Room 8 kids have been super busy both at home and school already this week. At School we have been preparing for the MOA DigiAwards and at home students have been working on their photography skills. They have been thinking about choosing interesting subjects and getting their photos in focus. Click here to see their photos and leave them comments.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Monday, 15 September 2014
Today as Room 8 were just getting started on their writing, a tall figure emerged at the door. "That's funny", I thought, "we weren't expecting anyone!"
Very soon though, we realised that the man at the door was Scott Donaldson, the Trans-Tasman Kayaker that Room 8 learnt about when his kayak washed up down the road a few weeks ago. Scott had received a message from Room 8 and enjoyed reading our stories. Scott's beard from the media photos is gone and when Room 8 saw Scott for the first time, they were surprised that he would be able to fit in the tiny kayak hatch.
Scott came in and took a seat in Room 8, and talked with us for about half an hour. He patiently answered all of Room 8's many questions and shared stories from his incredible trip. He told Room 8 of the 20kgs he lost while at sea and the 3m sharks. He told us about losing his rudder and how he combatted loneliness and kept his mind active. Scott told us he spent 5 years planning his journey, and many Room 8 children realised this was how long they had been alive. We were so excited to hear that he has started planning another expedition. Such an important lesson in perseverance for our children to hear. Scott then brought his kayak into school, and children came out from all the classes to see what was going on, while Scott answered more questions.
Thank you so much for your time Scott, we were honoured to have you at our school today. You were so patient with the children and answered all of their questions seriously. The class said they thought you were very kind and very, very brave, and your visit gave us something much more exciting to write about today!!!
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Last week we foucused on using Explain Everything in Room 8. Some of the skills the children have learnt are: how to insert text and change the size, how to insert pictures, how to use a pointer, how to record audio, how to how to insert video, how to upload to Vimeo, and how to take a video selfie! Taking a 'video selfie' was quite a challenging skill for some of the children. Check out Amelia and Isabella's video, and their very cool video selfie at the end!
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Today we used the Explain Everything app to explain how to skip count. This is Sophie and Maddy's presentation. They were even brave enough to ask one of the visiting principals for a photo of his hands. (Unfortunately they also took a terrible photo of me in mid -speak!) I should probably also mention that today was Maddy's first real day at school. Great stuff Maddy and Sophie!
Monday, 8 September 2014
Today we started learning about patterns. We went outside to find patterns around our school. Bailey and Aiden made an Explain Everything Presentation to show us what they found.