Time really does fly when you’re enjoying yourself! It seems like yesterday we were just introducing our design intern, Ola Agunloye, to the rest of the team and the strange elevators in our lobby (trust us, it doesn’t work like a normal elevator). While we had plenty of things that we wanted Ola to take away from this internship, we wanted to get feedback on what she actually learned.
Meet our talented intern, Olabimpe Agunloye -- or Ola, for short. Ola is senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, studying graphic design. FIT is a SUNY school known for establishing innovative designers into an environment that helps push design forward. In fact, there are several FIT alumni within ProjectEd’s design team and solidified their love for design when embarking on their own internship experiences.
Despite the ominous messages that Black Mirror has warned its viewers about the advancement of AR and VR (let’s hope none of us end up in the USS Callister), the technologies are growing and here to stay. AR and VR for education is also a budding field, and we even had the pleasure of sharing ideas with content creators at a recent VR for Education meetup right around the corner from our office in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Imagine you’re building a house for a young family. You might think you know what’s best for them. You go straight out and build a house with an open concept design so that Mom and Dad will be able to watch the kids at all times. But when the family moves in, they tell you an open concept makes it too difficult for the kids to concentrate on homework while Dad is cooking or Mom is watching TV.
When you think about the tech industry, your mind may automatically go to Silicon Valley, where designated techie buses roam to and from San Francisco. Or you may even think of New York City, nicknamed “Silicon Alley,” where hip and industrial chic co-working spaces are abound. From Austin to Las Vegas, there are always new, exciting cities contending for the tech crown. But one state has been quietly growing and thriving as an edtech hub: North Carolina.
Once upon a time, as we were wrapping up a typical all-hands meeting, one of our team members, Jenny Herrera, presented a challenge to us: how well do we speak teacher? More specifically, how well do we know the acronyms educators use on a daily basis? We were armed with fly swatters and years of experience in the education field — what could possibly go wrong? As Jenny read off questions and asked us to match it with the correct acronym on the wall, we quickly begin to realize that teachers know a lot, and we could hardly keep up!
This is the first in a series of posts documenting our experience starting a high school internship program.
It’s Monday at 3:15pm, and in roll the newest members of our team: Michael and Erwin. They are our youngest team members and (technically) the least experienced, but they each carry a wealth of knowledge in a certain topic that none of us can match: What it’s like to be a high schooler in 2018.