Honors Assembly & Production Premiere

The Honors Assembly put on by the 7th graders was a great celebration!  Each of the 8th graders were highlighted with kind words and photos. Thank you 7th grade team for putting on such a thoughtful tribute to this class. During the break, student council brought popsicles for the whole school to enjoy!

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Production Premiere of “Camp Findakey” at Central Cinemas. The movie exemplified the creativity and humor of this class. They did a great job explaining their process during the Q & A session! We hope they look back on this movie in 20 years and enjoy it as much as we did tonight!DSC_0122 DSC_0117 DSC_0111 DSC_0107 20170609_174545

**Bonus picture- 8th Graders hanging out and being goofy before the Premiere.

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LA in 360: Storytelling, Science Fiction, and Society

We have finished 3 weeks of “What’s the T?  Tea Time Storytelling” which happened every Tuesday with wonderful storytellers sitting in the “STORYTELLERS CHAIR.”  We will be sending our stories soon to THE MOTH Education team.  The Moth is featured on NPR.  Next week, the final group will present their stories to their core class.

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We are finishing our unit on storytelling with STORYTELLING IN 360. The students will be utilizing 360 Ricoh Theta cameras to videotape a short story through a 360 lens.   The types of stories range from “36 Random Facts+1”, serenades about french fries through parody, random conversations, and the life of a fridge.  See sample photos below of screenshots of first rough cuts.

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We are closing out our reading groups and dialogues about science fiction novels.  We had four reading groups based on these novels:

  • 1984
  • ANIMAL FARM
  • CINDER
  • FEED
  • UGLIES

We discussed how technology can be used help and hurt humanity.  We had two guest speakers that combined the ideas of technology, science fiction writing, and humanity.  adrienne maree brown discussed how we can recreate the future through writing science fiction.  Christian Schorman  discussed new Microsoft technology and specifically showcased the HoloLens and students were asked to write about their experience through the lens of User Experience Design (UXD).

  • adrienne maree brown (see images below).  She is the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World.  Emergent strategy is rooted in emergence science, where “complex patterns and systems arise from relatively simple interactions, such as the murmuration of a flock of birds” says brown. In the book, brown builds upon ideas from writers and philosophers such as Octavia Butler, Margaret Wheatley, and Grace Lee Boggs. She shares core principles of emergent strategy such as adaptation, decentralization, interdependence, creating possibility, resilience, transformative justice, and nonlinear change.
  • Christian Schorman from Microsoft talking about HoloLens (photos not allowed).

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Production Filming

Students are in the midst of filming the 8th Grade Production and it has been fantastic to see the way they are working together. Everyone is busy writing, acting, filming, directing, editing to prepare for our June 9th, Production Premiere, at Central Cinema.  They are applying all that they’ve learned about writing scripts, filming using various types of shots, and editing with Final Cut Pro. Each time a vignette group goes out to film they have a Ticket to Film and get assessed by a teacher using our On Set Feedback Form. Check out some photos from on scene shooting!

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2017 Production Ticket to Film - Google Docs
2016-2017 Production - ON-SET - Teacher Feedback Form - Google Docs

 

 

Idea Incubator Prototyping

The 8th graders are currently working through the prototyping cycle to build multiple iterations of their Ideas for the June 13th Idea Incubator.  Check out the wide variety of Ideas that they are working on!!

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Scootboard A skateboard that transforms into a scooter and a chair.
The Clean Water Pill A website where you can buy water purification supplies and  donate pills that clean water to countries that need it.
Safety Box A box to help people calm down — specifically those with mental disorders like paranoia and misophonia.
Book Nook The portable stand for your book to read comfortably in bed. Website so you can borrow and buy Book Nook books that turn the page for you.
Fridge Meal Suggestion App An app that scans the food in your fridge and suggests meals you can make based on what’s in your fridge.
Nice Cubes Re-usable electronic cubes that heat up your drink.
Allergy Education Website A website for people to learn about allergies and get recipes and resources.
Binder Backpack + Digital Planner A backpack with an accordion like folder inside it. There is also a digital planner to help organize homework.
The Animal app An app where you play with and collect animals.
Student Tablet A tablet that is made for students that works as all of the things in your backpack and more.  
Portable Puppy Parties A mobile truck that brings adoptable puppies to parties and other locations.  
Anonymous Friendship app An app that lets you say if you like a person or want to be friends, but keeps it anonymous unless the person that you like likes you back.
Moodsic app A music based social media app where you can submit songs based on moods and genres. You can browse and look for new song recommendations and watch music videos. You can also post your own music with the posting tool.
Mobile Nail Salon A luxury truck nail salon that comes to you for parties or just getting your nails done — very Instagrammable!
T.V in the mirror A mirror that you can watches while getting ready so you don’t have to go on your phone.
The Wearable Pocket A fashionable pocket that connects to your arm.
The WishFish wishlist app A website that connects you to all stores that deliver, and you create a wishlist of the things you want, and it gives you suggestions based on your wishlist and you can share it with anyone. It also tells you when a store you like is having a sale.
Current Events website A website that educates students on current events and how they can take action on them.
Pizza Vending Machine A vending machine that sells pizzas, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free..
WAKEUP Alarm Pillow A pillow that uses an alarm to gently wake you up.
Dustpan groomer A dustpan that filters tangled hair from your broom.
New Music Studios A safe space where teens can go and learn/practice music.
Sun n’ Tan A machine located by beaches that provides spay tan and spray sunscreen.
The Shopping Helper A website that you can type in what you’re looking for and it will show you websites that are confirmed and have good quality clothes.
Skin Care app An app that helps you find the best products for your skin with surveys. Is also has an alarm and you can discuss skincare products and issues with people.
Theater Company A youth theater company that offers both acting and technical theater position.  It will  treat its students like employees and give them a budget.
Learn Your Rights Learn your rights and the Constitution — and get paid to do it!

 

Investigating Parabolas

This week in math we are continuing our Quadratics Unit by investigating parabolas. Students are learning all the features of a parabola through investigations and making connections to what they learned about linear equations (x and y-intercepts). We started this investigation by seeing where parabolas show up in real life.  Students made the observations that they often appear in architecture and things that fall (gravity). Now we are making connections between factoring and graphing! Here’s their recent poster assignment: Investigating-parabolas-2 (1). Also, here’s a video of a student making the connection between catapults and parabolas.

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