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April 22, 2010

Today, I have finished my little video about what is happening because of Poverty. (The Facts I call it) And today, I also started my power point presentation with full page picture and some headings on. I did my power point presentation and finished it until the cause of Poverty part. I tried to keep it a minimum of words and only key points so like as Mr. Will said before, 80% of the presentation would be the presenter, and the 20% of the presentation would be the presentation its self.

Today, my mom came to visit and talk to us about the issue Poverty and Child Education. I learnt many things that my mom would not talk to me about, at home. But, I had some stuff that I knew because I talked with my mom a little at home.  I learnt from my mom that there are many faces of poverty. I learnt that there are Absolute Poverty  which is when people have no food, no water, no shelter and clothes and live with less than a dollar a day, and some thing called Relative Poverty which they have a minimum amount of food, water, clothes, a small roof over their head and they can live if they try their best to live.  I learnt that Poverty doesn’t always mean that they have no money but that it means hunger, that they have no freedom, no job, no education, they cannot read, write or do simple calculation like 1 add 1 and 1 add 2.       I had several  questions for my mom to think about and one of them was ”Why are women and girls in some country taken away the right to be educated?” My mom said that it was because many of their parents thought women and girls were just for giving birth, do the house work, and just make the generation go on forever. So, parents thought girls weren’t needed to be educated. But, today, I found out that it is not always girls that are taken away the rights to be educated. I found out that in some country like Mongolia, people there go around with camels and live all over place. But people there do not won’t some thing to happen to girls so they just send them to bording schools and boys, when they think their son is enough educated, they take them out of school and make them help the father take care of the horses and the camels and help the father to set up the tent. I was surprised by the information that in Thailand, many boys drop out of school when they are about in secondary level and most girls go up till university. But the one who gets richer and gets a good job is the men and boys. I thought that was quite unfair that boys say they don’t want to learn and drop out and the girls learn very hard but they cannot have good jobs in their future and boys do.

The things that I found that was difficult for me (Some difficulties I had) was finding good pictures that really really relates to the issue Poverty and Child Education. It was one kind of difficulty for me because flickr, flickr storm, photo bucket, they all have good quality pictures that would not be pixolated than google images, but in those three web sites flickr, flickr storm and photo bucket, they all had pictures that was not real life pictures (like the actors are doing it) and many pictures that weren’t relating at all to the issue poverty and Child Education.

I expect my job to be done like this:

  • April 23rd Friday- Finish up the power point presentation
  • April 26th Monday- Do some editing of presentation and Start thinking about what I am going to say
  • April 27th Tuesday- Start writing the Script, Q-Cards, notes on power point
  • April 28th Wednesday- Finish up and edit the script, q-cards, notes.
  • April 29th Thursday- Start practicing the presentation by my own and get it quite all of it in my head
  • April 30th Friday- Start practicing to other students who are also finish in my class and get some comments, improve it and still keep on practicing until the very end of the period
  • May 1st Saturday- Practice one last time of presentation and get perfectly ready for the presentation day May 3rd Monday in Student Led confrences


April 20, 2010

Today, the important thing I learnt today were:

a)70% of the Poor is Women

b)One way of ending poverty is to stop discriminating girls against boys and boys against girls

c)24,000 children die because of hunger and Poverty each day

d) At least 80% of the Humanity live with less than 10$ a day.

e) 75 million primary school aged kids around the world aren’t gettting education.

f) More than 55% of the kids who doesn’t get education are girls.

g)  The places most found with people living in Poverty are Ethiopia, Burma, Vietnam, Dafu, Africa, North Korea, India, Laos, Bangladesh, Benjin, Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mozamibique, Senegal, Uganda, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru.

(I made some more than five important things because today, I learned alot of important things.)
The most thing I want my visitors at exhibition is that ‘ If all of you change your mind and bring back the sharing empathy, Poverty might end.’ I want to tell this message the most because I think the issue Poverty started when human became so competitive about resources and become a little selfish and lost the sharing empathy.
For an example, first of all in a village called village A) long time ago, there were lots of natural resources and less people lived there. But when the people who lived in village B) heard that the village A) had lots of nice natural resources than them, they came to live in the village A). So even village A) had lots of resources and they could eat alot every day, when the village B) person came, they had to share so now people who lived in village A) from a long time ago cannot eat as much as they did before. So now, they want to eat alot and they became competitive about food. They did not share it to any one, when in the past with no village B) person, if they saw some one with only 3 apples and they had 20 apples, they would share.
My mind might change during this week, but right now, I am thinking that I might do a TED talk type of thing with a little powerpoint show with just the headings on and I will show 2 little clips.  I will show one video clip about the facts of what is happening around the world which is related to poverty.  And the other video clip which I would show last would be a video clip from youtube called if the world was a village of 100 people. In the middle part, I would explain my audience about what is happening, why poverty is happening, ( The Cause of Poverty) How poverty is affecting on people, how I feel about it, and what I think we should do to help people living in poverty (How we as a community can help people living in poverty)  and how the goverments, organizations and some projects are doing to help people get out of the poverty cycle.  The look, even though it might not be a good idea, a little booth with only one desk and a computer on and some photos all around the table. I will atract people’s attention by showing the little video clip with the facts of poverty that I will make.
These are the resources that will help develope my presentation:
1) Photo Story
2) Power Point
3) You Tube
4) Mr. Will’s help to make the Power Point look clear, simple and to the point
5) and Flickr Storm
6) Photo Bucket
Mr. Will can help me on making the Photo Story ( A little video clip) look good and also the Power Point look attractive, but simple, clear and to the point.
My Plan is that my mom did not come to talk to us and I haven’t got all the information, so I will start finding good pictures from series of Flickr and Photo Bucket and start making my little video clip with Photo Story.


April 1, 2010

Today in exhibition time, I did quite alot of noodle bib and researching on the computer. I found the search engine Think Quest quite good. I found this good website from Think Quest. I don’t remember the name of the website but it had informatin about the cause of Poverty and the cycle of Poverty.

I learnt that Lack of Education is one of the reason. This is because when the family is working and they need help because their money income is less. They want to send them to school, but they need some one to help them so they keep their children at home and let them work. The children who didn’t  get education, they will have difficulty to find their job. So they are forced to get a job with less income of money. I learnt that lack of education also includes the teachers. When there are no good teachers, children won’t get educated properly. I also learnt that the goverments are part of the cause of Poverty. (That when the goverment isn’t strong, there will be more people living in Poverty.) At the bottom of the page of the useful website I used, there was one solution for Poverty. It said that training teachers will be a solution to the education part of poverty and there will be more kids educated well.

Some Questions I have now are:

  1. I now know that people live in poverty because they don’t get education but why did they become poor when money was made?
  2. Is it that the parents want to send their kids to the school but they don’t have the money or is it that they need help so they don’t send their kids to school?
  3. It said that there is a cycle of poverty but what is a cycle of poverty?
  4. Why does the lack of goverment affect the people living in Poverty?
  5. Why is it always woman and girls that always work when they only can send a few kids to school or when they need help?

The Sources I used and will use:

  • Survey monkey
  • Interviews
  • Guest speakers:
  • a)Mr. Adrian Watts
  • b)Ms. Kate
  • c)My mom
  • Think Quest
  • Ask
  • Brain Pop videos
  • The great website I found today
  • Books about Poverty and Child Educatin from the library

My plans for the next few days is that tomorrow, I will go to the klongtoei slum and interview some people living in the slum if I can. I will also invite my mom who works at UNESCO to come next week to talk to us about how Poverty affects the Child Education and how Child Education affects the issue Poverty.


March 31, 2010

Today, my group and I went to 6AR’s presentation and heard Mr. Steve’s Presentation sort of like a TED talk. It was quite surprising what I learnt today about slavery and child labor.  One of the things that I was surprised was that out of nearly 7 billion people in the world, 1 billion live less than 30B a day and 2 billion people in the world live with 30B to 60B a day. When I heard that, it was quite shocking that nearly half of the population cannot have access to medical care, food, water, education and all the other Basic Needs. I also learnt that 27million people out of that 3 billion people are slaves. 

 From Mr. Steve I heard that he talked to this lady who had been working as a worker for an awful job. She had 11 other sisters and brothers and her family lived with less than 30B a day. She was looking for jobs and one day, some one came up to her and told her that she will be given a job to make clothes and she was asked to work for 8 hours a day and she was asked to work 5 days a week. Mr. Steve told me that she was going to be payed 1 dollar per hour. To the lady, it sounded a good deal and when I heard that from Mr. Steve, it sounded very good for her and her family. But then, when she was taken away and reached the place, the company told her that the lady has to pay the transportation fees, which cost 2,500 dollars. Mr. Steve told me that since she was poor and had no money, she had to work for that money and pay back the money to the company. So the lady made only a little bit of profit working there for 6 years…

I felt very sorry for her, I was shocked and I felt really angry of the company that took the lady away for what it sounded like a good deal.  I think the lady was quite shocked too. I was very angry about slavery and I think there should be no slavery at all since were all same humans and I think that tricking people who really needs a job is not a good idea at all.

Now, I have some questions to ask Mr. Steve:

  1. What happened to the lady afterwards? Did she quit or did any one helped her?
  2. Why did slavery become a global issue again when it became illegal 200 years ago?
  3. Why did people even thought of slavery and use people as their slaves?

Some sources that I used and will use for my exhibition are:

  1. Guest Speakers (Primary source)
  2. Books (Secondary source)
  3. Encyclopedia (Secondary source)
  4. Surveys (Primary and Secondary source)
  5. Interviews (Primary source)
  6. Ask
  7. Think Quest
  8. Some good search engines from Y3 Ms. Sita’s Wiki Page

My Plans for the next few days is that I will invite my mom as a guest speaker to talk to us about child education and Poverty since she works at UNESCO. I will also interview Mr. Adrian Watts and other people from the education side. On friday, my group and I are going to the Khlong Toey Slum so I might interview people living in the slum.

Exhibition 2- Dianne

March 31, 2010
  • What did I achieve today?

Today my group and I achieved in writing all the questions down and separating it into the 4 sections. We also pick out the 5 main questions and wrote it into the ‘we will inquire sheet’. We also wrote our 5 main questions into the primary resources and the secondary resources sheet. Today my group and I also had a guest speaker about endangered species, and I wrote down some notes.  My group also achieved in going down to the library and finding books about endangered animals to gather information together. We got many books and we are now trying to write our notes down to answer our 5 main questions.

  • What are some new things I learned today?

Today I learned many new things from the guest speaker, Mrs. Sandra. I learned that trading animals cost really expensive and also China is the country that kills the most animals. China kills the most animals because they think that it will make their body get healthier and also some animals are a type of medicine. I learned some new animals that are endangered too. I also learned that when people are travelling to take the animals to another country to sell them, they use many ways to hide the animals but mostly they get caught.

  • List several sources? Comment by each:
  1. Books
  2. Interview
  3. Internet/Netvibes

How did I find them?

For interview, Georgia is in my group and she said that her mum also knows about endangered species so then Mr. Chris invited her here. For books and internet teachers told us it was a good way to find information.

In what ways did they change what I was thinking or what I knew about the topic?

It change my thinking by first I thought that trading animals is really cheap but then I just knew that trading animals are really expensive.

  • What are some new questions I have now about what you learned today? (there is always  something)

My question is, how could we educate people about endangered species?

  • What is my plan for the next few days?

For the next few days I think that my group would gather a lot of information and then we might answer some questions.

Exhibition 2

March 31, 2010

Today I achieved a lot as we finished our questions and we chose the six best and wrote them on a paper and then typed them up. My group really cooperated well today. We also did a lot more research about our issue.

Today I learnt several things like some car companies are forced to make hybrid and eco friendly cars. They do it do save the environment. I also learnt that Bangkok was the third city to take action about the traffic problems.

Today my sources were guest speakers and the internet as we had to research about traffic problems in Bangkok. I used the internet most of the time today as that’s how I found all my information.

My question is how does the government control the traffic in Bangkok as it is very bad?

My plan for the next few days is to continuing cooperating with my group and continuing my research.


March 29, 2010

Today, my group and I achieved to think of two more inquiry lines for our topic. We got help from Mr. Chris. Our inquiry lines were:

1. An inquiry into the cause of Poverty

2. An inquiry into how we  as an community can help people living in Poverty.

My group and I also got to finish our mini Presentation about what other people think, feel, hope and fear about our topic. We found out that most of the people feel bad, sad, terrible about this issue ”Poverty, Education and acess to Basic Needs.” We all agreed with that but I want to know why they feel bad, sad and terrible about this issue. We also found out what people think we as a community could help people in Poverty. Most of the people talked about donating money, giving them a chance to have education/free education, help the adults get jobs even they didn’t get education, but with their abillities.  

Today, I also learnt alot from the two guest speakers, Mr. Doug and Mr. Dorn. I learnt about Mr. Doug’s Culture and how his Maori people live together as a big community. I learnt from Mr. Dorn about how the nature part of the compass is very important. I really agreed with him because if you destroy nature, the whole food chain will collapse. First, the herbivores will be extinct. Next, the omnivore or the carnivore that eats those herbivores will be extinct. And then finally, us human will be extinct too because of no food and resources. I really agree that if we damage the nature then its like damaging our selves.

I have some questions from what I’ve learnt today. Firstly, I want to ask Mr. Dorn that how his life changed when he first came to live in the cities from where he used to run, hike, bike and go out doors so often. Secondly, I want to ask Mr. Doug that is the Maori people sharing and caring who isn’t competitive about their resources. Finally, I want to ask all the people who answered my survey, WHY they think, fell, hope, wish about it. WHY they think they should do this this and that to help the people in Poverty.

Some sources I will and used:

  1.  Survey monkey
  2. Guest speakers
  3. My Parents
  4. Teachers
  5. Books
  6. Ask
  7. Think
  8. Some Books

Mari Exhibition

March 23, 2010

My TOPIC: Acess to Basic needs, Poverty and Child Education

Today, I got to meet two guest speakers. They were both parents of the NIST student.

Today, I achieved to get more information for my exhibition Topic. I learned alot about Slums in Bangkok.

 I learned that the Khlongtoei Slum is the biggest slum that has about 80,000 people living. I learned that some of the people living in the Slum are refugees from Myammar, Cambodia and many countries around Thailand. I learned that they are really poor and their house is around the size of my bed room. When I heard that, I felt really bad for them.

My Questions I have…..

1. How many Slums are there all together around the world?

2. Why does Ms. Ajee ( I don’t know how to spell her name) let her children to go to NIST, if she really want to understand how the people living in slums live?

3.  Where does the people living slums get their Basic needs from?

4. How many people lives in the second biggest slum in Bangkok, Ding Daeng Slum?

For the Next few days, I would like to keep on researching on my cornell note taking sheet about the places or a community that is poor and does not get acess to their Basic needs and education.

Access to food water shelter education and Medical care-Mari

March 18, 2010

5 whys:

1. Because I feel bad for the people who are suffering for food, water and shelter, also medical care

2. Because many people who is poor cannot buy food, water, shelter and pay fees for education and medical care, so they easily die

3. Because they didn’t have proper education so they cannot get a job

4. Because they were born in a poor family/country or because they were afraid of their city and they came to another city in that country

5. Because their parents didn’t get a proper education and couldn’t get a job, their goverment isn’t strong and not caring for the community and because some natural disaster or a war happened in their city

5 statements:

1. Many people die or suffer alot from not getting access to food, water, shelter and medical care.

2. When they don’t get education, they can’t get a proper job and they won’t know what to do if something happened to them.

3. Sometimes, the community can’t have access to food, water, shelter and medical care because their goverment is not caring about them and the goverment does not share or organize the community.

4. Countries or families or people that suffers from not getting acess to food, water, shelter and medical care has to have help from some one.

5. I think many countries in western asia and africa doesn’t get the equal acess to food, water, shelter and medical care.

Thinking Big – Digital Citizenship

March 17, 2010

This morning an interesting thought came to me – it was one of those things that once it was in my head I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it earlier.

For the PYP exhibition you will be looking at the Big Picture. I am guessing many of you already have or are already thinking about an idea of an issue/topic that you might want to focus on – that is great. I too was actually thinking about issues/topics that could work and I thought about “Digital Citizenship“.

You might think – What does Digital Citizenship have to do with the Big Picture and the Compass? – but take a moment and think about it.

Just look at the Organising Theme of the unit – Sharing the Planet. Two of the main points raised in this theme are

  • communities and their relationships between them
  • peace and conflict

Thinking about these I can see the connection to Digital Citizenship straight away. You all have your own online community (Facebook, MSN, email, etc) and I know many of you have already to come to realise that there is a need to focus on “peace and conflict” in your online communities.

I thought that I would share this idea/connection with you. I know that before this morning I had not made the connection between being safe/responsible online and the PYP exhibition and I thought you might be in the same position that I was.

Just some food for thought – Mr Will