The biggest thing I accomplished in tech team this year was selecting the new video camera with Anton and figuring out how to use the new camera with our streaming software. The aspects of my work that were successful were selecting a very high-quality video camera at a very good price. (I found out it was 100 dollars off when we bought it) and figuring out how to get the new camera to work with wirecast. The most challenging part was getting it to work with wirecast. This was a process that was all trial and error for abotu 5 straight weeks where we attempted to find a solution with the resources that we already had at hand, but eventually I had enough, so I decided to take a gamble and spend some of my own money to bring in a new piece of equipment and fortunately, that did the trick. (i was reimbursed). I don’t have anymore thoughts on how to improve this process, as the job has already been done, but I have a suggestion: Perhaps we can look into using/learning a different stream encoder software because at the spring spoken words this year, there would be an obnoxious “WIRECAST” watermark that would appear over the screen, which frankly looks unprofessional in my opinion. I would suggest starting with trying out the encoding software that comes with the capture card we bought.
I think one thing that we can improve is just implementing a more set baseline for technological literacy. Allow me to elaborate: Everyone at our school whether it be staff, students, etc. Come from different backgrounds and have different experience levels with technology. Now we already have the bootcamp for incoming students, however, the bootcamp only really helps with basic troubleshooting, edublogs, office365, and stuff along those lines, but what about saving and downloading files into a locations where you know you will find it? What about teaching them about stuff like .rar or .zip files since they are so common, but 99% of devices do not come with a software that can open these types of files. I think we should also expand on what we are already doing when it comes to being safe on your device. Lots of kids already know about safety on social media, etc. But what about more awareness to what types of websites you visit and knowing which links are safe to click and which programs are safe to install? (Side note: at this point in the 21st century, touch-typing really shouldn’t be an optional course, It should be an essential skill just like language or math) (Side note 2: Not an essential thing, but perhaps but more empahasis on plagiarism and fair use laws because the legal consequences if caught when it comes to these things are honestly quite terrifying)