Week 16 was an interesting week. I had my first ever NAPLAN test this week, learned what would happen if all the ice on Earth melted and discussed how to validate information online.
NAPLAN is an assessment held in grades 3,5,7 and 9 to access students on what they have learned so far all across Australia. This was my first NAPLAN test ever as we arrived in Australia in 2017 and I had started grade 8 at the time. The exam consists of 4 tests which include Mathematics, Reading comprehension, Language conversion and a Writing piece. This was the first time ever that most of the schools did the test online. Numerous schools did face glitches and server crashes but thankfully the students were allowed to redo the test if they wished to do so.
10% of the Earth’s surface is covered with ice which includes glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenfield. If all of this ice were to melt overnight, the approximate rise of sea level would be 230 feet. Most of the coastal cities would be submerged and 80% of Australia’s population would be wiped out. Ocean currents and weather patterns would change as well. Many animals including sea life would die off as their habitats and living conditions would change dramatically and swiftly. Ice needs huge amounts of carbon dioxide to melt and this would mean that whoever survives the aftermath of the ice melting would have to deal with poisonous air.
Finally, most of the information we get now days is from the internet which means that we need to be extra cautious when validating the information as anyone can post the information online. Some common ways to authenticate the material is to cross-check it against other sources or to check if the information is balanced and not biased.