Hello, it’s Ruby again.
I hope you all had a lovely week so far. We had our usual check-in before we went through our Scratch and HTML exercises homework. There was a choice to do one Scratch exercise and one HTML exercise or do all of the exercises. I’m proud to say that I did all of them. The first Scratch exercise was to move a fish using your arrow keys and adding another fish with a different colour to say, ‘Hello!’. The second Scratch exercise was to write our name using sprites or blocks and to make it interactive by changing colours or making a sound.
There were three HTML exercises. The first one was to write the squares of the numbers 1-20. Each number was to be on a separate line, next to it the number 2 superscripted with an equal sign and a result e.g. 5²=25. I also had to write 10 names with a line break between each one. The list was to be alphabetised and to do this, I had to place a subscripted number next to each name based on where it would go on the alphabetised list e.g. Kate₉. First, I wrote a unalphabetised list and then the alphabetised list. I gave both lists a <h1> heading. The second exercise was to create links to different search engines and create a page with a link at the bottom of it that when clicked would jump to the top of the page. The third exercise was to show 5 different images, skipping two lines between each image. I gave each image a title. I also had to display an image that when clicked, would go to the link of the search engine of my choice. I chose Google. We sent our HTML homework through email. The team showed what we did and they were all impressed with our work. We were each given a challenge to do. Mine was to make each letter move in my ‘Name’ Scratch project.
Next, we were shown a TED Talks video by Julian Treasure about how to speak to make people listen.
After the video ended, we moved outside as it was a warm and lovely day. On Tuesday 26th, it was Ashmita’s birthday. We celebrated with chocolate cake!
We had a discussion on our thoughts about the video. I thought it was interesting. I learned that we need to use less of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ of speaking: Gossip, Judging, Negativity, Complaining, Excuses, Exaggeration and Dogmatism. To make people listen to us, we would use Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity and Love.
We also had a discussion about how we would structure a presentation or a speech. One of the Go Girls said her way of structuring a speech or a presentation would be Point, Evidence and Explanation. I shared my experiences of doing presentations in the past. I have felt nervous before doing them, but once I did them, I felt relaxed.
At the end of the session, we were given homework to write a speech or create a presentation about a subject which interests us.
I’m looking forward to the next session and I’ll see you on another blog post!