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!
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.
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 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
It’s not OK to say “I found it on Google” when using images in your projects and everyday work.
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)
Photos, illustrations, vector graphics, videos
Use this search engine to find images you can freely use and remix.
Photos for Class
Creative Commons photos for school
Beautiful free high quality photos.
Free stock photos
Free for private and commercial use
Free clip art
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.
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?
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.
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.
ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It commemorates not only the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915, but all Australians who served and died in war. Many people get up early to attend the dawn service, others attend the ANZAC march and yet others stop to reflect privately on the spirit of the Anzacs, with their qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice.
Our students have been learning about the ANZAC story and its importance in the history of Australia, and some students have created art work or written stories about their thoughts. Here is a presentation on Book Creator.
Hope everyone has had a Happy Easter and a wonderful first term holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all again at school to learn many new and exciting things this term.