For the documentary, our group chose the topic Youth using technology to improve their communities
Day 1: 7/16/18
JaMia: I chose Nori and La’Daysha as my partners for this process because i believe our interests and personalities are similar as well as compatible. Although we knew we wanted our project to be centered around technology, we we didn’t know much else. Eventually we settled the topics of young people using technology to solve issues in their community. This topic was the best choice in my opinion because technology plays such a huge part in teenagers’ lives, but few use them to their fullest potential.
Nori: My group chose the topic youth using technology to solve issues in their communities because it’s a hot topic
in today’s society. We feel like it’s very important for adults to help empower youth to know the capabilities of technology and how to helps people in communities. The first day was frustrating because we had to find research and all the sources seemed very inaccurate so that was kind of a barrier that we had to overcome but we locked down and ended up finding a lot of statistics and information.
La’Daysha: The first day of creating the documentary/website my group mostly focused on figuring out our topic. We choose our topic to be youth using technology to impact and solve issues in their communities. After we figured out the topic we started to find articles based on the topic. We pulled information from the articles and cited them. It was really hard to find statistics on our topic. It was mostly statics about how teens are addicted to social media, not how youth uses technology to impact their community.
Day 2: 7/17/18
JaMia: After we had our topic down, the next thing we decided to work on was gathering data
To further educate ourselves. By looking through academic journals and instances of youth innovations, we were able to collect enough information to begin creating our cite. The goal of the website overall is not just to display the research we’ve found, but to encourage more teens to use technology’s resources to enact change.
Nori: We then found more data on our topic and read more things to get us a better grasp of what we were doing, then we created our website and the goal overall is to encourage adults and more teens to use more technology to help their communities more. Today I also asked Mrs. Ravichandran if I could ask her some questions about technology and youth it was very stressful preparing questions to ask her but we did it and the interview is tomorrow.
La’Daysha: The next day we started to get more data and information. We started to think about people we could interview for our documentary and for more information. Nori suggested that she could interview Mrs. Ravichandran the president of GlowTouch Technologies. We came up with six questions to ask her. The questions we came up was..
- How do you think technology’s impact has positively affected today’s society?
- What advantages do you think this generation has over previous generations in regards to access to technology & information?
- What are some instances of young people who made a great impact using technology?
- Why do you think it’s important for young people to have on active role in STEM?
- How do you think adults can help youth use technology in their community in a more impactful way?
- How was your experience when you were young with technology?
Day 3: 7/18/18
Ja’Mia: Today, we finally started building our website! It’s exciting to see all our planning and hard work finally coming together. We plan to focus on the appearance and design of the site first, and then work on inserting the content. Seeing the progress of our project is motivating for us all.
Nori: Today we worked on our website and I interviewed Mrs. Ravichandran, that went very well and it also was a great experience, I was also very nervous but I got through it and my group has made a lot of positive progress and lastly we finished our layout. Also Mrs. Ravichandran said one thing yesterday in the interview and it stood out a lot to me which was “ There will be no future without S.T.E.M .” that to me is so true because most of the worlds new industries are technology based.
La’Daysha: Today we started on the layout on our website. We took pictures and added them to our website. Also I went with Nori to her interview with Mrs. Ravichandran. It went very well. Mrs. Ravichandran gave us lots of valuable information that we can use on our website. She also said gave wonderfuls quotes. My favorite was “ There would be no future without stem”. Which i agree with technology is taking over the world.
Blog Post 4: 7/19/18
Nori: Today we completed our website finally. It was most definitely a struggle but we locked down and got it done, it looks good but the last thing we have to do is make our video and add it to the website that will be happening Monday. At 12:30 we met with Mrs. Ravichandran to hear about how the company began and also really good advice to help us be successful in the future. Earlier this week Ms. Bergmesiter came in and educated us a lot on past entrepreneurs who were very successful and also shared a lot of quotes with us. I’m really glad my group chose the topic we did because it’s very important to educate other people on how important technology is and also how it can be so helpful and not just for entertainment.
JaMia: Today was dedicated to finalizing our site, and mostly consisted of doing last minute editing to improve the content. This included making sure we cited all the sources used, as well as going more in-depth about our research topic—teens improving the community through technology. We were researching instances of different young innovators, and found four outstanding people that we really wanted to mention on our site. Their success, as well as ingenuity, made them great examples to show exactly what teens could be doing with technology if they put in the effort.
La’Daysha: today we finished off our site. Sadly we didn’t get to our video today. But Monday we will dedicate our whole day to filming the video. Today i wrote of the script for the video. Jamia and Nori worked on citing all of the sources used and adding the rest of the research. Jamia also worked on doing the last minute website changes.