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Plants and Happiness

Since COVID-19 has spread all over the world, we are not able to do many fun things such as having events and traveling to other places. In addition, we see news about COVED-19 every day, we are not able to estimate when this pandemic is going to end. Due to stressful circumstances, everyone has to wear face masks and sanitize their hands many times during the day.

To reduce this stress, I would recommend taking a walk outside to look at flowers and trees or having plants in the house. You can refresh by walking outside which produces serotonin which makes you feel happy. Green color relieves your stress. The substance in plants called phytoncide stimulates your parasympathetic nerve system which makes your brain relax as well as reduce your stress.

I have two plants in my room and I feel happy when I see them. I am a lazy person, so a cactus is the best plant for me. I have been thinking of buying a new cactus with flowers. Seeing different flowers while taking a walk is very fun.

Do you have plants? If you do, why did you buy it, or how does it make you feel? If you don’t have one, do you want to buy any plants?

Lastly, how will you enjoy your time when you take a walk outside?

How COVID-19 is affecting my education

COVID-19 is not just a health crisis but also education crisis for me.

First, since the virus affects our life, all of our classes have been conducted online and I’m having a hard enough time concentrating on my online courses as it is right now. I’ve already got a lot of homework and now, every day I have to do my assignment until midnight.

Second, Also, It’s harder to communicate with classmates by using ICT tools than we did before. So for my seminar, some activities are difficult to do them online and I do not have time to think about activities for members to improve their English skills instead of the activities we used to do.

Finally, When we do online courses, we have to think about the digital divide. If some people have a great network and computers but others don’t, there would be a big gap between them in terms of education.

COVID-19 definitely has a great impact on our lives and education and I hope everything will be normal soon.

8 hard things without using a computer in online classes

My computer had broken since 2 weeks ago and it made me so hard to take online classes. I found 8 hard points without using computer in online classes.

1 Power point and Word apps. I could use them by my iphone but the screen was too small to check sentences I wrote or put a picture on the powerpoint.

2 Zoom app. It was taugh to watch the screen that a professor shares for students.

3 To submit assignments. Sometimes if a size of a pdf and a word file are big, they can not be sent by my iphone or their size will be small and difficult to see well.

4 Typing is also difficult. When you want to write many papers with an iphone, it would be stressful for you to use small key board of it.

5 Phone capacity. If you install some apps for online classes and tasks, it would consume your phone storage.

6 Memories. When you want to organize files and save tasks, you can not do that into your USB memory stick.

7 if you need to search something quickly, you need to change the window or app and then search it by using an iphone only. Compared to it, if you have both computer and a iphone, you can use both of them at the same time.

8 The quality of the camera. Iphone’s camera is more clear than computer’s one so if you really care about your fashion or if you fail to make up your face, it’s going to be hard time, especially for women.

Overall, I found a computer is very useful tool in current situation.

How science classes are happening with COVID-19.

We have no traditional class in this semester because of COVID-19. And we can’t do our experiment. This is the worst point. Being of an experiment is necessary to learn science because we are able to see phenomenon. Even if we learn about one phenomenon in the textbook, this will be just knowledge about the phenomenon. We need to understand why a phenomenon happens, how it happens, what is a condition to happen, and what will happen after the phenomenon to learn science.

How COVID-19 is affecting my education.

COVID-19 has spread out all over the world. Because of the current situation, we cannot go to University, so we take classes online. University life has changed. Usually, I studied and did some homework with my friends at University but I study and do homework by myself. Because of that, I miss face-to-face talk with my friends and teachers. Even we have a mock lesson, we use Zoom. It means we lost direct communication.

How science classes are happening with COVID-19.

There is a science class including 12 experiments such as 中学校理科実験1. The experiment class is one of the most important science classes for becoming a science teacher. This is because the course of study at junior high school in science (中学校学習指導要領理科) sets a goal of developing the ability to explore scientifically through observation and experiment. However, as you know, students at HUEA must not go into the campus due to COVIT-19, so science major students cannot do experiments. First, the professor who is in charge of the experiment class announced that you should prepare for the experiments according to some instructions. I do not know how many people followed the instruction because we do not need to submit the preparing study… In the second announcement, the professor informed the students that as the college permitted to enter the campus so as to do experiment, this class was going to conduct only 4 experiments in July. I was surprised that the number of experiments was reduced by one-third. In short, the number of required experiments has decreased from 12 to 4. I think this causes declination of the ability to do and teach experiments for the students. What do you think about it?

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