Tech Team Innovation

What aspects of Tech Team are successful? Explain why.

  • The Grade 9 Digital Bootcamp is always a success. We’ve taken the time to refine our methods and perfect the afternoon and are still constantly looking for ways to improve it. Having students there helping lead the sessions is a great way to make incoming students feel supported by their student body.
  • Having Tech Team kids at other events held at the school, like pro-d days, is a great way for students to have their voices heard when it comes to the use of technology in education.
  • Students in Tech Team are motivated to innovate and offering us the opportunity to work on other projects with resources made available to us through Tech Team is a great way to maintain that passion for technology and innovation.
  • Having students provide support to other students and teachers is an excellent way to get across the idea that technology is a tool used to enhance learning and is adaptable to your personal learning style. When students see examples of the ways other students are using technology to innovate, they are inspired to do the same.

What aspects of Tech Team are challenging? Explain why.

  • Proactively providing technical support to everyone at Riverside. A lot of students don’t know the Tech Team even exists, so they don’t get solutions to their problems. If there were a more streamlined process to seek tech support from students, the purpose of the Tech Team would be more realized.

What support does our school need from the Tech Team moving forward? Explain why.

  • Easier access to one-on-one tech support. The use of technology in classrooms would be easier if students knew they could access support whenever they need it, even if their computers aren’t acting up. Constant access to somebody who can explain Edublog, Microsoft, etc. would go a long way in facilitating digital education.
  • A more vocal Tech Team! If the students in Tech Team made an effort to showcase our efforts and accomplishments, more students would learn the cool things they can do at Riverside and would take advantage of the many resources we have, like the soon-to-be Makerspace.

What can we do to improve our support for our school?

  • Comprehensive training for new members. If everyone is able to work on the same knowledge base of basic tech support – Microsoft program fixes, computer troubleshooting, etc. – then Tech Team members may feel more confident in providing support to their students.

What are some things other Tech Teams are doing that we may want to apply at Riverside?

  • Websites for students at their own schools to access for information
  • An outlet for interested students to explore opportunities in technology
  • Television network
  • Collaboration with other schools – network of tech kids

Has your research created any ideas that the Tech Team can implement here?

  • I really like the idea of a tech team website that students can access for basic information for troubleshooting and tech-related opportunities at school and the community. It would take some weight of our shoulders in terms of how many little fixes we need to do, and also connect us with the school better.

Focusing more on enabling Tech Team students to do cool things would also be awesome. We do some of that already, but maybe providing more time for us to work on these initiatives (maybe organized after-school sessions?) would better enable us to further them

Keq Lab

Conclusion:

The Keq value varied from 193 to 407, despite the fact that Keq is supposed to be constant. This caused some doubt in the accuracy of the experiment. However, the average Keq came within 0.4 of the actual value, which made us feel better about it.

Actual Value = 280

Experimental Value = 280.4

The % difference was calculated to be 0.14%

Desmos Art Functions Card 2018

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/ehcpmiecme

Process:

I tried to visualize the different kinds of graphs and see how they could fit on Christmas themed objects or a person. The challenge was in figuring out what transformations to apply so that every component of the different parts were in proportion to each other and the image actually made sense. My “a-ha” moment was when I really figured out how to make new functions based off original functions with a couple transformations and make the process go much faster. Copy + Paste also saved my life. A couple friends and I exchanged pointers and tips and helped each other out with our graphs. It took me a while to develop an original function, but the duplication and transformation of that function to make a component of the image was very easy. I tried to make as few individual functions as possible – instead, I copied the function and played around with transformations to make it work. This assignment helped me better understand the effects of transformations on different functions, as well as the visual similarity of many functions. 

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)

  • As part of my work with the Eddy, I had to develop a one page newspaper to advertise Newsies. By using skills I gained with Tech Team (resourcefulness through technological curiosity), I formatted the newspaper with no prior experience. I’m quite proud of it. 
  • I also got to see how the Makerspace project I spent a good part of last year working on is turning out through the recent library renovations. It’s a little weird to see it all come to life. 

What aspects of your work are successful? What aspects of your work are challenging? What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make? Is there anything you can do improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)

  • I’m combining these questions because while the majority of my work was successful, actually getting the work done was challenging. I regularly help students and teachers with technological issues and update Rapidevent, but school has been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time nor energy to really invest myself in any new projects. I hope that, after all my university applications are done, I will have more free time at school to dedicate myself to the social media time and any other projects that involve Tech Team members.

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 think the rapidevent newsletter will be beneficial to the school community in keeping everyone updated and aware about things they can be apart of.
  • In terms of tech support, I think making it more clear to students and teachers how and where they can seek out help would help decrease the amount of stress many members of the school feel when it comes to technology. Having the WAVE consistently staffed would help, as well as perhaps creating a “Common Issues” document available in every classroom so teachers could help resolve student issues.

Tech Team Project

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

This year, rather than delivering information to students about various things happening in the school, we want to expand our influence by engaging more with the Rapid community through showcasing what makes Riverside, Riverside. We also want to help students become more involved with the community by connecting with local organizations to distribute information about various events and initiatives relevant to RSS students, as well as making it easier for students to access all relevant information through the publication of a weekly newsletter.

b) Answer the following questions:

What problems might we run into?

  • Teenagers are difficult to engage with, so we might not see as much engagement as we like.
  • As we rely on getting information from other organizations in the school and community, we may find some difficulty in getting that information in a timely manner.
  • We want to try a lot of new things this year, and some of those new things will work better than others. Navigating the best way to showcase Riverside will be a challenge, but I’m sure we can make it work.

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

  • Consistency! We need to make sure we stay on top of posting and outreach. By having more people on the team this year, we can all help each other out and remind each other about our tasks.
  • Public relations (PR): how do you engage with large groups of people through social media? Alongside tech savviness, we will need to look at other successful social media platforms and see what they do. Learn from the pros!

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

First two weeks of January

  • Connect with Athletic Leadership to receive updates on sporting events
  • Start up newsletter. Get rapidevent on the RAP emailing list and establish format for newsletter. This will be one person’s specific task.
  • Maybe: partner with the Eddy to keep a consistently updating stream of relevant information on riversideeddy.ca

Month of January

  • Throwback Thursdays! Encourage teachers to send us photos of themselves from when they were young(er), and post them. The goal is to engage more followers with rapidevent.

Before Spring Break

  • Promo Video: Create a short video advertising the social media. Encourage students/parents/community members to follow.
  • Reach out to community organizations, offering up our services to advertise their initiatives to the school.

TechTeamEdublog

a) What Widgets and Plugins did you choose?

Custom CSS, Embed Any Document, Supreme Google Web-fonts

b) What are their strengths?

CSS lets students who want to become more comfortable with coding and web design do so on an easy-to-use website already created for them.

Embed Any Document does wonders in posting assignments and maintaining the blog’s aesthetic. It also helps assure that documents you post can actually be seen by visitors to your blog (a common issue when you simply try to add it with the Media tool).

Google Web-fonts has Times New Roman, a font that I am impartial to because I love it.

c) What are their weaknesses?

The CSS does not include a preview option, so unless the user has an in-depth knowledge of coding, then it is difficult to use. Also, as far as I can tell, there is no way to specify exactly where you want to change or add code.

Embed Any Document does occasionally experience glitches where it only shows the embed code. However, it is still infinitely better than the basic WordPress Media tool.

Web-fonts has Comic Sans. ☹

d) Can these programs be used in a classroom setting to enhance student learning? Would you use it and/or recommend it?

CSS would be excellent for the programming/ICT classes for a website design unit. If I were a teacher, I would definitely try to format a lesson around it. However, I cannot see it being used in any other context.,

Embed Any Document should be used by every student who ever needs to add a document to their Edublog. Definitely should be activated on every blog.

Web-fonts is helpful for those of us who are picky about their fonts or like to change it up a bit, but not really that vital to educational success.

Spoken Word: An Ode to the Porta-Potty

In your life, there will be a selection of days that change you. These days, and the events they hold, will influence who you are as a person and shape your values from that magical day onwards.  

For me, one of those such days began under the blazing sun, my parents and I cruising down one of those highways in Northern BC that go on forever and ever. Sweet melodies of my dads severely outdated music and the magnificent view of absolutely nothing interesting racing by our windows, I felt like something interesting had to happen.  

And then, I started to feel like something disgusting was going to happen, and it was going to happen all over our brand-new leather interior.  

It turns out that sketchy gas station tacos, three bags of Doritos, and 1200 gallons of water do not a fun road trip make. In fact, it is the perfect recipe to the most awful, deplorable, nauseating bowel movement. The kind of bowel movement that would win “Heaviest Stench” four years running and only lose to the smell of a middle school boys changeroom after the Beep Test.  

Now, being on the highway in the middle of “God forgot about this place and so did real estate developers,” there are few established structures, and even fewer blessed with the luxury of plumbing. This is because there are no people. There are, however, trees and bears and something that seems to lurk on the side of the highway that actively discourages relieving oneself in the forest. (Spoiler: it’s the crippling fear of getting a mosquito bite in the places you are least willing to scratch in public.)  

Five agonizing minutes later, I was ready to accept my fate and walk straight in to the certain doom some malicious deity dealt unto me with my head held high and legs crossed when suddenly, on the horizon, gleaming like an oasis does to some dumbass who decided to walk the desert without a sufficient water supply, I glimpsed my saviour: A Porta-Potty. A plastic blue beacon of relief, signalling to all weary travellers and makers of bad decisions that yes, you are safe to defecate here.  

And defecate I did. I’ll spare you the gory details.  

It was on this fateful day, this day of immeasurable stress of Herculean proportions and CIA-mandated torture on my kidneys, that I learned to appreciate and revel in the glory that is the Porta-Potty. In time of desperation and immense hydration, of cheap nourishment and too-long lines at ladies’ washrooms, of strife and pain akin to watching old people figuring out Facebook, the Porta-Potty is always there for you when you need it most. Friends will leave, family will turn out to be devout Republicans, and you will discover that your digestive system is not as reliable as previously thought and the presence of the Porta-Potty will become an essential aspect of your life at that moment, a necessity that you will indulge in with your dignity hopefully still intact. The portable toilet – or as it used to be called, a “thunder box” – is the uniting force between all mankind, destroying social barriers with only a hole in the ground and the offering of privacy. There is no differentiation between rich and poor in the Porta-Potty, black or white, male or female, or even those who think that Comic Sans is a good font and those who are right: there are only those who need to go. The Porta-Potty is a gift bestowed unto us mere mortals and it is imperative that we recognize it for what it is: a blessing. So, the next time you are graced with the sight of a Porta-Potty, whether it be blue or pink or green, remember how privileged you are to be in its presence. It does, after all, go through a lot of shit.