Future Technology

Dear esteemed members of JRTI Studios,

We are looking into new technology for next year and need your opinions. JRTI Studios is applying for a grant for technology upgrades, so we would like to know what our employees are looking for. Reply with what you would like as a feature for technology upgrades. Upgrades such as computers with better GPUs, more RAM, more storage, and other things will all be helpful suggestions.

You can also help us by finding a link to what you are wanting in the next year, and posting it here.

Thanks for your help and time,

Ben (PM) Chief Technology Officer


I have been working on getting my Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel certifications whenever I have time. The word and power point are fairly easy. Excel is harder because you need to know math equations and how to set them up.

What gMetrix looks like

You can take many different practice tests and then take the the final test. You can do as many practice tests until you feel comfortable. There are usually only 5 or 7 questions per project and there are only 7 projects in a tests. Getting certified can help you find jobs and just help you in general if you have to use a certain program.

Communications and Blogs

“keyboard” by fsse8info. creativecommons.org. CC BY-SA 2.0

My job, as part of the communications team in the AM class, involves making sure people make blog posts. More specifically, I remind people when their blog post is due, though most people seem to remember when their post is scheduled. I am also the editor, so I occasionally have to edit people’s posts before they can actually be published. As mentioned previously, I am part of a team; the other member is Dylann.

Posting on the company blog allows other people in the simulated workplace to see what you are working on, or what you have completed. Content posted on this blog can be seen by people all over the internet, too, though I doubt a large quantity of people will be actively searching for this outside of people in the workplace. However, by posting your progress on the blog, other people who are further behind can see and ask you for help. It can also be an opportunity to practice and demonstrate professional writing skills.

Pair Programming

Pair programming is a technique advocated by Code.org as well as others to support the development and review of coding. It is sometimes used in recruitment interviews. In this example, students are triplet programming but still demonstrating and practicing essential skills for problem solving, sharing roles as navigators and drivers, and sharing their thinking. Pair programming builds social skills and promotes learning as student rely on each other.

These students are working on an Alice 3 project that requires creating and using random numbers, making decisions using if statements, using repetitions and loops.

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Internet and Computer Safety

Dear distinguished and valued employees of JRTI Studios,

We would like to remind you to not download anything from untrustworthy sites and updates from sites not owned by the parent company of that software. If you have any computer problems, contact your manager or Mrs. Thomas for help. They will then direct the problem to those who can fix it. You can also email me at bkief2021@jamesrumsey.net for any technology related questions.

Make sure as well that you do not give out your personal information to anyone online without knowing how safe your information is. It is not always as safe as you think, and can be accessed with the right tools and used for potentially damaging things.

Thanks for your time,

Ben Kief, PM Chief Technology Officer

Simulated Workplace

In James Rumsey, we follow a simulated workplace model which is shown on the picture in the left. There are 12 protocols. One of the protocols in the simulated workplace model is to create a 6S workplace. The 6S chart (right) has 6 parts that all play a crucial part in the simulated workplace. The 6 parts are: sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain, and safety.

The 6S parts all have a role in the workplace. The first part, sort, is to keep the workplace clutter free and to only have the necessary items out. The second, straighten, is used to keep the other objects in their correct places. This means that items need to be placed back where they were taken from. The third, shine, is to keep everything clean and tidy. The fourth is to standardize. This means to create a routine for the other steps. The fifth is to create a culture to maintain these steps, or sustain. The final part is safety. This means that the workplace is inspected daily so no potential hazard is overlooked.


On October 30th I went to a CPR training class, and learned how to do CPR. We learned the correct timing and how far to push into someone for it to be effective. They also told us that just doing CPR, even when you don’t know exactly how to do it, can save someone’s life. You only start CPR if the person isn’t breathing and their heart has stopped. You have to do 120 beats per minute and every 30 beats you give 2 breaths. You have to push 2 inches into the person for it to be effective. If there is an AED nearby you should try and have someone else get it. AEDs give a shock to the patient so it fixes the irregular heart beat or restarts the heart. The closest AEDs to our class are in the office and the cafeteria.

October 31st I went and took the written test. It went over what they taught us in the class. I took the class because I am the safety manager, and I thought it would be good for someone to be certified in our class. I also thought it would be a good experience, and it’s a good thing to know how to do.