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)
This semester, I have learned all about Micro; bits, the Divi Builder plugin, and improving student engagement on the Rapid Event Instagram page.
Earlier in the semester, I was introduced to Micro; bits for the first time. I had the opportunity to explore their capabilities by completing tutorials and adding additional devices to the Micro; bit. As a result, I was able to add the “Noise: bit” device to use the Micro; bit like a speaker.
More on my blog post here: Micro; bits Post
In addition, I have learned about plugins that can be used in EduBlogs. In class, we discussed the Divi Builder plugin and how we can incorporate it into our blog posts. At first, it took me some time to figure out how it can be used. After exploring the plugin, I was able to successfully customize my About Me page on my EduBlog using the Divi Builder.
My About Me page can be found here: Samira’s Blog
Last, I have learned how to improve student engagement on the Rapid Event Instagram page. As a member of the Social Media team, I have worked with others to run Throwback Thursday posts as well as a countdown to Christmas on the Rapid Event story. I have found that both of these elements gained popularity with students and were a unique way to add some school spirit on the Rapid Event Instagram page.
Here is an example of a Throwback Thursday post that I put up:
Overall, I am proud of all the knowledge I have acquired this semester and everything that I have accomplished.
For the following questions, I will be reflecting on my work with the Divi Builder plug-in.
- What aspects of your work are successful? Explain why.
I found that the Divi Builder plugin was a very successful tool when customizing my About Me page. It allowed me to express my creativity while giving my About Me page a professional and polished look. I especially enjoyed the gallery module, which allowed me to add pictures with captions in a clean and organized manner. The Divi Builder is a tool that I will continue to use in the future when updating my About Me page.
- What aspects of your work is challenging? Explain why.
At first, I struggled with learning how to use the Divi Builder to get the results I wanted. Before using the plugin, I had an idea in my head of how I wanted my About Me page to look. However, when I began adding the modules necessary to bring my idea to life, the modules were formatting strangely and only took up a small portion of the page.
- What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make?
To overcome the challenges I faced with the Divi plugin, I used the trial and error method to fix the issues I was experiencing. If a module did not appear in the way that I wanted it to, I would go back to the editor and one by one adjust an element within the module to see if it would fix the problem. I found that this method worked well, as not only was I able to fix my issue, but I was also able to become proficient with the Divi Builder. I learned about small adjustments I could make that would change the look or format of the module. In addition, I referred to the materials provided on the Tech Team blog to improve my understanding of the Divi Builder.
- Is there anything you can do to improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)
As the Divi Builder assignment has been completed, I continue to experiment with the Divi Builder in my blog posts for my schoolwork. If I continue to struggle with the Divi Builder modules in the future, I will do more research on how to use them instead of using the trial and error method as I have found that it is quite a long process.
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)
As Riverside continues to immerse itself into innovation and technology, I believe it is important that all teachers know basic skills such as how to connect devices to WiFi, how to synch One Drive to your device, etc. I have seen many teachers that are not familiar with these basic skills and therefore refer their students to the wave when any such problem arises. If teachers can solve simple problems in classrooms, this reduces the students’ need to go to the Wave. The Wave can then be used by students who are having complex technological issues that cannot be solved by the teacher. I also wish to see the ADL course have more aspects of how students can fix basic computer problems and how they can get the most out of their Office 365. Currently, the ADL course focuses on Edublogs and not much else. If we can incorporate these teachings into the ADL courses, students who have little knowledge of technology can be self-reliant when issues arise.
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)
As we move forward, I believe that it would be best for the Tech Team to have their own YouTube channel. Many students (including myself before I joined the course) are unaware of the amazing tools that are available to them in the Maker Space. Or even if they are aware, they are still not willing to try these new tools because they seem complex and hard to use. When I walk into the Maker Space, there are no instructions on how to use the 3D printer, the Micro; bits, the Cricut, etc. If members of the Tech Team can start a Youtube channel with tutorials on how to use these devices, students can follow along whenever they would like. The Youtube tutorials can also be referenced at any time, by any teacher or student. The Youtube channel will hopefully encourage greater use of the Maker Space and the incredible tools that Riverside offers.