Desire2Learn Mobilize Conference Nov 26
Wow. I can't believe it. It seems like so long ago when Mr. Shawn McEwen asked me if I would like to speak at Desire2Learn's Mobilize Thought Leader Conference at Bingeman Park on November 26.
It is tomorrow! Crazy!
I am sooo excited to get to share my message about saving our sharks and our oceans.
Even more cool is that I get to talk about technology and social media.
I love technology. It has done so much for me. Because of social media, I can blog and I get to read nice comments from people who read my blog. It encourages me and pushes me forward to keep sharing my message.
I also use Twitter. My 'handle' is @sharkwarriorjr. I like to tweet about guess what? You know it -- saving our oceans and our endangered sharks. Yup, its true.
I like to use technology and I research on the Internet A LOT. I follow my heroes at AfriOceans Conservation Alliance - Lesley Rochat (Founder and THE Shark Warrior) and Terry Corr (Head of Education). I also watch amazing videos about the oceans, sharks and all kinds of marine life.
Oh, back to tomorrow's conference. I'm stoked to listen to all the other presenters. The agenda looks really awesome! Check it out at D2L's Mobilize Conference. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get to talk to the other presenters and lots of the attendees.
I'm really hoping to meet Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q on CBC Radio. My parents are fans of Q and I am too. I couldn't believe that Jian interviewed Van Morrison and Goyte. Jian and I have a few things in common including the fact that we both LOVE to eat Pistachios. Jian is the closing keynote speaker at the Mobilize Conference tomorrow.
Who says you can't be excited for Monday to arrive. With D2L's conference tomorrow....I can't wait!! One more sleep to go!!!
Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share with you through my blog. With my parents help, I just recorded a YouTube message for my fellow AfriOceans Warriors. On December 1 in Cape Town, South Africa, 17 tribes of children will compete in the Warrior Challenge.
This is part of the educational work that AfriOceans Conservation Alliance does. My friend and the Head of Education, Terry Corr, helps children learn about saving our oceans and marine life (especially sharks).
I am sooooo excited to be an ambassador for them. I can share my video on December 1, after the Warriors see it to start their challenge.
I also changed schools this week. I'm back in a school where my message is supported and my work to save our oceans is encouraged. I will have a chance to talk to my class about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and how we can save our planet from the harm we do. We pollute and over fish and we kill sharks. The more we know about the mistakes that are made, the more children can help make a difference. We can all learn, grow and make changes for the good of our planet.
If we believe, we can all make a difference. Will you join me? Will you try?
Please, our oceans and our endangered sharks need your help. Thank you.
At school, I made a big poster about Bull Sharks or Zambi Sharks. It is hanging in the hall near the front entrance right now. I chose the Bull Shark because it is unlike most other sharks and has some cool weird features. The Bull Shark is able to swim in fresh water! It is able to do so because it has special traits that other sharks don't.
The Bull Shark is named so because it is large and stout and I think more so because of its behaviour and personality. It is aggressive, grumpy and has been responsible for most attacks. It is one of the four most dangerous sharks. It usually hunts alone and it is know to eat other sharks. It usually likes to eat fish, dolphin and sea turtles. It is able to swim in shallow waters and has been spotted in Kentucky and Ohio rivers! Sometimes, when we afraid of something, it helps to learn a lot about it and it helps our fear go away.
A Bull Shark has organs that help it balance the right amount of salt and water in its body. Its rectal gland helps it dump out extra salt from living in seawater. When a Bull Shark is in freshwater, its rectal gland dumps out less salt. It gets pretty technical to explain how this works, but I think the Bull Shark is cool because it is so adaptable to seawater and freshwater.
Although it is not on the endangered list, we still need to keep a watch on it so that it doesn't get added to the list. There is so much overfishing, pollution and shark finning. We need to raise awareness. The Bull Sharks are part of our ecosystem and they need protecting too.
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732