Through the course of this semester, I have made big contributions to group work. I’ve put a lot of thought into the Local Issues Research Project through the creation of numerous projects and blog post on my WordPress Suicide Prevention Blog. I made certain my group had all the required elements in the papers we developed. One of the statistics I found on our topic brought me to become more aware of how the issue had been surrounding our community in the past several years. Melanie Countryman stated in her article, Mental Health, “In 2013, 14 percent of Dakota County 11th graders said they had significant problems with thinking about ending their life or committing suicide during the past year” (Countryman). This statistic really helped to start to give my group and me some insight on our topic.
While completing the tasks at hand this semester, I also learned many new skills that will help me in my future educational career. Our class spent some time at the beginning of the Local Issues Research Project taking notes on how to easily find information on Google. We took notes on the “Get More Out of Google” infographic and I learned several useful tips. The infographic states that it is very easy to search for specific words in a web page or document simply by “pressing Command + F and typing in the work you’re trying to find” (HackCollege.com). These tips and tricks will be very useful when I get to college. For example, if my professor assigns me to read an extensive document, it will be easy to apply this trick to find the main focus of the paper.
Dakota County should develop a program through the high schools to educate teens on ways to cope with stress and find help if having thoughts of suicide in order to prevent teens from choosing to take their own lives. In the past several years, the Lakeville community has lost several teens to suicide. High School students deal with stress in their lives through family matters, college thoughts, school harassment, extensive homework, etc. Not enough is currently being done in our community to make our teens aware of suicide. A survey was conducted in 2013 that interviewed middle school and high school students. Melanie Countryman stated that “14 percent of Dakota County 11th graders said they had significant problems with thinking about ending their life or committing suicide during the past year” (Countryman). This statistic means that in 2013, 65 of the 462 11th grade students attending Lakeville North High School were seriously thinking about committing suicide. There is currently a program a Lakeville North High School called Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD.This program highlights suicide as an issue in our community, but the subject is only briefly touched on. The Lakeville North Activities page explains, “SADD is a student group with a mission to promote healthy decision making and preventing destructive decisions in the areas of chemical use, driving behaviors, and peer relationships” (LNHS Athletics and Activities). This club focuses on a variety of destructive decisions that teenagers tend to make like distracted driving, drug use, and peer pressure. While this group shows to be helping to make a change and create awareness to the community, it doesn’t directly help to educate teens on suicide prevention. Lakeville North High School needs a suicide prevention program in order to show kids that suicide is not the only solution to an unbearable situation.
Countryman, Melanie. “Mental Health Care.” (n.d.): n. pag. 30 Mar. 2015. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.
“SADD.” Lakeville North High School Athletics and Activities. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.
This is our screencasted Prezi Project. We worked on this project for about a week. Throughout the making our Prezi we did in depth research to create thoughtful questions, find community outreach strategies, and key search terms. We hope to answer many of our questions by finding credible sources. We screencasted our video to present our ideas for the project.
1) Don’t write extensive paragraphs
2) Insert pictures and graphs
3) Keep in mind your targeted audience
4) Use reliable and credible information
5) Make sure the smallest font size used can be seen without too much difficulty
6) Keep the length and size manageable
7) Create a good headline that describes the infographic, grabs the reader’s attention, and is short enough
8) Cite the sources that you used at the bottom of the page
9) Coordinate colors so you have a eye-catching visual appeal
10) Put your most important facts at the top
Balliett, Amy. “The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design – Smashing Magazine.” Smashing Magazine. N.p., 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 04 Jan. 2016.
Patel, Neil. “12 Infographic Tips That You Wish You Knew Years Ago.” 12 Infographic Tips That You Wish You Knew Years Ago. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2016.
Geraghty, Simon. “10 Tips For Designing Better Infographics.” DotDash. N.p., 18 Oct. 2013 Web. 04 Jan. 2016.
This infographic example looks very neat and organized. It uses the coordination of colors to make it stand out and look put together (#9). Also, the amount of writing is reasonable and the captions aren’t long, extensive paragraphs (#1). The creator of this infograph inserted relevant images that the audience can understand (#2).