Week 8: Podcasting

Hi everyone,

So far this term we’ve explored music composition, movie making, and photography.

This week we are creating our own podcasts.

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable device such as an iPod or iPhone. A podcast is typically available as a series.  You can subscribe to a podcast channel and usually new instalments or episodes of the podcast can be received by subscribers weekly, monthly or set to download automatically.

Listening to a podcast is a great way to learn new information or facts, listen to a story or engage in a radio show. The cool thing is that you can do this all while being on the move – walking to school, driving in the car, or while doing your homework!

Below you can click on the links to listen to some popular podcasts for kids:

Disney Story Central podcast

Stories podcast

Tumble – science for kids podcast

Brains on – science for kids



If you could create your own podcast show, what would it be about? Would it be a talk show? A radio drama? An information podcast? Would it be about your favourite sport? Cooking? A day in the life of a kid? Or maybe a history, science, fashion, movies or music podcast?

Over the next two weeks, the choice is yours! You will need to create your own podcast channel including:

  • A show title
  • A show premise – what is it for and why?
  • Establish who your audience is
  • Marketing – how will you reach your audience
  • Show content – produce 2 full episodes
  • An original musical introduction created on Garageband
  • Promotion of your podcast – via blog, poster, word of mouth, etc


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iMovie: Famous movie recreations!


This week is our second intensive week of iMovie. Last week we explored making movie trailers for picture books and novels and Mrs. B and I were really impressed with the final products!

This week you’ll have some more creative control as you plan and create or should I say ‘recreate’ famous movie clips! You’ll be using the Movie Project option this time so you’ll be able to compose or insert your own music as well as have more control over the transitions and theme.

Today’s challenge:

Working in groups of 3-4, you need to recreate a series of famous movie scenes, using the 11 options below. You’ll need to think about:

  • Actors and script
  • Filming and camera angles
  • Music and sound

Take a look at the videos below, you may like to use a selection of these or choose your own.

The Lion King: Baby Simba

Titanic: I’m Flying

The Sound of Music: The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music

The Wizard of Oz: There’s No Place Like Home

Home Alone: Kevin

Indiana Jones: The Lost Ark

ET: Phone Home

Finding Nemo: Just Keep Swimming

Mary Poppins: A Spoonful of Sugar

Babe: La La La

Harry Potter: You’re a Wizard Harry

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Guess blogger: Jonathan Juler


I have some very exciting new for Oatlands Primary School! We are lucky enough to have joined the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) ICT Professionals in Schools Program. This means that Oatlands Primary School has been partnered with an ICT professional. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity, which enables us to build a relationship with an ICT specialist, gain a different perspective, as well as provide us with inspiration and expert advice.

Instead of me introducing our partner, he has very kindly written a guest blog post instead! Please read below to find out more about our wonderful new ICT parter, Jonathan Juler.

My name is Jonathan Juler.  I’ve worked in IT for nearly 26 years.  Right now I work at National Australia Bank in IT Security where I design and implement Identity Management solutions.  I have done many things in my career some of which include: programming, testing, database administration, systems programming and application support.   I have worked on all sorts of different computers, including 3270 ‘dumb’ terminals, PCs, Windows Servers, Linux Servers right through to the latest IBM mainframes. All the major banks, many government departments and other large private corporations rely on mainframes to do the ‘heavy lifting’ in the IT world.  Here are a couple of links to some really old stuff I used when I first started in IT:

3270 ‘dumb’ terminals

IBM 286 PC

And here is a link to the latest and greatest mainframe:

IBM z13 Mainframe


The first PC I owned was an IBM 386-DX40 and it had 4MB of RAM and an 80MB hard drive!  I was alive when the internet was ‘invented’ and I used a 2400 baud modem to connect to it.  Most of the time that meant I had a download speed of 2400 bits per second or 2.4Kbps.  Today I get 30Mbps or 30,000Kbps – quite a lot faster!

Outside work I am married with 4 kids of my own and 4 step kids all ranging in age from 14 to 23.  I like to cook, go driving on and off-road, spend time with my family and friends, go to church and lots of other things. I look forward to being able to help out at Oatlands PS.

Jonathan Juler.

I’m sure Jonathan would love to hear all about what we have been learning about during our Info Lit/Tech sessions, as well as how you use your devices on a day to day basis at school. Can you please post a comment with a question or two for Jonathan below that includes:

  • A few sentences explaining how you use ICT at Oatlands Primary School
  • What ICT skills or concepts you’d like to learn more about (this year and next year)
  • A question you’d like to ask Jonathan – ICT related! Remember, he has an incredible wealth of knowledge of technology, so see if you can come up with an interesting question!

Miss Crowther

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iMovie trailers!

This week we move on from Garageband and onto iMovie!

We will be using our Garageband skills and research into music scores and foley art to create movie trailers for picture story books.

Your challenge:

Create an engaging movie trailer for a book of your choice. You may use a picture story book, a non-fiction book like a Guinness World Record or ever a chapter book such as Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

iMovie tips and tricks

More iMovie tips and tricks

How to import Garageband tracks into iMovie

iMovie trailer tips and tricks click HERE!

Let’s have a look at some of the best movie trailers from the last 20 years for some inspiration. Think about how they use visuals, sounds, music, focus, colours, voice overs, etc…

Where the Wild Things Are

Finding Nemo

Toy Story

The Secret Life of Pets

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Live Film Scoring

This week we are continuing to explore musical elements and composition on the iPad. Today we’re looking at how film scores are created. A film score is original music written specifically to accompany a film or video. We all have a favourite movie theme tune or song (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Frozen..!) – the film score can make a movie!

Below are four different videos. Note: you must watch these WITHOUT sound! You can watch all four but you must choose only one to create and record your own digital film score for.

Using Garage band, you will create your own film score for a selection of one of the videos. In your group, one person can access the video on one iPad and record your layers of instruments and sound on another iPad.



Mickey Mouse’s Haunted House

Laurel and Hardy Fishing Boat

Wall.e Trailer


Fantasia – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


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BYOD Program Update


Hopefully you managed to make it to the BYOD Info Night held on Tuesday evening. If you were unable to attend, please make sure you’ve picked up an information pack from the library. This pack contains important information regarding changes to the devices we will be using as of 2017.  Whilst the change from iPads to Google Chromebooks will be immediate for the classroom devices, it will be a three year phase out process for all students involved in the BYOD Program. 

Click here to access the slide deck from Tuesday’s presentation

Click here to access the updated FAQ sheet from the info pack

If you have further questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to visit the Information Literacy team in the library.

Miss Crowther

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Garage Band – Music Composition with iPads

For the next two weeks we are exploring music composition on the iPads. This week we used Garage Band, which is an entire music creation studio inside your iPad — with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice.


Our focus this week was exploring some of the elements of music: dynamics, tempo and tone to create our very own spooky soundscapes. We listening to different scary music songs and compositions, some very well known, others not so. We discussed how dynamics of loud, soft and often crescendo (increase in sound) can be used to add dramatic effect. We know that a scary sounding piece of music uses both loud and soft to change the mood. We also found that stringed instruments were a popular instrument to create short, sharp and often piercing sounds – very scary!

We were given the challenge to create a 30 – 60 second long scary soundscape using the tracks function of Garage Band, this enables you to select from a wide range of instruments including: strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), drums, keyboards (piano, organ, synths), guitar (bass, electric, classical, ukulele).


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Next week we move onto editing/remixing already exisiting songs. If you have an iTunes account on your iPad, you’ll be able to select on of your favourite songs to work on!

Miss Crowther



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STEM Challenge – Balloon Towers Brief

Welcome back to Term 4 2016 – can you believe this is your final term of Year 5? Not long until you’ll be wearing your rugby tops, leading the school!

Whilst we have a good 11 weeks this term, we still plan to squeeze in as much digital technology and STEM based learning as we possibly can. In particular, we will look at honing in on our 21st century learning skills – the 4 Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Below you can see these 4 areas in a little more detail.


This term I’d also like to introduce a new teacher to our team, Mrs. B. She recently arrived back in Oz from teaching over in the Middle East with her husband and family. We are very excited for her to join our Info Lit team and share her wonderful knowledge and skills with us. Now, what better way to kick off the term than begin with a STEM challenge!


You will find today’s STEM challenge brief in the video below. Further instructions are underneath.


Challenge:  Use 21st century learning skills (collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking) to build a balloon tower that reaches over one metre high.

Materials available:  10 balloons and a roll of masking tape.

Brief: You will begin with 10 minutes of planning and designing time, followed by a strict time limit of 30 minutes to create and construct. You will need to document the entire process from planning, to creating and trialling. You may be creative in the way you present your team’s work – think photos, videos, voice recording = movies, photo grids, blog posts, Spark Videos, oh the possibilities!


  • Only team members can blow up and tie the balloons
  • If a balloon pops, there are no replacements
  • You are only limited by your creativity, ingenuity and ability to work as a team

Good Luck!

Miss Crowther

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Jam Sandwich Algorithms

On Friday in Info Literacy, we learnt all about algorithms.  An algorithm in simple terms, is a set of instructions. We use algorithms when we are coding or programming.

Today our challenge was the create an algorithm to program a robot (Miss Crowther and Mrs Brough) to make a jam sandwich! Sounds easy, right? Well, we found out it wasn’t as easy as we thought to create a bug-free algorithm!

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I’ll upload some more videos of Mrs. Brough the Robot next week!

Miss Crowther


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Age Restrictions for Social Media Platforms

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This is a friendly reminder, that social media based apps are not suitable or on the approved core app list. Please see the table below which details the required age to create an account for. If you currently have these apps, you will need to remove them from your device as they are not aligned with our digital citizenship student contracts.

If you have any questions, please see the Information Literacy Team.

App Age
Twitch 12 years
Instagram 13 years
Snapchat 13 years
Facebook 13 years
Music.ly 16 years
Live.ly 17 years
Vine 17 years
YouTube Accounts 18 years


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