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)
I learned a lot about teaching others how to use certain programs, which actually ended up enhancing my own capabilities. Specifically at boot camp, I helped with a lot of trouble shooting, and I was surprised to see how much I knew surrounding the programs that we have been working with since grade 9: edublog, office 365 and Myed BC.
I learned a lot about MicroBit during the first semester, and the different tasks. Block coding was a very simple skill which made it fun and definitely inspired a few ideas that could maybe be set into place about engaging other students with coding.
I also learned who to use the DiviBuilder plugin, and was able to finally put together a presentable about me page.
I brainstormed with the wall of excellence, and we spoke a lot about how we want our survey to look and the questions that we include for the nominations of wards recipients.
What aspects of your work are successful? Explain why.
I feel like my post successful project was my about me page, I was very proud of the outcome, and felt very confident using the plugin afterwards. Although, it definitely took some time to get used to using the new plugin, once I was comfortable with it, I felt like it enhanced the way my page look and allowed me to make it super unique – which is how our creative work should be. I feel like it confirms the idea that moving to a tech based environment should not inhibit our creativity but make it almost easier to get the results that we want.
What aspects of your work is challenging? Explain why. What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make?
Loading the code onto the MicroBit was a new challenge for me, I had never experienced coding before and although block coding is VERY simple I had a trouble getting the code to transfer from my computer. I read through the website, and learned how to get it working on my computer. Working with a partner really helped! Now I am in Robotics and have learned how to code on Arduino, so being in Tech Team has definitely helped with my success in robotics.
Is there anything you can do improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)
I would like to get even more involved, especially with the wall of excellency, I feel like although I have given my input on certain decisions I have not had as many opportunities to contribute as I would have liked, I hope that in the second semester I will have the chance to execute more projects.
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)
- Having more classes work in the maker space will enhance the usage of the technology that our school has to offer and as a consequence the quality of innovation will increased. I feel like if more people have access to the various tools then more efficient and effective ideas will be generated.
- Even though are school has been engaged in digital immersion for a number of years now, I still feel that their is a lack of innovation used. In certain classes it feels like an extra chore to add in the digital aspect beyond writing on word or presenting on powerpoint. I mentioned some ideas of incorporating the MicroBit assignment:Math: In math 10 we did a number of engaging activities to understand the concepts in a more visual way. For example, with the surface area of a circle we took apart oranges and measured how many flat circles the surface area filled up to derive the formula. I think this same idea could be applied using the micro:bit. The rock paper scissors game is programmed so that when you shake the micro:bit it produces a random shape: rock, paper or scissors. What if instead of drawing the rock, paper or scissors we, for example, were to draw the different types of polynomial functions. Then we would shake the micro:bit and it would produce a random graph and we have to name the amount of zeroes its function would have. This is a very specific example but it could be used to introduce concepts in classes, that are more visual. This way students would learn to code and they would easily pick up the math concepts as well. I’m sure this same idea could even be applied to physics or biology.French: On trivia day in French there is always some sort of challenge that is unrelated to the trivia questions, here is an example of a way that our vocabulary could be expanded by creating a speed challenge with the micro:bit. The groups would have to figure out the coding while speaking entirely in french. The micro:bit website is available in french so this could work in all French classes, but there is not one for Spanish or Italian yet!Leadership: Like I mentioned above, introducing our buddies in leadership to coding would be a great way to bond with them as a lot of them enjoy playing games on their phones they would pick up the coding very quickly and this could be a great activity.
I think it would really contribute to the ‘digital immersion’ aspect of our school, if more classes found new and innovative ways to incorporate technology.
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)
- Having Tech Students run lunch time maker space tutorials for students and staff who are interested.
- Introducing programs like Divi and MicroBit to a larger group of students so that more students become well versed in technology.
- Another idea could be adding a few more how-to’s to the youtube, with more optional project ideas.
- Encouraging classes to add the more creative aspect of technology to their lessons and projects.