I REALLY DON'T WANT TO GO BACK. I enjoy the level of freedom that I have doing my internship. I like taking walks during lunch time alone. I'm so used to this schedule and system and I like it very much. The part of school I'm most not looking forward to, though has undeniably have to be waking up early in the morning. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and girlfriend every weekday, though. (photos included show some SVG's I coded to add and remove sliders from the 6-sided spinner)
Blog #8: What advice would you give to a junior in high school who wants to pursue a career in the field of your internship?
I'm not really sure what advice to give. For any field, though, you really need to work hard and produce work that you're proud of. Also make sure you pursue a career doing something that you enjoy. If you don't enjoy doing whatever job you're doing, you won't succeed. If any future juniors want to or are interested in going to Tech4Learning for their internship I would encourage them to do so. The atmosphere is great, and everyone is pretty relaxed. Tech4Learning doesn't only offer internships for coding, though. If you like drawing, or creating animations Tech4Learning has a internship for you!
I think the amount of exposure I have received to the real world during my time in the High Tech system has helped me greatly in getting prepared for communicating to adults in a professional setting. For example, past experience of emailing teachers and other staff has prepared me to be able to communicate effectively and professionally with my mentor through email. I have done more exhibitions than I can count, and during each one I've had to be able to present and talk about work I've done to complete strangers. I think exhibitions have prepared me to be more outgoing and less scared to talk to strangers, and this was helpful when I was first meeting my mentor and is still helpful because I am not afraid to ask my mentor questions I have. I've also done a lot of POLs, which have prepared me for the upcoming iPOL on February 3rd.
Blog #6: What are social interactions like in your workplace? Do people spend a lot of time socializing? Are people isolated, doing their own things? Lots of collaboration on work projects? Not much collaboration? How does the social dynamic impact or r
The communication at Tech4Learning is pretty self contained. Most of the employees are remote, and some come in a few days of the week. There is a daily dev meeting on google meets where all the developers talk about what they've been working on, and if there's any issues that need to be fixed. Other than that, it's pretty much just independent work. Of course, since I am in the office, I can always get up and talk to my mentor and coworkers, but I mostly just email my mentor with work I've finished and with any questions that I may have. My work has been independent, with there being little to no collaboration. I simply spend my time coding away and at the end of the day I send my mentor what I've finished and if I have any questions along the way, I let her know. I quite like that the work is pretty isolated, I personally feel that I work more efficiently this way. (I don't have any photos of the work I've done, since the files are on the desktop I use on site :( )
I'd say that my mentor and the other employees all benefit from my work at Tech4Learning. I would say this because I have made various art pieces on Wixie that my mentor has used in order to create lesson plans. I have also contributed to Tech4Learning through my coding work. The Creative Educator article that I helped make the code for went live this week, and my mentor has also uploaded the lesson plans I've coded in HTML to Wixie. I've also made a few SVG files that are in Wixie, such as an animated Valentine's day heart, and a calendar that counts down the days 'till Christmas! I would say that as well as my coworkers, people using Wixie, and readers of the Creative Educator web article have benefited from my contributions because I had a part in creating content for both.
Blog #4: How has or do you see your internship changing the way you consider what paths your future will take?
So far in my internship, I've been enjoying coding more than anything. I think that I might consider a career in coding. I'm not sure what exactly that might look like, but I can see myself doing this as a job. I know this isn't really part of the prompt, but just as like a update on my progress, I've knocked out a whole bunch more HTML assignments, and I've learned a few new things! I now know how to code bulleted lists, how to italicize text. I think I'm very comfortable with HTML, I've kind of finished it. Of course there's still things I don't know, but for the most part, I've got it down. Today I finished the HTML for a large article that will hopefully be published soon! It challenged me and is part of why I say that I'm basically finished with HTML stuff. I also started taking a look at some SVG files, which are basically coded vector files. It's completely foreign to me so far, I have a lot to learn! (P.S. I've attached some photos of my work that I like!)
My internship project will be based on my growth with coding. I have started to learn HTML Coding and am currently working on creating the HTML for some lesson plans that will be put into Wixie. I am enjoying learning how to code HTML, I was very confused at first, but it's pretty simple stuff so far. For example, in order to create a body of text, you'd input the '<p>' command. '</p>' ends the body of text. I have recreated 3 lesson plans so far, the process was easy enough, my mentor supplied me with templates for each one, and I sort of filled in the blanks and only really needed to add more paragraphs. I've added pictures, buttons, and even learned how to add in hyperlinks! I like HTML because if you don't know how to do something, you can really just look up how to do it and you'll find out how really fast. I've attached some photos of the template I had and the finished product.
So far, I've been messing around with Wixie and Frames to get to know how they work. I'd describe Wixie as Photoshop for elementary schoolers. You can draw, add text, add photos, change the colors of images with a slider, all kinds of things. It's truly an amazing tool that I can see myself using even outside of this internship and outside of school. Frames is an application that allows you to create animations. It's not exactly my style, but it's still very cool and useful. Next week I hope to learn about something new, Ms. Melinda mentioned a HTML project she might have and I'm very interested in trying it out! I had a really fun time in Wixie, but I would rather do something else for my project, something more like the HTML coding.
Something I'm looking forward to most about my internship is trying out and learning about so many new things! I'm excited to use wixie and to hopefully get to code things and if I'm really lucky I might be able to work with the technology person to get to use computers! That probably won't happen though. Something I'm worried about for my internship is that I might get bored or something. My mentor said I would be working on the Q&A team or something like that and that I might be able to code so I hopefully can try to come up with a project that has something to do with that. My goal for the month is mostly to learn as much as I possibly can and to work as hard as I can so that I have a great iPOL. I don't have any questions for internship, they've all been answered. I'm just mostly nervous to be in a new environment. I hope that working at Tech4Learning helps me see if I might be interested in working in a similar field when I move on from high school