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.