These nine weeks have been passed so quickly, but the knowledge what I have acquired will stay with me, I believe. I have learned many things about myself and about group works. From now on I know, one of the most important aspect of working together is the flexibility and helpfulness and to motivate each other.
My biggest challenge during the project was to manage my time properly and able to meet the deadlines. I hadn’t got free days, because of work, so at the end of the project I had to edit the video during the night till morning. It was a big pressure, but finally everything worked out! My biggest highlights were, when I saw the final video, and prior to that the last filming day, when we recorded the final sights, because everything went smooth thanks to the good communication and flexibility.
I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity to Nancy White, Alan Levine, Laura Stevens, Marjanne Cuijpers and for the other tutors of the course!
A big thanks to my group as well: Emilio, Greog, Sandra, Abel, Alisa, Esmée, Anton, Manda, Edvinas.
Mate – Documentarian
“In Hollywood, no one knows anything.” I sure felt like I was in Hollywood these past few weeks!
Nevertheless, GO BIG, OR GO HOME! (literally) So, we decided to go big.
I invite you to see for yourself what our hard work and sleepless nights were all about. Here’s a brief annotation to get you prepared for this quest:
Our video outlines main challenges Stahili Foundation is facing at the given moment and the solutions to these obstacles we came up with, taking into consideration the scale of the NGO’s work, their resources and priorities. The challenges themselves are pretty obvious and common among small NGOs, the reason behind them, however, is the tricky part. We shot our video in form of a story to help viewers see the problem from tip to the bottom of the iceberg. And tried to incorporate the best ideas we came up with into a uniting strategy – each offered solution tackles all challenges one way or the other. (We also did our best in making it understandable and interesting with a pinch of wild effects =) ).
After 8 weeks of hard work, we have finally reached our end goal.
Please enjoy the video presentation!
Filmed edit: Daria Pernak
Film Footage: Elias Goebel
Voice: Marcel Peifer
Edwin de Wit
Have a nice day!
While making the video, we faced a problem that we can’t really fit all the information into it. So teams working with Robotica Educativa decided to make a report describing the ideas and researches more widely.
See SWAG report here – swag report
And here is the report presenting 3 solutions from 3 teams – Final Report
And here is our video ✌
As i had several times conversation with our Client service and other members of group from the beginning, our biggest challenge was figure out the best solution for our NGO. In past pervious weeks we came up with one solution which we feel it is useful for our NGO, all is based on financial issue. As a production manager i believe our solution is one of the successful one for them, however the other two groups they have their own solution as well.
On the other hand, The most impact which we made for our client in my opinion is that, We try to connect our NGO with educational organisation such as university and library.
In the first place, with two other groups we came to the conclusion to use Prezi to make the video. Prezi is a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool which is used for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. In the video, we have presented the problems and the solutions on robots. Every group had the responsibility to appoint a person to record their voice and provide the solution they have came up with. At the end, we edited and mixed the recorded voice with the presentation with Prezi and made the final version that was made into a video. You can see the 3 solutions we came up in the final version.
So here’s our final hangout within this module and it was super helpful. We were mainly talking about the final video, of course. There are some challenges our team faced while making a video draft. Alan shared some really simple way to solve it. This hangout also gave us some new ideas and inspiration for the video. I do wish other teams find useful tips in this video ✌
It was a shame we had difficulties recording the video as there was something wrong with our internet. However all the answers are kept in our head and we would love to share it with you. The last tips and advice she handed us to end this project with success!
We told her about our problem which was that we had a hand full of information of our solution to chose from and asked how could we cramp all of it in the video. Well the answer was that just make sure you highlight the main points. The layer of the onion. She mentioned that it is also impossible to put in all the details of our solution in the video. So she said it is not mandatory to put in all just fit the most vital points in. And its okay if you leave the rest of your information on your blog or your report. She even said the transition of the video is important! The part where each group connects. She said make sure it has a good transition as in make it clear that the next solution is coming by a different group. And use a enthusiastic voice!
A huge tip she threw to us was to add links of the blog and your report to your video. As the report is a continuation to the video. A more explicit copy. We also ask about the conclusion and she said put in ‘what have you learned’. So please feel free to use these last pieces of advice to form your final video. Good luck!
And finally i would like to give a huge thank you to Nancy for guiding us the entire journey!
THANK YOU NANCY!
We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.
We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.
From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.