After 7-8 long weeks of Exhibition, we are done! This very exciting news that I want to share with everyone I had a lot of fun and I would like to tell you (people who don’t even exist since no one reads my blog) about my exhibition, and how fun it was. I also want to tell you about how we did it.
My topic was Electronic Device Addiction. In the first few weeks, we were tuning in which included making our lines of inquiry which are the main things that we are going to study. Our LOIs (lines of inquiries) were, How do devices affect us differently in different stages of life, How do we minimize the harmful effects of Electronic devices, How do devices affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Another important thing that we needed to do while tuning was picking our transdisciplinary theme which are Sharing the Planet, How we Express Ourselves, How the world works, Who We Are, Where we are in Place and Time, and How We Organize Ourselves. Our transdisciplinary theme was Sharing the Planet. Another thing that was important to decide was our key concepts which are, causation, form, perspective, function, reflection, responsibility, connection, and change. Our 3 key concepts were, causation, responsibility, and change.
Then what we needed to do was find sources for our research, but I was more excited about the research itself. I had a hard time finding 2 sources for each line of inquiry, but eventually, I got them. Then I took notes which was one of the most fun parts in my opinion because I learnt more about my topic. I was trying to find good information about my LOIs in my sources. I found new sources when I would type in my LOI into google. I learnt lots of new interesting facts while researching which I enjoyed and I liked passing on some interesting information about my problem to get people to stop.
One of the most fun parts of Exhibition was making an action and doing it. At first, we thought the best action was to convince Mr. Dorn and the others that work in the Elementary office to make there be a day where No electronic devices can be used so we can learn to sometimes open a book instead of the internet, or write on a piece of paper instead of type on a MacBook. Then we decided that we won’t do it , because it was for school and there were a lot less bad effects. Then we decided on making a video on the very harmful effects of electronic devices, in the video we challenge them to not use their devices at home for 1-2 days. We also included in the video that we will be on the playground at their recess for us to show them what they can do instead of using devices. We also wanted to do a different action (we did both) which is going to restaurants and give them this idea of putting a box in the center of a table, and people put their phones inside of it. If people don’t use their phones they get a discount. The point is that people talk to each other instead of staring at their phones.
Writing my Research report was the last thing I needed to do before presenting and taking my interview. It was actually pretty easy especially with the template my teacher gave me and the use of http://www.easybib.com/ (which is a website for easily making a bibliography). It was actually enjoyable.
Presenting was stressful, and enjoyable. I liked sharing my information and spreading the message which was the overuse of devices is bad and it can affect us horribly in my ways, but if it’s not overused it is completely ok. I felt not sure of what people would think about our board, and about our way of presenting. I was determined to make sure that what we did is good so I can get a good grade. I felt in the end that what I did was very good, and people liked it.
I enjoyed exhibition a lot it was a very nice experience that I learnt a lot of things including things about working in a group, finding information, and presenting (and making) a presentation. I really like the whole process of how it worked, and I hope that all future fifth graders enjoy exhibition like I did.