Semester Reflection

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)

Even though I finished this project before the semester began, it is one that I am truly proud of. Throughout our school France trip (this past May), I made sure to take a lot of videos. My thought was that by taking these clips, I would be able to eventually put them all together as a vlog. The amount of time and patience it took to sort and edit this vlog was tiring, however, I am so glad that I now have this memory of the amazing adventure we had.

This past semester (and over the course of last year), I have been working along side a team of teachers and students to create a legacy wall at Riverside. Beginning in September we were able to make enormous progress and we are finally at the stage now where we will be able to have the Wall of Excellence up and running by the end of the school year.

Just before Christmas time, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play with the Cricket in the Makers Space. I have a much older version of the Cricket machine at home, however, I had never spent the time to learn how to use it. I entered the Makers Space with the idea that it would be much harder than expected, however, it was even easier than I could have ever thought. I was able to create a beautiful water bottle sticker as well as learn about the many attachments and possible projects for the Cricket. I am inspired now to learn how to use my machine at home and hopefully create something beautiful!

For the following questions, I will be reflecting upon my experience with MicroBits.

  • What aspects of your work are successful? Explain why.
    • My experience with MicroBits is very limited due to the fact that I have not invested nearly enough time to learn the many tricks and components that make up the program and the MicroBits themselves. Although my skills limit me at times, I have found success in the design process. I have been able to imagine many projects and tools that I believe could have a positive impact on the members of my school and community.
  • What aspects of your work is challenging? Explain why.
    • As mentioned above, the aspects that I find challenging when referring to MicroBits is the actual use of the program. There are multiple codes and options for a person to select when programming a MicroBit and for someone with little to no knowledge, at times it can be overwhelming.
  • What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make?
    • In order to overcome these challenges and see my projects through I have been sure to either ask for help or further research the topic. At times I have found projects that are similar to mine (on the Internet) and therefore, I am able to see how people code their MicroBit or I can observe which attachments they use to make their creation function as desired.
  • Is there anything you can do improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)
    • In order to improve my MicroBit skills I can easily spend more time playing with and learning about these amazing little devices. I look forward to the MicroBit training day and shortly after, the lesson with SD43 members to improve my skill and hopefully share my knowledge and experience with our guests.

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)

  • The transition into high school (or from another school) can be overwhelming for many. I believe that continuing to provide support for these new students (such as the Digital Bootcamp and the Parent Information evenings)  is a vital component to ensuring their success at Riverside.
  • In terms of supporting teachers at Riverside, I believe that by providing them with the necessary tools and potentially training, teachers can start to incorporate the items found in the Makers Space into their lessons and projects. There may be individuals who refuse the idea of these new resources, however, through exposure and opportunity for play, I hope to support and explore new components of the Makers Space along side both the staff and students at Riverside.

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 are still in the beginning stages of the Wall of Excellence, I understand why this is not one of our main concerns, however, I do worry about how we will maintain this legacy wall once the original members of the creation team have said goodbye to Riverside. I believe that this wall will be an amazing addition to the spirit of Riverside and I hope that it will continue for many years to come. With that said, I suggest that once the wall is up and running, we, the creation team, spend additional time brainstorming a two or three year plan in hopes that we can help to keep the Wall of Excellence a success.

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