A Box of Beebots!

A large, exciting box arrived at school this week!
The box came from the CSER (Computer Science Education Research) Digital Technologies Lending Library based at the University of Adelaide. Our request for a loan of Early Learning robotic devices was granted and delivered for our use for the whole of Term 1. These 12 little Beebots will make the learning and teaching of Digital Technologies and STEM projects so much more personal and effective. The children are really looking forward to learning to code and experience some great learning with our little robotic friends.

A BIG thanks to the CSER Lending Library!

 

Avatars

Welcome Back to our Blog for 2018!

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We are starting off the year by creating an AVATAR for each person.

An avatar is an image that is used to represent a person in the virtual world of the Internet and computers.

Using an avatar instead of your actual photo allows you to help protect your identity when working on the internet.

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http://avatarmaker.com/

 

 

 

 

http://avachara.com/avatar/

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.faceyourmanga.com/editmangatar.php

 

 

 

 

Our Robot Family

Our Robot Family is growing!

Spheros, M-bots and Beebots are making their presence felt at St Robert’s as they increase in both numbers and application. The latest addition of 6 Beebots will provide the younger children with the opportunity to expand their coding skills and participate in a range of STEM activities. This week the Beebots have been busy in the Grade 3 classroom helping students to solve a series of Maths problems. Meanwhile our Coding Club students are working hard with the Spheros to create some amazing adventures with light and sound.

Halloween Fun

Halloween is a holiday celebrated in the U.S., Canada and the British Isles on October 31st where people dress in costumes and children go door to door asking for candy. An example of Halloween is when children dress as ghosts and witches and go to neighbor’s doors saying “Trick or treat!” (Dictionary definition)

Pumpkins are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns.

If you would like a bit of not-too-scary fun for Halloween, try these Halloween Games on  abcya.com

Easy

         

Medium

     Grades 2 & Up         

Hard

        Grades 2 & Up

Looking for Free Images to use in your Project?

It’s not OK to say “I found it on Google” when using images in your projects and everyday work.

Why?

It’s tempting to pick an image from Google but those images aren’t for the taking. Those images are just being displayed on Google. ‘Google’ does not own them. They belong to other people and using one without the owner’s permission is breaking Copyright law.

Note:  If you are searching Google for images, be sure to select only images that are labelled ‘FOR RE-USE’  (Images/Tools/Labelled for reuse)

Here are a few of my favourite sites for finding free to use pictures for your work.

Take your own photo

 

(Great idea! You own the copyright then)

Pixabay 

Photos, illustrations, vector graphics, videos

CC Search 

Use this search engine to find images you can freely use and remix.

Photos for Class 

Creative Commons photos for school

Unsplash    

Beautiful free high quality photos.

Pexels   

Free stock photos

Public Domain   

Free for private and commercial use

Clipart Library

Free clip art

Classroom Clipart   

Can be only be used by teachers and students for educational purposes.  Over 100,000 free clip art images, clipart, illustrations and photographs

* For more information about using Copyright free images, see the ‘Copyright’ page at the top of this blog.

What is Data?

Year 2 children have been learning about DATA

We wanted to find out which type of pet was most commonly owned by the children in our class.

To collect our information we created a Google form and surveyed everyone in the class. Then we looked at our graphs and talked about the results.

Can you read the graph and find out which was the most common pet in each class?

How many children in each class had cats?

How many children had no pets?

Grade  2KT

Grade 2CC

Bully Free Zone

Check out these powerful messages created by Year 5/6 students to inform people that any kind of bullying  – Physical, Verbal or Cyberbullying – is not acceptable at St Robert’s. We want our school to be a safe Bully Free Zone. To do this the students used their iPads to take photos, cartoonizers and special effects, Pic Collage for text and Google slides for presentation.

Learning Day for Teachers

On Monday our teachers attended a Professional Development Day which focused on skilling up teachers as they work together with students in the world of technology.  Of course the teachers were very excited to receive their own school iPad to assist them in their teaching and very keen to participate in all the learning activities.