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.

adobe spark

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

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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

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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.

block code example

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!

Code studio courses

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

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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

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Explain Everything and Nearpod

This week in Information Literacy we continued to explore the use of Nearpod by looking at the theme A Week in your World. We discussed the meaning of gratitude and what it means to feel grateful for something or someone. We used this idea when testing out another new app, Explain Everything, where we made animated and interactive slides about things we are grateful for.  You can access this week’s Nearpod session below.

Keep trying out Explain Everything as your free trial will end within the next month! Also, please make sure you have downloaded the Showbie app ready for next week’s session! Only a week left until the Rio Olympic Games begin!

Miss Crowther

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Rio Olympics and Nearpod App

This week we’ve continued to create our A-Z Rio Olympic Games books on Book Creator. We’ve been researching, planning, writing, drawing and recording to create interactive pages all about the different facets of the upcoming Olympic Games.  Below are some examples of our work so far:

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We also had our first try with the Nearpod app, which is a digital tool for students and teachers to engage in interactive lessons and presentations. If you would like to share with your family and friends the Nearpod session we completed you can try it here.

Miss Crowther

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Welcome back to Term 3!

Welcome back to Term 3 and what an exciting term we have ahead of us! In 21 days time the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will begin so we will be keeping up to date with all the action that takes place.  Together as whole classes, we will be using Book Creator to write our very own A-Z of the Rio Olympic Games eBooks. Our eBooks are digital and multi-modal meaning they will include text, audio, visuals and movies. Below is the short trailer we watched about the upcoming Olympics. We used this video to brainstorm events, athletes and countries competing in the games. You can also click here to find a list of the countries competing and here to find a list of all the 2016 events.


Next week we will continue to plan and draft our allocated pages, including experimenting with audio and visual recording. We will also look at NearPod and Explain Everything, so if you haven’t yet downloaded these free apps, please do so before next Friday. Please note: Although I used the blue Explain Everything logo, you only need to download the silver free version.

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Miss Crowther

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STEM: Paper Aeroplane Challenge!

During Week 10 in Information Literacy, the Level 5 students were given a STEM challenge:

“Design, create and make modifications to a paper aeroplane to ensure that it can glide for at least 3 metres, carrying as much cargo as possible”

The cargo was in the form of money and the students were challenged to see how they could attach and evenly balance coins to their aeroplane, whilst still allowing it to smoothly glide through the air.  Some students opted to use their iPads and research new and innovative paper aeroplane designs, while others opted for designs that were old favourites!

The STEM challenge required students to:

  • Think about the steps involved in their design process
  • Contribute to small group research
  • Create a design brief
  • Use a research method that required: internet search, trialling, modifying
  • Discuss and share their design ideas through Pic Collage

Paper Aeroplane Pic Collage Term 2

In the end, there could only be a few winners! Below are our final flight measurements and cargo weights. Well done to all Year 5 students – you did a wonderful job!

Team Distance Cargo
Jacob and Logan 5m $1
Harvey and Cameron 6m 30 cents
Andrew and Jose 3.5m 49 cents
Jorja and Meisha DNF – Splat!
James and Rehan 3.5m $1.70
Laycee and Madi DNF – Splat!
Lacey and Ella 6.5m 70 cents
Corey, Isaac and Samim 7m $2.70
Michaela and Lawanmie 3m 60 cents
Charlotte and Meg 4m 80 cents
Oscar and Ben                                 DNF – Money not attached!
Team Distance Cargo
Jonathon and Abdi 7m 20 cents
Sienna and Shianne 3m $1.20
Olivia and Sophie 3m 80 cents
Cody and Aniruth 3.5m 60 cents
Ruby and Angelina 3.5m $1.10
Bailey and Dylan 7m 50 cents
Julian 9m $1.00
Bradley and Josh 4m $1.00
William 4m $1.50
Izzy and Diya 8m 30 cents
Matthew and Brody 9.5m $2.20
Sahar and Zoe 4m 30 cents
Team Distance Cargo
Steven and Danny 2.5m 20 cents
Timmi and Steph DNF – Too much cargo!
Connor and Jacob 6m 80 cents
Isaac and Jack 4m 80 cents
Rijja, Pari and Charithi 3.5m 30 cents
Sandra, Maria and Amy 3.75m 40 cents
Aiden and Kane 6m $1.80
Ryder and Izeck 5m 40 cents
Joel and Jake 7m 40 cents
Phoebe and Janaina 7.5m 30 cents
Jamie and Ruhani 4m 65 cents
Team Distance Cargo
Ben and Nick 2.5m 20 cents
Matthew and Ethan 5m 85 cents
Sabry and Darcy 5m 20 cents
Jai and Callum DNF – Barrel Rolls!
Evelyn and Sanuli DNF – Impressive Rolls!
Chris and Caleb 3.5m 60 cents
Amy and Cristina 4m 70 cents
Marcel and Julian 7m 30 cents
Lainey and Jayda DNF
Alana and Caitlyn 3.5m 50 cents
Ella and Muskan 4m 80 cents
Team Distance Cargo
Darrius and Michael 4.8m 35 cents
Thomas and Elijah 2m 5 cents
Ethan and Riley 3.5m $1.20
Kevin and Lachlan 8.5m 80 cents – one coin fell out
James and Hayden 4m 10 cents
Ebony and Milly  10m 10 cents
Kushi and Sithuli 4m 60 cents
Zoe and Bridey 3.8m $1.70
Paige and Vivian 4.2m 70 cents
Samrath and Netra 3.5m 50 cents
Olivia and Dilshaan 5m 70 cents
Emma and Cameron 3.2m 20 cents

Michael and Darrius paper plane Alana and Caitlyn Callum and Jai

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Natural Disaster News Reports

Well at last, here they are, our finished news reports!

Our year fives did an amazing job of researching their natural disaster, making an animation on it, and filming their news reports.  The finished projects were put together using iMovie.

Take a look at a small sample of what we achieved:

Great job everyone! 🙂


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