Tuesday, November 20, 2012


This year I would like to nominate a blog in the edublog awards. I want to nominate this student blog, in the category "best student blog", www.englishsandvika.wordpress.com , written by Hanne. She has a very good blog, with interesting posts, a good layout and she has got very many hits!

I would also like to nominate a blog in the category "best teacher blog" : http://www.annmic.wordpress.com/ , written by my teacher, Ann.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


·        Do you think there is more pressure on how you perform/write when you use blogs instead of writing a paper for the teacher only?

I think there is more pressure, because many people can see it, not just me and the teachers. I don't really know if that is a good or a bad thing, because if write a good text that I am proud of it is fun if more people read it. However, if I make a terrible post I may not want others than myself to see it. 

·        Do you think the use of blogs reduces the difference between your work at school and your everyday life?
It is a bit weird to write a blog for school, because blogging is something normally would associate with 14 year old girls, but now it has turned more into a school thing. So, it still feels like school work, because this is not something that I want to do, and I would not sit down and write a blog post outside of school. But, I think it is a modern way of teaching, which I think is good. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Big Miracle an the Alaskan natives

I do not know whether the film gives a realistic view about how it is to live in Alaska. I do not really know anything about how it is to live in Alaska, but I guess it is pretty similar to living in northern Norway. Maybe some readers from Alaska could tell me how it is to live in Alaska for them.

I've recently seen the movie ‘’Big Miracle’’. It is about three whales trapped in the ice in Alaska. They have no chance of surviving, because the weather is getting colder, and their little breathing hole in the ice is slowly closing. The local Eskimos, the natives of Alaska, give them only a few days left to live, and want to hunt them down for food. But, as a news reporter makes a small story about them that is showed on national TV, the whales receive a whole world’s sympathy. Greenpeace activists, politicians, Eskimos, news reporters and normal people all cooperate to save the wales, however, with very different personal motives. 

Greenpeace is an international environmental organization. They say that they work to keep the ‘’earths life in all its diversity’’. They are known for working against thing like deforestation, global warming, over-fishing and nuclear weapons. They use non-violent means to reach their goals, such as demonstrations, giving out information, and direct actions. Greenpeace is a huge organization with more than 3 million members, which means that they can make a big influence, they have even been called the most visible environmental organization in the world. Here in Norway, they are specially working against the whaling. Like in the movie, where Greenpeace wanted to save the whales from being killed by the Eskimos.
The Eskimos, or the Inuits, are the native people of Alaska.  The traditionally live of hunting and fishing whale, seal, fish and other animals. They could even catch polar bears and musk ox. As there are no plants or roots growing in the areas the Eskimos traditionally lived, they used sea grass with the food. There are 20 different Inuit languages and dialects, however, some of them are critically endangered, and some are even lost. That led to the establishment of the Alaskan Native Language Centre, in 1972. The centre works on researching and preserving native literature and information about native languages. Today, many Inuits live a modern life, just like anyone else. The furry coats that we saw in the movie are not an everyday suit, they used as a ceremony, probably similar to the traditional Sami clothing in Norway. The Inuit culture has faded over the years, but, they still try to keep their traditional lifestyle, and the languages and traditions are taught to the children. 
                                                                                        An Eskimo family from 1915