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Tech Team December Reflection

What are some things you have learned and/or tasks you have accomplished so far this semester? Explain thoroughly (Use videos, pictures, upload materials etc. as evidence of learning in your blog)

I have learned many things in my time as a Tech Team member. Not only have I learned more about my blog and how to personalize it, but I have learned a few tips and tricks when it comes to technology. I am now very proud of my blog and I work hard to keep it up to date and professional. I have learned many skills from helping others during the Tech Team boot camp such as how to connect to wifi networks, how to synchronize the school calendar (which keeps me up to date) and how to add more categories to my blog. Lastly, I have practiced making eye catching post’s for projects to advertise on Rapid Event.

My Tech Team Category

My Widgets

  • What aspects of your work are successful? Explain why.

An aspect of my work as a Tech Team member that is successful has been organizing ideas for the wall of pride. I have put thought and time into recording ideas the days leading up to our meeting so that we can build and formulate further ideas once in our group. I have been able to come up with general outlines for our criteria and I have suggested how we may choose to display the wall (digitally through an instagram account, a physical wall with pictures or a screen with a virtual wall of pictures and descriptions).

  • What aspects of your work are challenging? Explain why.

An aspect of my work that was challenging was the digital boot camp. There were times where there was a tech problem that I did not know how to solve. I felt bad either interrupting the presentation or pulling teachers and my co Tech Team members away from the person they were helping to help me. However, I have learned from this boot camp through trial and error and with more practice, I know I will do better next year.

  • What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make?

A major step that I took to learn how to solve these tech problems was simply asking questions. I found that in preparation for the Tech Team boot camp, we were learning many new problem solving skills and my brain felt full. When it was the day of the boot camp, I was able to look over my notes and then consult with a friend or teacher if I was still confused. Together we were able to work out the problem and complete our ultimate goal of helping the student.

  • Is there anything you can do improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)

In regards to the project, I believe that I can start to take my ideas and refine them. I will need to talk with my group and with teachers before anything is solidified. However I believe that going into our next meeting with clear ideas and possibly visuals will not only help me organize my thoughts but will hopefully help everyone follow my thought process.

Do you have any feedback or suggestions, as we move forward, that could help the Tech Team meet the needs of our school and staff / be more effective? (Provide specific examples).

Speaking from experience, I am not a huge fan of writing core competencies. I’m not sure if they are a part of the new curriculum or not. If so, would it be possible for Tech Team to create a list of ideas for how students can display their refelction? I believe that by making it more appealing and interesting, students will take more time to fill it out instead of just completing it for the sake of it.



Tech Team Project

Briefly describe your new and improved idea, by incorporating ideas and/or feedback.

The tech team would like to implement a wall full of the school’s accomplishments. After hearing stories of many Riverside Alumni and seeing the success within our school, I was able to see how talented and accomplished of a school Riverside is. My group has come up with a few ideas regarding how we can display the Wall of Excellence. We would love to one day use touch screens to create a virtual wall. For the time being, we would like to display pictures with captions about the successes of the individual. We have come up with some ideas but are finding it hard to make a criteria that is open to many but also limited enough. I was thinking we could create The Rule of 7: If after 7 days, it will not be remembered, do not submit an application. If after 7 weeks, you have not made progress, do not submit and application. If you have not been working on/at this for more than 7 years, do not submit an application.

At this point, I am not sure if 7 is the correct number we should use. I believe that a system as such will help us to create a structured application form but I know that there are always changes and improvements to be made.

Answer the following questions:

What problems might we run into?

A problem that we may run into is how we will present the wall. I am uncertain if asking or fundraising for a virtual wall will ever be an option. If not, we will have difficulties figuring out where to place the wall, how to keep it updated, and how to make sure that we can update it regularly. Another problem that we may run into is regarding the criteria. I am concerned that our criteria will end up being too specific or too open therefore allowing many applicants or not enough.

What skills do we need to complete this project? How can we attain these skills?

To complete this project we will need people skills. We will need to contact Riverside alumni or current Riverside students and ask them to apply for the Wall of Excellence. We will have to do our research in order to learn of the impressive accomplishments from the members of our school. Therefore, we will also need tech skills. Whether that is putting together a virtual wall or reaching out to the members of our school community, we will need the digital knowledge to do a sufficient job.

Create a brief timeline of key things that need to happen to ensure successful completion of your project. What happens next?

December: Meet with Mr. Gee to address our outline of the criteria
January: Meet with team members to clarify and set in stone criteria
February: Meet with staff to review ideas and make changes if necessary
March: Present idea to the school
April: Start building the wall
May: Start receiving applications

This is an outline that is very ambitious. At this moment, I am uncertain when we will complete THE Wall of Excellence. However, even it is a first draft, I believe that we can create a Wall of Excellence by the end of the school year (even if it is small).

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