Monday 15th of January wasn’t any ordinary school day. As I walked into Portal Digital ready for my new role as a digital developer in DigiPod 5, I felt nervous and excited at the same time. My first impression of our Boss Olive Stein was ‘Wow you’re loud!’ In our first meeting we were informed about what we would be doing and she shared her vision for the future of Portal Digital. Her moto was ‘Work hard! Work fast! Work now!’
The first memo we received was a digital content request for a graphic novel features guide. We researched the key features of graphic novels and then practised writing our own novels online. Our second digital content request was to create an animation to explain and show the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird. We found out about these life cycles and filled in the blanks from what we already knew on our information cards. We worked in our teams to film our own videos which explain each life cycle.
Our first report was a Japanese language video. Since none of the workers in Digi Pod 5 knew any Japanese, we used YouTube to guide us. After watching some Japanese tutorials and picking out some key words and phrases we used iPads to film our guide. The next content request was for a cyber bullying information sheet. We included topics such as how to prevent cyber bullying, what it is, what it looks like and what you should do if it happens to you.
We were then asked to create a video about how to calculate perimeter and area. We brushed up on our skills by calculating the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes and then used what we knew to make a video teaching others how to do the same thing. So far my experience of working in DigiPod 5 has been different in a good way. I love my new uniform especially the colour. It feels more grown up to be at work instead of school. It’s good that we get tokens when we work hard. It’s a reward for our efforts. Breaks in the DigiDen are fun, although it would be nice to have breaks that are a little longer. Overall I am very happy so far with my work in DigiPod 5. I am excited about what is to come in the future.