Problem Solving Skills

Being presented or exposed to various problem-solving techniques and seeing how different calculations are structured helps us to take on the next challenging problem that we are given. By thinking about various calculations to solve a problem, we begin to create a pattern. That pattern can help us solve the problem whenever the same issue emerges.

Learning algorithms

Algorithms is one of the most famous problem-solving techniques that is used nowadays. An algorithm is a set or list of step-by-step instructions that must be followed in order to solve a certain problem. Algorithms are often not quite the same as the other. One algorithm may utilize numerous or less resources than another. One algorithm may take longer to compute the result than the other. Despite the fact that they both work, one is perhaps “better” than the other. We may propose that one is more efficient or that one just works quicker. As we study algorithms, we can learn analysis techniques that enables us to compare which solution is the best or suited for the problem.

Result of Ye Geon’s first algorithm exam

Ye Geon Lee, a student of ICAN Language Center, started to create algorithms for simple problems that needs calculation. His first task was to create an algorithm in a flowchart form and text form on how to determine whether a number is odd or even.

Creative Graphic Visualization

The Creative Graphic Visualization is a special course developed by the Media Team as a fresh approach on expanding the students imagination. Here, the reading materials are famous comic books that tackles certain topics, from the the simplest to the most complex. From the simplest lesson of teamwork to the philposophical implications, political and religious symbolisms of these stories, comic books have become a new medium to spark interest for learning.

For nearly a century, comic books have become the vehicle for every man, woman and child’s imagination. Despite its reputation, it has been proven that it can be used as a tool for learning to enhance a learner’s comprehension and analytical skills.

Long time advocate, Illya Kowalchuk has always believed that comics is the way to reinforce literacy skills and develop a strong student-teacher relationship with marginalized students. His belief led him to be part of a non-profit organization called Pop Culture Classroom wherein they utilize materials like comic books, video games and other forms of pop-culture references as a means to increase literacy in order to build community that celebrates diversity and self-expression.

His work inspired the media team to develop this special course. This course aims to further develop the students’ storytelling abilities while at the same time utilizing the individual imagination of the learners in order for their literacy skills to flourish and breakthrough the surface of their analytical skills.

Introduction to Comic Books

The class was implemented on June 11 on a Tuesday. The class only consists one student namely, Lee Ye Geon. On our first day of class, he was reintroduced to the world of comics. We discussed the brief history of the comic book world, how it began as comedy comics, to horror, to science-fiction, and of course the most famous genre: THE SUPERHEROES.

What interested me the most is how much of the culture fans aren’t aware of. Like how the comics originated from Japanese culture and was later on brought in America in the 1930’s and was popularized by companies like DC Comics and Marvel in the early 40’s and 60’s. With the popularity of movies like The Dark Knight and Iron Man, there have been an increase in comic book sales in 2008 according to Comichron.

Prelude to Spider-Man: Homecoming(Comic Book Adaptation) Art by: Todd Nauck

Themes & Subjects in Comic Book

With it’s rich history of storytelling, comic books have brought us numerous storylines that tackled topics like politics, abuse, death, psychology, and many more. The industry grew from a medium for entertainment into the voice for many people all over the world. Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns tackles PTSD and the control of the government over individuals with powers is a critically acclaimed story in the 80’s which not only reinvented Batman but also how comic books should be written. It later inspired writers to develop more complex stories like Marvel’s companywide crossover, Civil War, the basis for the movie version, asks the question: “Should these people be responsible for the destruction they cause even if it saved countless of lives?”

Stories like these are what pushed educators to used comic books and graphic novels as materials in the classroom. It is a fun way for learners to ask more how and why questions that develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. This would also allow them to express their own views through their work. Writers like Jose Rizal used their works to voice out their opinions and morals that help inspire people to be brave and stick to their values. Writing had always been the voice for people who are too shy to be under the spotlight, this course is a chance for students like Ye Geon to express themselves and to show the world that their ideas matter.

Green Lantern #56
Art by: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy

Visual Writing

Just on our first day, Ye Geon already shared concepts of his story. He had already developed a short plot outline of how the story is going to go. It’s going to be a very hard journey, since there’d only be two people working on his comic book. Me and him. Ye Geon will write, being that I am the teacher, I will of course edit. Both of us will be working together on the art. It’s a small team but he is very eager to share his story to me and everyone else.

Ye Geon is already familiar with the basic elements of a plot but we still had a discussion about the other forms of a plot like the episodic plot, which is mostly used to connect multiple plots in order to make a TV show. Another is a parallel plot, an outline that writers used if they wish to compose a story for individual characters that would later be culminated in either the climax or the end of the story. A technique that writers also choose is starting a story right in the middle and later unfolding the narrative in a series of flashback that would later lead to the beginning of the story. Ye Geon opted to use the dramatic plot since it is the most common one and easiest to use as his guide to write his very own story.

Ye Geon’s Original Content

At the end of our first day, Ye Geon was able to pitch an idea for his story. For the sake of his intellectual property, I won’t disclose any specific details. Rather I would only share the premise he had conjured up. He pitched a story of a young boy who fought for his dream to come true by playing a sport that left his family with trauma that forbids him from doing so. It is a very heart warming comic book that is very rare nowadays. Most comics have opted for spectacle and shocks; only a handful of comics are able to deliver a very personal and intimate story. I can not wait for his story to flourish so that everyone will see how imaginative this boy is and how much effort he is willing to exert to show his talent in writing. Till then, I hope that all true believers will keep reading the blog for further updates. Excelsior!

Week 1: THE GOOD SAMARITAN Umbrella

Umbrella is an output written by our very own Lee Ye Geon, which is based on the parable The Good Samaritan. This work was for a special course in the academy, wherein students get a chance to read stories from the Bible and have it be integrated to their lives to be in the path to be not only a good Christian, but overall good human being.

– Teacher Hannah

ANALYSIS & IDENTIFICATION OF THE LITERARY ELEMENTS AND DEVICES USED

On the first day, Ye Geon was instructed to recall the story of The Good Samaritan which he already have heard in a Bible school of his church. The story is a Bible parable that can be found in the book of Luke 10:25-37. This story was told to encourage the people to love their neighbors. It must have been surprising to some of Jesus’ Jewish listeners who thought they only had to love people whom they knew. Jesus was showing them that our neighbors also include people who are different from us. SELFLESSNESS/ LOVING ONE’S NEIGHBORS is the moral lesson that one can gain from the story. After identifying the moral lesson, Ye Geon determined the literary device/s used in the story. LITERARY DEVICES are creative writing strategies used by an author to convey his/her message(s). When used well, literary devices help readers to visualize, interpret and analyze literary texts. There are two kinds: literary techniques (which include figurative language) and literary elements.

Ye Geon’s first draft revision of his story, Umbrella

THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Luke 10:25-37)

A lawyer came to Jesus and asked him, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied by telling a story. This is the story. Aman was walking along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Many robbers lived in this lonely desert area. They attacked the man with clubs. They beat him badly and took everything he had. They left him there on the road. A priest from the Temple came along. He pretended not to see the injured man. He walked past without helping the man. Later a Levite who helped in the Temple came past. He saw the man lying on the road. He too went on without stopping. Then along came a man from Samaria (Samaritan). He was very upset when he saw the injured man. He went to see if he could help. He washed the man’s wounds, and bandaged him up. Then he lifted the man onto his donkey and took him to an inn. All night long the Samaritan took care of the injured man. The next day when he left, he paid the inn-keeper. “Please take care of him. If it costs more, I will pay you when I come back,” he said.

***Samaritans were people who lived in Samaria, a region north of Jerusalem or Judea. They accepted only the first five book of the Bible as Scripture. The Samaritans were descendants of Jews who had married people from other nations. The Jews living in Palestine looked down on Samaritans as unrighteous people. When Jesus showed love for the Samaritans, it made many people angry.

ANIMATION: YE GEON’S OUTPUT FOR THE WEEK ONE (1)

After the analysis and identifying the literary devices used in the parable, Ye Geon chose to do an animation output. The first step that he did was to conceptualize a story of his own that has something to do with the moral lesson of the parable. Since, the moral lesson is all about “selflessness”, he thought of a story that has almost the same plot as with “The Good Samaritan”. The difference was the realism of the story. It has something to do with his everyday life so that he can apply the lesson not just theoretically but in practical ways as well.

When the story has been conceptualized already, Ye Geon did a storyboard for his animation. He started designing and developing the characters for his story.

After drawing the characters that will be needed for Ye Geon’s story, he had to re-make them for a more polished output. The drawings have to be scanned in order for him to start the editing process by using a software. It would take him a day to finish the process. With the help of teacher Edward, the multimedia expert, Ye Geon was able to produce his own animation production.

The presentation of Ye Geon has been evaluated by the selected teachers according to his performance level. The criteria includes the subject content; the content and the organization of his project; the introduction (how Ye Geon presents his work from the start); the mechanics and the animation production itself.

Ye Geon’s characters drawn into sheets of bond paper for scanning
Ye Geon’s Animation Presentation