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Shadowing Someone Episode 2: “The Teachers”

 

For me my second week at Vanier was more interesting than my first week. This week, I got to work with teachers on room AE-8. Room AE-8 is a room for students ranging from 5-10 years old. The teacher ages where ranging from 23-50(assuming), and all of them are well-trained and well organized in what they do. As a school for special needs, Vanier functions more like a nursing home for students so some of them have medical experience and not considered teachers. However, ¾ of the staff at Vanier have education degrees and also have medical experience ranging from basic to advance semi-nursing aide experience. The teachers functions as “guide by the side” due to most students’ disabilities that prevents them from learning and functioning as “students”. Vanier’s teacher’s adjust and re-evaluates the situation to cope up with the challenges that their students have to improve their service to the students. The Life of a teacher in Vanier is more like a nurse or a caring mother. The hidden curriculum in the Vanier is Altruism. The hidden curriculum of the school was something that I notice when I started getting my hands on the field of their work as teacher/nursing-aides. I personally think that they were not directly instructed to care, and what I sensed in those teachers were warmth, love, and care. It completely threw me out of balance because this was a very life-changing perspective where my “philosophy of education” falls pale in comparison to the resolve that these teachers have. I don’t even see the difference between the teachers and the nursing-aides anymore due to the hidden curriculum. “What are my teachers like in my school?” The role, responsibilities, function, and behaviour of the teacher are completely different because Vanier is not your typical school. Teaching is less implicated in this school because their students’ learning disabilities instead, Teachers focus more on the well being of the students where they are taken care of properly. Furthermore, the teachers use basic teaching such as communication, arts and crafts, cooking, and storytelling which I would say to be very effective due to disabilities of the children.

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

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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

Learning Project Linker #5: Multiplayer Mode: Enter Professional League – Hours Spent: 6hrs

It’s been a while since I got the chance to play AC Brotherhood. I was actually lucky enough to be playing with three people whom are “Professionals” at this game who acknowledged my abilities and allowed me to join their Manhunt team. To be with pro-leagues is an honor because I just started a game 2 months ago and I have been learning a lot from these guys and to think that “I am good enough to be on there team is quite awesome.

Let’s start Identifying these Pro-league players with their Loadouts, abilities, strategies, and records. This will actually include my abilities too ’cause I am part of the team lol.

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Harlequin

1) Casanova_Rain

Level: 50

Favorite Character: Harlequin

Professional Loadout:

Smoke Bomb

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Obtained by: Reaching level 6.

 

The Smoke Bomb in action.

 

Smoke Bombs are used to trap players (as well as NPCs) and give the player a chance of escaping their pursuer. It is very useful, but still needs to reload for 60 seconds after it has been used. The smoke will only stop the victim for three seconds (four seconds if using Long Lasting Smoke Bombs) and does not affect allies. The ability is very noticeable from a distance due to the large smoke cloud and it does not have a large effect radius. It does stops a player using Charge or Sprint Boost, but only if it is thrown and activates before that player gets into assassination range.

It is common for players to wait until a pursuer is close and then use smoke bomb to trap them, making them easy to stun (+200). The smoke bomb can also counter a pursuer’s assassination, having you dodge out of the way, giving you an opportunity to stun them as they choke on the smoke after you dodge. Countering an assassination is tricky, because if you use the ability too soon you might not catch your pursuer in the smoke’s radius, or using it too late allows your pursuer to kill you in the brief span between deploying a smoke bomb and the smoke cloud appearing.

Good Counters for this tactic are using aerial kills as Smoke Bombs do not protect targets from air assassinations, or using Mute or your own Smoke Bomb (‘counter-smoking’) to disable them. Using the Hidden Gun from outside of the radius is effective as well. Though, with countering your target, you will still need to know which one the target is if they are hiding in crowds.

Charge

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Obtained by: Reaching level 21.

The Charge ability is extremely similar to Sprint Boost. However, this is used to charge straight forward, knocking the crowd away automatically. It can be used to quickly assassinate targets or stun any pursuers you hit. While charging you can steer slightly but players can avoid it by moving a few feet to the side. Another disadvantage is that you can be stopped if a player uses a throwing knife against you. An advantage of Charge is that if used to charge into a group of characters, morphed or otherwise, it will enable the user to achieve an auto-kill or stun if contact is made with an enemy player without even needing to know which player is their target or pursuer. Also, like the Sprint Boost, when damaged with a Throwing Knife you can use Charge to negate the effects of the Throwing Knife. The Charge ability is very useful, but if activated too late (When your pursuer is in front of you about 2 to 3 meters away) your charge will be of no use and you’ll be killed. You cannot be killed, nor can you be stunned, while charge is active, but only if you are not using it on someone and only using it as an escape.

Note: If two people charge at each other at the same time, the one being pursued will stun the hunter.

Offensive Strategy: Takes advatage of the compass provided and strikes down at the perfect monent.

Defensive Strategy: Keeping on the move and keep changing location.

Personal Notes: This guy is known for killing people when you at least expect. Also, This guy will stun you a lot.

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Smuggler

2) Donnamaria

Level: 50

Favorite Character: Smuggler

Professional Loadout:

Throwing Knives

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Obtained by: Reaching level 16.

Like the Hidden Gun, the Throwing Knives are a bonus, long-range weapon with unlimited ammo.

Throwing knife ability in use.

They are very useful and can be used in chase sequences (unlike the Hidden Gun) to slow, distinguish, or make the target fall while climbing. (ability challenge timber) After the user uses this ability, they must catch the target and assassinate them, for they will not kill the target. They can also be used on pursuers and thrown to slow them down, distinguish, or knock down any pursuers and will allow you to escape. It shoots faster than the hidden gun ability, but does not reveal targets hit by it as NPCs will also be slowed down and start to stagger if used on them.

Hidden Gun

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Obtained by: Reaching level 8.

The Prowler aiming the Hidden Gun at the Barber.

Bonuses: Mid-Air +100 (No other bonuses can be applied to the Hidden Gun, aside from Varieties, Offensive Co-op, Killstreaks and First Blood)The Hidden Gun is an additional weapon that can only be gained by selecting it as an ability. Since it is a long-range weapon, it allows the player to avoid approaching their target, and assassinate them quickly. The Hidden Gun can be used on moving targets as long as they are in your sight.

The disadvantages to using the Hidden Gun is that it takes 90 seconds for the cooldown after using the ability, in addition to the one and a half seconds necessary to aim it. During the time you are aiming, you are an easily noticed target for pursuers who would see you holding your arm out to take the shot. You will not get any bonus points when using the Hidden Gun instead of a normal kill, though you can get a Mid-Air bonus on the kill, provided your target is in the air when you fire.

Offensive Strategy: Runs if she has too. With her loadout, She is the fastest killer in the team.

Defensive Strategy: She will escape from you before you even get a hold of her throat.

Personal Notes: She is a very cunning player. Furthermore, her skills has proved to be very useful to the team. And She’s a girl gamer! which is always rare to find these days.

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Footpad

3) XXKaitakuXX

Level:50

Favorite Character: Footpad

Professional Loadout:

Poison

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Obtained by: Reaching level 29.

A target being poisoned.

The Poison ability acts very much like the Poison Blade from Assassin’s Creed II. This ability allows the player to “touch” their target in a subtle motion, and the poison will kill the infected player 5 seconds later.Advantages to this ability are that the animation is very subtle (it’s almost the same as a gentle push) and that the death takes place several seconds after being “infected.” However, from other player’s perspective (including the target being poisoned), there is no animation displayed. This makes it harder for pursuers to catch players who use poison for a kill. The ability also grants a +200 bonus to the kill, (+300 via slow-acting and +150 via fast-acting) and retains the status of when the player “infected” the target. For example, if the player stays Incognito to poison their target, and then runs away (making them go silent or discreet), gets stunned (which causes the stunned player to lose their contract), or killed, they player will still get full points for the Incognito kill after the target dies. Additionally, poisoning a target in a team mode allows the player to immediately kill another player afterwards, essentially taking out two players before any risk of being stunned during a kill animation is present.

Disadvantages to this ability are that the player must get closer to their target than they would have to if they simply killed the target, giving them a more likely chance of getting stunned. Other players can “intercept” by killing the target before the poison does, and the interceptor will receive a +50 bonus and also will the player who used Poison, although no points are awarded as for an actual kill. Poison cannot be used from within haystacks, but can be used on benches or in groups. It can also be used on grounded opponents.

Throwing Knives

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Obtained by: Reaching level 16.

Like the Hidden Gun, the Throwing Knives are a bonus, long-range weapon with unlimited ammo.

Throwing knife ability in use.

They are very useful and can be used in chase sequences (unlike the Hidden Gun) to slow, distinguish, or make the target fall while climbing. (ability challenge timber) After the user uses this ability, they must catch the target and assassinate them, for they will not kill the target. They can also be used on pursuers and thrown to slow them down, distinguish, or knock down any pursuers and will allow you to escape. It shoots faster than the hidden gun ability, but does not reveal targets hit by it as NPCs will also be slowed down and start to stagger if used on them.

Offensive Strategy: Runs, Dives, and kills! A very careful person who times it his poison very carefully

Defensive Strategy: Show up in front of the enemy and triggers chases and escapes them.

Personal Notes: This guy is our best player in our team. MVP? for sure. He acts as our team captain most of the time and ensure that everyone is with a buddy to avoid kills and execute kills faster

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Prowler
 4) (Me) Edgar_Allan

Level: 50

Favorite Character: Prowler

Professional Loadout:

Throwing Knives

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Obtained by: Reaching level 16.

Like the Hidden Gun, the Throwing Knives are a bonus, long-range weapon with unlimited ammo.

Throwing knife ability in use.

They are very useful and can be used in chase sequences (unlike the Hidden Gun) to slow, distinguish, or make the target fall while climbing. (ability challenge timber) After the user uses this ability, they must catch the target and assassinate them, for they will not kill the target. They can also be used on pursuers and thrown to slow them down, distinguish, or knock down any pursuers and will allow you to escape. It shoots faster than the hidden gun ability, but does not reveal targets hit by it as NPCs will also be slowed down and start to stagger if used on them.

Charge

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Obtained by: Reaching level 21.

The Charge ability is extremely similar to Sprint Boost. However, this is used to charge straight forward, knocking the crowd away automatically. It can be used to quickly assassinate targets or stun any pursuers you hit. While charging you can steer slightly but players can avoid it by moving a few feet to the side. Another disadvantage is that you can be stopped if a player uses a throwing knife against you. An advantage of Charge is that if used to charge into a group of characters, morphed or otherwise, it will enable the user to achieve an auto-kill or stun if contact is made with an enemy player without even needing to know which player is their target or pursuer. Also, like the Sprint Boost, when damaged with a Throwing Knife you can use Charge to negate the effects of the Throwing Knife. The Charge ability is very useful, but if activated too late (When your pursuer is in front of you about 2 to 3 meters away) your charge will be of no use and you’ll be killed. You cannot be killed, nor can you be stunned, while charge is active, but only if you are not using it on someone and only using it as an escape.

Note: If two people charge at each other at the same time, the one being pursued will stun the hunter.

Offensive Strategy: Runs very Recklessly but, gets the job done as jail bait.

Defensive Strategy: Climbing and moving from various locations

Personal Notes: Well, I do my best to be competitive. The Professional does not tolerate incompetence.

After playing with the Pro-Leagues, I feel less worried about learning skills because, These guys taught me how to execute skills and creatively escape my enemies. At first, I could not even believe that the pro-leagues gave me their attention. It’s Shocking but I belong to their team now.  I now have all the skills that I needed. Level 50 has been a very long journey for me, and also fun! Its Not over yet. The Game is just beginning!

Collector’s Edition Video Games: Treasures of the Video Game Industry

I’m a gamer and I love video games than homework. Well, people have asking how many collector’s edition games that I have. Here you  go:

But before that some of you will think that I’m spending too much but the thing is, I spend as minimal as possible to acquire these rare Collector’s Edition Games.

What is a Collector’s Edition? These are Games that have additional content in them ranging from maps to mini statues. Also, These editions were made in limited quantities and can sell a lot AS LONG AS YOU DO NOT OPEN THEM.

Note: All Currencies are in US Dollars. Tax not included

                                                                                    1St – Catherine “Love is Over Deluxe Edition”

Release on July 25th, 2011

Date Acquired: August 2, 2011 10:32 am

Original Price: 79.99

Price when Bought: 95.00

Current Worth: 117.00

Unboxing:

2nd – Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel Premium Edition 

Release on March 11th, 2011

Date Acquired: August 14th, 2011 5:13 pm

Original Price: 69.99

Price When Bought: 98.00

Current Worth: 170.oo

Unboxing:

3rd –  Disgaea 4 Premium Edition

Release on September 6th, 2011

Date Acquired: Sept 13th, 2011 5:12 pm

Original Price: 59.99

Price When Bought: 65.00

Current Worth: 140.oo

Unboxing:

4th –  Killzone 3 Helghast Edition

Release on February 22nd, 2011

Date Acquired: Sept 27th, 2011 4:30 pm

Original Price: 129.00

Price When Bought: 40.00

Current Worth: 69.99

Unboxing:

5th Atelier Totori Premium Edition

Release on September 27th, 2011

Date Acquired: October 13, 2011 8:45 pm

Original Price: 59.99

Price When Bought: 69.99

Current Worth: 100.00

Unboxing:

6th –  Batman Arkham City Limited Edition

Release on October 18th, 2011

Date Acquired: October 28th, 2011 12:00 am

Original Price: 99.99

Price When Bought: 99.99

Current Worth: 150.00

Unboxing:

7th – Uncharted 3 Collector’s Edition

Release on November 1st, 2011

Date Acquired:November 1st, 2011 12:10 pm

Original Price: 99.99

Price When Bought: 99.99

Current Worth: 150.00

Unboxing:


What do you  guys think? Is it worth it? Leave you comment below

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

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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.

Tech Task #3 Following…Following…Following

We were given the Task to find 5 blogs you want to follow and 10 people to follow on twitter. These can be educators or anyone else you want pay attention to.   Write a blog post about your choices linking to each source.

I always looked up to people who achieved success in very unique ways. Not all people that  I followed are “AAA” celebrities, but rather people who used diligence and perseverance to achieve success. Not everyone is cut out to be a celebrity or an iconic person, but I admire these people because they are all successful in the paths that they have chosen. Also, I followed them due to personal interest in the following fields: Acting, Speaking, Gaming, Singing, and Comedy.
Blogs:

Shelly Terrell : http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/

The Official Playstation Blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/

Julie Powell: http://juliepowell.blogspot.com/

Classical Music Blog: http://classicalmusicblog.com/

Dean Shareski : http://ideasandthoughts.org/

Twitter:

Zooey Desschanel  is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. :http://twitter.com/#!/therealzooeyd

Shelly Terrell is an Education thought-provoker, The 30 Goals Challenge author, International Speaker, #Edchat founder, VP of Edu Outreach @Parentella, SC Mgr @TheConsultantsE.: http://twitter.com/#!/ShellTerrell

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer and writer: http://twitter.com/#!/JimCarrey

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist, and blogger.: http://twitter.com/#!/rickmercer

Jessica Chobot is an American on-camera host and staff writer for IGN. She is best known for hosting the IGN shows IGN Strategize and Weekly Wood, which also runs on Xbox Live and used to present the IGN Daily Fix.: http://twitter.com/#!/Jessica_Chobot

Seth MacFarlane is an American animator, writer, comedian, producer, actor, singer, voice actor, and director best known for creating the animated sitcoms Family Guy,American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show, for which he also voices many of the shows’ various characters.: http://twitter.com/#!/SethMacFarlane

The Onion is an American news satire organization.: http://twitter.com/#!/TheOnion

Kevin Conroy is an American stage, screen, and voice actor, best known for his acclaimed voice role as Batman in numerous animated television series, feature films, and video games that make up the DC Universe.: http://twitter.com/#!/TheKevinConroy

Tara Strong is a Canadian-American actress, voice-over artist, comedian, musician, singer, and businesswoman.: http://twitter.com/#!/tarastrong

Nolan North  is an American actor and voice actor.: http://twitter.com/#!/nolan_north

Jay Leno is an American stand-up comedian and television host.: http://twitter.com/#!/jayleno


			
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