Virtual reality is an artificial environment experienced through sensory stimuli from a computer and where your actions determine what happens in the environment. The picture on the left is a Google Cardboard which you can wear to experience virtual reality. There are many disagreements about it virtual reality is good or bad. Here are some of the pros and cons of virtual reality:
People with disabilities, for example, paralysis, can experience walking.
Can experience things that are impossible.
Can be used in various fields: People training can have a more realistic practice. Can be used in various fields such as military, education, health care.
Gives detailed views: Can make tourism easier. People can plan their trips by seeing the locations.
Helps connect with people.
Can use it for school: Teachers can use it at school to show students different countries or places they are learning about.
People can get addicted to the virtual reality world.
Training is not accurate: If someone uses it to train for work, they can do it in virtual reality but might not be able to do it in the real world.
In my opinion, virtual reality would be more beneficial. You can learn and experience new things. It can also be educational and help the disabled.
Today is Orange Shirt Day so I’m going to write a post about the Indigenous people in Canada and how they were treated unfairly. What is Orange Shirt Day? Orange Shirt day is a day when people wear orange shirts to show respect for the Indigenous people. The story behind it is that, Phyllis Jack Webstad, a First Nation child, wore an orange shirt on her first day of residential school but they took her clothes away and never gave the shirt back. She is a residential school survivor and told her story to everyone.
Canada is known for being a peaceful and welcoming country, but what about its history? The First Nations people were the ones who found Canada, then the Europeans came and took over because the First Nations were “savages” and “uncivilised”; they wanted to turn the Indigenous people into clones of themselves
It is a common misconception that the First Nations asked for residential schools, but the truth is that they just wanted education for their children. They signed a treaty saying that the First Nations can get schools for their children just like the Europeans had for theirs. They thought that their children would get proper education in a normal school but instead, got residential schools. Most parents didn’t even know about what was happening to their children.
The first residential school in Canada opened in 1840, and the last one closed in 1996 and around 3 000 – 6 000 children died. The children weren’t allowed to speak their language and were forced to speak English; that’s why most of their languages and cultures have dies over the years. They were also separated from their siblings. Some stayed in the schools for up to 10 years and when they came back home, almost all of them had forgotten their culture or how to speak their language.
Lots of First Nation communities have high rates of alcohol and drug use; usually the reason is the residential schools and racism. This does not mean that they should not be denied jobs and other opportunities because not all of them are drug addicts or alcoholics.
Residential schools and what happened to the Indigenous people hasn’t impacted me in directly because I didn’t go to a residential school nor am I a First Nation but it has obviously impacted them and the generations to come. The children who attended residential schools didn’t get adequate education which means that most of them didn’t get good jobs either, that’s why many turn to drinking to escape reality.
What can we do to help? We can learn about what happened and teach others to raise awareness. We can even wear orange shirts to support them, it may seem like a small thing but would mean a lot. In fourth and fifth grade social class I learned about the Indigenous people in Canada. I remember thinking, “What does this have to do with me, I didn’t have anything to do with what happened to them.”
Well, that’s the problem, many people think that they don’t need to learn about the First Nations because they aren’t First Nation or weren’t part of what happened but not only do we need to know about our country’s history, we also need to be aware about how much they were mistreated. We need to educate ourselves and our children about the Indigenous people so we don’t forget about the people who found our country and be grateful towards them.
As a Muslim living in Canada, I know how it feels when people look at you like you don’t belong; we shouldn’t believe in all the stereotypes because they aren’t true for an entire race of people. I hope that in the future there will be no barrier between the Indigenous people and the rest of the Canadians. I hope that they will be treated equally and not seen as drug addicts, alcoholics or any other stereotypes. We should respect them because they are human just like the rest of us, not savages or uncivilised.
Here is an informational video about residential schools
If you have read my any of my book reviews, you would know that I love reading. I prefer reading the book ever watching the movie because books are a lot more descriptive and longer than movies. Whenever I hear about a book becoming a movie, I get super excited but really disappointed after seeing the cast because they never look like the characters from the books. This usually makes it harder for me to watch the movie or show.
This week in my IP class, out blog prompt is, “What if you created the next great technology? What would it be and how would it change the world?” At first, it was really difficult for me to think of something because everything I can think of has already been invented so there is nothing for me but then I started thinking of things that I like and could improve. I would create a device that can choose the perfect cast for movies based on books. All you would have to do is describe the character’s appearance and it would find people in the world who match the description. This way, no one would be disappointed after seeing their favourite book character in a movie.
This Summer, my family and I went to Chicago. This was not my first time going to Chicago because I was born there. Since then, I’ve only been back once but I was only eight years old so I don’t remember much. For the past year, I have really wanted to go back but never thought it would actually happen so this trip was really exciting. We left on August 5 which also happens to be my birthday, and arrived on August 7. The drive there was extremely long but I slept through most of it so I don’t remember much. We only stayed there for a week which was really sad but totally worth it. We actually went to attend a family friend’s wedding but when we weren’t busy with all the wedding preparations, we visited some of the most famous places in Chicago and my favourite place was The Bean/ Cloud Gate. Most people don’t find it interesting at all but I think it’s beautiful. It was a lot bigger than I expected and extremely crowded.
After walking around Millennium park which is where The Bean is, we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and it was absolutely beautiful. It was a lot bigger that the one in Regina and even after spending an hour in it, I’m pretty sure we only saw half of it. There were amazing and detailed sculptures which reminded me of what we learned last year in social class. My favourite part was learning about the history of Islamic art.
The next day, we went to the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park which is huge and very pretty. The fountain is one of the largest in the world and at night it glows but I went in the morning so I missed it. The fountain was surrounded by huge buildings and since I live in Regina which is really small, it was really surprising seeing such tall buildings.
Later on that day, we went to Navy Pier which was my favourite. When I used to live in Chicago, my family used to go to there about every week. Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan which consists of rides, stores, an indoor garden and much more. It has the world’s second largest ferris wheel and you can take perfect pictures of Chicago’s downtown when at the top. The indoor garden is literally one of the most beautiful and biggest gardens I have ever seen.
That was everything I did on my visit to Chicago. Hopefully I can go back someday and look at everything else.
Since April, my class has been part of the Student Blogging Challenge which gave us topics to write about on out blog every week. This week is the last week of the challenge and we had to write an audit on our blog.
I used WordPress to create my blog and so far, I have written 13 blogs including this one, 8 of them were school related and 5 were free posts. From my teacher, classmates and others, I received 17 comments and the post that had the most comments was Connected but Alone. I think this post got the most comments because it interested the readers the most.
The post I enjoyed writing the most were all my book reviews because if you haven’t already noticed, I love reading. I only changed my blog theme twice because I really like the one I have right now. On my blog, I only have three widgets but I think that I should have had more to make my blog look a bit more appealing. I added my blog role just last week so I only had 2 overseas visitors.
Overall, I had a very fun and interesting experience with blogging. I loved writing posts and connecting with people around the world. My favorite part about blogging was reading other people’s posts and commenting on them. It was also interesting seeing how many people from around the world participated in the Student Blogging Challenge. Blogging was really fun and I think I might continue writing posts once in a while.
Hi! Today I’m going to do another book review about City of Bones. City of Bones is the first book in its series, The Mortal Instruments. In this book, all the legends and stories are true, vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks, and shadowhunters. Shadowhunters are basically human- angel hybrids, and their main job is to protect humans and downworlders from demons. Downworlders are what vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlock are called.
Shadowhunters have these special marks called runes that they can draw on their skin using special pens. These runes give them special abilities when fighting demons such as, agility, strength, healing power and many more. The rune they use most often is a glamour rune which makes them invisible to all humans. Only downworlders and other shadowhunters can see them through the glamour.
The main character in this book is a 16 year old girl named Clary Fray and she is a Shadowhunter, but she doesn’t know. Her mother kept it a secret from her all these years because she didn’t want Clary to live that life since it is too risky and dangerous. So, she ran away with Clary when she was a baby and moved to Brooklyn.
The book starts off when Clary is celebrating her 16th birthday at a club with her best friend Simon. There, she sees three teenagers around her age kill someone, but she doesn’t know that they were shadowhunters killing an evil demon. She gets really scared and starts looking around for help but she realized that everyone around her was acting completely normal like nothing happened. So she runs away from the club. Then she gets a call from her mother who sounded very scared and tells her to run away and not come home. Clary was too worried about her mother so she goes home to save her where she finds a demon and has to fight it. After killing it she faints because she’s too weak and wakes up in a room she’s never seen before. She meets people who say that they know her mother and can help her find her. Along they way, Clary makes new friends and finds out that she has more family that she can imagine.
I really love this series and recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels.
For the Student Blogging Challenge week 8, we had to play a commenting game. For the game, we had to look at a blog and visit a new blog from the blog’s blog roll three times. On the third blog, we had to comment on a post.
I commented on a poem Sarah wrote because I love reading poems and I really liked hers. In her poem, she talked about how there is beauty in everything even if it may seem bad. I am really bad at writing poems and I find it amazing how she can write such a deep poem like that.
“I see beauty in everything” – Sarah
I commented on Iqra’s post about humans polluting the earth because I completely agree with her. I even wrote a post about global warming and human’s contribution to it. I chose to comment on this post because I also think that we need to try harder to save the earth.
I chose to comment on Kumbad’s post because I agree with what she says about people having the wrong idea about Islam. In Islam, it’s encouraged to wear a hijab but some women don’t. Some people think that means that they aren’t a Muslim but that’s not true. Choosing not to wear a hijab doesn’t make anyone less of a Muslim.