As part of my final year at Salford University I have carried out a BIT final project. The direction for this project was chosen by myself. As I am planning on going into the teaching profession I wanted to plan my project around this.
BIT Project Aim
“Analyse current applications used by schools for parental engagement and the user experience of such applications and from this attempt to develop a prototype to rival them.”
The project has included:
– A detailed literature review into the correlation between parental engagement and academic achievement aswell as application usage.
– A survey, which received 45 responses, looking into current parental engagement patterns and to help determine the user requirements of an application to aid parental engagement.
– The creation of use case models and storyboards of the application “LearningTogether.”
– A focus group to gain feedback on the LearningTogether id.ea, features, design and usability based on the storyboards
– Amended prototypes based on the focus group feedback.
I have created a number of use case models and storyboards which all contribute to being the digital artifact I am presenting as part of this project.
Use Case Models
More details about this project can be found in my final BIT project report which will be submitted to the University via Turn-It-In on the 2nd May 2016.
During a university project in 2016 I became a co-founder of ParkSmart. This is an application aimed at businesses with multiple car parks with the aim to aid their car parking management system. My main role at ParkSmart is an application developer.
A day in the life as a ParkSmart application developer
As we have a team of application developers we have all been assigned the responsibility of different clients. For the clients that I am responsible for they can contact me directly should they need any questions answering or require any support.
A typical day for me would involve meeting with new clients to discuss feature options, working on current client projects to ensure their requirements are met and answering support calls or emails should I receive any. I work on adapting the feature capabilities of the app to meet different clients needs. The tasks I carry out vary daily which helps me to stay interested in my position, I do not get bored as I am not doing the same repetitive tasks.
The team of application developers tend to ask each other questions and support each other should they need it. We all work together when needed to ensure that we provide the best service to our clients. For more information on what I do as a ParkSmart application developer visit their website.
The school day starts at 8.30 with form group. At this particular school form groups include members from year 7 – 11. This was a lovely environment to be around as the older children tended to look after the younger ones. Continue reading “School Mentoring Project”
I felt much more at ease this week walking into the school gates, as I had an idea what to expect I felt prepared for the morning ahead. First period was spent in a Year 11 bottom set Business Studies class. They are currently preparing for their GCSE’s and have a tough year ahead of them. Continue reading “School Mentoring Project”
I have been waiting for this week for months. After successfully interviewing for a place on this scheme almost 7 months ago the moment was finally here for me to go into the school and put all my training into practice. It’s safe to say I woke up very nervous on Wednesday morning, nervous but excited. I didn’t know what to expect on arrival at the school but after being greeted by a friendly face I star
ted to feel more at ease.
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Solve a real life problem using digital innovation
Active Copley is part of the Active Tameside group. One major business problem Active Copley currently has is monitoring the capacity levels of their swimming pools. Having spoken to a number of their staff members, all in various roles, this problem causes a number of complaints from customers due to them paying for a swim, getting changed, and then finding out that the pool that they want to go into is actually full. In order to solve this business problem I am proposing they integrate digital technology. A digital clicker is a tally counter which provides organisations with a means for counting customers going in and out. This digital clicker can be used by lifeguards to count how many people are in each pool in order to assist with monitoring capacity levels, this can then be built into an application that can be used by the receptionists and customers to check prior to going to the poolside to see how busy the pool is. This will allow the customers to have a pre-warning which, in effect, will hopefully reduce the number of complaints. Continue reading “BIDT Assignment”