Finally, after re-filming my talk because of camera issues during the actual presentation, I've now finished uploading a video of a complete presentation to YouTube. Really proud of my work!
Today one of the most important parts of this unit comes: our finance proposal. As I explained, we divided the class into 3 groups of four, each group simulating to be a different broker that research and provided a customer (our teacher) with a way to invest 3000USD. For most of the groups, it was a stressful day. In my case, because of lack of communication and simple things such as following instructions on the paper given to us explaining the purpose of this investment.
In my group, after researching every possible way to invest in money, we decided to address stocks, ETF's and mutual funds. After analysing several reports, we came up with two different stocks, a mine and a personal service company, and a mutual fund that a bank offered here in Peru.
We had enough research for both of the stocks, but we had no reasons to support our choice of the mutual fund other than it diversifies and balances our portfolio. We started researching different ETF's and mutual funds from North America, to diversify our portfolio not only by investing in different stocks and industries but by doing it in different indexes. Finally, when we made a choice, we noticed that we didn't meet the minimum fee to any of our interests.
By now, we are maintaining our choice of the mutual fund in Peru even though we have no reasons to predict future, hopefully we keep learning and we can begin to come up with innovative solutions to invest our money and meet the client's requirement.
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Take a look at our proposal:
Yesterday night, I published the article to which I dedicated the most time. Aside from being so interesting even if you are not familiar with the topic, I highlight the interview I had with this unique scientist.
My article was about Nicolás Ordoñez, a peruvian scientist who has recently done something that has potential to be remember by the entire world of science. In The Break, there are some analytics that show the four most popular articles. Since we started writing, there was an article that remained always as the number 1, and our best articles reached maximum the second place.
Finally, the first article in the ranking is now written by one of the members of the academy: Gonzalo Vidaurrazaga.
I am glad that I have achieved this. I hope it remains as a top article because it is deserved, and it might build me a name on the internet as well as build the scientist some fame. In the future, I am willing to continue writing articles like this rather than short articles that aren't so successful.
Read the article and watch the interview on:
Rarely, I didn't blog for the past week, and there is only one reason: the finance unit is so interesting that I don't want to stop working on it.
Definitely, it is the best unit start I've experienced during my 13 years of school. As we are the Innovation Academy, and we do real projects, our actual project will be to invest money in the way you want, but you need to learn, and propose your idea justifying your decisions.
Now, I do feel I have time to reflect, and I do want to do it. I'm glad I'm enjoying so much my learning in this unit. After reflecting on effective learning techniques from the past unit, we are being much more successful. We begin with an introduction to content, then each does further research and learns independently. After, we continue by brainstorming and analysing possible ideas.
At this point, a week and a half away from our proposal presentation, I am looking forward to interviewing experts in the field to clear up some doubts. By now, I have some things in mind. I definitely want to invest at least 1/3 of the money in stocks. I want to do further research to see if it is convenient to invest in currency exchange or in mutual funds. I am glad that we are being so successful.
This week I'd like to highlight visits from two different people:
First: Mr. Fischman. The most outstanding business speaker of the country has agreed to meet with us several times to guide us through our learning, just because he believes that we are doing the right change that education needs. Today, he spoke about the Myers Briggs test. A test in which one is able to note you personality type and you strengths and weaknesses. We know have a clear idea of what we want to focus our careers later on in the future.
In my case, I got a ESTJ personality type, leading to careers such as Business, Administration or Industrial Engineering. What I most highlight about his visit was his philosophy of strengths and weaknesses. After several examples, he proofed that humans beings try to balance all their skills, when they should be improving the weakness to a minimum level and maximising their strengths and use them to be successful.
In the other hand, Ms. Allana Rumble came with a proposal to us. She wants to collaborate with us in order to do great projects for the benefit of our school. She wants us to help, advice and direct projects that she is actually involved in such as those of uniting the top 10 schools in Lima and most importantly the environment.
Both of them have motivated me to take an extra step. From Mr. Fischman, I am already working on doing things with my strengths, and I want to keep on researching on my personality type. From Ms. Rumble, I am looking forward to creating a 5-a-side soccer tournament in which several schools can participate.
A few hours ago, we run our first presentation to an actual live audience. We spoke about our story. After working in every type of media such as articles, videos and every other type to communicate, we did our culmination with a TED Talk in the Performing Arts Centre at school, presenting to students and staff.
I'm glad to have done it. In my talk, I discussed about every way that soccer has shaped me to be who I am today. What I learned from soccer and how it impacted my life. While working in my presentation, I learned new things about myself. I noticed that self-confidence was a skill that I acquired by playing soccer and was key in my personality.
At this point, I started developing the idea of self-confidence, teaching the audience it's importance and how to build up one for yourself. Definitely, I did a great job. Aside from transmitting and idea to the audience my personal goal was to speak as if having a conversation with the audience, without getting nervous. Definitely, I achieved this goal.
While talking about self-confidence, I was being self-confident, knowing that I was doing was right. Even though I went through a process of iteration, I didn't memorise a single part of the speech. I didn't even take note cards with key words. I was up there sharing my experience with a couple of friends. That's what I felt, and I am proud of myself.
I never though of being at this point, of being this successful after just one month. We've learned so much at the IA. I had never spoken by myself to an audience. Doing it in a such great theatre as the PAC didn't intimidate me. It inspired me do do better. At all moment, even though I didn't know exactly what I was going to say, the only thing I was sure of was that I was going to do it right.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all my innovation academy peers. We all did a great job in our talks. For most of us, it was the first time doing something of this magnitude. All of us were courageous enough to stand up there in the stage and share something that is really important for
As we read the book "The Secret of the Seven Seeds, we have the honour to meet the author and have several discussions with him. Nobody knows the story better than him. Its written by him and it's all about his life. Definitely, it does make you reflect and change as a person, and we are having this chance to experienced what changed him completely.
For the first time this semester, I've had the opportunity to edit a complete video to publish in YouTube by myself. Learning outcomes are definitely different, you are completely responsible on everything. At the same time, you depend on the quality of the films. If you do not have the footage, the video won't be successful.
This happened to me. I didn't get all the footage in my laptop. Also, the most important footage of the cheer was filmed without audio. Because of this, the video wasn't engaging. As a resultant, I couldn't finish the video on time and I am now working with the footage from the library cameras and the resolution of the film is completely different, making our video look less professional.
All of this are errors that happen because of lack of experience and planning. But it has happened to us many times. It seems like it will happen the first time each one of us actually takes responsibility to edit videos by himself. In order to avoid this, we could present our experience and errors to our peers. Then, by coming up with solutions, we should be able to avoid this and any other kind of error we face.
Even though I worked really hard, I wasn't successful, and we can relate this to lack of collaborating. There is a difference between working in groups and collaborating. In this second option, each one does tasks separately, but each of this tasks join at the end to form a product. Because of some small errors at the beginning everything in the system got damaged, just as a snowball falling from the cliff or the famous domino effect. Hopefully, we are becoming more efficient and this won't happen again. I belief people will emulate our positive actions and learn from our errors. This is vital for us to get ourselves and our work out there, for everybody, and show people what we are capable of and teach them why we do what we do.
Nicolas Ordoñez - The Silent Genius
Even though we, Peruvians, might be really creative, many times we are not that wise in terms of how we use our skills for our benefit. Not only speaking on how poor Peruvian people use their creativity to become thief's rather than to set up a business.
In this case, I met Nicolas Ordoñez. From now on, I'll mention him as a silent genius. A simple math, physics and science teacher who has yet started using his knowledge in his favour. With more than 10,000 vies daily to his website and more than 2 million reads in Scribd, I am ready to help him succeed.
I am looking forward to writing articles on him, getting him to appear to kick-starter and build up contacts for him to start solving problems for textbooks which many scientists in South America couldn't solve. Most importantly, to expand his theory on the rule of atoms and shells for the new periodic table that will be released in the future.
Definitely, this is a problem that I a willing to solve, and I will do by starting with him. Without doubts, our country would be much more successful than it already is if we learnt to take the right decision and how to use our knowledge.