Monday, May 09, 2016

Quest 2.6 - My Passions, Curiosities And How They Guide Me To My "Epic Win"

As Shauna described, my "Epic Win" is what I do to solve a real world problem.
So, to figure out what problem I'll attempt to solve, I will consult my passions.

I've probably posted about this before, but I like technology. A lot. My studies are in technology, and the further I go through school, the further I approach tech. It allows me to pursue computer science, and follow along with my beloved Maths, Sciences, and Languages. (Haha, got you there, the languages I mean are programming languages, and most programming is in English.)
I also like art. Different types of art. Fine, visual and applied.

Problems in the world involving tech (or art):
-All languages are designed for different purposes, but some aren't easy to learn for some
-Tech is an English industry, or pretty close to it
-Tech is expensive
-New companies primarily focus on income and competition, rather than innovation, purpose, and customer value.
-Art and Tech both have a strong stereotype behind them
-The process to reach success in art or tech seems long and hard, throwing many off

Plans for solution:

-Redesign the heavily controlled industry
-Break a stereotype
-Allow cheap distribution (Sourcing for this may prove difficult)

Quest 2.5 - Enroll at EPSOT Today!

May 08, 2016

Dear Ally or Acquaintance,

My name is Camden Richter, though many around here call me Magno, and my purpose is to support others. I do it for the feeling of society and personality, as well as the joy of making someone else happy. Whether that support is helping them with work, or taking care of something while they're busy, it creates a pocket of time for those people to feel collected, and successfully accomplish the task at hand. Enough about me, at this point in time I plan on making this note sound as “Cheesy Organization Campaign Flyer” as possible.

I am honored to select you as a candidate for an “Ally” position in the currently Beta-staged EPSOT Program. EPSOT is the Experimental Prototype School Of Tomorrow, a small group of learning activists, hoping to change the world in 24 hours.

I have chosen you because I believe you are a good fit into our group. As an Ally, you can choose to contribute your own updates into the roster, or simply support our current members. Support does not involve money, and never will, though you can donate to our PayPal if you feel so inclined. (Just kidding) Support only means that you provide encouragement, easily by comment on our blogs, or constructive criticism to build our progress in learning.

I hope for you to share your ideas and support as the group and I do, and enjoy your time with us.


Member of EPSOT
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quest 2.4 - Purpose, and what that means for me

Considering these 5 questions:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What is the one thing you feel supremely qualified to provide to other people?
  3. Who do you do it for?
  4. What do these people want or need from you?
  5. How do they change or transform as a result of what you give them?
I have created a small autobiography-like thing to describe myself.

I am Camden Richter, and to me my purpose is to support others throughout various subjects, using many involved manners of execution. I do it for the feeling of society and personality, as well as the joy of making someone else happy. Nobody particularly needs anything from me, I give them the support they desire, and the friendship they enjoy, for the fun of it. They complete goals, get further in life, step by step. Whether that support is helping them with work, or taking care of something while they're busy, it creates a pocket of time for those people to feel collected, and successfully accomplish the task at hand.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Quest 1.3 - Too many words

Learner + Superhero
  • Someone who works hard for what they believe and want to know for future reference, to get a better understanding of the world and a subject. They get better at what they learn and their learning gets better along the way.
Digitally literate person
  • Someone who understands the many uses of technology and all the possibilities that go along with it, as well as how to use technology to follow those possibilities.
Passionate person
  • Someone who loves what they do, and has a reason to do it that's good enough for them that no one else has to understand it.
    Someone who changes the world
    • Someone who believes in change and puts an effort into the world to find an innovation or discovery that's important to the human race and our surroundings.
    How do you learn best?
    • I learn best in different ways with different things. With written work, I'm better alone. With physical design, I'm great alone, but I feel empowered when with a group in this scenario.
    What is your learning style?
    • My learning style is ubiquitous. I multitask when not multitasking. I work on projects, and I complete them but I also set up other things at the same time. I might listen to music, draw, get distracted, but I don't get off task if that makes sense.
    What kind of learning or teaching does not work for you?
    • Lectures, as that comes with distractions. Alone, this can mean others talking. In a group, it means surroundings that can strike a conversation that becomes off topic during work time with my group members. Lectures are boring and slow with learning, and when you need to take notes, becomes too fast. It's uneven. It doesn't work.
    How do you learn when the circumstances do not match your learning style?
    • I do my best to pay attention to important details and take note on specific points. Of my learning senses, auditory is the worst. That's why in lecture-based learning I have trouble. It causes me to tune out when I don't mean to. I try to stay attentive.
    Who and what helps you learn?
    • Visual and physical perspectives of the lesson are much easier for me to comprehend, so I prefer to take opportunities to make the experience easier for myself. This can mean drawing a version of the lesson, or I can hear someone else's take on the points of the lesson (That's not always a good idea though, not everyone cares about the lessons.).
    What would you tell your younger self to help them learn better?
    • "Calm down. Talk to someone about your life. Pay attention to everything anyone says to you, but don't accept insults."
    What do you hope you’ll be able to learn in the future?
    • Lesson-wise or trait-wise? Lesson-wise I obviously want to enter the Computer Science industry and take courses on hardware and software development and manufacturing. Trait-wise, I want to pay more attention to time and take advantage of it. Spend more time with friends, do exercise, finish work, start work!
    What tools do you need to learn?
    • A computer, a pencil or pen, paper, a goal and time.
    What skills or experience do you need to develop to make yourself a better learner?
    • Attention span.
    How do you demonstrate digital literacy?
    • Take the opportunity to help others when they need it to complete a web-based assignment. (1. This helps them finish their important work, 2. it helps you strengthen your understanding, 3. and it builds you a reputation. ;P)
    How do you demonstrate passion?
    • Finish assignments on time, put hard effort into it, and smile. As soon as you do what others want, others will do what you want. Follow your dreams. Do what you love, love what you do.
    What are you passionate about?
    • Everything within reason. I honestly will do any job asked of me for a period of time, as long at 1 of 3 things is attributed: 1. I have a personal connection to the requester (friend, family, etc.), 2. I have a reward at stake, 3. The favour is in return for something previously done for me. To be honest, I love doing work. Any kind of work. I feel bored and useless when I have nothing to do, and from delivering newspapers to temporarily managing something, I will do it, and have a positive attitude.
    How often do you get to learn about the things you are passionate about?
    • Since my passion is practically everything, I get to have experiences and learn new things about everything everyday. To learn a new language, it takes repetition. That goes for anything else. To understand something, you need to experience it and get a feeling for it. I am lucky to be able to have access to many things, so I get to learn many things.
    If you could build a classroom or school that works perfectly for you, what would it look like?
      • Plan: Teachers that acknowledge issues and solve them accordingly and happily, PROPER, IMPORTANT SUBJECTS (I'm looking at you, OCDSB and who-knows-how-many-other school boards) like Design and Tech. They only removed it from the grades under high school, but it is so great, because understanding the use of those tools is important before you use them for a couple years in high school (which may only be 1, depending on your preferences) or Home Ec. They don't even have that anymore. Doesn't anyone realise how important it is to be able to LIVE? Make food, clean, dang, sounds like chores. Oh wait, they are chores, because you have to do them, so why shouldn't you learn how to do it properly!?! I would include a course on taxes and money management, because god knows how many people would have done better with knowledge on that. Stretch Plan: In addition to what I said before, an in-school swimming pool with a swimming course. A gym with actual equipment (for specific grades) and a court for "gym" activities. Yes, that includes a course.

      Quest 1.2 - “My Character and I - An Explanation”

      Create a superhero name for yourself.

      • “Magno” (Mag - No, taken from Techno Mag or Mage, Mag is Afrikaans for Power, Magno is Latin for great.)

      Create a superhero uniform for yourself. Draw or write about it.

      • Warlock-like cloak, transparent other than small translucent details on it (Almost like the falling numbers from The Matrix). Specifically designed so it can be disbanded or dissolved into practically nothing* upon will.

      Select (or write) a theme song for your superhero self.

      • Honestly, I couldn’t find anything NEAR a good theme song, and I can’t come up with anything, so I will just choose Who Wants To Rock by Flux Pavilion, because it sounds pretty close to an opening or ending theme to a superhero movie.

      Find a quote (by a fictional character or real person) that helps describe you and what you believe.

      • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. -Alexander the Great

      Create a quote that helps describe you and what you believe.

      • My only weakness is my strength, as I have no physical attribute. -Magno
      *Whether or not is has to do with ANYTHING, I decided my character would have the “power” to break down into miniscule digital form and access technology, performing any [digital] feat at will.

      Photo Sources: Google Images "Matrix-like raining numbers, cloak"

      Quest 1.1 - My personal views on teachers and learning experiences

      What do you need from a teacher?
      • Proper education, taught understandably

      What do you want from a teacher?

      • Respect, and to act in a good mood even when they might not be (a trait I learned [and had to learn] from working at Dovercourt)

      What do you need a teacher to know about you and the way you learn?

      • That I know what I’m doing, I just might need time to put it together, and I can get distracted easily, which is difficult, since I work better in groups

      Shauna has offered to be an ally, collaborative curator, lead learner and guide - are there other things you need her to be?

      • Nothing much more, as an ally can count as a friend, and going back to what I said earlier, allies and guides have respect

      What are things you have loved about past teachers?

      • Understanding, as a teacher uses their knowledge of the student to understand better the concept the student used when producing the work, and I believe that knowing me, the reason I did as well as I did, is because I learned to put effort into my work, which may seem different than my actions

        What are things you wish you could change about past teachers?
        • The way they handled difficult students, some shouted (useless), some moved them to other spots (also somewhat useless, they bother other students) or stop the class to either send them to the office, speak to them, etc. I would have rather they focused more on either separating the OTHER students from difficult ones, so the difficult students wouldn’t bother them anymore, or find a way to speak to the difficult student without disturbing the learning of everyone else