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Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Good afternoon!

We are Sandra and Laura, the analysts for this week. We have been working on cartographic projections, a very interesting topic about which we didn't have much information before we started, and now we are going to answer several questions about the task done by the group this week.

a. What was the best part of the activity?
The best part and even the most interesting has been the media search, because it was the funniest and easiest, even though we had to think a lot about it. That is because we love photography and we think that it is an original activity.

b. What was the worst?
The worst part of this task has been the search for the maps, because the images have caused us a lot of problems, due to the fact that they didn’t fit well with the poster we wanted to show. It happened due to it is not easy to find a good picture where we can see well the distortion with the same scale.

c. What was the best moment of the week in the work of the group?
The hour we spent in class on Thursday, because the whole group was together, and it was easier to work. The rest of the week we had to work at home or in small groups, because we are 8, too much people for a group, and it was imposible for us to meet all together.

d. What was the worst?
The worst part of this week was that we had to meet for three more days, because we didn’t have enough time to finish our task for the presentation on Monday. Moreover, it was a very difficult task to choose the countries, and all the ideas we wanted to present.

e. What have you learnt?
During this week, we have learnt about the three projection models, which we didn’t know about before, and that the maps that we have studied during our young lives were not the correct ones, because they were distorted, not exact representations. We have also learnt as future teachers, the characteristics of each projection and it will help us in a near future to choose the best projection from our point of view to show and to teach to our students.

f. What do you need to conserve -as a group- for the next weeks?
The collaboration and implication in the task of all the members of the group, searching for information even though we had to do it many times, the same information applied to different countries and different treasure hunts. 

g. What do you need to improve –as a group- for the next weeks?
The organization, because this week we have had some problems, because each one of us wanted to choose a different country according to their own opinion. Those problems came because everybody tries to do their task the best they can from their point of view, and we have to learn how to accept their parts and their work, because it is a groupal work where 8 people are taking part.

h. How is this content related to other contents in the course and in your degree?
In our degree, it is important to have a good level of English, both writing and speaking; and also to have a general knowledge of culture. In addition, it has been very useful for us to revise and refresh our knowledge about geography, which we had almost forgotten.

i. Is there any evident social connection of this content (news, politics, etc.)?

There are some countries which are not connected to the countries in the rest of the world; that is due to the fact that they are not developed enough or they do not have the media to achieve it. Moreover, it may also be because of the way the government acts, which often results in the population being repressed. That is the reason why, when they see some pictures or videos of a different place from theirs, they think that it is a distortion of their reality, because they have no information about other lifestyles or cultures in general. 
With this task, we have to think about the things that we will teach in the future to our pupils, and we should choose the best resources and materials, due to we are the ones who have to teach in a non distort way, because we will influence in the children's vision and thoughts of the world reality.

Three types of projections

The Analysts .

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