Thursday, 22 August 2013

Tabulating the survey results

Dear Group A,
  As we have already passed out the surveys, we need to tabulate the results! Please stay back for a while tomorrow so that we may complete it. Now, you may think of ways where we can present our results and how it will be effective! Let us look at the responses we have so that we will be able to see how social media affects others. Stay back tomorrow during recess and 30 minutes after school. 

Best Regards,
Johanna Lim Ziyun (3), Project Manager

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Formulating Interview Questions

Dear Group A,
  You may post the interview questions on the 'Introduction' part of the blog or you can send it to my email, I will then document it on pages and send it to Ms Kaur. Please remember to tell me whether the questions are MCQ or Open-ended and the reason for the choice of questions. Minimum 5 questions (2 MCQ, 3 Open-ended). Please send it to me by 6th August 2013.

Best Regards,
Johanna Lim Ziyun (3), Project Manager

Monday, 29 July 2013

Research Justification

Dear Group A,
  Please go to the googles site and go to this site;
  Other than that, download the sample Research Justification and follow the format. We will meet up today at the Infohub, from 2pm to 3pm. 

  Get ready!

Best Regards,
Johanna Lim Ziyun (3), Project Manager

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Multi-media presentation

Dear Group A,
 As you all know, we have to create a Multi-media presentation worth 4 minutes by next week. The instructions and rubrics can be seen here:

  To save you some of your time, I have embedded the questions inside this blog post. 
The total length of the video should be no more than 4 minutes. You may refer to the
Research Justification and proposal and use the following content to help you:

1. What is the title of your research?
2. What are the aims of your research?
3. What are the current research done on the topic of your choice?
4. Why is your research important to the community/ how beneficial is your research?
5. What are the obstacles that you foresee, and how you intend to overcome them during the course of your research.

Please comment your answers below. 
Filming will commence tomorrow so get ready and prepared! 

Signing off, 
Johanna Lim Ziyun (3)

Top 3 topics that we have chosen

Topic 1: The MacBook
We constantly use our MacBooks to source for information, class activities (Toondo, Numbers etc) and learning, thus giving our MacBooks the name; Learning Device. When using the Macbook, we use many external applications like Sketch-Up for ADMT, Grapher for Mathematics and so on. These help us study as for Mathematics, we get to visualise the graph and get familiarised with the x and y axis.

It may not seem like a lot but it creates a great impact on our learning. It gives us a better understanding of the topic as well.
Essential questions:
1) How can we stop the disadvantages of using MacBooks among students?
2) How can we stop getting distracted by our MacBooks and the Internet?
3) What can we do to control ourselves from going into inappropriate sites? (Facebook etc)
4) How can we use the Macbook to our advantage? (Toondo, grapher etc)

Topic 2: Co-cirricular activities (CCAs)
There are many co-cirricular activities in SST and some of them include, Media Club, Robotics, Show Choir and Fencing. As you all know, CCAs help us relax and at the same time find ourselves another hobby. CCAs are important as they play a part in the GCE O-level examinations. CCAs can strengthen relationships as we can express ourselves without much pressure.

Essential questions:
1) In what way might we give our undivided attention towards our CCAs and not neglect them?
2) In what way might we balance our CCAs and studies and at the same time, have fun?
3) How do we make sure that you get to learn more of your activity in your CCA so that you can also apply it to the future?

Topic 3: Academics
Some subjects in SST may be in other schools as well but SST has special subjects. Some of these subjects include Innovation and Entrepreneurship and ADMT (Art, Design, Media and Technology). These subjects are very unique as we not only get to study them, we get to learn about life. These aspects taught can be used in our daily lives. ADMT is art and design combined together. We use Google Sketch-up, Sketch-Book Express and GIMP in the process. It makes us stand out and be different from the rest. The applied subjects available are Media Studies, Biotechnology, Design Studies and Fundamentals of Electronics. These subjects have its own pros and cons but they are all unique in one way or another.

Essential questions:
1) How might we work together as a team to produce a great project, and at the same time strengthen our relationships?
2) How might we, individually, work hard so as to strengthen our knowledge and then score good grades?
3) How can we utilise the work taught in the subjects and apply it to our everyday lives?
4) What can we do to achieve better results?
5) Is it all about studying and memorising? Is there something else that will aid us?

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Big idea: Relationships

Definition of relationships
Basically, there are many types of relationships; such as friendships, parent-child relationship, student-teacher relationship etc. It is the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected. It can also be considered as the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other. 

Essential questions:
1) How is the relationship between SST students and seniors?
2) What is the connection of the relationship?
3) Why do they have this relationship?
4) Without the relationship, what will happen?
5) If the relationship is too strong, will there be a side effect?
6) What other relationships do students have?
7) What is the purpose of the relationship and are there any other motives?
8) Who is involved in this relationship? (specify clearly)
9) When working in groups, how is your relationship with your peers?
10) Are you able to work together as a team and possess the quality 'teamwork'?
If yes, state why and how
11) If you have a conflict with the person in the same group as you, how do you resolve it?
12) How do you keep a good relationship with your peers, thus preventing misunderstandings?
13) Do you always work with the same person when you are doing projects?
-If yes, why?
-Don't you want to work with other people and expand your relationships?
14) How might we mend our relationships with others? (if that relationship is broken)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Week 1

The topic we will be focusing on is School of Science and Technology (SST).
We have to choose from a set of categories such as; academics, co-curricular activities, enrichment etc.

It will be a tough decision as we are spoilt for choices.  Nevertheless, we will discuss and come to a conclusion on the top 3 topics by Tuesday, 16 July 2013. We are also thinking of the big idea such as sustainability, relationships and behaviour. The posts will be up by 16 July 2013.

We will meet up tomorrow, from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Infohub (Level 4).

Signing off,
Johanna Lim Ziyun

Topics to research on

School of Science and Technology
1) Academics
-Use of MacBooks to learn
-Use of Toondo and other applications for English
-Applied subjects

2) Co-cirrucular activities 
-Media Club
-Show Choir
-Guitar Ensemble

3) Facilities
-Biotech Labs
-Indoor Sports Hall

(more detail can be found in the notes section)

Welcome to our IRS blog!

Since this is a new blog, we will introduce ourselves and our roles for better reference.

Project Manager: Johanna Lim Ziyun (3)
Multi-media Manager: Chong Yong Liang (10)
Research Specialist: Kok Li Ying (4)
Communications Manager: Ng Wei Jie (22)