Welcome to Info Lit 2016

Welcome back!  The year fives have kicked off the year learning about the ever important topic of Cyber Safety.  We started this topic last week by watching this short video on Digital Citizenship from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner:

We then had a look at an online profile and had a discussion about whether it was safe or unsafe, and we decided  it was very unsafe!  You can check it out and decide for yourself here http://www.digizen.org/downloads/Friendbook%20timeline.pdf

The year fives had a go at making their own online profiles, deciding what personal information should be included and what should not.  They did a great job 🙂

Here’s one example, can you guess whose it is?

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What a great way to start off the new year!

 

Minecraft Hour of Code


In keeping with our theme of coding for this term, our year fives had a go at programming Minecraft characters Alex and Steve to move through a Minecraft play space at www.code.org:

   
 
This programming site teaches kids about some of the basic elements of computer science, with video tutorials throughout the levels. I think we all know how much kids love Minecraft, so it was great to have such an engaging learning opportunity. Great job guys. 

Animations and News Reports

The year fives continued to use their animating skills this week, making an animation of outer space and a news report to go with it.  The task was to create an animation using Do Ink Animation, and an animation using play dough and iMotion Pro, and then to put the two animations together using Do Ink Green Screen.  They then had to put their animation into to iMovie and create a news report to go with their animations.

Here are a couple of examples of what the groups came up with:

We had this rubric to help us know what was important when creating our video:

Excellent (3 Points) Very Good (2 Points) Satisfactory (1 Point)
News Report The content of your news report is detailed and relevant to the animation you have made. It is presented in a realistic news report style. Your voice can be heard clearly in your recording. The content of your news report displays some detail and is linked to the animation you have made. It is similar to a realistic news report. Your news report requires more detail and needs to be more closely linked to the animation you have made.   The language used needs to be more realistic.
Creativity Your ideas display an excellent level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a good level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a satisfactory level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report.
iMovie Features Your iMovie displays excellent use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It looks like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays very good use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It is beginning to look like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays satisfactory use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It needs to look more like a realistic news report.

All the finished products were excellent!  Well done year fives!

Do Ink Animation

This week, the year fives have been revising the Do Ink Animation and Green Screen apps.  Take a look at these tutorials we watched:

We had a go at making these two animations, then we made one of our own.  Since the year five theme this term is Space, we made our animations of outer space.  Here are a few examples of what we made:

Aren’t they cool?!  Leave us a comment if you like them 🙂

Coding Apps

This week, the year fives began using some apps which are designed to teach coding. We used Cargo-Bot and Kodable.

Kodable

 

Cargo-Bot

Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you teach a robot to pick up and move crates. Sounds easy right? The students started out by completing the tutorial. It seemed easy at first, but as we worked through the lessons it became very challenging.  Take a look at one of levels in the tutorial (you can play the video):


It took me hours to work out that program. Some of the kids worked it out before I did!

Once our brains had been strained enough on Cargo-Bot, we moved on to the Kodable app.  The year fives loved programming the cute furry little creature to move through the levels.


We are looking forward to more coding in the weeks to come!

Term Four Coding

This term in Info Lit, the year fives are learning all about coding and programming. We introduced coding using the BeeBots.


BeeBots are small robotic bees that are programable. The students had to program the BeeBots to move from one spot to another on a BeeBot mat. To do this, they needed type in a sequence of steps, then press ‘Go’.


The students then created task cards for each other. They had to try and program the BeeBot to follow the path made by their partner. The students had so much fun with the BeeBots!

Year Fives in the Kitchen

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Year 5FJ were the last grade to hit the kitchen this week to make their caramel popcorn.  They had a great time popping the corn and making caramel sauce.

They did a great job cleaning up too, especially Mikey!  He did such a great job of the cleaning that I think he should do all the cleaning at home 😉

Back in the library, we made some photo stories of the recipe using Shadow Puppet.  These photo stories were made by Dua, Candace and Georgia.  Press play below and have a look.  Maybe you can make your own caramel popcorn?

#GameOn

This week in Info Lit, the grade fives began having a look at some cyber smart resources. We started by watching a series of episodes about being cyber smart called #GameOn. 

#GameOn is a cybersafety video series following the online experiences of a group of lower secondary students. Over five short episodes, the students find themselves in situations that catch them off-guard and teach them the consequences of making poor decisions online.  Topics include cyberbullying, excessive gaming, sharing passwords, free downloads and online friends.

You can see episode one here: https://vimeo.com/98884440

After we watched the series, we came up with some ideas for a Cyber Safety brochure that we will develop, publish and print for all the students at our school! We look forward to posting our brochure on this blog in the weeks to come 🙂

Gold Rush Data Grids

This week in Info Lit, the grade fives started working on their Gold Rush projects. We will present our final projects using the Keynote app, but we started collating our research using Strip Designer. First, we brainstormed our ideas using Mindly, and thought about the types of information we might like to include in our projects.

Next, we made these data grids to organise our ideas:

  
    

Next week we will look at topics such as Miner’s licences and the Eureka Stockade, and the plight of the Chinese people on the goldfields. We will soon be ready to start making our Keynote presentations.

With all this learning in our classrooms and in the library, we will know lots about the gold rush by the time we go on our camp to Sovereign Hill!