Friday, 31 January 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W4
29th January 2014 
9.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Source(s):

The Independent:

What I did: 

This issue involving Anton Casey’s offensive remarks on Facebook caused a major uproar in Singapore and was closely followed by many Singaporeans. Though I was aware of this sensitive issue, I did not follow it closely and was glad we were encouraged to use this topic to write our this week’s ILL. 

What I have learnt: 

Before we head on to deeper, opinionated content, let us first explore what really happened in this sensitive issue which caused a massive online turmoil amongst Singaporeans. 

What happened:

British Businessman Anton Casey had caused an uproar in Singapore after posting a series of abusive photographs on Facebook where he called a local cab driver “retard” and referred to commuters as “the poor”. He have since left for Australia with his wife and son who are both Singapore citizens, after receiving death threats as well as losing his job. Having spent 12 years in Singapore, he apologized for his inappropriate remarks. He also said that he seek the forgiveness of the people of Singapore, his adopted home, and wished to return to it one day. He described this incident as “the worst mistake of my life”.

Mr Casey’s remarks certainly were rude and unpleasant, resulting in severe dissatisfaction by many Singaporeans. In such a small nation with a mixture of so many cultures, Singapore has little tolerance for peace-disturbing issues and Crossinvest Asia, Mr Casey’s employer had done the right thing by parting ways with Mr Casey with immediate effect. Although Mr Casey was wrong in the first place, Singaporeans shouldn’t have made death threats and made nasty race-related comments on this issue. Coming from a multi-racial society, we should be more mature and not display all these negative reactions.


ILL

T1W4
9:45- 10:30pm
31/1/2014

Sources:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/who-anton-casey-why-does-he-hate-poor-people-1433950
http://theindependent.sg/lets-not-stoop-to-anton-caseys-level/
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/scoot-takes-dig-anton-casey-20140126

What I did:
I have heard of the controversy surrounding Anton Casey because of his comments on Singaporeans being "poor people" so I decided to find out more about this incident.

What I learned:
Because of the Facebook posts insulting Singaporeans Anton Casey posted on his wall, many angry Singapore residents have begun retaliating to his disrespectful comments towards the citizens of the nation he lives in. Many have even made death threats against him and his family. Even budget Singapore airline Scoot had fun of his whole family in their latest advertisement.

I think all this behaviour is very disrespectful and it does not make us any better than Anton Casey if we treat him like that. Criticizing his manners is one thing but why drag his family members into it as well? They were innocent, especially his son, who obviously did nothing to deserve the personal attacks he received. Insulting caucasians all together is not fair to the other caucasians who are residing in Singapore but have joined us in condemning Casey's behaviour.

All in all, I feel that we Singaporeans should just forget about this incident and move on now that Casey has been forced out of the country and fled to Perth. He should not stoop so lowly to his level and do what he has done to us as that will only make us look worse than what he has described us as.

Independent Learning Log

Tan Shi Jie (23)

T1W4 Independent Learning Log
31st January 2014
3.30pm-4.15pm

Source(s):
http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/01/28/rebutting-sharon-snodgrass-on-anton-casey/http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/anton-casey-fired-and-flees-singapore-in-economy-class-over-poor-people-comments-9088199.html 

What I did:
Throughout the Chinese New Year break, I read up on the Anton Casey issue and found out that he caused an outrage in Singapore because he posted a series of abusive photographs on Facebook where he called a local taxi driver a "retard" and referred to commuters as "the poor".

What I learned:
After his insensitive comments, he lost his job as a wealth fund manager, and also received death threats from some Singaporeans. This caused him to flee from Singapore, to Perth.

I closely relate this incident to the Amy Cheong saga that happened a while ago. Both incidents happened because of insensitive comments that they posted without a lot of thought, and both incidents resulted in them losing their jobs.

I think that we should think carefully before we post stuff online, especially because the internet is such a good device now, people from all over the world can see what we post. We should not destroy our country's reputation with our own insensitive comments. We should also take note of what we are doing online so that we are not caught for doing illegal things like sending death threats. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

ILL - T1W4.

T1W4
29st January 2014
6.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Source(s): The Daily Mail online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2543851/British-businessman-married-Miss-Universe-Singapore-forced-issue-public-apology-mocking-local-people-poor.html
The Real Singapore: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/anton-casey-fired-and-flees-singapore-in-economy-class-over-poor-people-comments-9088199.html

What I did: 
I have followed the Anton Casey issue for a while and while his actions don't describe the kind of person who should be managing large amounts of money, the reaction of some netizens is also in question.

What I have learnt:
While Mr Casey's actions are rude and distasteful, there has also been some very negative behaviour by netizens. He has received death threats and has been forced to move to Perth. There is a line you don't cross. Yes he is a despicable person and I am glad to see him go, but the people who post their comments about "booting out all the foreign trash" and complain about the "(expletive) ang moh"(both direct quote) are no better. Negative reaction against him is natural, negative reaction against people who look like him are just as bad.

The way I see it, the real victim is his son. Most children have the luxury of idolising their parents as an ideal of what they should do. How will his 5 year-old react in a few short years when he grasps the full meaning of "Public enemy no.1?" Almost everything on the internet can more or less be retrieved, how will he react to this? I cannot describe his father without significant payout to our swear jar, but the poor kid really has my sympathy.




Monday, 27 January 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
21st January 2014
10.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

Source(s):

Biotechnology Tutorials (Handouts)

What I did: 

Just last week, Dr Tan completed a lecture on Prokaryotic cells, following up after the lecture on Eukaryotic cells. As a  result, I also decided to follow up on my research on these two types of cell structures as it was truly tempting to make two English Language Independent Learning Logs on science-related articles. Like the previous ILO, I also started of this new research with wikipedia before digging into more content-based sites. 

What I have learnt:

After doing some read-up, I found out that prokaryotic cells or prokaryotes were as, if not more interesting than eukaryotes as they were much more ‘microbial’ both in size and in meaning. Prokaryotic cells simply referred to bacteria and they are very simple and small in structure. Talking about small, they really are small, with a diameter ranging from 0.2-2.0 micrometers and the length ranging from 2.0-8.0 nanometers.

Things I have learnt about Prokaryotes:

Eukaryotic cells are cells that do not have specialized organelles to perform necessary life functions, which meant they have a large cytoplasm which perform all of the cellular functions. They have different shapes which are also a component of the scientific name. There is the bacilli, which are rod-shaped, the spirilla which are corkscrew in shape, the cocci which are spherical and the vibrios which are curved rods. These shapes are the characteristic shape of the cell. Below are the different parts of a prokaryotic cell.

Cell membrane: Phospholipid bilayer with proteins interspersed (permeability barrier)
Cell wall: Porous and peptidoglycan which maintains characteristic shape of cell
Cytoplasm: Contain the nuclear region and ribosomes to perform life functions
Nucleoid: Consist mainly of DNA molecules storing genetic information codes
Plasmid: Small circular double stranded DNA carrying advantageous genes
Ribosomes: Synthesize proteins
Glycocalyx: Polysaccharide layer for attachment to surfaces and protection
Flagellum: Movement of cell in response to stimuli
Fimbria: Short protrusions on cell surface to adhere to environment

Pilus: Hair like hollow projection for exchange of genetic material

ILL T1W3

T1W3 9pm-9:15pm 27 Jan What I did: I read and watched a video about whether or not mankind need to be serious about global threats (diseases, crisis etc). Source: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140123-new-solutions-for-global-problems What I learnt: Laurie Garrett believes that altering what Earth is is becoming a fundamental issue and concern.Our time to come to grips with this problems are limited but our ability to think at global governance terms are not achieved yet. Outbreaks of epidemics (be it manmade or natural) can lead to dire consequences. Humans are fearful, but suddenly a disease can be part of the wallpaper (eg. HIV)

Independent Learning Log T1W3

T1W3
26th January 2014
8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 

Source(s) : 



What I did: I read news articles regarding the Little India Riots and how Malaysians are reacting to them. I decided to do a short summary on the two articles. 


Summary of the two articles: 

On the 8th of December 2013, a riot broke out in Little India over the fatal accident of a foreign worker. The rioters mainly composed of Indian Nationals who attacked the bus involved in the accident and also emergency vehicles at the location. The riots caused mass disruption and loss of property in Little India. This is the second mass riot to have happened in Singapore. The Singapore government is taking actions against the rioters and are deporting those involved. The Malaysians on the other hand are assisting by monitoring immigration activities of the culprits to Malaysia.

Conclusion


This activity has made me more aware of Singapore news and also has shown me the cooperation between the Malaysian and Singapore authorities which I previously believed to be nonexistent. 

Summary of Today's Lesson (27-01-2014)

Today, Mrs Jang let us discuss in our groups for the performance task and she also called us up one by one to speak to us about our diagnostic test results and to give us advice on how we can improve in the future.

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
24/1/2014
7.00pm - 8.00pm


What I did:
I wanted to improve my general knowledge and argumentative skills so I went to read up on the latest news to analyse the article. 

What I learned (General Knowledge) : 


Our technology these days are so advanced that it can keep a woman pronounced brain dead alive. This is a critical sign that maybe, in the near future, technology may be able to help us extend our average lifespans. However, sometimes, when a person is pronounced brain dead and is put on life support, there are many arguments over whether the patient should be taken off life support or not between the patient’s family and the hospital. Due to some cases over the past few years depicting a person considered ‘brain dead’ waking up and commenting that he/she was conscious to their surroundings as if in a state of coma, there are many debates between the lawyers representing the different parties. However, in the end, it should be the family’s decision as to whether the patient should be taken off life support or not because they are related to the ‘deceased’ and should be given the decision, not the hospital. The hospital should just be there advising the patient’s family. 

P.S. sorry for the late post, I thought I have already posted it but it turns out that it was not posted. 

Independent Learning Log 3

T1W3
4.45PM-5.15PM
26 JAN 2014


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545824/Anton-Casey-British-banker-living-Singapore-provoked-fury-ridiculing-poor-people-parted-ways-company-gone-Australia.html

What I did:

I decided that, since I've read enough Singaporean-written articles about British Expat Anton Casey's behaviour over the last seven days, I would read from another perspective about the issue, so I went to dailymail.co.uk (British news website) to research about this topic as well.

What I learned:

I learned that the views and comments about Anton Casey on that website were the same, even with people of his own nationality calling him things like 'Arrogant idiot (pardon me)' and commenting on his behaviour as 'typical Brit abroad behaviour'. Someone even said 'Maybe he will be now forced to see what is like to be one of the poor downtrodden souls'.

Comments and personal attacks aside, I feel that it is nice to see how this issue was looked at, not from a biased point of view (nationality, etc), but rather by his deeds and actions, which he is now being condemned for all over the world. But, even if I am happy that this person is gone from Singapore, I can't help but feel a tinge of pity for him as his whole life practically got destroyed in a week (whether he deserved it or not).

I've also learned a few new words in the process:

1. Bigoted (adjective form of Bigotry)
Meaning: Having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.

2. Pillock
Meaning: A stupid person (pardon me again)

Indepedant Learning Log

T1W3

Source(s):

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/anton-casey-and-family-leave-perth-amid-threats-20140125
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/anton-casey-banker-who-sneered-3063154#.UuWoCWSwoy4

What I did :

I decided to read up on the quite recent case of Anton Casey, who had sparked off a huge uproar after his comments on the internet went viral.

The summary of the story :

Anton Casey was a Briton banker who had commented, in an online post on the online social networking website Facebook, about the 'stench' of public transport and that people who take the public transport are all 'poor' and 'smelly'. There were many more posts online which infuriated people, a few depicting his 5-year-old son. The situation worsened after a video clip of him mocking the reactions to his comments surfaced. The furore he created even had a petition created to deport him. However, Mr. Casey left Singapore –in Economy Class– for Australia, claiming to have received death threats, and had "parted ways" with his company.

What I learned :

I learned that anything you say on the internet cannot be deleted, and that seemingly innocuous offhand remarks can be taken seriously or be misinterpreted by others, and can also offend people. This article has also shown me how powerful the internet can be and like a double-edged sword, how dangerous it also is. As with the case with Anton Casey, he has already lost his job and respect from others, and although he has already apologized, the damage cannot be undone.

ILL

What I did:  I read the news online
Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/cambodian-police-again-clash-anti-government-protesters-20140126
What do I want to improve on: vocabulary
What I learnt:
Crackdown: severe measures to restrict or discourage undesirable or illegal people or behavior: a crackdown on crime and corruption.
Summary:  This is about the recent protest by the people of Cambodia such as textile workers and union leaders to increases wages, with the police trying to prevent them from protesting, resulting in a brief clash.

Independent Learning Log T1W3



What I did: 
I read the article in the TIME magazine about Cheerios GMO oats. I felt that this was in line with my T1W1 ILL article about the use of GM foods in our everyday products. 

What I learned: 

The sudden shift of the whole grain oats used by cheerios from GMO to non-GMO reflects a customer mentality that GM foods are harmful and that they would embrace the change in the type of oat used by cheerios breakfast foods. 

The case about GMO, however is bigger than 1 brand. Bills that required companies to label GM foods were introduced in 26 out of 50 US states last year. However, some companies are still labelling it voluntarily for customer peace of mind. 

Facts: 
20% of all Americans surveyed by the NPD group say that they are “very” or “extremely” concerned about GMO foods. 

History of “Healthy Food Fads” 
Early 1990: The push to remove fats from foods still left a lot of calories and unhealthy additives like artificial sweeteners. 
Early 2000: The popular Atkins diet said that fat was fine, but carbs weren’t. This caused bread sales to plummet. 
Mid 2000: Trans fat is worse than saturated fats
Present: No gluten. Nearly a third of Americans want to cut down on gluten, although only 1 in 133 people have celiac disease (gluten intolerance)



Independent Learning Log.

T1W3
9.30PM-10.00PM
26 JAN 2014

Source: Expat leaves for Perth amid threats.

What I did:
I read the article, taking note of how Casey is portrayed using specific terms.

What I learned:
Dialogue must fit in with the writer's opinion at all times, contradictory terms confuse the reader as to the writer's intentions. 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
9.30PM-10.00PM
26 JAN 2014

Source: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/plants/news-gruesome-bleeding-mushrooms

What I did:
I read an article posted on a science facebook page about a mushroom that releases a red juice that looks like blood. The mushroom, Hydnellum peckii, goes by various names referring to juice or blood.

What I learned:
The mushroom contains a pigment known as atromentin which has anticoagulant properties. It contains antibiotic properties which are effective against streptococcus pneumoniae. It can also be made into a dye.

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
9.30PM-10.00PM
26 JAN 2014

Source: http://www.koaa.com/news/new-details-on-teen-fatally-shot-by-stepfather/

What I did:

I went to look for an article that is more out of the blue and out of the country that I would be interested in. The article is named "Girl mistakenly shot and killed by stepfather". Although the title sounds cruel and that you might judge the man who shot her, but the incident was purely accidental. What happened was that a 14-year old Colorado Springs girl, Kiana O'neil was shot as she was trying to get through the window of her house at 6AM in the morning. Her stepfather, thinking that it was a burglary, accidentally shot and killed her.

What I learnt:

I learnt that this case was a case of trust and that if we as teenagers should lie to our parents and sneak out in the middle of the night. This could be a good expository writing topic, to discuss whether it is best for teens to let their parents know their whereabouts rather than lying to them. Also, a discussion on the law of firearms could also be done.

Independent Learning Log T1W3

T1W3
9:30pm - 10:00pm

26 Jan 2014


What I did: I was looking for a news article on The Straits Times and found an article of needy families in the Chia Chu Kang region receiving gift packs and festive food packs from the South West Community Development Council's Festive Cheers @ South West programme that runs till next month and aims to reach out to 2,700 low-income families and elderly residents. 

What I learned: I learnt that needy families in the Choa Chu Kang region received an early Chinese New Year gift on Sunday morning when 190 volunteers dropped off festive food packs for them.and festive food packs from the South West Community Development Council's Festive Cheers @ South West programme that runs till next month and aims to reach out to 2,700 low-income families and elderly residents. Also, the Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor, who is also Mayor of the district, said that she hopes to uplift the lives and spirits of our vulnerable residents through programmes like these, and thus joined the volunteers on their visits and pitched in to help some students paint. 

Independent Learning Log


T1W3

7:50pm - 8:20pm

26 Jan 2014

What I did: I went to xinmsn to look for recent news and I came across this post about how technology matters but teachers play a bigger role, a statement made by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. 

What I learned: I learnt about Mr Heng's point of view on how teachers play a greater role in our education and it is not all about incorporating technology into our lessons. Teachers play an important role as they are needed to instill the learning interest into students by using technology. 

Independent Learning Log

26/1/2014
8.02pm - 8.32pm

Source : http://sg.news.yahoo.com/anton-casey-leaves-for-perth-with-family--offers-to-do-community-work--report-015614740.html

What I did : I decided to read up on current news and to summarize the news article that I have read.

What I learned: 

Summary : Anton Casey, the man who took to fame after his "poor people" and "stench of public transport"posts on Facebook has left for Perth after threats were made to him and his family. Along with him was his wife, Bernice Wong -- Miss Singapore Pageant, and his five year-old son. The 39-year-old hopes to be forgiven and claims that the family would return when they "feel safe". Casey has also volunteered to do community work to make amends for his mistakes.

Independent Learning Log

Date: 25/1/14 T1W3

Source: http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/news/rodman-39-sorry-39-controversial-north-korea-trip-054800197.html

What I did: I read up on a news article relating to an ex NBA all star Dennis Rodman who had made visits to North Korea to host basketball exhibitions despite the tension between the two countries, which have made many people question his actions and whether he had betrayed his country.

What I learned:

I looked up words I did not know:
Pandering - To gratify or indulge
Treason - Betraying one's country
Reclusive - Avoiding the company of other people
Eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources
Tirade - Long angry speech of criticism

Independent Learning Log

T1W3
6.30pm - 7.30pm
26/1/14

Source: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131210-the-island-of-aphrodites-ancestors


What I did:
What I learned:
I have learned that Cythera was the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love in mythological terms. The island itself is a geographically strategic place for merchants and sailors to pass by. There are also many other myths in the island, such as Cythera's British government fell in love with a girl from a nearby village and decided to build a bridge (Katouni Bridge) to see her daily. I also learned that Cythera is a great place to go for a vacation to!


I read up an article on BBC about the Island of Aphrodite's ancetors, Cythera. I have an interest regarding the greek mythologies and history as I found it interesting, thus I decided to read the article. After doing so, I jotted down a few of the words that I was not aware of and picked up some of the interesting facts from the article.

Clout - influence, or power
Cosmopolitan - familiar with and at east in many different countries and culture
Relic - an object surviving from the earlier time

Ikmal Hakeem (17)
S3-01

T1W3
3.30pm-4pm
26/1/2014

Source: 
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131104-how-muggers-size-up-your-walk/all

What I did:
I watched a documentary of crimes committed where people were being assaulted or robbed. It suddenly came to my mind as to why these people would be assaulted or robbed, especially at night and in quiet neighborhoods. I came across this article as I was searching over the different news sites.

What I learned:

I learned that people can judge you according to the way that you walk, especially muggers. In this article, some prisoners who were convicted for crimes such as assault and murders, were shown some clips taken of how some people walked and were asked to assess and give a rating on how easy it was to attack a particular individual only by seeing the way they walked. After some analysis of the way some people walked, it was shown that victims had subtly less coordinated movements than that of non-victims. It is also proven that you can change the way of how you walk such that people would not see you as a vulnerable person.

Lesson Summary

Mrs Jang informed us to complete our ILL. She also handed out 9 readings during lesson time. She mentioned that we can highlight keywords, write a quick summary about the article by using the Paul's Wheel of Reasoning.

Independent Learning Log

Ding Ruoqian (10)
S3-01

T1W3
11:34-12:04
25/1/14

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25647918

What I did:
I wanted to improve on my vocabulary and general knowledge so I went on BBC and found this article about 3D food printers.

What I Learnt:
3D Systems developed its new "food-safe" models after taking over a Los Angeles-based start-up in September, which had customised one of its machines.Both models can print using chocolate, or sugar infused with vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon flavours.The larger one has the advantage of being able to create "photographic-quality" pictures by mixing together different ingredients that can then then be wrapped around cakes and other surfaces.The designs are built using a layer-by-layer printing process.Sweets are created by spreading a fine layer of the flavoured sugar, and then painting water on top using a jet print head to turn the substance into hardened crystals.

Vocabulary:

Confectionery :
Sweets; small pieces of sweet food, made with sugar or chocolates.
Monochrome :
To describe something that's a single color, usually in different shades or tones.
Envisage :
If you envisage something, you can imagine it, but not necessarily see it.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Independent Learning Log


Meredith Teo Shuyi (08)
S3-01

T1W3
09:32pm - 10:02am
25/1/14

Source(s):
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/10-common-words-you-may-be-mispronouncinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsvdSPpM10

What I did:
I did a search on common words we often mispronounce 

What I learned:

Mischievous
How you may be pronouncing it: mis-CHEE-vee-ous.
How it’s actually pronounced: MIS-chə-vous.

Despite the fact that many people drop an extra “I” in there, “mischievous” is three syllables, not four.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsvdSPpM10

Sherbet

How you may be pronouncing it: SHER-bert.
How it’s actually pronounced: SHER-bet.

This word had to abandon its crusade for righteousness and now has been corrupted to the point where dictionaries often list the incorrect pronunciation as acceptable because of just how rampant the ignorance grew to be. 

Bruschetta
How you may be pronouncing it: Broo-SHETT-a.
How it’s actually pronounced: Broo-SKETT-a.

Athelete
How you may be pronouncing it: ath – a – leet
How it’s actually pronounced: ath – leet

ILL

T1W3
2.50-3.20pm
25/1/2014

Source: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140123-the-man-with-13-legs/1


What I did:

I wanted to improve on my general knowledge and my vocabulary so I went to BBC and found this interesting article about the man with 13 legs

What I learned:

The man, Jozef Metelka, has 12 different prosthetics each specialised for a different sport. Metelka’s first prosthetic leg was a basic model from the UK’s National Health Service, which allowed him to stand and walk, but he felt that it was "nothing special". Then he met with specialists at Pace Rehabilitation in the UK, and his collection began to grow. The prostheticists at Pace began designing a suite of limbs to get him up and running- and skiing, and biking, and rollerblading. Each time Metelka suggested a new sport, the team designed a corresponding leg.

Vocabulary:

prosthetics- the branch of surgery or of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing   parts with artificial structures
albeit- although; even if
accentuate- to give emphasis or prominence to
intricately- having many interrelated parts or facets

Independent Learning Log

Tan Shi Jie (23)

T1W3
25th January 2014
7pm - 7.30pm

Source: 
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ny-boy-killed-fire-hailed-hero-saving-6-175052915.html
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NY-boy-killed-in-fire-hailed-as-hero-for-saving-6
(These two reports have the same content, so I classified as one.)

http://www.whas11.com/news/editors-pick/NY-boy-killed-in-fire-hailed-as-hero-for-saving-6-241506721.html

What I did: 
I read this article about a New York boy whom was killed in a fire but sacrificed himself to save six of his family members. I spent around 10 minutes searching around for different articles, and spent the rest of the time comparing the news reports and finding differences between the facts presented.

What I learned:
The Yahoo news report stated that the part of the trailer that the grandfather was in did not have a smoke detector. In the whas11 news report, it was stated that there was a mistake, where the grandfather and uncle's locations were switched, due to incorrect information provided by a family member. Through this fact, I realised that although everyone's news report is slightly different, there is always similar facts and there can be new facts every news report. I found out that it is okay if you report different point of view's as long as they are factually truthful. 

ILL T1W3

Independent Learning Log 3
T1W3

What I did: I read up on two articles of the same topic written by two different news reporting websites, one from CNN and the other from Dailymail.uk. The article(s) wrote about this american girl who stabbed her half-sister 40 times because she felt unappreciated. 

•  The news article from the Dailymail.uk wrote: 'The 14-year-old tried washing Dora's blood off in the bathroom but still had some on her when police arrived, they saidA 911 call had her claiming a Hispanic male killed the young girl.' whereas the article from CNN wrote: 'The night before the attack, the teen thought about it for about 10 or 15 minutes, then went downstairs and grabbed a knife, according to prosecutors. After the stabbing, she took a shower to wash off the blood, called police and made up the story about the intruder, prosecutors said.' Though both articles were reporting on the same part of the story, the Dailymail.uk mentioned additional details about the bloodstains but CNN did not. 

• CNN wrote : "The 14-year-old, authorities say, repeatedly and fatally stabbed the victim -- her half sister -- with a kitchen knife because the teen thought she was ungrateful." Dailymail.uk wrote: "The unidentified older sister stabbed and slashed the young girl in a frenzied attack, shouting a reason at her sister each time she plunged the knife into her body, police said."  CNN mentioned that the sister stabbed the victim fatally whereas Dailymail.uk mentioned that the sister shouted a reason at her sister each time she stabbed the knife into her body. This proving that Dailymail.uk included more (additional) details in its article but CNN did not. 

This goes to show that even though the two new reporting firms are reporting on the same article, one of it clearly includes much more detail than the other. Therefore I can conclude that not all the new reports report everything that has happened. Some only report partial/rough ideas of what actually happened. 

Links to the new articles

CNN - http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/illinois-sister-stabbing/
Dailymail.co.uk - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544263/Girl-14-stabbed-little-sister-39-times-didnt-appreciate-her.html


ILL

T1W3

25/01/14
11.30-12.00

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25885756

What I did:
To expand both my general knowledge and comprehensive skills, I went to find an article on Science advancements in our world to better understand the progress in the Scientific area and learn to pick up the key points of the article.

What I learnt:

I learnt about the positive values in GM foods, in this case, GM tomatoes. These tomatoes are modified to be more nutritious, having the same dark pigment, anthocyanin, as blueberries and cranberries which give them more health benefits, like in animal cases, could help fight cancer.

I also learnt how to analyse the passage and look at the main points, so as to make it easier to explain to others.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Lesson summary

21 January 2014

Mrs Jang went through the Paul's Wheel of Reasoning and we read a passage on Ranting online, then analyzed the passage on its pros and cons in groups, put it on a Google Document and then read through other group's work and collated our own on the worksheet that was given.

Sorry for the late post.

Podcast Presentation


Performance Task: Group Presentation Podcast
Duration of Presentation:10-20 min per group podcast
Date of Submission: Week 5, 2014 (Script and Podcast)
Week 6 (OBS)
Date of Presentation: Week 7, 2014

If you are wondering which group you belong to, refer to the table below. 

Group 1- 
The Internet
Group 2-
Space Exploration
Group 3-
Animal Research
Group 4- Genetically Modified Foods
Group 5- 
Genetic Engineering: Babies
1. (Shaquille)
2. Yee Theng
3. Valence 
4. Shaun Neo
5. Gabriel
1.(Farruq)
2.Ikmal
3.Kang Zhi
4.Jia Yi
5.Crystal
1.(Marco)
2.Danish M
3.Markus
4.Ruoqian

1. (Htet Wai Yan)
2. Claudia
3. Ain
4. Cindy
5. Sean
1.(Matilda)
2.Meredith
3.Ryan Pek
4.Yee Cher
5.Shijie

Instructions for Monday Lesson (27 Jan, 2014): 

Group yourselves quickly and have a productive, interactive and constructive session. Adhere to the allotted time strictly. (Read through all directions before starting.)

1) (5-7 min) Leaders, organise your groups and assign tasks for presentation:
  •  introduction, historical background, Important milestones or figures, current discoveries/applications/trends, future direction/trends, conclusion, etc... (This is just a guide, create your own if you wish to)
Please read and discuss to prevent overlapping information! Prepare your written script before podcasting.

2)  (15 min) Leaders to facilitate: Read and discuss the questions listed below. Get a time-keepker and recorder to keep track of your discussion. 
Scope of the Podcast: 
  1. What is the purpose of the podcast?
  2. Who is the intended audience?
  3. What is the message I want to convey to my audience?
  4. What is the theme of my presentation?
  5. How did that influence my image selection, font and color selection and placement of material?
  6. What is the issue in my presentation?
  7. What are the current trend and future trend?
  8. Concluding remarks?

3)  (20 min) Discuss the technical aspects of podcast production and how you wish to present it. What's your style of presentation? (Dramatic or documentary or entertaining?) Assign duties and responsibilities. Prepare a timeline.

4) (10 min) Individual planning. Spend the remaining time reading or researching online for more information. (Minimal disruptions- work silently, whisper if necessary)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

English Remedial Lesson

Dear Students, 

Please be informed that EL Remedial Lessons will be conducted on the following Wednesdays at Class 3-03 from 2-3 p.m. Attendance is compulsory for the students who are selected for the programme. 

Term 1
29 Jan
5 Feb
19 Feb
26 Feb
5 Mar
12 Mar

Term 2
26 Mar
2 Apr
9 Apr
23 Apr
21 May
28 May

Monday, 20 January 2014

Independent Learning Log 2

Independent Learning Log
T1W2

9:30pm-10:00pm

Source:
http://www.vocabulary.com/lists/148703#view=notes

What I did:
I realised that my vocabulary was lacking a little something, so I decided to learn some new words in order to improve my standard of English. This would probably a long term activity, so I decided to start with words that start with the letter 'A'.

What I learned:
Here are the words that I learned:

1. Aberration
Meaning: a state or condition markedly different from the norm.
Sentence exampleWhile Tampa Bay has taken a huge nosedive a year after going 10-6, maybe that 2010 success was an aberration.

2. Abject
Meaning: most unfortunate or miserable
Sentence example: Mr. Jobling stood wringing his hands helplessly, his flaccid features expressive of abject despair.

3. Abstract
Meaning: existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment.
Sentence example: Presenting an abstract concept, waving our arms trying to describe it, we will lose our audience right away.

4. Accentuate
Meaning: to stress out, single out as important, highlight.
Sentence example: It was a carefully studied costume; and he accentuated its eccentricity by adopting theatrical attitudes and an air of satisfied negligence.

5. Acerbic
Meaning: harsh or corrosive in tone.
Sentence example: They were complaining, sometimes yelling, and maybe a bit acerbic.

Independent Learning Log

T1W2
18th January 2014
8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 

Source(s) : 

Tort Law- Pearson Education 3rd Edition

What I did: 
Over the weekend, I borrowed a book from the library on Tort Law to improve my general knowledge. I read the book twice and made notes on it.

What I have learnt:

  1. I learnt that Tort Law is part of Civil Law and is a law on civil wrongs (tort).
  2. Tort Law can be divided into 7 categories: Nuisance, Defamation, Negligence, Assault, Battery, Trespass, False Imprisonment
  3. Nuisance is the act of making a person not able to enjoy his private use of land fully.
  4. Defamation is the act of making statements whether verbal (slander) or written (libel) to degrade one’s image.
  5. Negligence is the act of not performing one’s duty of care to its standards, causing harm or risk to others.
  6. Assault is the act of threatening someone.
  7. Battery is the act of placing force on someone without his permission.
  8. Trespass is the act of invading one’s land or chattels (property).
  9. False imprisonment is the act of wrongfully restricting one’s freedom of movement.
  10. I also learnt the defences to each tort.

Summary:


The weekend have been a very meaningful and fruitful set of two days as I managed to expand my learning horizons and improve my general knowledge.

Independent Learning Log

T1W2
14th January 2014
8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. 

Source(s) : 

Biotechnology Tutorials (handouts)

What I did: 

On the recent Biotechnology course lecture, the lecturer, Dr Tan had started the lecture on prokaryotic cells. It was the very first lesson where we were really taught something on Biotechnology. It was overall a pretty interesting topic and I learnt quite a few new ‘stuff’. Due to my interest and curiosity in these science-related topics, I was intrigued to research and find out more about it. The easiest way to start a research was via wikipedia, so I started right on wikipedia before starting off to ‘deeper’ sites. Though wikipedia wasn’t very reliable and all, it was neutrally a dependable website for knowledge gathering site. 

What I have learnt:

After reading simply the introduction paragraphs of the article, I realized the lectures that we had during the first biotechnology course was just briefly touching on an entire exciting topic. It was not just a topic. It was a whole chapter of science. 

Things I have learnt about Eukaryotes:

Eukaryotic cells are cells with membrane-bound organelles with different organelles performing specific functions. This is advantageous to the cells as they are able to compartmentalize many cellular functions within organelles which simply meant the division of ‘cellular’ labour. Below are the different parts/ organelles of a Eukaryote.

Cell Membrane: Phospholipid bilayer with proteins interspersed (permeability barrier)
Nucleus: Store cell’s genetic material in DNA molecules (necessity for cell division)
Ribosomes: Made of RNA molecules and proteins to synthesis proteins
Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum: Ribosome-attached (synthesize secreted proteins)
Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum: Tubular (synthesize lipid-based molecules)
Golgi Apparatus: Flattened stacks of interconnected membranes (Transport materials)
Vacuole: Store water mixed with cell’s waste and nutrients.
Mitochondrion: Generates energy molecule ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)

Chloroplast: Contain chloroplasts for photosynthesis for glucose production