~taufiq's tech journal~

Friday, October 14, 2005

Hi people who are at the moment looking at my posts and thinking how dumb this blogger is to be talking to himself and thinking that people even care to even look at his blog! This my second post for the 8th week. Without any further ado I would like to start commenting through the 6 hats.

White Hat- we started off the lesson with the usual, start up your computer and bring your chairs to the front. We first discussed about our task to be done and handed. We are suppose to work on our Organizing and Producing task, which includes us creating a storyboards done in inspiration and also a table of contents for our weblogs. We have been told that there will be major task due in near December where a lot of the tasks that we did or are going to do are due in. The requirements for the BLOGGER OF THE WEEK for next week have been announced. The next BLOGGER OF THE WEEK will be chosen according to the person with 2 entries following De Bono’s hats, a storyboard of their weblogs converted into jpg format and a major post on the green hat posted on the blog will be awarded the blogger of the week. I think for me to complete all of these tasks specially the Organizing and Producing task, I must brainstorm on different idea s and also ask about ideas from different people to what kind of ideas they have which I might be able to modify. I will look forward to take the aid of using De Bono’s hats for a outline for me to use for my blog entries. In this lesson after going through the usual coming to the front of the class, I settled down to work on the Organizing and Producing task, unfortunately the wireless LAN didn’t have a strong strength, which delayed my work speed. I went down to typing all of my blog entries onto a word document. I went down to listing some points for the blog entries of that specific day so that I wasn’t wasting a lot of time. When my wireless LAN connection recovered back, I went down to checking out the ICT home task here I found the entire task that was needed for me. I made start on my story board as it was one of requirements for the next BLOGGER OF THE WEEK. Our objective was basically make a storyboard in inspiration and then convert it into a jpg file so that it is post able into our blogs. I ended up working on my storyboard for the whole lesson.

Yellow Hat- I have been increasing my amount of strength moreover this lesson than the last one. As usual I have always tried to put in my best efforts. I thought worked a slight bit faster in this lesson as I have slowly picked up the pace of working that should be acceptable, even though wasn’t able to finish off my work completely. Even though I might have been, I have noticed that I always try to keep the quality of my work at a high standard. I have always tried keeping an informative and interesting work for my entire task. Some of my other strengths this week might be the fact that I have worked well and managed complete a decent amount of work, so that I don’t have a lot left for the end. Another aspect of strength might be that I have tried to research through things for my own strengths, example for I asked questions to some of my peers about their progress in work, and I have also visited some weblogs from this year and last year to get a basic idea over everything. I also used my time wisely, example for the time I was having problems with my wireless LAN, I went down to tasks that didn’t involve a the access to the internet.

Black Hat- my weakness for this week once again would be the aspect of not having enough speed to complete all within the time given in class. I have noticed that due to the fact that I am largely focusing on making my work informative and interesting for the readers, this has given me a set back for speed where I waste a bit too much time into my work. Another weakness encountered is that I also have some work left for this week to do at home; I must be looking forward to not encounter this problem again. Once again, same as last lesson, I encountered problems with my wireless LAN and due to this I was a bit behind task since I didn’t have the complete amount of time I could have used. My ideas about the tasks given at times are also quit weak, where I have to look around for an idea on to what to include in a task. This is due to the fact I lack knowledge on digital portfolios.

Red Hat- I feel god about most of the work I have done this week. I have tried to look at al of my weakness and lacking ness and tried to look for methods so that I will not encounter any of these types of problems later on. I have always to maintain my working standards and also kept my confidence high as some of the previous weeks so that I would do my best in all tasks. I feel good that even if I lack the speed, I do manage to complete all task within the due dates and still maintain good standards. I was still disappointed at my weakness which I must overcome by the next week.

Blue Hat- I think I have done well over this weeks work and have achieved a decent amount of work according to my standards. I think a large amount of thinking ahead is required for what’s to come. We have one of our major planning tasks coming up in the future so a lot of thinking should be done in that aspect. A lot of thinking has been going on and is needed for me to tackle all of my challenges. I think I have defined all of my problems and tasks that have been notified to us, even though I might need more thinking towards them.

Green Hat- (please look forward to a major green hat report on one of next posts)

Orange Hat- This week was the opening of Pod casting Bangladesh; please check it out as it is a great IT work, where the some of the students from the secondary have done a great job at making the first pod cast. Another major incident has been noticed in this week. My hair has grown longer!!! While I was merely working through some of the work to be done in our Technology lesson and listening to some calm music in Sakib’s headphone… my hair got tangled in his right headphone!!! Panic suddenly attacked me and I was trying to desperately pull of the headphone from my hair, after a bit of struggling and a bit of hair loss, I was able loose the headphone. Luckily there were causalities in this incident we must look forward to protect our selves from any kind of Danger. BEWARE! HEADPHONES CAN BE EVIL!!!

That’s all for this post, please stay tuned for a major post on the green hat for this week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hi People! It’s me… again. Sorry that there cannot be any type of improvement to me as I am still the same old Taufiq… fun, creative and cute… just kidding!!! This is my post for the 1st lesson of the 8th week. Oh well, since I don’t have ages or anything super duper special to talk about, I’ll go directly into hat mode.

White Hat- We started off the lesson, with a bit of discussion over our task to be due in TODAY, and a bit about the world of Adobe!!! Cool that rhymes!!! Mrs. Lindsay start off with a bit of discussion over who did or did not hand have a hard copy of their task, the task handed in to turnitin.com and try out the softwares available for us in our laptops. Sadly enough, very few people did almost ANY post for their blogspot and some people didn’t have a hard copy of their work and also hadn’t handed their task in to turnitin.com. But good news was that, the task was still hand-in-able to tunritin.com by that night 11:59pm and our next task absolute ruins the hard work of the people who had already printed out a hard copy. Oh well, next we were shown through an adobe software called Adobe Acrobat which is told to be better than Microsoft word, I personally still think ms word is still better as I am not that used to it YET. One very cool feature that we were shown in that software was that ability to save webpages, especially that it not only saves a webpage, but it also saves links coming out of it. This software saves its files into PDF formats which might be familiar to some people who might have encountered while searching through different web files. The great about it is that you can include different notes, comments, and even sound files onto the PDF files; this is a great thing for a teacher to assess someone’s work digitally. We were next told to convert our task into a PDF file and send it Mrs. Lindsay and also if possible to submit the task in to turnitin.com for all the people who haven’t. Our next task was to look into the task of organizing our portfolio, this is a task for us to basically organise our work for our digital portfolio. We were told to start on it, but a due date was not mentioned. I think for me to complete this task successfully I have to basically think through it all by myself, since there might not be any research needed.

Yellow Hat- I think in this lesson, I have worked through the whole lesson quite well. I put in my best commitment into trying to concentrate and finish the entire task if possible by the end of the lesson. I managed to get through converting my work into a PDF file with ease giving me an advantage to work more by the end of the lesson. I think i managed to work through a bit of the task given to us; even I didn’t manage to finish it off by the end. I think the best possible scenario for me would be to finish up all my work by the end of every lesson.

Black Hat- The speed still lacks, once again. I still didn’t manage to finish off my work by the end of the lesson and I still need to improve a lot. I think I possibility for me not being able to do this might either be me not being quick enough in understand the task given or Mrs. Lindsay not giving us enough time to finish it off by the end of the class. I will again try to be more focused in the work to come though all the methods I have tried are not working. One major weakness this lesson was that, I was having some problems in my laptop with the wireless LAN, as a matter of a fact, everybody in the class was having that problem, but as we found out later, the IT staff had already predicted that there might have a bit of interruption with the connection for the day. I think we must know in advance for the next lesson if we are going to have any wireless LAN problems so that maybe some of the students in the class can go to IT Lab to use the PCs available there.

Red Hat- once again, I have achieved a decent amount of work by the end of this lesson. I have still maintained a good confidence into achieving the BLOGGER OF THE WEEK the next time hopefully which is why I will try my best into achieving the best I can. I feel good about the progress I am making though there are some upsets which I able to recover from. I have also once again been told that some people admire my work in my blog, and they use it as a model.

Blue Hat- as I already mentioned, I feel very good about the work I achieved. I also feel good about the effort I have put into. But still sadly I haven’t met the goal I wanted as to finish of all my work by the end of the lesson, which I am not THAT disappointed about. I think I need further thinking about how I can tackle all the problems that occurred during the lesson problems such as, connection problems, time management skills and also my effort skills in times when I’m interrupted by other people in the class. I think I have defined all of problems and achievements as stated previously but I might have look back at things I haven’t defined or though about that may count as an achievement or a weakness.

Green Hat- (please look forward to a major green hat report on one of next posts)

Orange Hat- There is a major conflict taking place in Technology class almost every lesson, something I like to call “the fight for the plugs”. In the beginning of the lesson, most of the competitors are racing to sit on the set of tables facing towards the school fields, after this, they quickly open up their laptops, take out their charging wires and make a final dive to get one the free electrical outlets. Some succeed but most fail, and even after all this trouble some cases go as far as verbal as well as physical.

Well, that’s’ all for this lesson, please stay tuned for the next post and also a major post for the green hat in this week’s post. BYE!

Friday, October 07, 2005

This is my post for the 2nd day of the 7th week… a day of great achievements and recognitions.To start off I would like to mention a good news and a bad news.



Plagiarism is becoming a major issue for our blog posts now. Many are copying off contents from people’s posts on to theirs with out even referencing!!! Believe it or not I even had some of my friends coming up to me and saying that they are just going copy the stuff on to theirs… I mean like DUDE… that is PLAGIARISING!!! I guess I have been hyper enough, time to switch to hat mode.

White Hat- this week we were basically talked about Noodle Tools in the beginning of the lesson that how great, and user friendly, and useful, and fun, and cute Noodle Tools is… BUT I disagree, incase people did not know, there are other sites that can help you with you citation. One great site that I use is Citation Machine!!! This is a free citation site where all you have to do is… go to the site… click on what type of citation source… fill in the stuff… one more click and DONE!!! See how easi~ER it is plus it gives you most MLA and APA citations both at the same time. I did mention this specific site to Mrs. Lindsay last week, she does know this site and likes it her self… BUT she uses Noodle Tools since the school pays for it. True… but I guess Noodle Tools scares me too much… I’ll stick to Citation Machine. After a long discussion on the Noodle Tools we were next sent to do work on our report that is due the next week. This includes the Portfolio Defined, Focus and Framework and Multimedia Elements. We basically have to finish those off. "Easy… very easy" as said by Mr. Horkins. I basically have to polish off the previous works, which are P Defined and Framework and Focus, and I have to finish up my Multimedia Elements.

Yellow Hat- I have pretty well in this lesson, I have finished most of my work already and I am reasonably not that busy to be able to finish the rest of tasks left. My effort is growing day by day into my IT work and hopefully I am keeping it up. There is one more unusual strengths for me this week… since I am the BLOGGER OF THE WEEK I might be cherished by some of my peers into letting me help them into their blogs in a change of opening the doors for me, carrying my bag, hmmm… oh well it’s to good to dream.

Black Hat- Once again, I would like to emphasize my lack of speed. I am student who works very slow and likes to take their into doing all their work, I think the only "fast" thing in me is that I can type with a decent speed, so I don’t lag behind in tasks such as blog postings and things like that. The method of trying to sit in a different in the Multimedia Room is a waste due to the lack of power outlets, so I guess I have to try out some other method in concentrating better next time. Last but not least PLAGIARISM!!! As I have already mentioned I am really scared that people are copying off contents form each other blogs please check the beginning of this post for more comments on this topic.

Red Hat- My feelings for this week is pretty good and confident due to the fact that I achieved the BLOGGER OF THE WEEK award, now I am confident enough to believe that, yes, I can get another one. I was feeling a bit bad, as to some of friend having negative comments towards my blog, but then again, maybe they were just simply jealous! But other than that I received some positive comments from some of my friends. Prottoy for example commented on the contents, interestingness (if there is such a word) and creativity of my blog and to tell the truth, I do appreciate what he mentioned as he did read through my blog, instead of JUST MAKING ASUMPTIONS. I also feel good about my work that I have managed to do by this week and also that I haven’t left a large amount to be done at home. Overall… I’m happy!!!

Blue Hat- I think my learning this week, is basically the same as the last day, due to the fact that I am just simply continuing that work that am not finished with. As I might have mentioned before, my task left to do is not a lot, I have put effort into doing it as much as possible and hopefully I am going to complete with ease by next week. I must think about new ideas and try work ahead and make things better for me. As for defining my work, I have tried to basically understand my work well, and making sure I don’t stay stuck in the day I am going to do the work at home, so for the questions I had problem understanding, I asked for help and tried to understand them as much as possible. To make it simple for everyone, I think I should be thinking about De Bono’s Hats, seriously, as I must be thinking about things like my weakness, strengths, thoughts, feelings and new ideas, the hats do simply what I should be thinking about.

Green Hat- I have indeed been thinking a lot about new ideas, but the problem is that I didn’t manage to find out many. Many basic goals will be to think about different and alternative methods of having things in my blog to change the interest of the viewers. I think what I should do is show my work to some of my peers and hear their thoughts about what might be good for my blog. For next week. I would simply be looking for some ways of improving blog though I don’t have many ideas yet. Other major factor is my weblogs, I have encountered a lot of problems with it, I think I should ask for help in to what I can do and should do with it.

Orange Hat- At last... something interesting… pfff. An awesome thing that many people also might have not noticed was the software installed in our laptops. I have tried to play around with them, and believe me they are fun! Please do try them out as they are there for a reason. This week’s major highlight is that we have a wireless dish kind of thingy inside the multimedia room!!! Has anybody noticed how much more easier our lives are now, thank you Mrs. Lindsay for such an ingenious idea. But still I guess no one really notices it being there at all, maybe we should decorate it or something since it is always tilted on one side… but then again, maybe it is tilted to catch our attention!!! WOW! That’s smart!

Oh well, I guess that’s it for this lesson’s post. Please come back to see more of it as I am trying my best to have a good blog. BYE!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

BONJOUR!!! (that's french for good morning... i thought that "Hi"s and "Hello"s were getting quite boring so just wanted to try something new)

This the 7th week now, and this post is for the first lesson of the week.

Just before I start doing things the way they are suppose to be done, We have been told to create our post in the format of following MR. DE BONO's HATS (Woooooow what a conincidence!!! The number of letters in de Bono are exactly the same as the number of hats there are in de Bono's hats!!!) and I think the best blog to follow that method will recieve THE BLOGGER OF THE WEEK!!!

WHITE HAT- The class tasks in this lessons were to work on the Multimedia Elements; in this task we have a few questions about use of multimedia in our blogs or weblogs. it also involved us researching about some appropriate softwares that can be used for multimedia. Next we were told about this mini report that is going to be duein the 11th, it had to include all the recent mini-mini reports that we had to work on, which are Portfolios Defined, Framework and Focus, and Multimedia Elements. Apart from that our daily task is to update our blogs as usual. For me to do these task I basically need to analyse my knowledge about mutlimedia and I might also have to look in the internet for some sites including information about multimedia softwares. In this lesson I have been basically working on the Multimedia task and didn't concentrate on doing any other tasks.

YELLOW HAT- I think in this lesson I have done well in working on the given task, I didn't concentrate about working on my weblogs or blogs since I was determind to finish the task. I think the amount or work that I have put into it is quite high since I was really concentrating,

BLACK HAT- I think in this lesson my weaknesses are my lack of speed for working as I am really slow at working which is why I also couldn't finish the work that I started on. I think I can improve on this by practicing in concentrating more in the lesson so that I am focused in what I am doing and make sure nobody interrupts me. For this I might have to sit in a different location in the class and try a different method of doing all of my work.

RED HAT- I think I have achieved a decent amount of work in this week, since I tried my best. I think I do have to continue all of my work and also update my blog as a task in hand. I do feel happy about what I have and also a bit nervous on the case of who is going to be next BLOGGER OF THE WEEK!!!

BLUE HAT- I think I have been learning and will be learning about the use of multimedia in this week, and it is also definate that I am going to learn a bit more as I have to do some research on softwares for multimedia which I haven't seen before. I think for the task to be handed in this comming 11th of october I have to somehow extend the work in hand through some method as I want to achive a high grade. I should be thinking about extension work on everything, doing given tasks and also use of multimedia for my weblog and blog.

Green Hat- I think some new ideas I have got have already been mentioned in my blog, things like haveing extension work done, and also methods on how to improve my time working, and also how I will be working in the coming days. I think next I will try use the same method of writing my blog post the same method as this post as I can give some in-depth analysis of everything that happened. I am also going to prepare myself for the mini report as and will be thinking about it.

ORANGE HAT- (I have planned to have an extra hat where I might like to include fun stuff or anything else that happened in the lesson, and things I didn't have a chance to include in the other hats). A major accident took place today in the technology lesson. Somehow the new girl in the class (I am really sorry that I don't know her name, plus I didnt want to pronounce or spell it the wrong way) slipped on the floor in the Multimedia Room where we have our Technology lesson near the place where Mrs. Lindsay sits. So please beware of wet floors!!!

Note: All viewers notice the amount of writing in this post... I think I derserve the next "YOU KNOW WHAT"

That's all for this lesson... stay tuned for the next BLOGGER OF THE WEEK, blalalala, I mean post, hehe. BYE!