Tech Team Semester Reflection

What are some things you have learned and/or tasks you have accomplished this semester? What are some things you have been involved with supporting the school? (Use videos, pictures, upload materials, etc. as evidence of learning in your blog)

As a part of both the IDS Leadership Class and the Tech Team, I was able to combine the goals of both by initiating a customized mask sale using my skills previously acquired within our Tech team and Makers space explorations. For this initiative to work smoothly, I needed to ensure I had Tech Team volunteers to help out with the production of the customized masks and was able to produce “How to” videos on how to use/print on the Cricut machine. Additionally, I was able to partake in a “Secret Santa” exchange with my friend group to even further practice my Cricuting skills.

Links to the “How to” Cricut video:

Below are examples of masks we produced for IDS Mask Sales:

My Cricut Christmas Project:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What aspects of your work are successful? Explain why.

I learned a lot from the process of teaching others how to use the Cricut machine as I was able to work out all the kinks and possible errors to ensure there were minimal chances of waste when others were learning how to use the machines. I found that when I used single layers but multiple colors I was able to get the best results. Additionally, simpler designs were easier to pick out and less finicky when heat pressing.

  • What aspects of your work are challenging? Explain why. / What steps did you take to overcome these challenges / what adjustments did you need to make

I found that when I tried to use multiple layers within one design it became difficult as I had to lower the temperature to ensure I didn’t burn the layer beneath. Thankfully I was able to learn from Ms. Shoelan how to adjust the temperature settings appropriately to ensure the best results within our product. This allowed me to move forward with more strategy and skill to make more intricate designs and products. Additionally, while making the Riverside Secondary logo masks we had a few challenges with how detailed the logos were themselves and were able to learn better how to navigate the site alter, lock, and weld parts of the design together to make it print in the way we wanted it to.

  • Is there anything you can do to improve? (with your approach to the project, or altering the project)

In the future when my IDS class continues our Masks sales we will approach designing logos and symbols for our masks with simplicity to ensure that the quality of the design is better versus overcomplicating the process. I would like to as well work with Ms. Shoelan and other tech team members to learn more about the layering process of designs while using the Cricut so I am able to create more intricate designs in the future.

As Riverside continues to immerse itself in innovation and technology, what do you think Riverside can do to provide support and help for teachers and students? (Provide specific examples)

I believe that we should create a space for online tutorials to allow students and staff to access any help they need on a basic level. As well I think it would be a cool idea to have a “Makers Space” club-like Ms. Henderson has mentioned as well as possibly hold after school tutorials for students and staff that are interested in delving deeper into the details and process of the Cricut and other tools within the Makers Space.

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 feel that our team has been doing very well in aiding the students and staff with everything they need especially within the next month as many of us will be helping with troubleshooting Move 4 Mana App problems I believe we are doing a lot to help ensure our school feels supported. I believe that making the tool we have access to more public knowledge might bring more students into the maker’s space to try out new things, this could mean creating some sort of promotional video or even an advertisement that is sent out through School App to engage students and ensure everyone knows the amazing things they can accomplish in the Makers Space.

Semester Reflection – Tech Team

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)

Throughout the past semester I have been given the chance to not only volunteer at the wave but also explore all the materials our school has access too. Near the beginning of the semester I learned many skills on how to simply fix computer glitched within a computer such as wifi or edublog logins ect.

Later on as a science co-op class we were able to explore more and more into the makers space ad were opened up to all of its tools. We learned how to use the green screen desk for our Newtons law video and were very pleased with how easily it was and how well it worked as well. With Mr. Ford we were introduced to even more microbit assignments. We learned not only how to use a bread board but were also able to explore into how to code in Java and block script. As we dove deeper into the microbits we learned how to code with a servo, a sensor and even a fan. As the entire tech team soon became experts on microbits we were able to learn a lot from each other, something even as cool as sending messages through a microbit! My experience with the microbits has always started out slightly overwhelmed because of the capacity of knowledge such a small device can hold. Once the instructions were clear and we began developing a basis of information the learning became easier and easier. Mr. Ford also helped us with our Science thermos project. We were assigned to create a thermos that loses the least amount of heat energy and through the connections we made with tech team we were able to reach out for help. With Move 4 Mana we got to discover more of the editing and social media side of the team. We saw as many of our own classmates created posters, stickers and buttons all from the makers space. We watched how easily things could be advertised through social media and the true benefits it had with getting our school involved. Lastly, within and externally from tech team Didi, Kelsey and I learned how to use the Cricut as we created fun vinyl stickers for our water-bottles and our computers as well. We used quite a bot of trial and error but in the end we created beautiful patterns and Kelsey even was able to make a Christmas gift out of one of our stickers.

 

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)

I believe that as a Team we should begin to get more involve within the makers space. Once we become experts on the tools and machines in there we can then be more of a use for those who need help. We could start more advertisement on the makers space and make sure that teachers give time to their students to learn how to use these machines for projects. Once the space begins to get integrated into class time and projects we could create a schedule similar to the wave so that students could come for help.

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 believe that one thing we need to advertise much better is how many tools the students have access too. Unless I was in Tech Team i would not know we even had the makers space or how o use any of the tools. I hope that within the next year we can make it known to more students that we have the space available for anyone to use. We could even incorporate “tutorials” so that anyone wanting to learn how to use the space could easily come to learn more about them and find new ways to incorporate our tools within their classes.