use. I fit under the type of user that’s titled “Creator”. this means that you publish web pages or write blogs. Basically, it is the group of people that upload work onto the Internet.

So, what kind of Internet user are you? Do you think that the infographics are interesting?

Image: iPhone 3G Writing by Fr3d.org released under a CC Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike license

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Hello readers! Sorry it took me so long to post the results for my recent survey; I just wanted to get a lot of people to take it before I posted the results.

So, if you have been looking forward to see the results, you’ll no longer have to wait!

First up is the Mario series!

  1. Coming in first place for the Mario series was… Yoshi, with an outstanding 42 votes!
  2. Second place for the Mario series was Marioand Princess Daisy, tying with 3 votes each!

Next up is the Zelda series!

  1. In first place, the winner wasn’t necessarily a character… Other (none of the above etc.) won with 30 votes!
  2. In second place for the Zelda series was… Link, with 9 votes!
  3. Third place was Ganondorf with 7 votes!

And finally, the Lord of The Rings series!

  1. Coming in first place with 30 votes was Frodo!
  2. In second place with 6 votes, we have the Witch King!
  3. And last but not least, we have Aragorn in third place with 5 votes!

In total, 52 people took the survey, so each question had one answer with quite a lot of people choosing it.

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Hello readers! This post is part of challenge 8.

So, as challenge 8, we had to do an activity called “Count 3 out”. First, you click on a blog on your blogroll, and then, click on a blog on their blog role, and finally, click on a blog on that blog roll and leave a comment on one of their posts. You should try this out if you haven’t; it’s quite fun!

Here are the blogs that I ended up commenting on:

  1. Earth Poem – Priya’s Purple Blob: I commented on this post because it reminded me of when my class did the same activity last year. I had a lot of fun doing it, and this post reminded me of it. :)
  2. Book Review – Izzy’s Nature Blog: I commented on this post because I like reading, and the book that Izzy was reviewing sounded pretty interesting to me. You should definitely go and check it out!
  3. My Kinda Music… – Cassidy’s Blog: I commented on this post because I like listening to music. I also like some of the songs that were listed on her post, but not all of them. If you like music, you should read this post and see if you like any of the same songs!

So, did you do the activity Count 3 out? What blogs did you end up commenting on?

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