Monday, 22 June 2015

Library News-Enjoy your holidays everyone!

At Sandy Beach Public School we value reading and promote regular borrowing to support the literacy development of students.

Each week a book worm is awarded to the class which has the highest percentage of students who have borrowed. A big thank you to Melissa -Mum of Addersen and Savannah, for sewing these gorgeous book worms for our classes to enjoy.

This week we congratulate KG, 4/5C and 5CM for their great efforts in borrowing last week.
It's double borrowing this week so students have plenty to read during the holidays. Please ensure all over-dues are returned.

Book Club
It's coming! Yes, next term we will be offering the opportunity to purchase from Scholastic Book Club. This provides many titles to choose from at reasonable cost without even leaving your home! An update will be published soon.

Monday, 25 May 2015

National Simultaneous Storytime via Storybox

Author Tristan Bancks ready to share his My Life series!

Tristan Bancks will be at Sandy Beach Public School next week.
He will be running workshops for students.

My Life & Other Massive Mistakes book trailer 


A gang of old folks make a daring escape attempt from Kings Bay Nursing Home. Based on 'The Great Escape', a short story from Tristan Bancks's 'My Life & Other Massive Mistakes' - a book of weird-funny-gross short stories for kids, out now (Random House Australia).
Read a free sample, check out the illustrations and discover more at

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Our students really enjoyed viewing the textless video:"Colour your world with kindness."

The only rule in our library learning spaces is

to "Be Kind!"

My goal this week was to reinforce the
importance of this rule.

This week all of our classes viewed the
textless video below at the beginning of their lesson::

Can you work out the message of the video?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Year One have their first learning technologies lesson.

The students were asked to observe any technology items that we have used or they think we might use for learning.
After some sharing they were asked to draw what they had discovered.
Year One discover many learning technologies on PhotoPeach

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Techno Kids in the Turtle room at lunchtime

Many kids from all classes are taking the opportunity to develop 
their ICT capabilities during their lunchtime.
As you can see from the images they are using various programs including Reading eggs, 
pivot stick animation, Word...

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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