Sunday, 14 September 2014

Our students were having fun with the colAR app discovering what augmented reality is and does.

What is Augmented Reality?

 Augmented reality is changing the way we view the world -- or at least the way its users see the world. Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

 As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

 With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable.

 Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world.
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                                                                Our students found out that it really is as easy as 1 2 3 
ColAR app available at the app store


-Enjoy a traditional physical coloring experience.
-Watch your artwork come to life on your mobile device screen.
-Watch the animation from any angle.
-Latest augmented reality technology.
-Zoom in and Zoom out the animation
-Play and Pause the animation
-Different music with each page
See plenty more examples at colAR on Pinterest

International Dot Day September 15  Don't miss the chance to use the Dot page.

 Free for some of the images PLUS $3.79 for most of the packs including the NZ Animals pack

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Years One & Two have been very busy learning.

The students in Year One have been working really well on their Reading Eggs program.
Last week they viewed Story 1: Details, Details (SWF 4Mb)
Hector and his friends learn about their personal information—what it is, who should it be shared with and how can it be used. 
Today they also viewed Story 2 on Hector's World called "Welcome to the Carnival."
Welcome to the Carnival (SWF 7.3Mb)
Hector and his friends visit the Silicon Deep carnival and learn how protect themselves and their personal information.

Meet Hector's Friends
Students then explored the Build Your Wildself site and created an avatar. 
They saved a copy of the avatar into their U drive and then some of the students started creating a wild avatar.

1B learning in the LTiC this week. on PhotoPeach

1C were busy working in our LTiC today. on PhotoPeach
The students in 2E have been working really steadily on their Reading Eggs program. 
They can now independently explore and create in different software programs and on many sites.
Students were able to choose which site to explore after finishing their reading work today.
Some students went to Story Monster, others enjoyed exploring the fun places such as music cafe, the shop and the playground in reading eggs, whilst others were super keen to apply themselves in various cool maths online games.

Year 2E exploring & learning in the LTiC. on PhotoPeach

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Our students have been exploring, reading & viewing their choice of resources from Tumblebooks.


For kids and families, TumbleBooks lets you watch and listen to hundreds of e-books online, play a game,  watch a video, write a review..

To visit Tumblebooks at home you first need to visit the Coffs City Library page and then click on the Tumblebooks icon. 

Featured e-Resource
TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading.

After you click on the Tumblebook icon the Library page below will open and you can choose from the wide range od resources available.

The students learned to navigate through the various types of resources available or 
they explored the use of the search bar available in the top left corner.

We did a search for ocean and we found a variety of resources sorted by authors:

The kids gave this site the thumbs up!

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

These are our favourite learning spaces at school.

More of the year 4CN students took their partner's photo in their favourite learning spaces in our school today. 
As usual there is a range from their own classroom, our library icentre, our learning technologies icentre and in our beautiful gardens.

These are the photos the students took of each other with the iPad::

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tuesday fun in the Learning Technology iCentre..

Today year 4CN learned a few new skills to help them.
Joe and Kade shared their new learning about how to insert a squared symbol into their work.

  Kade and Joe explaining their learning.

Some of the students have learned this lesson the hard way ......

At lunchtime today we had many students finishing their projects and practicing their new skills.

We also had our wonderful General Assistant (GA) Phil helping us with a computer problem.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Year 4 Out in Space!!

Term 2 Week 3 Our lesson in the Learning Technology iCentre
Year 4 are preparing to complete a co-operative study on one part of our Solar System.
To commence Year 4H students logged on to Reading Eggs and found a book in the e-library that was about Space. They read the book and then answered the quiz, to determine how well they understood what they had just read.
Students then opened the assignment from the Collaboration drive and saved a copy of the assignment into their U drive. Next, they read through the assignment and highlighted the key words to define what was being asked of them.
Studnets then added their names to the document and printed it. Once they collected their sheets they needed to organise them so the first one was on top and then staple it in the top left corner. This proved most tricky for some students!!
To finalise students highlighted their names, so the sheets would be easier to find each week as they use the assignment outline to guide their learning. Last step required them to place their document in the pile so they would be easy to find next week.
Asking the students to highlight key words allowed me to assess the student's ability to locate important information, as well as giving them a chance to carefully read what was being asked of them before diving in.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Our students are looking ahead to a fun fete day!!

Our SBPS FETE is on May 9.
PictureClick on the links below to read what our students are looking forward to on their padlet.
A padlet is on online space where students can share their ideas.
It has been set up so the link is not discoverable on google, so it is a safe tool for our students to use.
 It is also set so I have to approve any comments before they can be read on the screen.

WHAT are YOU looking forward to??

You will also find the "WONDER of the day"on the right hand side of the page.
The wonders are a great way to learn about all sorts of interesting topics......
Give the brain a work out during your holidays!!
What do you wonder about?
Click on the link to discover  
many things to wonder about!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Celebrating World Read Aloud Day at Sandy Beach

Our staff and students enjoyed the opportunity on World Read Aloud Day to read aloud and to be read to aloud.

Students from Yr3-6 completed a reading survey. The first question asked them how they felt about reading.
This word cloud summarises their feelings.

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I hope many parents take the opportunity to read aloud to their children. It really does make a big difference to their ability to learn to read.

The students also expressed why reading was important to them:

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The students also shared why they think everyone in the world should read:

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Our senior students are very busy creating various on-line posters.

Years 4, 5 and 6 students are working during this term on creating various on-line posters.
Students are creating posters to share their experience at Lake Ainsworth,
 game reviews, persuasive book posters or their "favourite quick read" book trailers.

They are using to create their on-line posters (glogs)
Our school has a membership so students are signed up under the teacher account.
Below is a glog I produced to show the students.
I will share their glogs when they are finished.

Cabbage Patch War

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Would these book trailers help encourage you to read the books??

Book trailers are now a very important part of 
advertising newly published books.
They are a multimedia production.
Our students are going to explore some of the features 
that make them work or not. 
They will have the opportunity to storyboard and create 
their own book trailer
 on a book that they really really enjoyed.
They will need to explore many elements including, 
sound-sound effects, music, voice overs, images-photos, 
their own drawings, diagrams...maps..charts...
visual effects- long shots, close ups, use of spotlight.....
Viewing,  analysing, comparing and contrasting and 
evaluating created book trailers is a great place to start.
 (critical thinking at its finest!).

 Here are a few book trailers that the students will look at this week.

for fantastic support resources.

Students are encouraged to become good readers.

     What could you do to be a GOOD reader, that you don't do YET?

We are exploring all the things good readers do....
Good readers:
*      borrow every week
*     read the books they borrow
*     find a safe place at home for their library books
*     remember their library bag and books each week
  *   borrow books from all the sections of the library
*     read regularly as part of their homework
*     search for great books
*     use the catalogue to find books they are interested in
*     find more interesting books by asking others for advice
*     check what NEW books have arrived in the library
*     value books as presents from their friends and family
What can you add to this list?

Stage One continue their learning about mini beasts in class and in the library.

Year one and two are enjoying studying many different mini beasts this term.
The students have located many great non-fiction books in our library 
and enjoyed sharing what they discovered. 
They complied  their very own "bug book" to learn from as they 
continue exploring the mini beast world.

Some of the students  were keen to take many of the books they found back for 
reading in their classrooms. 

This week in library they are viewing three multi-modal online stories  about caterpillars. Students will be taught how to navigate the websites to manage the different modes of delivery.
 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Welcome to The Official Eric Carle Web Site

Group worksheet

Metamorphosis a singing story from Mightybooks

and  BUGS from We Give Books

Our library rule is to ....

 Yes, that's it! BE KIND to everyone and everything! Thanks Year One 

                                                                                                                        Scan this QR code
 to access our school library catalogue.
Enjoy browsing at  our wide selection of wonderful books.
Most smartphones have a QR reader for this purpose.

Let's earn some more great gear to help our learning!!

Woolworths Earn & Learn 2013

This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program again. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is IF you shop for your groceries at Woolworths please accept the stickers and send them in with your children to their class teacher.

From Monday 8th April to Sunday 9th June, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Points.  You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Point for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Points onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Points Sheet and when it’s complete, the Points Sheet can be sent into school to your child's teacher.

Please invite any grandparents, friends, aunties to collect their stickers for you too (if they don't have primary students themselves.)
At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students. See what we earned last year:

Visit 2012 Earn and Learn Treasures to view them.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Celebrating Harmony Day

Sandy Beach Public School students will be celebrating Harmony Day this week. 

Welcome to Harmony Day

Harmony Day 21 March is a day of cultural respect for everyone who

calls Australia home –from the traditional owners of this land to those 
who have come from many countries around the world.
The message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs.

It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity.

 It is a day of cultural respect for everyone 
who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land

 to those who have come from many countries around the world. 
We are celebrating Harmony Day  through storytelling. 

By participating in Harmony Day activities we can learn and 

understand how all Australians from diverse  backgrounds equally

 belong to this nation and make it a better place.

Students will explore the new online resources 
specially provided to help them understand their culture more deeply.

Teacher can use any of the IWB Harmony Day resources 
provided to enhance the students understanding.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

You are invited to enjoy these local library happenings.

Be sure to take advantage of the CHCL weekly Storytime sessions as well.

Storytime sessions are held once a week at all library branches for 
pre-school aged children and are free.

Your pre-school children can also enjoy participating in the craft activities related to the books being read.
 Coffs Harbour Wednesdays 11.00-11.45 am
 Toormina Thursdays 11.00-11.45 am
 Woolgoolga Tuesdays 11.00-11.45 am

Our Year 6 students are very fortunate because the CHCL staff are preparing to visit and explain to our students all of the services and e-resources available to all library members.


 If you are interested in joining the library and availing yourself of its wonderful FREE services and resources check out the CHCL membership info.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kindy enjoy Pete the Cat this week

"Pete the Cat is back and this time, he's rockin' and groovin' in his SCHOOL shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it's all good."

Where is Pete going?? Read and find out!

They had fun singing to his song "I'm rocking in my school shoes" and discovered Pete was off to the library-just like they were!!