What are some things you have learned and/or tasks you have accomplished this semester? (Use videos, pictures, upload materials etc. as evidence of learning in your blog)
Throughout the past semester I have been given the chance to not only volunteer at the wave but also explore all the materials our school has access too. Near the beginning of the semester I learned many skills on how to simply fix computer glitched within a computer such as wifi or edublog logins ect.
Later on as a science co-op class we were able to explore more and more into the makers space ad were opened up to all of its tools. We learned how to use the green screen desk for our Newtons law video and were very pleased with how easily it was and how well it worked as well. With Mr. Ford we were introduced to even more microbit assignments. We learned not only how to use a bread board but were also able to explore into how to code in Java and block script. As we dove deeper into the microbits we learned how to code with a servo, a sensor and even a fan. As the entire tech team soon became experts on microbits we were able to learn a lot from each other, something even as cool as sending messages through a microbit! My experience with the microbits has always started out slightly overwhelmed because of the capacity of knowledge such a small device can hold. Once the instructions were clear and we began developing a basis of information the learning became easier and easier. Mr. Ford also helped us with our Science thermos project. We were assigned to create a thermos that loses the least amount of heat energy and through the connections we made with tech team we were able to reach out for help. With Move 4 Mana we got to discover more of the editing and social media side of the team. We saw as many of our own classmates created posters, stickers and buttons all from the makers space. We watched how easily things could be advertised through social media and the true benefits it had with getting our school involved. Lastly, within and externally from tech team Didi, Kelsey and I learned how to use the Cricut as we created fun vinyl stickers for our water-bottles and our computers as well. We used quite a bot of trial and error but in the end we created beautiful patterns and Kelsey even was able to make a Christmas gift out of one of our stickers.
As Riverside continues to immerse itself into 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 as a Team we should begin to get more involve within the makers space. Once we become experts on the tools and machines in there we can then be more of a use for those who need help. We could start more advertisement on the makers space and make sure that teachers give time to their students to learn how to use these machines for projects. Once the space begins to get integrated into class time and projects we could create a schedule similar to the wave so that students could come for help.
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 believe that one thing we need to advertise much better is how many tools the students have access too. Unless I was in Tech Team i would not know we even had the makers space or how o use any of the tools. I hope that within the next year we can make it known to more students that we have the space available for anyone to use. We could even incorporate “tutorials” so that anyone wanting to learn how to use the space could easily come to learn more about them and find new ways to incorporate our tools within their classes.
Drawing of Rube Goldberg Machine:
Below is our Rube Goldberg Reflection:
Core Competencies Reflection:
Here is my daily tracker reflection (core competencies) :
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#1: What did you know about core competencies before this activity? What did you learn?
Before this activity, I only knew the definitions and categories of each core competencies but today I learned how to match them up with real stories and found a lot of examples that we see in real life. We learned how to identify when we see core competencies and also what qualities makeup competencies. Lastly, I found out how I can relate these core competencies more efficiently to my school projects.
#2: How can your knowledge of the core competencies help you in your school life? Personal life?
In school life, I now know how to better understand the qualities of each competency and how I can easily relate them towards my school project. During school and daily life, we can always think about how to relate the competencies to our life and use them or the examples learned today as models for how we can be socially responsible, Personally aware, show critical and creative thinking and express cultural identity through communication. Lastly, we can use the competencies to reflect on how we used these competencies in personal, social and school life.