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    Introduction
    This here is the evaluate room. It is a very ambiguous room, filled with thoughts and feelings and raw emotions. You do not want to be caught in a corner in this room.
    Here you can find the reflection of the overall project, classified under these three main points. It is probable that this page will be expanded in the future, but for the moment it is the way it is.
    P.S. -- This is not the most exciting room to visit...
    ESLR Relfection
    During this part of the project, the ESLR I believe I achieved most was the Critical Thinker ESLR, as I tried to use as little space and time (your time) to describe a project that would take a long time to fully describe. In addition, my points were not specifically related to actually using Flash, etc, but more general about the project as was requested (i.e. ...think about more than just the technology skills...)
    I also achieved this ESLR through attempting to think about the project in different ways rather than the usual 'I learned how to use Flash etc'.
    Reflection
    What was the most important thing you learned during this project? How? Why is it important?
    I believe that the most important thing I learned during this project was about the journey it takes for the completion (or the successful completion) of a project. Many of us tend to emphasize the create stage of a project, while the evaluate stage is often almost ignored. However, to be able to improve and to be better in the future, the evaluate stage is crucial. During this project, having gone through all the stages of the Technological Cycle, I started to realize the full import of all Four stages. Through this, I believe I have opened up new doors for future assignments.
    How did you grow as a learner during this project? Think about more than just the technology skills you learned
    Throughout this project, I met both successes and failures. I spent almost 2 hours simply attempting to export a Flash animation which had action script. This may not sound like a lot, but at the time, when it was almost two whole lessons, I felt like my project would never finish. And yet, after having asked Mr. Noriah for help, the problem proved to have an easy solution: I simply had to use an administrator account to run the action script.
    Now, looking back, it is obvious that I could have finished the button far easier and far faster if I had simply requested the help of Mr. Noriah in the firs place. Perhaps it was pride, perhaps it was simple trust in myself, but I managed to waste two hours for no reason at all.
    This is a lesson that was not easily learned but it will stay with me forever – asking for help is neither embarrassing nor detrimental – it is simply human.
    What were your strengths and weaknesses during this project? Why and how?
    During this project, my strengths lay mainly in technological aspects. I completed everything (except this evaluation) in time, and in fact I most cases I was ahead of the limit; this left me the opportunity to elaborate and to further on the product in question. Though I had never used Flash before, I caught up pretty fast and managed even to help some other user by the end of the Create stage.
    My weaknesses were mainly apparent during the Create stage too, in which I managed to basically complete my animation in the first two lessons but completely waste the next two. In this case, this meant me getting a lower grade and led to a less complete final product, and even though it had music and an interactive button, my animation lacked a ‘clean-up’ in which I could have corrected the small but annoying faults.

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    Introduction
    Hello. Come in to the bright, modern Create room. Please, do wipe your feet before you enter. This room is sleek-white clean. Look, around, touch things, learn about things. If you any screens placed in very conspicuous spots around the room *cough* please look at them. Maybe, magically, some music will begin playing. It's amazing!
    The create part of the cycle, usually considered the main part of it, is when one actually creates or makes the project, be it a sand castle or a Flash animation, like in this case.
    ESLR Reflection
    An ESLR I achieved during this part of the project was Self-Directed Learner, because I worked independently to achieve the higher criteria, such as including a button and adding music. In fact, I asked an exterior teacher (in the class next to us) to help me as I was having technical difficulties with my account. Lol.
    The Animation Itself
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    Reflection
    I am now finished with my animation. After a lot of work, experimentation, problems, here I am with a completed product. The question is; what do I think of it?
    To start with, one must know that I finished my animation early and spent the better part of three lessons puzzling out how to create a button. However, due to unanticipated problems with accounts, I was unable to publish action script and had to use a teacher account.
    That said, I think in the end my final animation is pretty good, and it includes both a ‘start’ button and music, but it could do with a little chiseling. In fact, if the ‘button problem’ had not occurred, I would probably have been able to make the animation somewhat if not extremely better. Even so, I think that my animation ended up being pretty good.
    In terms of difficulty, I did not have much trouble actually creating the animation, though I learned a lot and having started with zero flash experience, the tutorials were basically all I had to go on. Throughout the project, with the help of classmates and Ms. Cofino, I managed to … manage
    To meet the criteria, I concentrated mainly on buttons and music, having assumed (perhaps wrongly) that the other criteria would be easily met. It was only at the reflection stage that I realized that certain criteria were not, when it was almost too late. This is something that I could change, the next time round
    Computer applications are generally fun, for me, and I really enjoyed the ‘Create’ part of this project—more so than the rest of it. The thrill of saying ‘I’ve done it!’ is strangely exhilarating, and I found myself almost looking forward to A block
    Finally, if I were to become a more advanced user of flash, I would like to expand on my knowledge of Action Script, and of using it to create more interactive animations. For example, an animation in which one has a choice or a series of choices, all of it in a story. This, for example, is viable but extremely time-taking and with more experience it could be done faster.
    In conclusion, I think that my animation was a pretty good all-round project but it does require a bit more ‘finishing touches’.

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    Introduction
    Welcome to the Plan room. This room is medium-sized, slightly dis-organized, and is being attacked by blur-monsters. Apologies if any objects or images you see are slightly blurred or unreadable. Blur-monsters are very, very difficult to get rid of. As for touching things... go ahead (beware the trans-dimensional teleporters).
    The Plan part of the technological cycle is one of the most important, especially while working with complicated programs such as Flash. This stage involves planning (guess where the name came from) out the project. In many cases, these plans are viable and even likely to change at the discovery of how to actually use the program, so as to avoid difficulties, etc. This is why my animation was changed a lot compared to what my plan says, but my plan still provided a good basic structure and is hence posted up here.
    ESLR Reflection
    Sadly, the ESLRs are very persistent. Once again, they fight amongst themselves for recognition. Whilst working on my plan, the main ESLR I achieved was Effective Communicator, as I effectively communicated my thoughts in the form of a storyboard and at the same time expanded them, making them larger and more prestigious. Yes, prestigious. I mean, no, not prestigious. Uhh.. I'll think of a better word... in the distant future
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    Reflection
    This e-Card involves a non-existent (actually, now it exists) celebration I call Night Day. Basically, my movie takes you around places you are likely to see during Night Day, and it ends with a twist. If possible, it will have spooky, tense music playing throughout the animation. The first image we meet is a black, hilly terrain and a pale moon, shrouded by gathering clouds. Slowly, we see the moon crawl across the sky and suddenly CRACK, lighting flashes and the whole picture is lit up (background and ground change color to a purplish, then gradually back to original). Then we hear a werewolf howl and perhaps some weird shadowy figure running across the rolling ground. At this point the camera man becomes nervous and runs away, so we arrive in front of a gloomy forest with water constantly dripping from trees, creating a ‘drip, drip, drip…’ sound. A large creature shoots out a long tongue and snatches a fly out of the air, and the camera man wonders if he will be next and so runs away. Now we arrive at a brick wall, and we see the shadow of some fearsome monster grow bigger, bigger, bigger. The camera man is very nervous now so he runs back to the hilly terrain, where somehow a cave has appeared. Here we zoom in and get closer and closer to the cave, till we can see inside, and what we find is a pile of bones. The camera guy flees. We arrive into a pitch black somewhere, and a banner saying ‘Have a Craaacking Night Day’ appear. Then its utter darkness (again) and a booming voice says: ‘Or is it a Day Night?’
    During my animation, I am hoping to make 5 scenes (i.e. the ones in my storyboard), and to create a really spooky, eerie, scary—in one word: Halloweenish—atmosphere. I will try to achieve this using music that is constantly playing and using a lot of dark, blackish-grayish-darkish colors. In addition, the objects that move (i.e. a moon, some clouds, a forest monster, the shadow of a monster, a dark cave and a banner) are generally speaking not the sort of things to make you feel happy. In fact, they were specially commissioned to create fear. Hence, I am hoping that my animation will really create this great emotion and may be changing it a bit to increase fear levels in the viewers bloodstream.
    Personally, my goals are to include a soundtrack that is in coordination with the animation; in this case my main objective is for crescendos to be at the same time as
    When the monster eats the fly
    When the shadow covers the screen
    When the cave blots out everything and we can see a pile of bones on the back wall
    When the banner is in the middle of the screen
    However, this may prove too difficult to achieve
    Another important goal that I hope to achieve is to make my presentation interactive. I am a new user of flash, but I have reasonably mastered the basics and maybe using buttons (I’m guessing it involves hyperlinks) to start my movie, and another one to take you to the first frame, could be interesting for the viewer and a challenge for me.
    This card, when finished, will include several examples of all four animations we have used so far, as well as ‘bonus’ criteria that we included in our checklist: a soundtrack and hopefully a few interactive buttons. Another important bonus criteria that I will attempt to realize is ‘Advanced Theme’, which is defined as ‘Designing the page with advanced backgrounds or themes’. I’m hoping that the forest, at least, will qualify. Most of the other criteria are ones that can be used to refine and edit an already existent animation, such as ‘Text: all text fits the theme of the card’; therefore I will go through them once I have already created my e-card
    On the other hand, there are certain points, such as addition of music and interactive buttons, which I do not yet know how to do. A useful link that I just found is http://www.flash-template-design.com/insert_music.php, which could help me do these two. The only other thing I am uncertain about is, if time permits, to make the hills look 3D (hence parts of a hill would be darker, parts lighter).
    I

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    Introduction
    Hello. This is the Investigate room. It's small, warm and cozy. It is a nice room to be in. Please take a look around. You can touch anything -- but beware of trans-dimensional portals. Those are the nifty blue things. They could take you anywhere! In any case, they won't take you to any *cough* inappropriate pages. I hope.
    The investigate part of the techno cycle (disambiguation: the technology cycle is in no way, sadly, related to techno music) is when one looks around at primary or sometimes secondary (rarely triary) sources and researches information about the technological project which one is about to go through
    ESLR Reflection
    One must always remember that the ESLRs, those big, ugly things, are always looming over one's shoulders. They want attention, and, unfortunately, they are going to get it. While researching for interesting for effective animations online, not only did I have fun, but I also inadvertently managed to achieve the Critical Thinker ESLR, while thinking critically about what makes a good animation and why. And who. I came to the conclusion that what makes a good animation is these criteria (link coming), why -- because the teacher told us to, and as for who -- me. Haha.
    Brainstorm
    Find my brainstorm below. Sadly, I am not going to actually include the picture on this page due to certain issues with size. The thing is, it is very very wide and will make you have to scroll to the right a lot. Just click the tiny thumbnail (picture) and it will take you to where you have to go =). Not the loo... the page with my brainstorm.
    The brainstorm includes 3 types of animations (all too complicated, sadly) on which I based my whole animation.
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    Research
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    Tutorial
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    This is a short tutorial which in which I learned how to use the most basic tweens in Flash. It is not amazing...
    Reflection
    How will you use what you have learned to make an excellent e-card?
    The first thing we did in this class was researching other e-cards, and I ended up watching at least 30 animations. Not only were these amusing and fun to watch, I gained a good knowledge of what an animation should include, if not how. One of the main ideas was to use music, and though this is difficult, apparently, I believe it is an important part of the animation. Another important element that was present in almost every e-card was humor; without humor, e-cards are generally dull and too close to normal cards.
    After this we set out to plan out three possible animations we could have. However, my ideas were largely too complicated to actually realize and these need a bit of simplification to transmit onto Flash, as I discovered later. On the other hand, I figured out how to use Inspiration, and this can be a useful tool for me to use later on.
    Finally, we began to learn how to use Flash and create flash animations. They weren’t very hard, I thought, but it was only later that I realized that these were but the basics, and to create an e-card like those online it would take far more extra practice and work. Setting my limits a bit lower down, I decided to include a song that would play all the way through and at least one interactive button/hyperlink.
    With all these in mind, it was time to begin making my animation (of course, I still had to write this)
    Which e-card from your brainstorm will you create? Describe your animation idea in detail and explain which criteria you plan to meet and why.
    My first idea was always intended to be the one I make, not only because the others would have proved far to difficult to create but also because I just like I more. It involves a non-existent celebration I call Night Day. Basically, my movie takes you around places you are likely to see during Night Day, and it ends with a twist. If possible, it will have spooky, tense music playing throughout the animation. The first image we meet is a black, hilly terrain and a pale moon, shrouded by gathering clouds. Slowly, we see the moon crawl across the sky and suddenly CRACK, lighting flashes and the whole picture is lit up (background and ground change color). Then we hear a werewolf roar and a vampire screech, with some weird shadowy figure running across the rolling ground. At this point the camera man becomes nervous and runs away, so we arrive in front of a gloomy forest with water constantly dripping from trees, creating a ‘drip, drip, drip…’ sound. A large creature shoots out a long tongue and snatches a fly out of the air, and the camera man wonders if he will be next and so runs away. Suddenly we reach another hilly terrain, then with a white flash, the words ‘Have a Craaacking Night Day’ appear. Then its utter darkness and a booming voice says: ‘Or is it a Day Night?’

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    This area of the wikispace contains the electric, online portfolio of Aron P. It includes my Night Day flash animation which was created using Macromedia Flash 8. It also includes the steps I took to get there, beginning with the Investigate step. These four steps (Investigate, Plan, Create and Evaluate) are part of something called the Technological cycle, a structure for our IT projects.
    Links to these four pages, in which you may find all that I did during these steps of my movie, can be found at the top of this page
    The main project this year was to create a flash project. This meant to create an animated e-Card. To begin with, we researched e-cards found online and then planned out three different e-cards we could make. Presently we arrived to the Create stage, but before we could start we had first to learn how to use Macromedia Flash. We went through a tutorial (which can be found at the Investigate page), and then we finally began.
    I came up some unexpected problems, and my animation ended up being a lot less complicated than was originally planned, but it was still ok and it has some spooky music and a start button.

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    Introductions
    Welcome, fellow human. Welcome to the online home of my Portfolio. Come in, come in. There is much to see, and little time to see it. Step inside... and enjoy
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    Linkin Park -- Given Up
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    This area of the wikispace contains the electric, online portfolio of Aron P. It includes my Night Day flash animation which was created using Macromedia Flash 8. It also includes the steps I took to get there, beginning with the Investigate step. These four steps (Investigate, Plan, Create and Evaluate) are part of something called the Technological cycle, a structure for our IT projects.
    Links to these four pages, in which you may find all that I did during these steps of my movie, can be found at the top of this page
    My name is Aron-P. I come from Hungary, have lived for 7 years in Switzerland, and arrived in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, this year. I turned 13 this March, and during the fourth quarter of this year (Grade 8) I have taken the IT8 exploratory. Creating this online portfolio is part of this class, and this is why I do not expect you to read everything on my site---STOP. Please don't leave. First, check out my animation which lives in the Create room!
    During this class, I have begun from scratch and learned how to use the Flash application without any prior knowledge. I also learned about the Technological cycle. You can access my blog here, and there you will find a complete record of my main English assignments as well as some other stuff, including a post of jokes :-)

    The main project this year was to create a flash project. This meant to create an animated e-Card. To begin with, we researched e-cards found online and then planned out three different e-cards we could make. Presently we arrived to the Create stage, but before we could start we had first to learn how to use Macromedia Flash. We went through a tutorial (which can be found at the Investigate page), and then we finally began.
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    was still pretty goodok and it
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