February 24, 2014
When I started this project, I thought it would only be about women’s voting rights. Now that I have done the project, my partners and I made it about civil rights around the world. Meaning things like the right to education, with Malala’s story. Also like the end of the socialist pyramid that America is formed in, explained through the victims from Occupy Wall Street and how they were pepper sprayed.
During this project, I learned that in a lot of countries around the world, women don’t have the same rights as men or are treated as the lesser sex. This helped me make connections to women protesting over the penalty of rape. Also how people in the Middle and Lower Class are treated as garbage by the Upper Class.
The biggest AHHA moment in this was when I realized how poorly everyone was treated, not just women. I had this moment when I saw protests for Treyvon Martin and how George Zimmerman got off Scot-free in his trial. Also how in Russia, it is basically illegal to be gay in public. That is enforced by officers with machine guns that will shoot you down if you do anything that is looked at as ‘gay’. And in North Korea, so many things are going on that are just evil. For example, if you are looked at as an enemy of the state, which is pretty easy, not only you will be locked up in a concentration camp, but three generations of your family. This means if your grandparents sympathized with South Korea in the Korean War, you will be locked up for life. Also the people in that country are so brainwashed that they think that is morally correct. And when Kim Jong Ill died, the whole nation cried.
If I could continue with my research, I would go into further depth of the protests in the 1800’s for equality. While doing this project, I kind of only wrote a two sentence paragraph on a picture I found. If I could go further I would do more research on inequality in the 1800’s, like I was supposed too.
While doing this project, I learned that curating is much harder than just finding research. When curating, you don’t know if someone is going to use your research or not. Because of this fact, you have to make sure it is credible, so as to not mess with someone who can only use your blog. While just finding research you still have to make sure it’s credible but no one else is going to use it, especially for a research paper.
In this blog, I had some successes and some failures. My successes include getting the information for Malala and her story. They also include Using all my resources, the internet, the news, and political Youtube videos, for my information for North Korea. My failures include not giving good captions to pictures. Also how I didn’t really do anything for the 1800’s. Those are just four of the many successes and failures that I have for this blog.
If I could redo this project, I would make some big adjustments to my strategy. First, I would coordinate with my partners better. Because we didn’t, there are multiple ‘Dangers of Protesting’ blogs. I would also try not to flop around on what I wrote about. In the blogs, I did a picture of women protesting in the 1800’s, then I did a blog over dangers of protesting currently, then I did the same things for the 1800’s. Next I’d focus on ways to categorize my blogs better. In my first actual blog, I jumped from protesting for an education to economic reform in the US. That makes me look less professional.
This project has helped me get better at finding research. Before I would use one or two sources in my papers. In this project, I used multiple sources for a single topic and they didn’t always include the dangers of protesting. Also, it helped me get a good format for writing papers: the same format the teachers keep saying to use but I never do, Topic paragraph, supportive, supportive, supportive, conclusion.
In this project, I learned how to find good sources and make it easier on myself to make good and accurate citations. Maybe using EasyBib and making it cite for me. This will save me time and make my citations correct, so I don’t accidentally plagiarize. That will save my grade in High School. Finally I learned how to tell if something is credible by checking multiple sources for the same information.
In the future, I’m going to use a blog to possibly turn things in or to communicate with people. I can turn in assignments by sharing access to my blog with my teacher like we did here. If they will accept late work that way, I can have everything turned in, all the time. It will help me communicate with people if they have similar interests. Like most of my friends meet a ton of people from around the world through their blogs, which they have set up for different ‘fandoms’.