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Minecraft 101 by Mark Yu

Shared on 11/06/2017


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During this lesson, i had some difficulties making the sound effects since you can't just get the monsters sound effects online since thats illegal, so i recorded the sound effects on minecraft and in the end it worked out.


Teacher Comment

Mark, well done on creating a great promotional video for Minecraft. The editing and use of narrative is excellent, and this is supported by the sense of rising tension offered by the change in music when you are preparing for the worst. I love the opening text, followed by the panning shot, which really sets the mood. I like the fact that you took the time to improve your work, even though you had already completed the unit...such dedication! Very, very well done.

Tech & Us by Daniel Roskams

Shared on 04/05/2017


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I learned what technology is and what its advantages and disadvantages are.


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Daniel, well done on some excellent writing here. Not only are you clear, concise and to the point, but your work also makes some wonderfully insightful points as to the nature of technology. Truly, as you say, a double-edged sword which we would be wise to use responsibly. You've arrived at one of the core understandings of the HT course.

You mention fighting in the streets if our food supply network was to break down (they reckon solar flares could wreak havoc on our computer systems), which reminds me of a saying attributed to various sources: “every nation is about three/six/seven/nine meals away from anarchy/revolution.”.

Based on our recent shared experiences around security bugs, and how they should be dealt with, I find you to be a great example of using technology positively and responsibly. Keep up the excellent work.

I've added your work to the ICHK Free Learning Showcase.

Creativity by Karen Au, Jessie Cheuk & Sara Wan

Shared on 16/03/2017


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I have learned much about the idea of creativity and how different people interpret creativity in different ways. I've also learned that culture and technology can effect the if people think the work/piece of art is creative or not. I found this unit and the videos interesting and enjoyed this experience.


Teacher Comment

Jessie and friends, well done on a really excellent piece of writing that gives a clear definition of creativity, and shows you have thought deeply about this most human of things. Your piece on technology and AI is interesting, but there is another way to view this issue: if technology makes creativity easier, is it still creativity? Is it still valuable? One area of culture you have not considered is the law: copyright law, which is part of culture, can both promote and hinder technology. To what extent do we want to use such laws to promote profit making, versus creativity and individual freedom? Great work here : )

Identity by Jack Morgan

Shared on 25/01/2017


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I enjoyed this unit mainly because I got to think about who I really am and I got to think about all my hobbies. In the work you can see things about me, where I live, etc... and lots of my different hobbies


Teacher Comment

Jack, well done on an excellent unit, in which you have created a striking representation of your identity. The colours, and the use of the HK skyline in white, convey a lot of meaning, and are visually appealing. The iconography tells me a lot about who you are and what you enjoy. Hopefully you now see that your identity, although seemingly fixed in one time and place, will change over time, and will be expressed differently in different situations. For example, as you grow older, your interests, beliefs and values will change...and these will be expressed differently at home, in class and during break. It's great to know who you are, but also to be open to change as well.

What Is Human Technologies? by Daniel Roskams

Shared on 28/08/2016

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I learned the true definition of "technology" and thought more deeply about the most important technologies (not computers, phones and such).


Teacher Comment

Daniel, well done on producing an excellent response to this piece of work. Your broader thinking of what technology is shows a deepening of your thinking, and your examples of important technologies give a glimpse into what it means to be human. All of this is very well written and formatted, making for a clear and accessible piece of work. I am going to add your work to the Free Learning Showcase, which means it will be available for other students to see as a piece of Exemplar Work.

Satirical Remix by Marcus Ko

Shared on 22/06/2016

Donald Trump image by Michael Vadon on Wikimedia Commons, shared under CC BY-SA

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I had a lot of fun doing this unit, had some laughs and had a lot of stress trying to find the necessary clips. Many changes were made when I was making this, since there are jokes I think not many would get so I removed them. Overall, I just want to get people to just know how stupid Donald Trump is, and just #NoTrump2016. Editing for me currently is pretty fun and I hope it would last a while.


Teacher Comment

Marcus, I have to admit to feeling a very real sense of pride in watching your work, as in many ways, it is far beyond your years. It is heartening to see someone of your age trying to tackle what is the most serious, divisive political issue of our time (the rise of the nationalistic far-right in politics). The satirical work you have produced effectively unveils the inconsistencies in Trump's platform, and underlines what many instinctively feel: that he will say and do anything to get elected.

In terms of our Digitally Positive outcome, you have shown excellent, positive participation in an online setting, whilst also seeking to protect your privacy on a social network (e.g. using Unlisted and disabling comments).

My question for you is if and how you want to promote your work, in the hope of spreading your message. This is a double edge sword, as it could unleash a tidal wave of vitriol from other Internet users, despite the precautions you have taken. As you appear in the video in person, it is important to consider your safety and privacy. I would be really happy to promote this work widely, but only with your permission (and ideally after you have discussed it with your parents). What do you think? Is it worth it?

In general, I would try not to call others "stupid", partly as it is impolite, but also as there are smarter ways to attack an opponent without lowering yourself to their level.

I'd love to see this work in your student exhibition site, as part of your record of developing learning. I think this piece really reflects your ability to take on board critical input, and your patience in iterating through your work to improve it steadily over time.

Overall, very, very well done Marcus. I am officially now a fan of your video editing work.

Please see your personalised Visual Assessment Guide for an overview of your progress so far this year.

Teardown and Rebuild (Electronics) by Thomas Nilsen

Shared on 22/06/2016

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In this unit I learnt how to do a teardown and rebuild on a 2009 unibody macbook. I learnt how a computer worked and the parts of a computer. Such as a logic board, a hard drive, the CPU, GPU and the battery. I also learned that the hard drive is very small and half the size of a CD drive. I also learned that the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth antenna are a bunch of wires not a piece of plastic.


Teacher Comment

Thomas, well done on a fantastic unit, in which you have been exceptionally focused and hard working. The result is an excellent video which showcases a wide range of knowledge and skills on your part. On the ICT side, your knowledge of the components and how they fit together is excellent. You use a lot of technical vocabulary, and do so comfortably. I think the only technical error is that the HDD is most likely SATA2, not SATA3! On the media side, the video is really well produced, with catchy music, smooth video editing and a clear confident voice over. I am impressed that you filmed it all yourself, hand-held, whilst operating the tools as well. Towards the end a few bits are blurry, most likely because your phone's lens cannot focus at very short distances (you need a macro lens for this). The CC licensing and attribution was also very good, and shows that you can legally use the work of others to improve on your own.

Given the high quality of your work, and the learning process behind it, I have selected your work to feature in the Exemplar Work and Showcase sections of Free Learning. Very well done, great stuff : )

I would highly recommend you include this video in your Student Exhibition Site to build up your online portfolio of work.

Please see your personalised Visual Assessment Guide for an overview of your progress so far this year.

Minecraft 101 by Benjy Kulenkampff-Boedecker

Shared on 13/04/2016

downloadsource.fr on Flicker shared under CC BY

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I did the unit on MC 101 and it was a fun experience to get to know MC more and the wide variety of things you can do in it. I learned about the good things and bad things in MC such as there are many hostile mobs that will attack you if you are in survival mode and that you can use diamonds to create strong armour and swords. In general I think MC is a great game where you can craft structures using your imagination and explore multiple dimensions and generated structures throughout the game.


Teacher Comment

Benjy, well done for completing this unit. It has taken you a long time to get it done, and I do wonder if you spent all of your classroom time wisely (I have a feeling there might have been some sneaky gaming in there, but I might be wrong). However, the result is very polished and engaging, with some smooth video/audio editing, and a sound track of your own creation. 

As an advert it works very well, although it does lack a hook at the end: how is it that you can convince someone to go out and play Minecraft? It would have been cool to see an example of some crazy crafting on your part, to illustrate some of the creativity that is possible.

I am impressed that you submitted this work in your own time.

Overall, well done. For your next unit I would like you to focus on something more technical, such as Modding Minecraft, Teardown & Rebuild, Programming 102, etc.

Please take a look at your Visual Assessment Guide for an overview of your year so far.

Trailer Mash by Ryan Chan & Martin Donnet

Shared on 02/03/2016

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I am very proud of our trailer. This is the best editing me and Ryan have ever created. We got stuck on a very simple part but than we got help from Mr. Parker. I think we did well in putting the clips together and making them come together well.


Teacher Comment

Martin & Ryan, well done on an exemplary piece of work, on what is generally considered a very difficult topic. You have taken a diverse range of action clips and combined them together to form a trailer for your own film, Nightfall. In doing so you have overcome the difficulties presented by the appearance of many different actors and scenes, and created a fluid and interesting narrative. Having scene your work in production, I can attest to the high number of clips included, and the intricate video editing you used to bring it all together. In collaborating so well with each other, you have created a piece that is much stronger than either of you would alone. You have worked hard, focused well, and engaged brilliantly...and the result is clearly your best ever work. Very well done!

Please take a look at your personalised Visual Assessment Guide for an overview of your progress so far this year.

Build Your Own PC by Ricky Shi

Shared on 18/11/2015

Image Courtesy of Ricky Shi, Shared under CC BY

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It was very fun and mind-challenging. I built this computer because I wanted a high-performance, but low-budget machine. The majority of parts that ended up in the actual build met (or exceed) my expectations. I did plan for an Intel CPU at first but realised that the i-Series would be too expensive, but the Pentiums were too terrible. So I opted for an AMD APU instead. The CPU ended up to be better than what I had planned due to the store running out of A-8 APUs. I also had to opt for a 1x8gb RAM stick instead of a 2x4gb one because of price. Coincidentally, the price in the end ended up to be $3000 exactly. The actual building was quite straight forward, I had done some research beforehand and almost all the cables were labelled well, I only had to consult the manual a couple of times. The process was quite speedy, which only lasted about an hour and a half but was spread across 2 days. Software installation was relatively easy, I had Windows XP loaded on the old 160GB drive so I just used that to clone the 500GB drive (which had Windows 8) to the 2TB one. However, I did realise that this wasn’t the most legal way to do it, so I would be spending extra on another Windows license.


Teacher Comment

Ricky, well done on an excellent unit in which you have been extremely motivated, independent and full of solutions to a range of problems. The computer you have built actually works (not as trivial as it might sound!), and it seems complete in terms of fans, front panel functions, etc. The report you wrote was short, clear and to the point, giving just the right level of detail. The images were well captioned, and chosen to show the things that matter. I really like the fact you salvaged from an old computer, as this shows a value for "old" technology, and a desire to keep it working. From an environmental sustainability point of view, this is a real plus. Overall, very well done!

If it is OK I would like to add your work to the Free Learning Showcase, using one of your images under a CC license. Let me know!

Please look at your personalised Visual Assessment Guide for a summary of your progress so far (which is excellent!).

Raspberry Pi Gaming Console by Felix Olesen

Shared on 17/08/2015

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During this unit, I learned about being persistent and to keep on trying to fix things if it doesn't work and not to beat myself up when the project doesn't work the way you want it to. I also learnt a lot about circuitry, problem solving and finding the best prices for hardware. I have played games on the PI with my portable screen and a controller. the case is still a work in progress however I am determined to finish it.


Teacher Comment

Felix, this was a mammoth effort, during which you showed persistence, resilience, tenacity, problem solving and great humour. All amazing traits. On the technical side you overcame many problems with hardware, software, and the interplay of the two, showing great skill, and developing your armory of tools and skills. Although still needing a case, your RaspPi console works well and has been enjoyed by your peers (a true test), who were blown away by what you have achieved. I hope that after completing this project you can fully appreciate the value of the hacker ethic that you now clearly possess: this enterprising spirit is what built the PC, the Internet and companies such as Google and Apple: with it, you can achieve and build almost anything. Very well done!

Electronics With Arduino by Alex Day & Alvin Ng

Shared on 22/06/2015

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I learnt how to hook up stuff to the Arduino board and program in C language. I also learned what a capacitor is and how to not blow up a light bulb (although I have already).


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Alex, looking at your Arduino project, I can only conclude you know a lot more about electronics than I do, which is awesome to see. Well done for making a nice dice rolling setup, and for taking Alvin under your wing, and introducing him to a new area of learning. The knowledge you have is really powerful, and would like you make all sorts of cool projects. I have just one such ideas up my sleeve, if you are interested in trying something really challenging next year. Well done on an excellent unit.

Epic Wallpaper by Maria Gromova

Shared on 22/06/2015

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TaaaaTaaaa!!!!!!!!!
Yow Yow Yow


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Maria, well done on creating a really stylish wallpaper. The position of the cat cutout, and the texture/color of the background fit perfectly. I am really impressed with your work here, as you have some technical problems to start with, and you persisted through them. Then, you took on board the design feedback I gave you and kept making the work better. Finally, your CC license is well applied. In future you will need to try and attribute (give credit to) any items you use in your work, and made doubly sure that all materials you have used are under CC licenses. Overall, excellent work, well done!

Epic Wallpaper by Mason Lai

Shared on 22/06/2015

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This unit is basically about making a cool and awesome wallpaper using a photoshopping application called Acorn, my custom wallpaper appears to be a blured theme with a rhino sihoulettte, at the end I made a drop shadow effect on the sihoulette which improved the wallpaper overall as it makes the wallpaper stand out more.


Teacher Comment

Mason, it took a few submissions, but your design is now looking polished and ready for use as a wallpaper. I love the colours you have chosen, as they contrast really well, and the drop shadow shows up really well against the bright background. Well done taking the time to make this better.

Creativity by Joe Blain

Shared on 22/06/2015

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Man, this was a really interesting unit. Art classes, English classes, classes in general kind of bred these thoughts - I was definitely given the opportunity to be creative myself, which gave me things to reflect on when doing the writeup. Anyways, this unit helped me actually think properly about creativity and consolidate those ideas I had half-formed in the past. Side note - I've been wondering if I'll be able to direct my own learning when I leave school - will not having organised resources hinder my learning? Or free it?


Teacher Comment

Joe, very well done on a great unit, in which you have clearly done some deep thinking. Your reflective piece, answering the questions at the end of the unit, raises some very valid and interesting points. You clearly have spent quite some energy thinking about this. I agree with your assertion that humans are "programmed" by their circumstances, and create on that basis. So, although it is uncomfortable with the idea that a computer can be creative. Perhaps we need to redefine creativity as making that goes against our programming...and so is different. Of course, we cannot escape our cultural programming...we would be wild beasts without it. Isaac Newton claimed he was merely "standing on the shoulders of giants" when he created his work, showing his understand of the importance of his predecessors. Very humble!

I like your stand against the tyranny of those who currently control creativity, and have a corporate/ego incentive to keep it exclusive. As if they are special in a way no one else is. They might have had more practice, but most are not possessing of any special "gift". Also, the video you linked to was really interesting...there is a similar one, where they 3D print the evolved creatures, attach a motor, and then they walk off (very scarily).

In terms of your final comment...some people find that they lose confidence when the scaffold of school is removed. Others feel liberated by the freedom, and supported by what they have learned. I guess you will fit into the second group.

Very well done!

Epic Wallpaper by Gianna Hofman

Shared on 22/06/2015

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I learned how to create an epic wallpaper with Acorn


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Gianna, as you already know I am a huge fan of the wallpaper you have created. It is indeed Epic! I love the way you took the instructions provided, learned the skills they showed, and then made the work your own, adding many layers of complexity. Your licensing work is thorough, and as such, this is a great example of remix: taking existing things, making something new, and crediting those whose work you used. In future, for the comment when you submit your work, please tell me a little more about your experiences during the unit. Excellent, excellent work!

Programming 102 by Nicolas Cheung

Shared on 02/03/2015

Programming thumbnail image by Abstruse Goose via Wikimedia Commons shared under CC BY-SA

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This is my cpp calculator, inside the zip file there is a executable file for terminal. A xcode source file and also a cpp document file.


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Nicolas, well done on a really positive unit where you have worked hard to learn the C++ coding language. Along the way you made a functional calculator with four functions. You could have looked to extend to more functions, memory, GUI, etc. However, I feel you have learned enough about the syntax and commands of C++, as well as the general coding ideas of problem solving and indentation. Very well done!

Minecraft 101 by Holin Lam

Shared on 02/03/2015

Minecraft block image from Pixabay, shared under Public Domain

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In this unit, I learn a lot about redstone and built many useful stuff with them, for example, slime block elevator, day time stairs e.t.c. I was so enjoy the feeling of success after I built the redstone creation. I am satisfaction of the minecraft project.
P.S. I will submit another video with a USB to explain the creation in the map and how to use them.


Teacher Comment

Holin, well done on a really great unit, where you have demonstrated considerable creativity, persistence, focus and humour. Your red stone creations in Minecraft are really interesting, and I love the sign posts that tell you what you can do. It is like a mini adventure game. Clearly, you are very good at crafting. With your love of red stone, programming might be a logical challenge that you enjoy. Keep working hard, well done!

App Design 101 by Jasmine Chan & Charlie Chow

Shared on 02/03/2015

App Inventor icon coopyright MIT, used under assumed fair use for education.

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In this unit, we started using AppInventor, an online software to create Apps. We created our own app, Wandernoob from scratch.

We learned quite a lot on the behind the scenes of creating an app, from creating screens to programming the buttons of the app. We also learned about how you can run an AI companion, which shows a digital phone on your computer;

We chose to end this unit and move on to Xcode, since we thought that AppInventor was very limited to what it can create. For example, there was a limitation to how many screens we can have that would be supported in AppInventor (10). Another limitation was that the databases were extraordinarily limited. The TinyWebDB could easily be overwritten by other people's information, meaning that it could not be in one place, solely for us. Another limitation of AppInventor was that the graphics and the look of the overall app did not look very nice and not up to our standards.

Even though this program had way too many limitations, it was still a good start to creating apps, since we barely know anything about it, and it was very nice to have a website learn the basics to app creation.


Teacher Comment

Charlie, well done on an excellent unit, where you and Jasmine have collaborated wonderfully to work on Wundernoob, your travel app. I was impressed that you took your work seriously enough to brand it, and to redo the graphics a number of times until the quality levels were high enough. In addition, you had a lot of great discussions about how to proceed, using the whiteboard to mockup some ideas. On the technical side, I know you worked hard on TinWebDB, and feel you made the right decision to abandon it when you did. Although in the end App Inventor proved insufficient for your needs, as you pointed out in your reflection, you used it to learn about app design, which you had not learned before. It seems that you are now reading for App Design 102, where I know you are planning on building your app for iOS.

I think your app has a shot at commercial success, if this interests you, so if you would like, do not use CC on the iOS version, but rather copyright the work under your and Jasmine's names.

Good luck!

Sell A Teacher by Fan Wang

Shared on 02/03/2015

Image Courtesy of Fan Wang

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I didn't really learn stuff, but I practiced on using Acorn and improved my skills, like the spacing between the text


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Fan, well done on a great unit, in which you have created an attractive, complete and well thought out box. Your attention to details is excellent, and you have really listened to feedback along the way, in order to improve your work. Design is all about taking time to tweak, adjust and play, in order to get a result that feels "right": in this case I think you have really succeed. Congratulations! Now you get to pick a new unit ; )

Securing Computer Systems by Charlotte Lam

Shared on 02/03/2015

Rusty Padlock image by Garretttaggs on Wikipedia share under CC BY-SA

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I've leanred more about how to secure computer systems even more. There are different areas that I have explored more such as identity theft and phishing. I've also learned what the difference is between a hacker and a cracker.


Teacher Comment

Charlotte, well done on some excellent reading around security: you have clearly learned a lot! Your information from your parents is very clearly written, and is easy to understand for the intended audience. A short introduction outlining why you are providing this information would have been nice. In terms of your understanding, it seems pretty solid. Your list of sources shows a good range, but quite a few are companies, which means what you are reading might be marketing material, and so more opinion based than fact. I think this is how you came to give "Tivoli Storage Manager" as an approach to backups: this is one brand, rather than a whole separate approach. On the phishing front, you picked up on subdomains, which is great. However, your example www.hsbc.com would only be set up by HSBC, as they own the hsbc.com domain. However, a hacker could buy mysecurebank.com (or something similar) and then add hsbc as a subdomain, giving: hsbc.mysecurebank.com. So, it is the order of the different parts of the address that tell us whether it is a threat. Please do share your work with your parents...as it will help keep your family safe. Well done on a good unit!

Eyes Wide Shut by Marie Lam, Naomi Lam & Emily Pearse

Shared on 02/03/2015

Image Courtesy of Ross Parker

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See link below for unit reflection.


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Naomi, well done on a good unit, and a very insightful reflective conclusion. Your comments about the difficulties of being blind are interesting, and show strong empathy. Our eyesight, and more generally our bodies and minds, are easily taken for granted: such tasks let us appreciate what we have. In terms of the task, you showed good awareness that we can "hack and make" useful things out of common items, when you said "By using everyday objects, a useful headgear could be put together to help those who can’t see.". This is a very powerful mindset and skill to have, as it lets us see and build solutions where others might only see problems.

In terms of your writing it is generally very clear, and communicates your thoughts well. I added a title and name for you, and this is something you should do for all work. In addition, there are a few minor spelling and capitalisation issues that you could fix with slightly more thorough proof reading.

Overall, very well done!

Trailer Mash by Joe Blain

Shared on 02/03/2015

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This was a trailer that I made in Spanish Class. I reused it here(with translated subtitles) because I realized it was a trailer mash, and the topics beyond the trailer mash unit look really interesting.


Teacher Comment

Joe, awesome work: it is well edited, funny and entertaining. The subtitles definitely help. I thought the long subtitles stuck at the top of one scene could have been better done as scrolling subtitles at the bottom. Overall, more excellent work!

Epic Wallpaper by Joaquin Dela Cruz

Shared on 02/03/2015

Image Courtesy of Joaquin Dela Cruz, Shared under CC BY

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Doing this project, I realized how limitless technology is. And how it is so easy to access. Me, an almost complete beginner at Acorn, has produced something that even I would use. Sure I used some tips and followed specific steps, but I'm still proud of it. :D


Teacher Comment

Joaquin, well done on an awesome wallpaper, which shows not only a good eye for design, but also reflects your deep understanding of the nature of technology. Any tool can be used to good, bad or indifferent ends...it all depends on the human using it! Your comment adds to the evidence of this understanding. Your CC license is well applied...the only thing missing is your attribution: it is a requirement of CC, and also very polite, to give credit for the things you have used. Overall, well done on a great unit.