Monday, 20 October 2014

Our library learning icentre lends itself to learning even at lunchtime!

Many students choose to come to the library
during their lunchtime.
They may choose from a wide range of activities
during their visit.
We have student helpers to assist our students and
keep our library organised. We really value their help.
See what these students were up to last
Wednesday lunchtime.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Double Trouble (or Double Value) at Sandy Beach Public School

Sandy Beach Public School (SBPS) iLibrary and SBPS Learning Technologies iCentre were featured in this article in the 2014 Winter Edition of the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) magazine, Words.
Words Cover

Click your cursor on the nine squares to access the pages. 

     You will see the pages in order
    Click the arrow on the right hand side.     
   Scroll until you get to pages 34-35.

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.
Adapted from
                                                                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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