Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seniors: Utopian Project Reflections

Please post a paragraph reflecting upon the project process. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your project and include specific reference to portions for which you were responsible.

17 comments:

Melissa Potvin said...

There wasn't anything really hard about this project aside from finding new creative ideas to make it different from other groups. What I found most interesting with this project was how each group could make their utopia completely their own. If I were to undertake this project again what I would do differently would be the whole thing I don't think we got as creative as my group could have gotten.

Catherine Rafuse said...

I really enjoyed this project. It was an interesting thing to think about; an absolute perfect society that meets your requirements of perfection. The hardest part was in the beginning agreeing on what everyone would be doing. We all wanted to do the same thing, but afterwards it ended up being really easy. We all ended up working together on our specific parts anyways so no decisions were made without the rest of the group member’s opinions. The most interesting part was being able to come up with everything that went into it. We literally got to make up a world that we could live in, but still make it realistic. I liked coming up with activities because there are so many options for that. It was interesting because you’re never given the opportunity to put everything you want in one place. I wouldn’t really do a whole lot differently if I did this project again. I worked well with my other group members and we got all of the work we needed to get done in an organized way.

Johnmichael lee said...

I thought this Utopian project was really interesting and unique. I enjoyed being able to create a “perfect” place to live. Over all I thought the project wasn't too difficult just coming up with ideas and compromises with other team members took the longest. Mystic Valley our utopia community had a very free government that let the people control it with little stipulations. I created our government like this because I wanted the people in the community to have the final say in how they live. Along with the government I created all of our maps and floor plans needed for the project. As a group we all came together to make one awesome Utopian community!

Chris LaPalme said...

Hindsight is also 20/20 when reflecting on anything this project is no different, some of the steps that I would of have done is be more detailed in the roles of my group, I was the Planner/ Accountant, the slides that I worked on was Educational Systems and Bank Buddy, I also decide that an Oligarchy government would work the best because if was enough people to make rationalized decisions without gridlock of having one person complete all the work. The other slides were created by Ben and Cassy. We all helped on certain slides but the person who was the leader and who should get the highest grade work her work is Cassy. The strengths was the commutation to the class when presenting the weakness was the time it took to get the idea's for the project. Would I work with the same people yes if they let me join them. Last item I would live in Paradise Reef and I hope that you will to. That is all.

Jordan Dowdy said...

jordan
This project was a team effort and my partners did a great job with their parts. my part was to design the school hospitals and since squadvilla didn't believe in a printed currency I didn't really have to worry about that. so i just told how the trading system worked. i also explained how society in squadvilla really worked.

Kylie Barrows said...

This had to be my favorite project I've ever done in high school. I loved the fact that there wasn't really any "rules" and we just used our creativity to make up a perfect place to live. Over all the project was easy because we had a lot of leeway. My group also worked very well together we all knew what our roles were and we all completed our tasks just like planned. I did all the work that was assigned to my in my role nobody in my group had to pick up anyone else's slack. I was responsible for education, medicine, money and banking system. Over all I believe my group did a great job together.

Kylie Barrows said...

This had to be my favorite project I've ever done in high school. I loved the fact that there wasn't really any "rules" and we just used our creativity to make up a perfect place to live. Over all the project was easy because we had a lot of leeway. My group also worked very well together we all knew what our roles were and we all completed our tasks just like planned. I did all the work that was assigned to my in my role nobody in my group had to pick up anyone else's slack. I was responsible for education, medicine, money and banking system. Over all I believe my group did a great job together.

Mike Travers said...

I enjoyed the project. It was more about creativity than difficulty. The hardest part of the project was brainstorming with my group members. It took us awhile to agree where we were going to be and the name of our town. I liked the were had separate roles because every single group member had a say in creating our utopia, Mystic Snow Valley. I was the planner/accountant. I created the banking,education,healthcare,medicine and money system. Our weakness was lacking a distillation. Our strengths was the presentation in class. Every group member knew what we were talking about. We were loud enough for people to hear us. We gave the class good eye-contact. What I found most interesting part of the project was building off of what we created. It was interesting because it made us to hard to make it a good place to live and go on a vacation to. If I was going to do the project again, I would culminate better with my group because we only had a limited number of class time/classes to communicate with our group members.

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Keenan Coffey said...

I enjoyed the project as a whole, and believed that my group worked well together. Some aspects of our project like our socialistic government were good ideas, and I thought we portrayed this well. We all divided the work evenly and had no problems in that regard. The project was not too taxing because of this. I did the first 6 slides, including the miscellaneous facts about our utopia. Overall, strengths of my project was the content, but a weakness was our presentation.

britt byrnes said...

This was probably one of my favorite projects because other than the requirements that make up the project you could do whatever you want. I loved that I could make up my own society and not have anyone tell me what had to be in it. It took us a few to come together to figure out where and what we wanted to do but once we picked the spot ideas came to us very easily. I had the job of the editor and recreation director. So I made up the activities around our Utopia. Along with that I came up with the background info of our Utopia because I thought it was important to know the general info about our Society and what makes it up and how we get around, ect. Being the editor I had to go thru and add and make changes so our Utopia was as best as it could be. I was very excited to do this project because it was a chance to voice my opinion without getting judged for what I would like to live in. It was a very good project. The strength of our project was that we agreed on what our Utopia should be made up of. Our weakness is that we didn’t exactly do it as a group.

Elliot Ariola said...

To start, the project process was not difficult. I felt that the hardest parts were coming up with everything on your own with basically no rules or regulations. The strengths of our project were that we did not argue about who got which part, we all stuck to our part and did not complain about what each other included, and that we stayed on track when given in class work time. A weakness that we had with our project was that we forgot to look back to the original rubric when determining that we were finished. We should have double checked that we completed all parts that were asked before we included what we wanted in it. I was the leader/developer of my group. I worked on my 4-6 slides, drew the map of our utopia, and helped edit where it was necessary. I enjoyed this project because it took a lot of creativity and collaboration.

Kayla Sicard said...

If I were to do this project again, I wouldn't change a thing. This project was so much fun to do. The most interesting part was the process of creating everything on the island. You could do anything to it and make it your own. You had to come up with a lot but I liked that. The hardest part was deciding who got which part because we all wanted the same one. We worked it out and everyone was happy with their job. I was the planner/accountant but I also helped with drawing the homes/hotel. We all did our jobs with help from everyone. Each person would come up with ideas for their parts and then share with the group, and as a group we would make sure we all liked it and agreed. A weakness we had was not double checking the rubric and missing a slide. Our strength was that everyone worked well together and everyone did their part.

Doug McKeen said...

This was an enjoyable project. It allowed us to be creative and contrasting utopias to dystopian worlds was intriguing; reverse thinking about them was how we got many ideas. I did the title slide, government slides, boundaries, and the slide comparing Oceania to our utopia. There isn't anything I would change about this project.

Anonymous said...

Cassandra Goyette

Overall I enjoyed this project not just because of my group members, but because of the freedom and creativity we were allowed. The most intriguing part of this project was thinking and comparing peoples Utopian ideals, and fitting all of them in to one "Multiverse" society. Everyone has their own version of a Utopia, so to fit all of our ideas and combine them to please everyone was fun. I wouldn't say each member had any specific roll in the project, together we all worked on most of the slides in order for everyone's voice to be heard. A few slides were dictated by one person for instance I did most of the recreational activities, and education slides along with proof reading/editing. Chris specialized with the government slide along with Bank Buddy. Ben did architecture, and came up with the Bank Buddy system. The rest we all collaborated on together along with feed back on assigned slides, to insure we all were pleased.(Weather, Location.) I specifically found this project fun because I like being creative, building society's or civilizations. Together we all worked well, but we could have managed our time better outside of school. I would definitely do this project again.

Marlena Reeves said...

The only thing I struggled with was thinking of all the different activities to put on the slides, I also don't like talking in front of people so presenting was hard to, but other wise i really enjoyed working with the people in my group we all put in the same amount of work.

Benjamin Giarrusso said...

The project actually turned out to be a lot more fun and gave us a lot more freedom then I thought it was originally going to. Each of us all brainstormed our own Ideas to help create our utopia and come to decisions that we all decided we had liked. Chris was in charge of the government slide and editing the "Bank Buddy" Slide. While Cassie did the location, weather and sports slides. I ended up doing the Architecture, drawing out the map, and helping with the sports that our utopia had, Along with coming up wight the idea for the "Bank Buddy" system. This project was fun and it gave us time to play with our creativeness. I would definatly do this project again ! - Benjamin Giarrusso