The information on this page will help you to manage your projects
#1 FILE MANAGEMENT Use good file management techniques to name & organise your digital content.
Name every digital file you create with a correct description. For example: If your using a image of an apple, name your file apple, not what its random download name is. For example: Name your google docs correctly, eg: "11AOF - apple project research images"
Use sequential numbering to name your files. For example: If you have 5 different images of apples, name them apple.jpeg, apple1.jpeg, apple2.jpeg, apple3.jpeg etc
Use a folder system to organise your digital content. Create a main folder, then other specialist folders within the main folder to manage your content. For example: create a folder on your Google Drive and name it MY PROJECT IDEA. Within this main foldercreate folders called Images, Movies, Music, Written documents & any other folders you need for your project.
Save all your digital content in the correct folders. This means you will be able to find your content faster & you wont loose any files over the course of the project. It also makes it easier to backup your work.
Save your work on more than 1 device. Dont just rely on having your work on 1 USB stick. For example: Save your work on; your AC 'My Documents' drive, your Google Drive, a portable hard drive, multiple USB sticks, your phone, your laptop or tablet or home computer.
Every time you download an image from the internet it saves in your "downloads folder". You need to cut this file from your downloads folder and paste it into the correct folder in your folder system. Rename the file to describe what the image is. For example: If you downloaded a jpeg image of an apple, name your file apple.jpeg
#2 ELEVATOR PITCH SENTANCE Create a 1 sentenceelevator pitchdescribing your project idea.
#3 PRESENTING IDEAS Dont "Death by PowerPoint". Death by PowerPoint is a phenomenon caused by the poor use of presentation software. Key contributors to death by PowerPoint include confusing graphics, slides with too much text and presenters whose idea of a good presentation is to read 40 slides out loud.
Create a 1 sentance elevator pitch & Pecha Kucha visual presentation.
#4 PECHA KUCHA VISUAL PRESENTATION Pecha Kucha ~ the art of concise presentations. Japanese translation "chit chat" Pecha Kucha's are a visual presentation only using 20 images on screen for 20 seconds per image & you describe images in 1 sentance or sometimes not talk at all. Pecha Kucha presentations are approx 7 minutes long. There are worldwide public Pecha Kucha functions where people present whatever there specialist in or something they have created. Check out these websites, watch presentation videos PechaKucha.org or PechaKucha.co.nz
To present an ideayou only needa 1 sentence elevator pitch & a 5 image Pecha Kucha to visually describe your idea. Your presentation is the basis for discussion with others, constructive feedback by others is good.
Create a 5 image Pecha Kucha presentation about your idea using Google Slides or Prezi
#5 LEARNING HOW TO USE SOFTWARE Watch youtube video tutorials to learn how to use software.
Learning how to use digital software is like learning a new language. You need to have the the patience to start slow and take time to understand what the software does. Practice using the software by copying what the tutorials describe.
Keep it simple, learn the basics by trial & error. Dont get frustrated if your having trouble learning the software.
Grow your confidence by practicing the same thing over & over until you get the hang of it.
Use headphones & listen to what the youtube tutorial instructions are, write down your own notes to remind you how use software features. For example: if your learning how to use Photoshop you can take a note like this: "image>image rotation>90deg" which is the sequence to change an image from portrait to landscape.
#6 ORIGINAL CONTENT If Learners use images & other digital media content from the Internet then they need to reference each website link so that they can justify where the content came from. Use Creative Commons images where possible.
NZQA authenticity guidelines determine what 'original content' is. Learners need to create their own content (images, text, audio etc) for use in their assessments and must reference all copyright content from the Internet. For example: If you create a 5 image Pecha Kucha by using images from the Internet then you need to add a website reference link for each image on the last page of your presentation. Look at the last page of this presentation for referencing example.
#7 PROJECT NOTES Keep a diary of notes of your project. include goals, accomplishments and your next learning steps. Use a Google Doc to keep your own daily diary notes about each subject. Its important to track your progress over time so that you can self reflect on your learning & discuss your learning with others. Constructive feed back & feed forward from others is important. Be honest with yourself.
7 PROJECT STAGES
1. WHAT AM I DOING?
It is human nature to do things that you like doing. You are more motivated, get better results and enjoy the experience. Ask yourself: "why am i doing this?"
2. ITS ALL ABOUT THE IDEA
What is your idea? What do you want to achieve? Research & document your idea with words & images. Critique your idea with others. Create an elevator pitch sentence and a 5 image Pecha Kucha to describe your idea.
What does your idea look like? Consider all design aspects of your idea. How can you make your idea better? Create quality visual imagery to demonstrate your idea. Presentation is important.
How are you going to develop your idea? How long will it take to achieve? What do you need to learn to achieve? How are you going to learn?
Dedicate yourself to achieving your project idea. Focus on the most important or difficult parts first. Dont be put off by failure or slow progress or become unmotivated.
Keep a daily diary of your progress. Reflect on what you do & dont accomplish. What are you learning from your experiences? Be honest with yourself, are you demonstrating a "zest for learning"?
Do everything you need to create the idea that you planned. The process is more important than the end result. Be proud of your achievement.