Tech Team Project

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

Our support team is on its way to improve use of modern technology throughout the school. Not only are we interested in how we can get involved within our community but how can we incorporate innovative tech into our own classrooms. I believe that our teams main goal is to teach, help and plan new ways to give teachers and students the opportunity to use our makers space and all our tech gadgets. We will create a calming and welcoming space that can help both teachers and students with tech issues, and help teach teachers how to fix simple computer problems as to maximize class time for every student. Finally we will ensure classes have the support and aid to play and explore with all our innovative tech in the makers space. 

b) Answer the following questions:

– What problems might we run into?

Throughout this process we may run into problems of not having enough time or not enough people, luckily we have a huge Tech team willing to help us. We will need to ensure we have a system in place to ensure we don’t have too many classes in the makers space at once and to ensure that there is always enough helpers for that class. For example we will need to ensure that teachers are booking their class in a time slot for the makers space so we can ensure the tech teams support during that time block.

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

Through the support team we have our smaller team of the robotics team. Some of our goals on this team will be to ensure we are learning and being taught how to use all the gadgets in the makers space like the micro-bits and 3D printer to ensure we can help others. Robotics team will be taught first, then we will be able to teach tech team so we have plenty of students all able to use the gadgets. Eventually we are hoping to have all staff knowing the fundamentals of micro-bits and the uses of the makers space.

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

Already set in place is the teachers makers Mondays, where we will have tech team students in place to help teach one on one with the staff. As this is our first step we are hoping to advance off of how this process goes and improve as we go along.

Tech Team DiVi Review

What are the strengths? Things you found useful.

Through exploring the DiVi builder i felt it gave a lot of freedom. It gave us the ability to not only explore the appearance of our blog but new and unique ways for us to show what we’ve learned. Most of the time when we are posting assignments to our blog they are meant to just give the information to our teachers but using this program i felt it gave us the option to show our information giving the appearance more of an infographic look. Throughout using the divi builder it gave us the opportunity to use its tools such as adding a video, image, column or row but using the formats given instead of the simple word document visual we usually get. Using the divi builder we are given the choice of a pre-made format or we can make our own giving us even more room for creativity. The options and controls are very similar to the ones we use when changing the theme of our blog, giving us the opportunity to detail and customize even more about our own individual blogs!

What are the  weaknesses? Things you found could be improved.

Throughout using the DiVi builder I did have a few difficulties and continue to struggle with the how portion. When opening the program you are given so many options from design to change every last inch of your blogs space. While it is very nice to be able to use this platform and create whatever we wish, it is still slightly overwhelming to someone who has never used a program like DiVi builder before. For me I began struggling with simple things such as font and image size only because the amount of freedom I had was overwhelming. Working throughout the program I began to figure out some tools with the pre formatted pages but soon realized that you cannot use DiVi builder on top of information you have but you must make your format then add in your information. Throughout this learning process I learned a lot about how freedom can make things easier and harder at the same time.

How can this plugin be used in a classroom setting to enhance student learning? Would you use it and/or recommend it?

I believe this plugin would be an amazing tool for our classes to use. Not only does it spruce up the appearance of your blog but also allows you to give your project a more personal and appealing feel. I think students would very much enjoy the opportunity to explore this platform but maybe with more instruction on how DiVi builder works. Using DiVi builder is easy once explained, but learning on your own can be challenging. I would suggest that our Tech Team create a short tutorial posted to the Riverside Youtube Channel that could be viewed by students to make their learning experience much easier. With this explanation I believe that students would have a lot more fun exploring all the tools DiVi builder has, allowing them to showcase their blogs!