THe Magnificent Tree – Nick Bland

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Donna Brough

The Magnificent Tree is a simple story with many delicate layers.  It captures the wonderful relationship between Bonny and Pop who “were always bursting with ideas.” One day they decide to build a tree to encourage their beloved birds to stay.

Whilst Bonny’s ideas “were simple and clever”, Pop’s ideas “were big, brave and brilliant.” The Magnificent Tree demonstrates how two very different solutions to the same problems can word equally well.

After reading the story we created our own ‘Magnificent Trees’. Look at this one…

Have a look at Amelia’s Magnificent Tree

iPads in Art – More Magnificent Trees

1M were lucky enough to use the iPads today for their Art class. They explored the Drawing Pad app and then they created a Magnificent Tree of their own! Here’s a sample of their trees…

  

Using the Camera App

In pairs, we will be using the camera app to take photos of trees in the school yard. We will be focusing on zooming and clarity using the green focus square to help us. We are looking for interesting photos from all different angles and heights. Make sure your photos are nice and clear.

Here are some tree pictures Mrs Brough has been taking on her iPad.

Here are some photos taken by our super clever year ones.

One to One iPads in Years FIve and Six

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

It’s Grade 6 and its looking like its going to be a great year…

School Captains and House Captains, Grade 6 Camp and the new and exciting Bring Your Own Device or One to One iPads in Grade 5 and 6.

We are very excited in Info Lit to be part of such a ground breaking initiative…

We look forward to our first lesson when we get to personalise the new devices ready for learning, communicating, investigating and creating.

Here’s what a few of the teachers have been saying…

‘The iPad is the ultimate all in one device, when I used to do movie making with grade 5 we would spend weeks with multiple pieces of equipment and different software before we had our finished product. Now we can make a movie in an afternoon and that is just the beginning…’ Mrs McKee

‘Each student can use their iPad to take their learning in their own direction – to follow their passions.’  Ms McLeod

‘The iPads are an additional opportunity to engage students, make it more relevant and improve educational achievements.’  Mrs Brough

‘With every student having an iPad, we have the ability to present our students so many new and amazing opportunities to learn.’  Mr  Kenny

‘The kids in 6MA have been really excited about using their ipads in class. We have written our holiday letters on them, designed posters for our school values on them and added many events into our calendar to help keep us organised. We are all really enthusiastic to keep using the ipads to help us with our learning.’ Miss Morgan

APP Expo

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough & Bronwyn McLeod
To finish off Term 3 the Year 6 students held an APP EXPO for their teachers, assistant principal and principal.

After spending several lessons selecting apps and using Strip Designer to create advertising posters, the year 6’s had to sell their apps to an audience. Their aim was to convince their teachers to add some educational and some fun apps to the classroom iPads.

The 6’s definitley knew all about their chosen apps. As they were demonstrating they  discussed their apps purpose and capabilities, potential classroom uses, cost and star rating and suggested further improvements.

As Info Lit Teachers we were extremely proud of the year 6 students. It was very exciting to move around the room talking with them and realising how much they had learnt over the year so far.  🙂 🙂

…check out some of the apps we love…

 

 

 

 

 

 

…ready to promote our app…

And the Winner is . . .

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson
 

Today we announced the winner of the Early Childhood Book of the Year for 2012.  Before telling the students who won we gave them the opportunity to vote for the book that they thought deserved to win.  The results were very interesting and show that we all have different tastes and opinions when it comes to books ( just as well we have such a great selection of books in our library!).

Here are our grade winners:

 

The official judges chose The Runaway Hug as the winner of the Early Readers Category.  They thought “The lively detailed illustrations and lyrical text work closely together to add humour and pathos.” Our grade one students thought it was simply  “a really good story with a happy ending.”

Once we had finished voting and the official winner had been announced we used Strip Designer on the iPads to draw a picture of our favourite shortlisted book.

      

 

News Reports

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

Over the past three weeks we have been busy making our own news reports using Lego Movie Maker and iMovie.

In Lego Movie Maker we created our own news story and then acted them out with little lego people and scenery.

We used the camera app to video ourselves introducing and closing the news.

To make all our filming all come together we used iMovie by adding photos, music, film, voice recordings, transitions, bloopers, titles and credits.

So here’s a sample of a few of our finished products or you could visit your child’s individual blog to see what they have been up to…

Strip Designer – Years Five and Six

From our Year Six Information Literacy Blog

Posted by Donna Brough

The Strip Designer App ($2.99)  is much more than a create your own comic strip app.

…Kids can learn digital creation skills and improve their writing skills, story telling and graphic design. You can create comic strips, posters, stories and diary entries. It is an open ended app and you are only limited by your imagination.

Strip Designer is the perfect app for classroom publishing.

You can add a variety of content, including taking photos and drawing pictures within the app and importing images from your photo album.

There is also a complete range of options for sharing your finished products. You can email, upload to faceook, twittter, Flickr and dropbox, print or save as a .pdf, image or strip designer project file.
      

 

Strip Designer – Years One and Two

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

This week we introduced the grade ones to Strip Designer $2.99.  It is a fabulous open-ended App which provides the tools for the students to learn digital creation skills and improve their talents in writing, storytelling and graphic design.  The nature of Strip Designer allows the students to endlessly experiment with visual elements and text.  It’s versatility can support a range of learning goals for any subject.  We used it to draw a picture of our favourite food.  The students were very impressed with the professional quality of the end product.

 

    

 

 

Explain Everything

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Explain Everything ($2.99) is a really fabulous app that allows you to create your own presentations.  You can draw pictures and record your voice. We used the app to retell some of our favourite fairy tales.  Next week we will begin importing pictures into our presentations. These can be pictures we have drawn, photos we have taken or images we have saved from the Internet.

 

 

More Spelling Apps

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

Skywrite (Free)

Skywrite! What better way to practise your spelling words than to write them in the sky! You simply type or write your spelling word on the screen and immediately your plane will fly across the screen, writing your word as it goes.  You can even choose different backgrounds and different colours – it’s awesome!

TypeDrawing ($2.99)

Type Drawing is an easy and fun to use App that would work really well for a spelling activity or for introducing theme words.  It was really popular with the grade ones,  they loved watching their words come to life.