Blog Archives

How Teens learn best? is mine credible or not?

How Teens Learn Best

Schoolwork is important for teenagers. Understanding the subjects that is taught in middle school and high school set the stage for the rest of a teenager’s life. The ability to learn and process new information is a huge key towards teenage success. By the time kids reach their teenage years, their learning styles have already been realized. Children begin developing their learning styles when they first enter the world and complete this part of development usually by the age of twelve. It is important to understand that people have different learning styles, parental influences, peers, and mentors that affect their learning.

First, Different learning styles and curves. Ever wonder why teens seem to put off the easier material until last minute? Or why there must be complete silence for him or her to study effectively? Both of these are largely due to the teen’s learning style. The way that a teen learns has a big impact on his or her study habits. You might notice that teens learn better under pressure so he or she puts off studying until the day before the test. Teens whose learning styles are at their best when there are no distractions will need complete silence when they are trying to study. When teens are not in the situation that best fits their learning style, they will have trouble with their study habits as well. There are four different learning styles that affect a teenager’s study habits, these are visual, auditory, actual learning, and analytic. Visual learners. There are those teens that are visual learners. These teens work best with visual representation of the information. This includes pictures, symbols, charts, diagrams, and colors. Auditory learners. These teens learn best if they hear the information. When auditory-learning teens study, you might find them reading aloud because it helps them to better learn the material when they hear themselves read it aloud. Actual learners . When it comes to practical subjects like Math and English, these teens would rather do some trial and error rather than actually read and learn the rules first. Although, it might sound contrary to what most parents think their kinds should do, it is not good to try to change your child’s learning style. Instead, find ways that you can help develop his study habits through this trial and error kind of learning style. Analytic learners .These kinds of learners deal well with details. You might notice your teen reading and rereading the information, while taking some time to reflect on what was just read in the meantime. An analytic learner deals well with lists, patterns, homework, and practice exercises. Since this kind of teen deals well with goals, set some steps and study goals for your teen to aid in his study habits.

Second, Parental influences. Parents are a huge influence in regards to teenage learning but, Teenagers don’t learn much from parental warnings and lecturing. Most parents have tried that without much success. And unfortunately, one or both parents all too often cave in when their children get in trouble. Each time parents do so, a valuable lesson isn’t learned and a mistake is apt to be repeated. Also, Teens that were implied with tremendous amounts of discipline by theirs show more promise than most teens.

Third, Peer pressure. Peer pressure is one thing that all teens have in common. You can’t escape it. It is everywhere. Whether it is pressure to conform to a group norm or pressure to act, peer pressure is something everybody has to deal with at some time in his or her life.

Children, especially during adolescence, begin to spend a lot more time with their friends, and less time with their family. This makes them more susceptible to the influences of their peers. It is important to remember that teenage friends can have a positive influence; we should therefore find friends that have similar interests and views as those you are trying to develop in your children, including doing well in school, having respect for others and avoiding drug use, smoking and drinking, etc.

Peer pressure isn’t always negative. Peers may pressure others into negative behaviors or away from positive behaviors, but can push in positive directions as well. Not all teens react to peer pressure in the same way. Gender and age are factors. For example, boys are more susceptible than girls to peer pressure, particularly in risk situations. Younger teens are more easily influenced than older teens, with peer pressure peaking in about eighth or ninth grade. Individual characteristics such as confidence level, personality and degree of maturity make a difference. Peer pressure varies according to the situation: being with one close friend, in the small clique of friends, or seeing what the larger peer group is doing in school.

Finally, Teacher’s influence. Teachers play a significant role in teenage learning. Since teachers can affect how students perceive the course materials, it has been found that teachers who showed enthusiasm towards the course materials and students can affect a positive learning experience towards the course materials. On teacher/course evaluations, it was found that teachers who have a positive disposition towards the course content tend to transfer their passion to receptive students. Students are likely to build stronger relations with teachers who are friendly and supportive and will show more interest in courses taught by these teachers. Teachers that spend more time interacting and working directly with students are perceived as supportive and effective teachers. Effective teachers have been shown to invite student participation and decision making, allow humor into their classroom, and demonstrate a willingness to play.

Learning Project Linker #6: Bashing Through Online….Again? Hours Spent 6 Hours

Image Detail

These days have been very tough on me due the unending homework that I have been having lately. I was like, nope, I’m gonna play Assassin’s Creed and “chilloot” for a while hahaha. What I found out was playing 6 hours straight can actually give strains to your eyes, mind, and body. I’m a gamer and I was always use to be exposed to video games for long period but that was years ago. Why? because Video games have evolve from sparingly awful graphics to high definition 3d game play and the expectations are very very high especially from the hit games such as Call of Duty, God of War, and Final Fantasy. I’m finally putting the hardest challenges that happen to me during the duration of this learning project.

The difficulties that I have experience was my Internet connection. If you’re internet connection sucks, don’t even attempt to play this game online, because lag issues will emerge all over the place and ruin your gameplay. Also, it will disconnect very often due to the technical difficulties that are presents in the game.

Another difficulty, was group isolation. this means that you can’t switch teams once a team of four formed a group. they will own and kill you every time, They will stun you repeated and escape most of your chase sequences, and they will rack up the most point and make you lose.

Lastly, The Final difficulty that I had was the trash talking in the lobbies. I don’t personally talk shit on my the lobbies and games but I shout when I win and what I find humiliating is that a lot of people talk shit at you with your proper consent  and reason. I dislike people who do that and proclaim themselves as bona fide “professional” players when they’re not.

Well, I over did it 27 hours and still counting ’cause I still have to finish the campaign mode and rock at it due to the experience I earned from multiplayer mode but, until then, You just have to wait lol. Peace out! for now that is lol

Online Gamer Identity

Last we on Ecmp355 we were talking about Digital Citizenship. I have already made my Online Identity for tech task and I just want to ad my Gaming ID. I play a PS3 and this is my Gamer ID. Feel free for you guys to comment and ask questions. Edgar_Allan

UofR Response

 

The UofR requires its applicants to make a response as a part of the application to be accepted on UofR. I always wanted to share this in the hopes that it would give an idea for those who are applying in the UofR or other universities that requires you to make a response. Note: I’m not entirely sure if this response contributed to my acceptance to UofR.

There are only two experiences in my life that made me to consider teaching as a career. My experiences with my Teacher Rene Guevarra and migrating here in North America.

 

First. Mr. Rene Guevarra. Mr. Rene Guevarra was a Highschool Math teacher at Proverbsville School Inc. In the Philippines. He is graduate of Accounting and pursued Education a few years later after realizing that Accounting was not his calling. He was my Math teacher for four years. He is not an ordinary teacher but rather an eccentric, flamboyant, smart, religious, and a loving teacher. He taught everything I needed to know in his Math classes. He encouraged and Inspired me despite the bullying that I suffered during those four years of highschool in the Philippines (2004-2008), and taught to manipulate math as if that it was an extension of my inner self. I wanted to teach because his passion for teaching was the whole definition of Altruism – the practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. He did not know me, yet he refuse to let that social barrier be a hindrance for his teachings to reach my heart. Compassion, Dedication, and Unselfish Love. With these lessons that I had inherited from a my teacher, I will stop at nothing to fulfill my dreams and be successful in anything and everything that I will venture in my life.

 

Finally, North America. I arrived in Canada on July 10th of 2009. Everything was new to me. Here in Canada, I felt things that I have never felt before I came here like being the new kid, being alone, facing racism, the white desolation (Snow), learning another culture, and trying to fit in. Honestly, I overcame those barriers and difficulties in a few months due to strong Faith, drama, choir, being involve in SLC, doing good on my math classes and just being myself. I am aware that adjusting into something completely different is difficult, but I want to change that. I want to be a teacher because I believe that “everyone is equal and unique in diverse ways”- No barriers, no chains, and no shackles. Also, Now that I have seen The East and The West’s perspectives of the world, I am clearly enlightened to become a teacher and no one can stop me in achieving my goals because I have overcome hardships and problems before, and “If I want something, I make it happen” – Marcia Maclean.

Assassin’s Greed: The Revelations – “My GameStop Issue”

File:Assassins Creed Revelations Cover.jpg

5 Days ago, The Latest instalment for Assassin’s Creed has Arrive. Assassin’s Creed Revelations! Unfortunately, Most Critics claimed the game “too repetitive” and some additional treats like the “Den Defense” doesn’t help either.

This is what they said according to Wikipedia:

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 82.04% (PS3)
80.91% (X360)
Metacritic 81/100 (PS3)
80/100 (X360)
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+
Edge 7/10
Eurogamer 7/10
Game Informer 8.75/10
GamePro 7/10
GameSpot 8.0/10
GamesRadar 8/10
GameTrailers 8.8/10
IGN 8.5/10
Official PlayStation Magazine(UK) 9/10
Official Xbox Magazine 8.5/10
VideoGamer.com 7/10
Destructoid 7.5/10
Joystiq 4/5 stars

Assasssin’s Creed: Revelations has received generally favorable reviews, with a score of 81% and 80% on Metacritic for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively.Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced during an earnings call on November 8, 2011, that pre-orders for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations were “significantly higher” than figures for Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, yet the firm is still expecting a “double digit decline” in sales for Revelations compared to the other title.

IGN gave the game a rating of 8.5 out of 10, stating “This is the best Assassin’s Creed yet, even if that victory is claimed by an inch and not a mile. If you’ve been following the lives of Altair and Ezio this long, you owe it to yourself to see their last adventure.” 1UP gave the game a rating of B+, stating “While Revelationslacks that one supreme improvement or standout mechanic that defined AC2 and Brotherhood each, it’s still a damn fine sendoff for Altair and Ezio.”

Edge gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, saying that “unlike the elegant lead, who’s grey-haired but unbowed by the end of the adventure, Assassin’s Creed has been quietly compromised by age.” Eurogamer also gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, writing “where Brotherhood enhanced the thrill of being Ezio Auditore,Revelations distracts from it. Ezio may look old, but it’s the series itself that really shows its age.”

VideoGamer gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, stating “So, for the first time, a new Assassin’s Creed game is worse than its predecessor, the first time the short development period has had a noticeable impact on the game’s quality. It’s a game of nearlies and might-have-beens: summed up by the hookblade, a supposedly key new feature which in practice merely extends Ezio’s reach slightly, and allows him to glide down the occasional zipline.” GamePro also gave the game a rating of 7 out of 10, saying that “at its core, this is the Assassin’s Creed we’ve grown to love in recent years, and it still serves as a pretty good time sink — plus, it’s a necessary bridge to next year’s already-announced follow-up. But obligation shouldn’t be the primary reason to play something, and sadly, that’s too often the case in this humdrum campaign.”

Game Informer gave the game a rating of 8.8 out of 10, writing “a number of new features have been attempted to make Revelations feel new and different from its predecessors. In that quest for broader variety and a unique identity from the earlier games, Revelations makes some missteps that are hard to ignore. However, the game offers more of what has been great about the franchise, and that should be enough to bring most fans to the table, even if it a poor starting point for new players.”GameTrailers also gave the game a rating of 8.8 out of 10, writing that “the engine is a bit long in the tooth and some of the content isn’t entirely worth exploring, but if you’re looking for an unforgettable top shelf action/adventure, heed the creed.”

Official Xbox Magazine gave the game a rating of 8.5 out of 10, stating “What’s available here remains as ridiculously appealing as ever. It’s still a thrill unique to the series to be perched six stories high, looking out across miles of meticulously rendered game world – even if that dazzling, danger-filled world has grown overly familiar, having traded what was once revolution for iterative evolution.” PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) gave the game a rating of 9 out of 10, stating “As a conclusion for Ezio’s chapter, Revelations proves an utterly brilliant swansong.”

If you’re a fan of the game, You will probably love this game. If not, don’t even bother buying it.

But enough of that. I just gave you some hints and winks on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

Time for the real Fish!

I wrote this email 4 days ago. 1 day after the release of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and 1 day after the Game Stop employees told me that they “ran out” of the Ultimate Edition of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations which was reserved to me.

To whom it may concern,
I moved my pre-order from the Assassin’s Creed Revelations Signature Edition to the Assassin’s Creed Revelations Ultimate Edition for 79.99 at the northgate mall in Regina on October 19 1:50 pm to an employee namely Travis almost 13 hours after Arkham City’s midnight launch and when the employees of GameStop at Rochdale Regina found out of the Assassins Creed Revelations Ultimate Edition on their system. November 15, 2011, the day that Assassin’s Creed Revelations was released, I went to Northgate mall to pick it up but, They told me that they ”ran out” of the Ultimate edition and there was an ”error” that was made by the employee who moved it in the first place. They offered me the regular edition but I refused to accept because I have been waiting for this game a long time. They told me to move the money to some other game and I had no choice but to move it because they said no when I wanted to move the money to an Eb games card. I would would like to request a solution to this problem.

To double check, I called the Gamestop hotline and explained the situation to them. They told me that the District Manager will call me in a matter of 1-3 Business Days to rectify the situation. Its’ already been 3 days and not phone calls nor texts. I am starting to put my doubts on this Fiasco that has been deliberately wasting my time. I don’t want to be unfair but an error is not an excuse that will suffice this problem. 12:07 am Novermber 20, 2011. I humbly wait for this problem to be solve. Well 80 bucks and its very hard to get refunds especially if you traded games to them.  I actually doubt that I would even get my Ultimate Edition and start playing and catching with the Professional League. Oh well. However, These employees can be greedy sometimes and deny your claims and lie in front of your faces. is it a problem? maybe…

Learning Project Linker #4: Bridging the Gap: AC 1 and AC2 – Hours Spent: 3hrs

I never actually played the previous two games of  Assassin’s Creed which led me to wonder what happened before this game even came.

Here are two summaries that I found to bridge the gaps of  Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood:

Assassin's Creed.jpg

Assassin’s Creed

Desmond is a bartender that is kidnapped by a powerful corporation called Abstergo. After being explained to that he can use a machine called the Animus to relive his ancestors memories he agrees to cooperate with Abstergo.

Altair, his ancestor, is a disgraced assassin because he broke the three tenets of the assassins. In order to regain his former status he must hunt down nine key targets. Altair reluctantly agrees and his slowly hunts down the men he realizes they all have something in common. After assassinating all nine targets and discovering that his ninth target was in fact a trap, Altaïr confronts Robert in front of King Richard I of England, leader of the Crusader army. Altaïr informs Richard that Robert is plotting to betray and kill him, which causes him to encourage a duel to the death between Altaïr and Robert. Richard then believes Altaïr. Upon dying, Robert confesses to Altaïr that they were not nine, but ten Templars conspiring to take the Piece of Eden. The tenth being Al Mualim, who wanted to keep the Piece of Eden for himself and therefore sent out Altaïr to kill the others. Back at the Fortress, where Al Mualim had taken over the minds of the people inside, Altaïr manages to defeat and kill him in a duel. The memory Abstergo was searching for, which located the Piece of Eden, reveals it is only just one of 28 that are scattered across the world.

Back in 2012, Abstergo sends a team to recover as many Pieces as possible. Deciding they do not need him any more, they give orders to kill Desmond. Lucy Stillman, an Abstergo employee who revealed to Desmond that she is an undercover Assassin, convinces them not to kill Desmond until they recover the Pieces, buying him time. Desmond is left alone in the Animus room, and by the use of Altaïr’s Eagle Vision inherited from the ‘bleeding effect’ caused by the Animus, he sees many symbols drawn in blood on the wall in his room and on the floors of the lab. These symbols contain references to the end of the world in many different languages.


Assassins Creed 2 Box Art.JPG

Assassin’s Creed II

Lucy returns and breaks Desmond out of Abstergo. He is brought to a hideout and introduced to her Assassin allies Shaun and Rebecca, as well as an updated version of the Animus. Knowing what is at stake, Desmond volunteers to enter the Animus again, and explore the memories of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young nobleman from 1476 in FlorenceRepublic of Florence. He hopes to gain Ezio’s abilities through the Bleeding Effect so he can aid the Assassins.

Ezio’s father and brothers are executed by the hand of Uberto Alberti, a corrupt official in league with the Templars. Ezio kills Uberto in revenge, and after fleeing with his mother and sister to their villa in the Tuscan countryside, he learns of his Assassin heritage and begins training under his uncle Mario. Ezio also befriends local inventor Leonardo da Vinci, who helps Ezio with his work by decoding an encrypted codex that contains Altaïr’s memoirs, as well as plans for advanced assassin weaponry. As Ezio looks at them with Eagle Vision, the thirty codex pages come together to form a hidden map of the vaults across the world. Over the course of a decade Ezio assassinates the conspirators involved in his father’s death, leaving Rodrigo Borgia, a nobleman and Templar who has retrieved the Apple of Eden and is the center of the conspiracy. Ezio and other Assassins reclaim the Apple of Eden, but Borgia flees. Ezio is formally inducted as an Assassin, and is told that he may be a prophet as described in the codex.

During the course of the game Desmond experiences a number of unusual occurrences. First he discovers strange glyphs apparently left by a previous test subject (Who died because the Abstergo staff left him in the Animus for too long), similar to the symbols seen at Abstergo, which hide a secret history of the world. He later dreams of appearing as Altaïr again, chasing after Maria, a Templar he had earlier spared, and then romanced her. Finally, several memories are skipped, throwing the timeline forward by more than a decade to the Vatican, where Borgia now resides as Pope Alexander VI. The “skipped” memories are available as downloadable content, and deal with the Battle of Forlì and the Bonfire of the Vanities.

Borgia is now the Pope and has in his possession the Papal Staff, another Piece of Eden. He attempts to use it to enter a vault that the prophet as described in the codex must enter. Ezio intercepts Borgia, but spares his life, and enters the vault himself. He encounters the hologram of a woman, who claims to be once known as Minerva, and who also claims to come from a civilization whose members were also seen in the same light by ancient peoples. Minerva tells of a great disaster that had befallen and destroyed her civilization, and warns that it will occur again soon. Talking directly to Desmond, she tells him “The rest is up to you,” leaving Ezio extremely confused.

Desmond is pulled out of the Animus as Abstergo has located their hideout. He, Lucy and the rest of the team manage to flee to safety, and soon prepare to return Desmond to the Animus to search for clues that may help them.

Also, AC 2 reveals the truth about Adam and Eve:

Ending video of AC2:


Now that everyone is caught up, I’ll see you guys on the next Linker.

Thoughts on the Learning Project

At first, I was a little sceptical about this “Learning Project”, but this could be a very good learning experience. I was given approval by Dean Shareski himself to learn to play a video game that I am not good at. I chose Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood due to my sudden intrigue of its setting, Italia or Italy in English, the birth place of the Renaissance, and home of the of the most wonderful edifices such as the Roman Colosseum, not to mention Pizza lol. Just kidding.  This is the Catalyst where I am going to post my progress as I “Unravel” the mysteries and secrets of this video game.

Learning Project Linker #0: Overview – Hours Spent: 0hrs

Overview

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Image via Wikipedia

Ah yes! my learning project. a game we call Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. But not just yet! lol we need to see the review first to see if the game is worth playing.

What you need to know about the game:

Setting is in Rome, Italy. The “Boot” country and the home of pizza.

There are two Modes:  Story Mode and Multiplayer.

Story Mode starts where Assassin’s Creed 2 left. It is solely single player, so no jumping to another player’s story mode and killing the crap out of them. Thanks a lot Demon’s Souls.

Multiplayer is a mode where you play as the enemy and training as a modern day via Animus, where you “fill in” the shoes of your chosen player where you are given an assassination contract and pursue your enemy while at the same time being pursued by others. It’s a massacre alright

here is a video review of Ign to get us all started, IGN:. Now that it is out of the picture, here is the collect reception of the game from wikipedia.org:

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has been very well-received by critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 90.59% and 89/100, the PlayStation 3 version 90.06% and 90/100 and the PC version 88.40% and 88/100. It won best Action Adventure game in the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2010The game has also been nominated for 7 British Academy Video Games Awards in 2011, including Best Game. It won an award in the Action category, losing to Mass Effect 2 in the category for Best Game.

The multiplayer was heralded by many at E3 2010, where it was showcased for the first time. GameTrailers lauded it as the Best Multiplayer Game of the show.The multiplayer portion of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was generally well-received by critics. Game Informer gave the Brotherhood a 9.25/10, commenting that the ability to raise a group of followers was a significant enhancement to the previous title’s gameplay, and praising the new multiplayer mode as something never before seen. The magazine’s review also gave very high marks to the graphics, sound effects and voice acting.

Eurogamer praised everything about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, giving it a 10/10, and particularly noted the maturity of the story: “One mission sees Ezio disrupting an assassination attempt in the ruins of the Roman Colosseum during a play about the death of Jesus Christ. It demands a developer of poise and compassion to wield such thorny concepts deftly, and it’s a measure of Ubisoft Montreal’s maturity that it is more than equal to the challenge…Brotherhood builds an intriguing mystery around compelling characters, surrounds them with collectibles and secrets, and encourages play – and nothing feels out of place.”

Reviews for the delayed PC version questioned the reason behind the delayed release date as the game was virtually unchanged from the console version albeit with better graphical enhancements and minor bonus content. However most praised Ubisoft‘s move to remove the DRM that marred the PC version of Assassin’s Creed II as well as include all DLC free of charge.

This is what my Desktop looks like

%d bloggers like this: