Monday, 25 May 2015

Our Journey to BYOD- A short documentary featuring Room 8

This video was made by Jason Bloor to showcase our journey to BYOD and some of the ways we use our iPads in our classrooms.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Internet Safety- Don't Give Away You Details

Over the last few weeks, Room 8 has been busy learning about how to stay safe of the internet. We learned about keeping your personal details private, and asking your parents before you sign up to anything. Often cool online games will want you to enter your details before you play. It is important that you don't give away personal information like your full name, address, phone number, bank account details. Even some strange information like your favourite food etc could be used for baddies to work our password questions! Check out some of the Puppet Pals animations Room 8 kids made to teach other kids about internet safety. These children are 5 year olds (new entrants).

By Bryleigh and Tuiana

By Kearah and Amelia

By Ava, Sophie and Amelia

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day- How to Make Mother's Day Cards

Happy Mother's Day to all the fabulous Room 8 Mums. We had a wonderful time on Friday making cards and writing letters to our Mums. The kids had such lovely things to say about you all. And how cool do they look!?
For anyone else wanting to have a go at making something similar, here's how we made them. 

1. Take photos of children. Use a plain backdrop.

2. Use the free app Crayola- Lights Camera Colour to turn your photos into colouring pages with one click.

3. Save the photos to the App Gallery, then press the share button, to share to your camera roll.

4. You could print straight from here, I however opened the photos in Pic Collage, as I wanted 2 per page and I also wanted a black border around the photos. (note: If you don't want to have a watermark when you print your photos, you need to upgrade the app for a small fee)

5. Print onto water colour paper, and cut out.

6. Children wet brushes and use water colour blocks to apply dots of colour around their heads.

7. Children use straws to blow the paint in different directions. It also looked pretty cool when the kids flicked their brushes to get a splatter effect.

8. Once dry children stick their pictures onto the front of their cards.

We had a blast making these and I hope you do too.  Idea taken from here.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tuiana solves mixed addition and subtraction problems

It is tricky sometimes when we need to workout whether to use addition (counting forward) or subtraction (counting back) to solve problems. Watch how Tuiana beautifully explains how she solved these problems!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Kearah's ANZAC Day Story

Here is Kearah's story about ANZAC Day. Kearah (age 5) has been learning to start her stories with an introduction (Who, what, where when), use time words to put her story in order, and finish her story with a feeling. She wrote this story independently in about 30 minutes and published it in a Google Doc when she finished. 

On Tuesday I went to Kaponga to go to Anzac Day with my family. First my mum said “Get up we have to go. We have to do cards for the people that are at ANZAC Day.” Then we got in the car to drive there. There were lots and lots of people waiting at the door. After that we watched all the people talk. Finally it was finished and we drove home. I felt upset because the people died.