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

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



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

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


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 16 years 17 years
Vine 17 years
YouTube Accounts 18 years


Adobe Spark Video

This week we had a go at a very new and exciting app – Adobe Spark Video. 

Adobe have recently released three new apps – Spark Video, Spark Post  and Spark Page. Within minutes you can now turn your ideas into impactful and professional quality social graphics, web stories and animated videos.

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A letter went home on Friday to ask all Year 5 students to have these three (free) apps on their iPads by Week 1 of Term 4. Until then, we have access to the Adobe Spark range of apps via the library iPads.

Spark Video is a video story telling application available on the iPad and computer. It combines motion graphics, audio recording, music, text and photos to produce short, animated, narrated explainer videos. It has recently been named by Apple as an App Store Best App of the Year and already been downloaded over 3.5 millions times – wow!

Over the next term, you are sure to see plenty of our fantastic creations via the Spark range. Next week we will jump into Adobe Spark Page, which will be exciting for those of you with an interest in graphics, drawing and poster making!

Have a look below at one of our fantastic first attempts using Spark Video

Miss Crowther

Olympics Closing Ceremony and Blogging

This week we begin counting down the days until the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics which takes place on Monday morning. We have enjoyed keeping up with the highs and lows of the different events, the medals won and the inspiring performances by so many athletes from around the world. What was your favourite moment of the Rio Olympics? You can leave a comment below!

Today we also revisted our classroom blogs and the importance of keeping blog posts and commenting up to date. We followed 6 easy steps to posting effective blog comments:

  1. Add something to the conversation
  2. Comment early
  3. Don’t be rude
  4. You can disagree without being disagreeable
  5. Ask questions
  6. Have a purpose

Make sure you keep these in mind when commenting on other people’s blog posts this week. Below are some images of our fabulous blog work this week –

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Don’t forget to use the time before our session next Friday to keep practising posting and commenting on blogs!

Miss Crowther

Go Aussies!

What an exciting week it has been at the Rio Olympics! We started our lessons in Info Lit this week by recapping on the highlights of the Rio 2016 Olympics, including all the medals Australia has so far won. You can access our NearPod quiz below, see how many you can get right! Tip: Be sure to enter in your own name if you complete the quiz!

This week we focused on inserting audio recordings and hyperlinks into our eBooks. Next week as the Rio Olympics begin to wind up, we will complete our A-Z Books about the Olympics. We will compile our pages to complete whole class books. We will then make our books available online for anyone to access.

As we move on from the Olympics, we will begin to look at coding. Coding is a language that makes it possible for us to create and program computer software, apps, games and websites. Your internet browser, phone operating system, apps on your phone and even this website – they’re all made with code! Different types of code are like different languages, some include: Python, Java script and HTML. We are starting by exploring block coding, which encodes data in blocks. Below you can see an example of block coding from the program Scratch. On the left is the basic click and drag block coding and on the right is the actual code that is being directed.

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Some of us got a head start with our coding this week by exploring Code Studio. If you’d like to continue practising before our session next week, you can go to  Make sure you begin on Course 2 – Stage 3 – Level 1. Please make sure you complete every stage before moving to the next level. For example: Course 2 has 19 stages!

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These stages include coding tasks that require you to block code for Angry Birds and Flappy Bird!

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Good luck!

Miss Crowther

Let the Oat-lympics begin!

What better way to build up excitement to the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony on Saturday, than to run our very own Oat-lympics on Friday – and what a day it was!

We began with the opening ceremony to welcome all countries to the event. The gym was full of flags, bright coloured outfits and lots of cheering!

After recess, all Year 5 students made their way to the soccer oval where they competed for their country in a range of fun activities which included – sack races, ‘pizza’ throwing, egg and spoon races, gumboot throwing and tennis ball and bucket shots.

We were lucky enough to have a beautifully sunny afternoon to enjoy the activities. It was wonderful to see such excellent sportsmanship from all competitors – a fabulous effort!


Don’t forget to tune into the Olympics over the next few weeks. There’s already been a very exciting start for Australia as over the weekend we already won three gold medals across swimming and archery. Keep your eye out for the sport or athlete that you are creating your eBook on – you may find some new and interesting information to add to your pages. Below is a video of Mack Horton, our gold medalist swimmer, take a look at his very exciting race! Try and keep up to date with all the medal winners as we will be completing a Nearpod quiz this week!

Miss Crowther