Tech Team Semester Reflection

What are some things you have learned and/or tasks you have accomplished this semester? What are some things you have been involved with supporting the school? (Use videos, pictures, upload materials, etc. as evidence of learning in your blog)

As a part of both the IDS Leadership Class and the Tech Team, I was able to combine the goals of both by initiating a customized mask sale using my skills previously acquired within our Tech team and Makers space explorations. For this initiative to work smoothly, I needed to ensure I had Tech Team volunteers to help out with the production of the customized masks and was able to produce “How to” videos on how to use/print on the Cricut machine. Additionally, I was able to partake in a “Secret Santa” exchange with my friend group to even further practice my Cricuting skills.

Links to the “How to” Cricut video:

Below are examples of masks we produced for IDS Mask Sales:

My Cricut Christmas Project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I learned a lot from the process of teaching others how to use the Cricut machine as I was able to work out all the kinks and possible errors to ensure there were minimal chances of waste when others were learning how to use the machines. I found that when I used single layers but multiple colors I was able to get the best results. Additionally, simpler designs were easier to pick out and less finicky when heat pressing.

  • What aspects of your work are challenging? Explain why. / What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make

I found that when I tried to use multiple layers within one design it became difficult as I had to lower the temperature to ensure I didn’t burn the layer beneath. Thankfully I was able to learn from Ms. Shoelan how to adjust the temperature settings appropriately to ensure the best results within our product. This allowed me to move forward with more strategy and skill to make more intricate designs and products. Additionally, while making the Riverside Secondary logo masks we had a few challenges with how detailed the logos were themselves and were able to learn better how to navigate the site alter, lock, and weld parts of the design together to make it print in the way we wanted it to.

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

In the future when my IDS class continues our Masks sales we will approach designing logos and symbols for our masks with simplicity to ensure that the quality of the design is better versus overcomplicating the process. I would like to as well work with Ms. Shoelan and other tech team members to learn more about the layering process of designs while using the Cricut so I am able to create more intricate designs in the future.

As Riverside continues to immerse itself in innovation and technology, what do you think Riverside can do to provide support and help for teachers and students? (Provide specific examples)

I believe that we should create a space for online tutorials to allow students and staff to access any help they need on a basic level. As well I think it would be a cool idea to have a “Makers Space” club-like Ms. Henderson has mentioned as well as possibly hold after school tutorials for students and staff that are interested in delving deeper into the details and process of the Cricut and other tools within the Makers Space.

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)

I feel that our team has been doing very well in aiding the students and staff with everything they need especially within the next month as many of us will be helping with troubleshooting Move 4 Mana App problems I believe we are doing a lot to help ensure our school feels supported. I believe that making the tool we have access to more public knowledge might bring more students into the maker’s space to try out new things, this could mean creating some sort of promotional video or even an advertisement that is sent out through School App to engage students and ensure everyone knows the amazing things they can accomplish in the Makers Space.

Christmas Cricut Assignment

What are some things that were challenging?

Throughout my IDS Leadership and Tech Team customized mask project I have learned a lot through trial and error and now feel very confident in my skills using both the Cricut Heat Press and the Cricut Vinyl Transfer. This allowed me to challenge myself with this Christmas Cricut assignment. I felt that I was ready to try a more difficult approach by doing a design that requires multiple layers. I did find this challenging because during the heat press process you need to be extremely careful not to melt the vinyl and you have to use a lower heat in order to be successful. In the end, I was able to complete this process and make a secret Santa gift for our friend group exchange.

What are some things that worked well?

I felt that the cutting of the vinyl worked really well. I had to use 2 different colors but found them all in the scraps folder which also allowed me to stay cost-friendly within this assignment. Other than that I felt that this product/project is an easy and simple way to provide a cost-efficient gift during the holiday season and I am excited to continue to use these skills when printing the Holiday masks this season.

What did you learn? How can you apply this?

While my project itself didn’t include a complex amount of layers I was able to learn lots throughout helping my team members in creating their gifts as well. Kelsey made a sweater that ended up having at least 4 different layers all in different layers which taught me about how you much alter the heat lower and lower as you add more layers as to not melt the vinyl you’ve already pressed. I also learned how to attach, group and weld the designs as well as learned a few tricks in making sure you have the design set to print not “No fill”. Lastly, I learned about Permanent Vinyl which is located in the fourth drawer. This vinyl can be treated as normal vinyl (not HTV) but is permanent and can be put in the dishwasher when on cups.

My project was for a Secret Santa in my friend group and I decided to print a design onto a sweater:

 

Halloween Photoshop Assignment

What are some things that were challenging?

Through the process of photoshopping our Halloween photo, I found the process of deleting the background and trimming the sides very tedious when you have an intricate photo. For example, Lauren and I had the red ball caps on with yellow flags and to get the detailing around our hats without trimming off the flag was very difficult. Other than that the process didn’t take too long but for my first time it was a little tricky to figure out. Lastly, I do love the result and feel like if I had more experience with photoshop I would use this tool more often.

What are some things that worked well?

I found that if I zoomed in on my photo as much as possible I was able to use the quick selector tool better and more efficiently as well. The setup in the maker’s space with the green screen is super easy to use and the background is great for editing as it has a great contrast to our costumes/photos.

What did you learn? How can you apply this?

I learned how to use several of the tools available on the photoshop app as well as was able to learn how to green screen photos and edit them. I feel like this skill would be extremely helpful when doing projects. To add a flair of creativity, changing your photo’s background would be a simple step to increase the quality of your project. For example, in grade 10 I know we were assigned recreating propaganda posters from the 1930s and this tool would’ve helped me edit backgrounds and extra graphics onto our posters.