Blog Challenge #3

Difference between videos:

A difference I noticed is that the first video seems to be more of an ad and the second seems to be a documentary. I think this may be the case because the first may be put on television, youtube, etc. for someone to look at quickly and the second might be for someone to watch if they are interested or concerned with digital footprints.


I preferred the second video because it not only did a clearer job of explaining what digital footprints are, but it did a better job of showing the impact and size that they have too. I felt like I understood and was more aware of the topic after I watched the second, then I did after I watched the first.

Five favorite web tools/apps:

1) Google Docs

This app requires no age, but you must have a Google account to use it. It is a very helpful way for student, teachers, etc. to come together to work on a paper without having to be together. I enjoy using this because I can use it to work with people in my class over the weekend or whenever we are not with each other.

2) Prezi

There is no age requirement on this app, but it can only be used by members of It is a unique way to make a slideshow presentation that move and zooms in and out. I like using it because it allows for the presentation makers to have an easier time of constructing the presentation, and it allows he audience to be more interested in what they are viewing.

3) Glogster

This web tool requires no set age group, only an account on their website. It is a creative tool that can be used to make online, interactive posters for projects, assignments, etc. I enjoy using it because it allows me to display videos, music, text, etc. from something I am working on all in one place.

4) Youtube

Youtube also requires no age group. It only requires that you need an account to produce media (videos) on it. I enjoy using it for class because I can post a video that I have been working on and people in my class and my teachers can all comment on/view the video.

5)Creative Commons

Creative Commons requires no age or account. It is a free app that allows people to search the web for free-to-use images, videos, etc. I enjoy using it because I know that any of the results I get from it can be used in anything I make without the fear of stealing someone else’s work.

If you were to come to California…

If you were to come to California I would recommend that you see:

1) …the Golden Gate Bridge because it is one of the most prominent symbols of California. Also, if you are able to, I recommend that your walk across it or go on top. The view from practically any place on it is amazing.

2) …Hollywood because it is the center of the largest film industry in the world. Many museums featuring props, costumes, etc. from famous movies can be seen there. Universal Studios also has a theme park that contains attractions and rides based off of movies such as Jurassic Park, Spiderman, etc.

3) …Tahoe because of the activities that are available there. If you visit when it’s snowing, you can ski, sled, etc. and if you visit when it’s dry, you can bike, hike, etc. It is a great place for any number of people.

4) …A residential town because you can get the chance to see what a part of California is really like. Museums, large cities, etc. (although very nice) are usually adapted for tourists. If you really want to see what it is like to live in California, stop by a town and have a look.

Steinbeck Immitation

In class, we imitated John Steinbeck’s descriptive writing from Of Mice and Men. Here is my imitation of a small ranch that is isolated in a valley.

The Ranch of the Valley

        About fifteen miles away from the nearest town, a little ranch sits in a deep valley. There are many varieties of trees and plants. Some of them are willows whose branches dangle over a deep pond inhabited by catfish brought in by buckets. The pond, while nature-like, was dug many years ago and dyed to give it a glow as if it was a little sample of the Mediterranean. On the front side sat a red wooden bench, bleached by the overpowering sun above. On the southern side sat a patch of roses, organized in a linear pattern. Not one was out of place. Lizards could be seen hiding under the rocks as if they were ready to catch a prey that they never would.                                                                         There is a road that goes around the pond, a road made of stones laid down by big trucks from the town near by. In it are the tracks of deer and foxes that had passed through it on there way to another ranch. Perfectly centered on the road sits an old truck, rusted by years of stability. Forever frozen in time from the era of Eisenhower and the Cold War

Response to “American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many”

In class, we read American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many. It is an article about American Indian Boarding Schools and how the students were treated. In my opinion, it is tragic to hear about how badly these students were treated. Before I read this article, I had no idea that these children were treated so badly.  Not only were they taken from their homes, but they were send to get an education that could physically and mentally hurt them. Bill Wright, a Native American who was sent to an Indian boarding school, talks about taking another student to the hospital after his head was cracked open from teacher’s beating. He was told that he would have to lie and say that the child ran into a wall. One part of the article surprised me because I never would have imagined that the children would be beaten and then not allowed to even tell the truth about what happened. I also can’t understand how the teachers would be able to be so mean to these children just because of their race. The other thing that surprised me in this article is that some of the parents were willing to give up their children to go to such a horrible boarding school. I could not even imagine what kind of mindset these people had that they would willingly send their children to get beaten and harassed for their race and culture. This article, although hard to read, was very well written and does a great job highlighting the hardship that these Indians went through.


Magic Box Poem Imitation

Our class imitated American Indian poems. Below is the one I imitated and my version.


The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

I will put in the box
the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.
I will put in the box
a snowman with a rumbling belly,
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerne,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.
I will put into the box
three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.
I will put into the box
a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.
My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.
I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the color of the sun.


The Magic Box by Will Twomey

I will put in the box

The warmth of a fire on a cold winter night,

A wave of heat from an old lamp,
The tips of my fingers, cold from the winter weather.

I will put in the box
A chipmunk singing the blues,
A perfect piece of grass from Walnut Park,
A shard of bark from a hundred year old redwood.

I will put into the box,

Rhythmic songs of my heritage,
The final laugh from my aunt,
And the first laugh of my cousin.
I will put into the box

One more month of winter and a full moon,
A cat playing the piano,
And a dog mowing the lawn.
My box is made of ice cream, Oreos and chocolate
With whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Its hinges are the joints of a ferret.
I shall fly in my box
In the picturesque sky of Zimbabwe,
Then land in a field of wheat

The color of alpaca wool.