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Chunking With Oriana And Megan

Lately in maths, we have been revising the chunking method for addition. The chunking method involved chunking – or splitting – a number into its tens and ones to allow for easier mental computation. All the students practised this method in their books before creating a presentation on the iPads.

You can find below Oriana and Megan’s presentation:

For more presentations, head to our students’ individual blogs.

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Lots Of Laughs

Lately our students have been working on jazzing up their “All About Me” pages, so their page visitors are interested by the content they read, and are hopefully more likely to leave a comment, thereby starting a global conversation!

All of our students researched a joke and created a Voki to speak the joke on their page. A learning by-product of this activity was about punctuation: unless we type our text with correct punctuation, the Voki (after all, they’re only as smart as we make them!) won’t speak the joke intelligibly… We had to think hard about full stops, commas, spaces and general spelling… an excellent exercise in literacy.

Here is Will’s Voki:

For more laughs, head over to our students’ blogs and go to their “All About Me” pages!

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Lots Of Drawings

By Brianna

After lunch everyday  my class has jobs to do: 4 people go out to other classes to get fruit scraps and recycling. They take the fruit scraps to the chickens and they take the recycling to a special sack.

Meanwhile the others read or draw things they like. Recently we have been drawing pictures to put on our “All about me” pages on our blogs.

Here is my picture:

This is my "pixel turtle"!

This is my “pixel turtle”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come visit our blogs and read our “All About Me” pages.

Bye bye from Brianna

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Being A Good Bystander And Pink Shirt Day

On Tuesday last week, our class and the UP class participated in an interactive presentation called “Being A Good Bystander”. This presentation was organised by Cybersmart in the context of Safer Internet Day. There were approximately four other schools that were connected at the same time as us, and the presentation was interactive because we got to contribute our thoughts about a range of cyberbullying scenarios.

The first scenario was about a young girl who went to camp and was photographed by her friends one evening as she was asleep and snoring:

That photo was not a good look!

That photo was not a good look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the photo was taken, it was uploaded to a social media site and at that stage of the presentation, we had some time in our Yahl group to predict what would happen… We guessed right: the photo was going to be shared by many people until it went “viral”. Lots of people also commented on it, and the comments for the most part weren’t very nice.

How would you have felt if this had happened to you?

How would you have felt if this had happened to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this happened, a group of bystanders (people who had witnessed what was happening) decided that they should do something about it. They came up with the following idea:

#nobigdeal: bad selfies went viral!

#nobigdeal: bad selfies went viral!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bystanders decided to take some “bad selfies” and started sharing them on the Internet with the hashtag “#nobigdeal”… and all of a sudden, it became cool to have bad selfies on your site!

The message from the presentation was loud and clear: if you’re a bystander to a cyberbullying situation – or any bullying situation – you can make the right choice and work actively to stop the bullying. The solutions we were shown on the day were very appealing because they came from kids, and they were very creative, and humorous.

What we hadn’t guessed was that the scenario was based on a real-life story that happened in Canada. The #nobigdeal selfies were pink shirts in real life: look at the PowToon animation below to find out more about Pink Shirt Day:

The students are really keen to incorporate the idea of the Pink Shirt in our upcoming anti-bullying day… see what happens: we might have a sea of pink shirts later this month!

Following this session, the students spent two lessons working in mixed MP/UP groups on some “Being A Good Bystander” comic strips that they planned and created on the iPads, using the app “Strip Designer”. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to show these on the blog, as our faces can’t be published!

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Class Avatars

By Caitlin

This week for our class blog we had to go onto the internet to do our Avatars. There are so many different sites to go on to do your own Avatars. Doing the avatars was so much fun. You can choose your own avatars and get to customize the look of your avatar. The reason we did avatars is because we didn’t want to put our identity up on our class blog.

Here is my avatar:

caitlin

I chose a lego avatar. Most people in the class chose them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see more avatars, click on the students’ blog icons on the left hand sidebar! 🙂

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Going Global – The Magazine!

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 5.51.49 pmThe technology we have at our fingertips, and the incredible possibilities offered to us never cease to amaze me… Here we are, 8 months into our first blogging experience, and we actually have created our own magazine, thanks to “Flipboard”.

Do click on the image above, or on the widget on the left hand side, and you’ll be taken to our very first Going Global magazine. In this very special edition, you will find a selection of the most exciting blog posts from our class blog: exciting because they corresponded to milestone events for our class… our excursion to see the amazing Chooky Dancers, or when our class poem was first published… there were many such thrilling moments in 2014.

The magazine also showcases posts from each of our students. The posts have been selected to show the variety of media that the students have learned to use this year, to create interesting and stimulating content.

As this year draws to an end, I’d like to thank the amazing and tireless educators who make blogging such a rewarding and stimulating experience for students and teachers worldwide. My heartfelt thanks go to Sue Wyatt, who organises the wonderful Student Blogging Challenge, and to Julia Skinner, the creator of the ever-inspiring 100 word challenge.

We have learnt so much this year, I can’t wait for 2015, to start all over again!  😉

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Piper: Endangered Animals – An Issue I Care About!

Hello this post is about endangered animals.This is to make people more aware of the animals around them so they can  keep them safe. Here is a short list of some endangered animals.

  • asian elephant
  • blue whale
  • chimpanzee
  • giant panda
  • green turtle
  • sea lion
  • snow leopard
  • golden tabby tiger
  • bonobo
  • galapagos penguin
  • hectors dolphin

There are many more so in this post I will try to tell you about how we can help save some endangered species . One thing we can do is to recycle old and unused objects to stop cutting down trees.  People are catching sea animals in big nets and cutting the fins or tails off and putting them back to die in the water.Another way we can help is to donate some money to groups that are trying to help endangered.

Piper Taxgedo

This is a tagxedo about endangered animals

If you have art enthused children maybe they could make rock pets or make a twig  person this is good because then we are not making pollution to harm the animals territory.We can also walk or ride your bike to school to stop pollution in the air.

I hope that you take every thing into account when you buy something next so you can try and make it recycled.

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Halloween Monsters Project

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Our Halloween Monsters Project is finally completed! We had lots of fun creating monsters, writing descriptions about them, and exchanging descriptions with our buddy class in Lisle, Illinois. Each student had to draw their buddy’s monster from its written description. The movie below will show you the results, which have been really interesting!

From this project, we learned that:

– It is very important to write PRECISE descriptions for our buddies to be able to draw our monsters accurately: for example, it is not enough to say “half of my background is coloured black, the other white”… because which half do you mean? Horizontally, vertically or diagonally? Left or right? 😉

– It is very easy to take details for granted when we describe our pictures, and unless we put ourselves in our buddies’ shoes, we will forget to mention some important information… with hilarious results!

 

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100WC Special Showcase: Congratulations Harry H and Hamish!

Congratulations to Harry H and Hamish, whose entries were showcased for week 11 of the 100 Word Challenge. The prompt for that week was the word “Remember”, and the theme was that of Remembrance Day. Both boys chose to write a poem (as did many others in the class).

Mrs Diestler from the 100WC team thought that Harry’s word choices created “an engaging, mysterious and beautiful piece”… check out Harry’s poem! If, like Mrs Diestler, you were touched by Harry’s words, don’t forget to leave him a comment!

“I will remember, the day in November                                                        When the noise of the gunfire did cease…”                                             Read Hamish’s elegant poem, and leave him some feedback – he’d appreciate it!

To read all the inspiring entries that were showcased for week 11, head here.

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SBC 2014: Three Generations, One Small School

Book extract circa 1950s

Book extract circa 1950s

Harry R, a current student in Year 5, has interviewed his Dad and his Pa, who both went to Mil Lel PS. Harry’s Dad attended from 1977 to 1984, and Harry’s Pa was a student at Mil Lel between 1942 and 1949. Click on the file below to listen to Harry’s excellent interview and discover how things have changed in the span of 3 generations at Mil Lel Primary School!

 

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SBC 2014: Our Favourite Places At School

This week, the Student Blogging Challenge was all about schooling… And we got really inspired! We’ve got a few creations in the pipeline that we will be posting next week… Watch this space!

Here is our first one: the students took photos of their favourite place at school, then they enhanced the photos using a free app called “Snapseed”. We used Thinglink to make this photo collage interactive: click on the collage, and icons will appear. Each icon will take you to the blog of the student who took the shot. There, you will be able to read an explanation as to why this is a favourite spot for this particular person. 🙂

 

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Skyping Lisle, Illinois

On Thursday morning last week, two classes, somewhere in the world, pretended it was…

      halloween!

Our class and Mrs Sutton’s class in Lisle, Illinois, got together on Thursday 30th October, 9.30am for an amazing Skype session! Well actually, for our buddies in Illinois, it was Wednesday 29th October, 6pm! All our buddies had to come back to school after school so we could find a time when we were all awake together!

The Skype session was fantastic. Everything went well with the connection and we hooked up at exactly the time we had planned. We had an agenda that we followed precisely. Designated speakers introduced topics and asked questions. We found that that was a very important part of the success of the Skype, because although there was no actual lag to speak of, it is still tricky to get 44 people interacting together using only two microphones and two cameras!

Our two classes have been collaborating together for a few weeks now. We use online tools such as Edmodo and Padlet to work together. This was the first time we were able to interact in real time, though. Because we have been working on a Halloween Monster Project, we decided that everyone could dress up! So there was much, much anticipation and excitement for the Skyping session. Despite this, all the children (42 of them!), behaved very sensibly and calmly, which allowed us to have a successful Spyke experience.

We talked about:

  • Our Australian wonderings about the Halloween tradition, and how American children celebrate it.
  • Our buddies asked us why Halloween is not celebrated as widely in Australia as it is in the U.S, but also in other countries such as the U.K.
  • They were also curious about the origin of the Monster Project. Well, I first heard of this project through Mr. Avery in the U.S and Mrs. Morris & Mrs. Jordan in Australia.
  • We discussed the book we are currently reading together, One For The Murphys… Mrs Sutton asked whether we thought Carley would be adopted by the Murphy family. We voted yes or no, and then justified our opinions to one another.
  • Then, the time came to share the Halloween Monsters we had drawn! The children lined up and came one by one up to the camera, holding their drawing up so the other class could see it. Despite the fact that the video quality was not very sharp, I heard many children exclaim in recognition of a monster for which they had only read a description before!
Shiver, by Jennieva

My monster’s name is Shiver, and it is very scary. It basically has a human body (I didn’t draw the body any lower than the hips. By The Way, the hips are very wide), with very long, curly, tentacles as fingers. Its body is blue, and has cracks from its chest down. Its arms and hands don’t have cracks. Its mouth is very long and wide, and it has long jagged teeth. Inside its mouth is black. Its tongue is dark blue, and splits into five curvy tentacle like parts. (This is only part of Jennieva’s description).

  •  Finally, we said goodbye. It was a truly wonderful experience to be able to share in real time with our buddy class. We were lucky that our buddies’ families were keen to drive them back to school after hours, and we really appreciated everyone’s efforts!

Soon, we will publish an e-book that we will share on the blog, to show all the Monsters – the original ones, and the ones drawn only from descriptions – created by our two classes.

Hopefully, we will get to skype another time before the end of the year… perhaps to talk about an Australian tradition this time: Christmas at the beach…? 😉

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Kids Teaching Kids

By Holly

Yesterday some children from our local High School came to visit our school. These children have English as their second language, their original languages being either Karenni, Filipino, Thai, Arabic or Burmese (some of the students even spoke two!).

We had a great morning, first of all we showcased our Jump Rope For Heart skipping team and then did a workshop on skipping. They were actually quite good at it, even though they’ve never done it before! We then went on a website called Storybird to create a book of their choice to help increase their English skills.  Most of the books ended up being about soccer for that is most of these students’ greatest interest.

Finally we all played a great game of soccer with the soccer ball we presented them that was signed with our names. The teams for the game was us versus them, and even though there was more than twice as many of us than them, the game was still a draw! It was clear that they were outnumbered and we were outskilled! It was a fun and enjoyable day and all of our class and their class are looking forward to catching up again in three weeks.

We were in awe of the beautiful and complex script used in their languages in written form; some phrases such as “Hello” and “How are you?” were written on our whiteboard and we are going to try and learn to say “Hello” in the five languages so we can impress our visitors next time!

Our visitors wrote the above greetings on our whiteboard.

Our visitors wrote the above greetings on our whiteboard.

Below you can see an example of one of the books we created on Storybird. This book was created by Jancy, Per Kaw, Wade and myself and is all about… soccer!