NIST Technology

Created by: Rich, Anish and Zeyu

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Technology- Relaunch Evaluation

This relaunch unit has been a major challenge for me in technology. It is the first time that I had to go through a whole design cycle all by myself and complete the project with minimal teacher guidance.

Design Stages

Investigation 

In the investigation stage, I thought I did quite a good job. I considered the choices I had and justified my decisions. I laid everything out logically, so it is easy to understand what steps I took to reach the decision that I have made. I could have come up with different ways of testing my product, so later on in the design cycle it will be easier to do so. Also I learnt that instead of placing the whole survey in the investigation I would just have to summarize the main points that I got from that survey.

Design

The design stage was quite a challenging one for me, this is because I had troubles in what to include in this stage. Since I was creating an application I didn’t know what the design would look like. Since I am using the IBuildApp website, there were limited features and designs I could use. That is why a site map was created. Using online family tree software, I managed to create three different site maps that I can base my application on. I chose the most appropriate one and developed it further so that it would be used as my final design.

Plan

Planning was easy stage for me. I visualized what I had to complete in the amount of time I had and planned out the sections accordingly. I knew already which pages would take longer to make and which would be easier to do so I gave more time priority to the ones that took longer. I also gave myself time at home to catch up with the work or do the blog post. In short; I didn’t face any major challenges in this stage of the design cycle.

Create

Create was the most interesting stage of the design cycle. This is because after all of this designing and planning, I finally get to actually make the product. Along the way, I faced some minor issues with the program, but it was soon resolved. Although the final publishing didn’t go as planned because placing an application in the App Store (Apple) or the Play Store (Android) requires the developer of the application to pay from 25 up to 99 dollars. Even though this was quite unexpected, but we still managed to download an Android version of the application and placed it on an Android device to check out the final quality of the application.

Testing

I constructed a survey on Survey Monkey using the test questions I have written in the investigation phase of this project. A total of 14 people took the survey and here are the results from the major questions.

Did the application work and run in a smooth way?

This test question is somewhat related to the first specification, as shown in the graph 13 people said that it ran smoothly. There is a single person that didn’t think the application ran smoothly. There was no reason box, so I had no way of knowing why the application wasn’t smooth.

Did you learn a lot from using this application?

Even though only 8 people said that they learnt something from the application, but they found it filled with information. Some said that they just learnt general overview about what MUN is, and others found specific pages useful to them. The few people that didn’t learn a lot from this application was because that they were already participated in MUN so they already the information the application provides for them.

Did the application promote MUN?

The whole point of this project was to promote a service project or a club at NIST and with 9 people saying that this application does that suggests that the application is a success. Not only were the votes, the comments also very positive. “It gives people a better idea of it” one said, “Tells about everything” says another. The real success is to try to get people convinced to come and join MUN (design brief) and with the comment “Now I want to sign up for MUN cause it looks so awesome” shows that I have achieved it.

How interesting was the application?

8 people said that this application wasn’t interesting at all. This is because there were a lot of words and hardly any visual images to go along. This is just like reading an essay, which everyone doesn’t like doing. Another 6 people said that the application was somewhat interesting. This might be because they found some parts of the application useful or they have some knowledge of MUN so it grabbed their attention. This is one of the things that I can improve on making my application better.

Rating the application

A total of 3 people rated my application an 8 out of 10. This is a fairly high number, but on the other hand 3 people also rated it a 4. These rating are opinion based and it is what each person think about my application. This is why I got a mean of these 14 rating, which are 6.416. This tells me that the application is acceptable, but it could improve a lot.

Asking target audience for improvement

Too many words

What to add to improve application

After asking my target audience what they thought I can improve, the only most frequent word that came up was words. They wanted me to cut down on the number of words I used or add images and pictures to the information to make it much more interesting for the viewers to view.

If I was to redo this project, I would try to minimize the amount of words I used and add more pictures and images so that the application would be visually appealing for the target audience and people won’t be bored of the application.

Design Specifications

1. The application must work.

After downloading the application and placing it in an Android phone, it showed that the application worked perfectly well. Everything was smooth and the online software worked very well.

2. The application must be made within the given time limit.

With 9 lessons of create and a week long holiday in-between, I managed to complete the application with time to spare at the end. This time gave me extra time to test out the application and try to fix things that didn’t really work or turn out right in the actual application.

3. The application must have at least 6 different pages.

This application offers 6 different and unique pages on topics related to MUN. It gives the audience a whole over view about what MUN will be about.

4. The application must promote MUN club.

After the completing the survey, it is agreed by the target audience that the application does promote application, and it wanted viewers to join the club. This is a great success for the purpose my application.

5. The application must provide useful information about the MUN club.

There is a lot of different information on what MUN offers, from dress code to writing resolutions, it is all included in a single application so it is easy for users to find and use.

6. The application should be easy to use and understand.

The application was kept in a simple language and technical MUN terms are all listed in a glossary so the views would know the meaning of each individual word.

7. The application must have an original design.

The design was a pre- made template from the IBuildApp website. Using that template, I transformed the design into a MUN style design, with the blue UN colour and the UN logo at the back. This I can say that it is an original design that I have come up with myself.

8. The application must be suitable for the target audience.

The application survey was sent to the target audience and from the results, it can be concluded that the application was suitable for the target audience.

Distribution of Application

To mass distribute my application, the first step would be placing the finished application on the Play Store and the App store. This way it would be publicly available for users from around the world to access it. Also there is no better place to promote an application about MUN at an actual MUN conference. This way everyone would have a live MUN dictionary in their pockets that they can use whenever they are not sure about something. To promote MUN, the application can be placed on the notices, hoping that it will help to promote the club, having more members join the club.

Impact on Society

MUN is a club where it gets everyone aware of the global issues that are happing in the world right now. It is a club that helps us students prepare for the real world and the different issues that we will face. It also improves debating skills and on the spot speech writing skills in students which would be a very useful skill to have in our future life. So overall, MUN is great help to use students and I hope my application would promote the club so new members would join every year.

Technology- Relaunch Create 9

Today is one of the smoothest day in the whole create process. I published my application and installed it in a mobile device. Everything moves smoothly on the application but some minor adjustments has to be made. Unfortunately the application is not widely available in the App Store (for Apple) or the Play Store (for Android) but it is publicly available in the IBuildApp Web Application store where the application can be downloaded and installed onto your Android phone. It doesn’t work on an Apple phone because in order to work on Apple, the developer of the application needs to pay the App Store.  Here is the link to download the application:

http://ibuildapp.com/projects.php?action=info&projectid=140402

9(23/04/2012) 50 Finish Publishing Application  

  1. Follow the instructions given
  2. Publish Application
  3. Download Application

 

This time is used to finish off the publishing process of the application.

 

 

Computer, Internet access

30 Try Application out on mobile device  

  1. Install the application to a moble device
  2. Test out if everything works
  3. Enjoy the application

 

This is the final stage of my create. It is to download it onto a mobile device so that it can be used.

Technology- Relaunch Create 8

Today was a productive day, I asked my peers to take a look at my application and give it some feedback and using this feedback I have improved my application. I have started to look through the publishing process and have made extra pages like the Splash Screen and the Application Icon. Next lesson I will finish publishing my application and test it on a mobile device.

8(19/04/2012) 50 Update application using feedback given 

  1. Final modification
  2. Download application to mobile device
  3. Test application out

 

This time would be used for making the last few modifications to my application using the feedback that I have recived. Also, downloading the application onto a mobile device would help me check the formating out.  

Computer, Internet access

 

 

20 Start publishing application  

  1. Click on the publishing tab
  2. Follow steps to publish application

 

This is the final stage of creating a sucessful application is to publish the application. This way the application can be used by the public.

10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this eighth lesson.

Technology- Relaunch Create 7

The pictures and glossary section of the application is completed, making me right on schedule. I have decided to add my work cited to the end of the glossary page because there wasn’t a page where I could add the bibliography. Over all, I am nearly done with the application and there are just a few final touches to be made.

7(04/04/2012) 20 Finish “Picture” and “Glossary” page 

  1. Add final pictures and words to pages
  2. Complete pages by the end of this time

 

By the end of this 20 minutes, the picures and glossary page should be complete.

 

 

 

 

 

Computer, Internet access

 

 

 

20 Add finishing touches to any of the pages

  1. Add extra information to any pages
  2. Change layout of pages

 

In this time, some extra information could be added to any of the pages. Also if a layout of a page is incorrect, then it could be corrected.

40 Ask suggestions from peers

  1. Ask student to test out application
  2. Grade it against the design specifications
  3. Receive feedback

 

This short 40 minute time frame would be used for me to gain feedback from the target audience about what needs to be improved inorder to create a more successful application. I would also grade the application against the design specifications that has been created.

HOMEWORK
(04/04/2012) 

 

 

 

 

10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this sixth lesson.

Technology- Relaunch Create 6

In class today I have finished the picture and glossary page. Even though the images doesn’t show up on the “Live Preview” but I know that they will come up in the final application. The glossary page has also been completed. I have added the bibliography under the glossary because there were no other place to place the work cited. After the 60 minutes, I didn’t get the chance to finish off the preparation page. So that (as I said below) will become homework.

6(30/03/2012) 60 Finish “MUN Prepeartaion” page

  1. Add details and other information to the page
  2. Finish the page

 

By the end of this 60 minutes, my aim is to have finished the page. If not done so it shall be homework.

 

 

 

 

 

Computer, Internet access

 

20 Start to create “Picture” and “Glossary” page

  1. Open the new pages
  2. Make sure they are in the right format
  3. Add information to the pages

 

These two pages are the easiest to make out of all the pages, therefore it should take a long time to complete.

10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this sixth lesson.

HOMEWORK
(optional)
Finish “MUN Prepeartion” page if not done so already  If the MUN Preperation isn’t complete by the end of lesson 6, then it becomes homework, no extra time in class can be wasted on this. Computer, Internet access

Technology- Relaunch Create 5

Today in class I stuck to my plan, and right now I am exactly where I to be. I have finished 1 sub page of the “MUN Preparation” page. I have also added another page to the this section of the application called “Resources”. In this page, it would provide sites and different resources on where good information for MUN can be found. I found this information appropriate to be included but were no sub page to fit it under therefore a new section is created.

5(28/03/2012) 20 Finish “Resolution” Page  

  1. Add any extra details into the resoultion page
  2. Should be finished with the page at the end of this 20 minutes session

 

I aim by the end of this 20 minutes, that I would be finished with the resolution page. This gives me a total of 120 minutes or 2 hours of class time to work on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer, Internet access

 

50 Start creaing “MUN Prepeartion” page

  1. Start making the MUN preperation page
  2. Research or gather any information on this topic
  3. Try to complete 1 sub page

 

This 50 minutes section of the class would be used to

10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this fifth lesson.

HOMEWORK
(optional)
Finish “Resolution” page if not done so already  If the resoultion page isnt complete by the end of lesson 5, then it becomes homework, no extra time in class can be wasted on this. Computer, Internet access

Preparation Page


					

Technology- Relaunch Create 4

After missing a lesson I am finally caught up with my work for the application. After doing some work at home I am finally on track with where I should be for my application. The “Resolution” is a big section of my application and I have finished most of it in class. I have also made some changes to the “Resolution” pages by adding extra pages that I felt would explain it much better. This extra page is the “Vetting Panel” page, explaining the process of how a resolution get passed so it can be debated. Other then that I have been sticking to my plan very well so far.

4(26/03/2012) 70 Close to finishing “Resoultion” page

  1. Finish off the first sub page if not done so last lesson already
  2. Start working on the other subpages and try to complete
  3. Aim to finish the page at the end of the lesson

 

This whole lesson would be dedicated for my resoultion page. It is the biggest page in my entire application also it contains a lot of information so it is important to get it right.

 

 

 

Computer, Internet access

 

10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this fourth lesson.

Resolution Page

Technology- Relaunch Create 3

Lesson 3 for my create stage has not been good. I have fallen sick and couldn’t go to school. So they only way to keep up with my create stage is to complete lesson 3’s things at home. This way by the next lesson I will be fully on track with my create stage.

*HOMEWORK*

3(21/03/2012) 50 Start and finish creating “What is it?” page

  1. Create page from the home page of the application
  2. Set page style as a HTML
  3. Write a summary of what MUN is about

 

This would be the section that helps the user get an overview of what MUN is. The shor summary of MUN would be very appling to the target audience therefore making them want to join the club.

Computer, Internet access 
30 Start creating “Resoultions” page

  1. Create the appoperate page for the resoultion page
  2. Make sure the page is in the right formate
  3. Try to finish 1 subpage of the resoultion page

 

This time in class would help me get started with the resoultion page. The resolution page would be one of the biggest pages that I would have to create, therefore it would take the most time.

HOMEWORK(21/03/2012) 10 Create blog post

  1. Take a screen shot of how far the application has been made
  2. Post on a new blog post
  3. Writie a summary of what has been done today

 

This blog post is for the pourpose of showing evidience that the product is created by me. It also gives me a chance to state the modifications that has been made to the plan from this third lesson.

Computer, Internet access

I have completed what I have to do for lesson 3. The “What is it?” page is complete and I have started work on the “Resolutions” page. Now I can say that I have caught up with my work from last lesson, I can work on the next thing that comes up in my plan. Below is the finished “What is it?” page that I have completed at home.