My iPod, The Survivor

I love my iPod Touch. I know, typical of what someone from this generation would say. Although, when I say I love my iPod, it’s more than just using social media. I have more reasons, as you’ll see below:

  1. It’s My Musical Haven

Music sign

All my music is on my iPod. Listening to music gets me through some of my most stressful times. It’s the sounds that sooth me; every melody makes me feel happy. Sometimes, I don’t even listen to the words. All I need is a simple calm beat.

  1. I Came, I Saw, I Conquered It

From the day I held my beautiful yellow iPod, it has been personalized like a DIY project. Every app I have is for my personal use. When people skim through my iPod and find it shocking I only have two games, I smirk because I do have more games, just not on the iPod… No, that’s another device fScreenshot 2016-01-12 at 8.31.03 PMor another time. My iPod was made solely for me to do my own things there, and what I do doesn’t include playing fifteen games.

 

  1. It Has Survived The Struggle

You wouldn’t believe how many times I dropped and tortured my poor iPod (and that was before I got a case for it). I’m surprised it still works. Nowadays, my iPod stays in my hand more than on the ground, but I still drop it from time to time. At least I have a case, so my iPod’s lifespan has increased. In other words, I’m proud of my iPod for being a survivor.

Overall, I’m very happy to have my iPod. For my fellow iPod owners, here’s an article to ten really cool things an iPod can do that we don’t know about:

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1411071

 

Image Citations:

Featured Image: Hoesly, Patrick. Cracked iPhone Screen- Day 2. Photograph. Flikr. Flikr. 30 May 2010. 12 January 2016.

Music Note: dren88. Music Note Bokeh Cutout. Photograph. Flikr. Flikr. 9 December 2009. 12 January 2016.

iPod Cases: Pietro & Silvia. Ipod_Cases. Photograph. Flikr. Flikr. 9 June 2006. 12 January 2016.

 

 

A Twitter Account for School?!?!

For the past few months, my technology class has taught me a lot of things, but there is one overlapping subject: developing the ability to break out of our little third-culture kid bubble that may have grown around us after years of living in different countries. We’ve taken this lesson a step further by trying to do this using social media. Specifically, we set up Twitter accounts to be able to follow various “experts” based on our topic of research (we’re actually having a second Genius Hour; see my other post “My Super Awesome Genius Hour” to understand what I’m talking about) and we get to ask these experts questions.

My area of research has to do with comparing two phone companies that everyone loves: Apple and Android. In other words that means my experts were all computer developers or programmers of some kind. In total I followed ten experts listed below: @OlteenRazvan, @tim_cook, @dotbugfix, @AtdheMahmuti, @namklabs, @MarlonMolina, @nathanmarz, @satyanadella, @pschiller, and @Danenania. I basically asked each one of them if they preferred Android and Apple or, if experts like @tim_cook made it clear whose side he’s on, I would ask them why they chose what they chose. I decided to ask this specific question because I was doing the research part; I didn’t need anymore information other than the pieces I’d already found. I decided that if I could, I would try and get their views on Apple and Android. In my Genius Hour project, it was just a general answer to my research question that did not require research or numbers.

Now… the best part. How did they respond? Well, before we could ask them our questions, we created a “relationship” with our experts by tweeting or commenting on something else related to them. For that part, I got very positive reviews. By that, I mean I’ve gotten a few likes and retweets while a few also responded to me! Sadly, when it came to answering the question I asked them, only @MarlonMolina responded. I don’t blame the others though; I think I asked some of my questions too late. At the same time, I’m surprised he answered because he was one of the people who I asked very late. Then again, he is more active on Twitter than some of my other experts, so I think that plays a part in why he even responded in the first place. Anyways, none of them followed or helped me any further. I haven’t continued a conversation with any of them, though I may go back and do that later.

Despite a rather low amount of responses, I’m not too disappointed with the result. Sure, if I had done things a little differently throughout this journey, I would have probably been more successful. At the same time, I’m glad that someone answered; whether it was one answer to my question or simply liking one of my tweets. It makes me feel good just knowing that I was noticed by people that don’t live in my little bubble. I generally get very excited whenever I see someone like, retweet, or comment on one of my tweets. To see not one, but ten different people like my tweets and occasionally reply to them had me over the moon. I really hope I can be able to use this unusual source for school some other time because I feel like if I do things differently next time, getting information directly from a source will help me in the long run. Of course, if we do another Genius Hour there is a chance I’ll end up using Twitter again. I’m not really sure what other classes I could use Twitter for, though I think I’m more likely to use Twitter for Language Arts, Music, or Science. Overall, I’m still glad I got to do this because I think this activity has taught me that I should not be afraid to contact people that I think will help me, no matter how far away they are.

How to Be Successful in School

Here are three important things a person should do to be successful in school:

  • Manage your time wisely.

Don’t save everything for the last minute and do your work as soon as possible. Doing this equals many benefits such as being done with it so that you don’t worry about it later, having time to ask your teacher any questions you had, and more free time to do what you love. I won’t lie; I procrastinate too. But I’ve found that I’m much happier going to school knowing that I had done all my work and had some time to spare.

  • Have good study habits.

Keep taking those notes. This isn’t a choice; without notes studying could get much harder when you don’t have something short and quick to look back at. Also, do other stuff like your homework just to make sure you understand what you’re learning. You should also find a study method that you feel comfortable with. For example, when studying, I find it easier for me to understand and remember things by reading it or writing it down. If you find a method that works for you, school will be much easier to get through since you’re doing it your way.

  • Prioritize.

You need to prioritize what different things you should do first. For example, let’s say you have to complete homework for two different classes. Class A’s homework is due tomorrow while Class B’s homework is due in two days. You do Class A’s homework first because that class has the closer due date. Don’t waste your time on something that can wait.

 

With these three things, I think a student can succeed in school. There are tons of other things that can help you be successful in school. Check out this webpage down below for more detailed ways to be successful.

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/five-skills-for-academic-success/

 

Comment about any other ways to be successful that I didn’t talk about. Bye!

 

 

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