Every Friday students from Years 2 and 3 participate in HT’s Minecraft Club run by the DigiTech Leaders. We have been learning about the basics with using their Educational Minecraft accounts such as collecting resources, building and mining. Today all the students joined in the same world created by the DigiTech leaders and they searched for different resources. Everyone is having fun playing minecraft and we will continue playing it next term. We encourage the students to develop their skills further during the holidays when they use their accounts at home.
Here are a few photos of today’s session …….
In lego lessons this term the students in years 4, 5 and 6 have been learning how to build lots of different models such as a moonwalking robot, a battle tank and a remote control car that can be coded with your Chromebook.
In these lessons we practise working together with in a group, following instructions carefully on a sheet and learning about some of the different forces used to make these models work.
Overall, Lego lessons are really fun and they teach you lots about some of the different machines we use in our lives.
Here are some of our students in action …..
Currently, in Digitech the students in grades 3 to 6 are learning about cyber safety. Cyber safety is making sure that ourselves, other people that we interact with and the devices and accounts we use remain safe whilst online. During this unit we are learning about topics including keeping our personal details secure, being aware of scams and phishing attempts and showing respect for others even when others might show disrespect themselves.
During our cyber safety topic the 3/4 classes are applying their skills whilst playing Google Interland. This is an online program developed by Google which helps students to understand some of different elements of cyber safety whilst moving through the different lands of Interland (a make believe online world). Some of the topics covered in this unit include making sure you share with others online with care, keeping a secure password and being aware of fake websites, scams and phishing attempts.
The 5/6 students are developing their skills whilst playing a cyber safety game called Lost summer. They are learning about different topics such as respect, resilience and empathy. We are really enjoying completing the different missions with our partners as well as learning about the different skills we need to be cyber safe when we are online.
During term 2 the 5/6 students were completing a scratch fairytale project for digitech. The students had to recreate a fairy tale story using the codes in scratch. When we first saw the scratch project we thought it would be easy but when we tried it out it was not easy at all. Last week we presented our scratch projects in a group. Then we scored them on a rubric. Some projects were really impressive and finished and some were not finished yet.
by Zara and Dakotah
This term in Digitech the students in the 3/4 Level have been exploring using Adobe Photoshop. As part of this topic the students took a variety of different photos in front of our school’s green screen. The students learnt how to remove the green screen background within the photoshop program and then place the person on an alternative background. One of the important parts during this process was for the students to imagine themselves as if they were actually in that background and try to replicate this in front of the green screen. The students final project required them to recreate an action shot of them doing something they would like to do. Here are the results of our projects …..
Lego sessions have begun for our Year 4 and 5 students in the MPR (renamed as the STEM Lab). Both year levels are learning about centrifugal and and centripetal forces in machines such as Carousels, Ferris Wheels and Flying Chairs. We have learnt how changing the size of the driving wheel can dramatically affect the speed that our lego models can work at.
Here are our Year 5 students in action this week building their flying chair models…..
In Year 3 we have been busy building lots of different lego designs in the Multi Purpose Room. Some of these models require a motor such as the racing car, laundry drier and motorcycle. Others such as the catapult, spinning top and sailboat did not require a motor. We have been learning about some of the different forces that help to make these lego models work such as momentum, kinetic energy and centrifugal force. The students are amazing in their interest in our Lego unit as well as the knowledge they bring to our discussions.
Here are some of us in action during our Lego sessions …..
This week the Year 3 students participated in the first of our Lego Engineering lessons for this term. These lessons involve the students working together to build an everyday toy or structure using lego. This week the students built their own spinning top. The models were fantastic but the real magic occurred when we explored the forces behind why the spinner works. We learnt that the more momentum we give the spinner the longer it will spin provided it maintains its balance. We also learnt how gravity is a force working against the spinner staying up. Students experimented with different ways to increase the momentum of the spinning top such as by adding more weight, turning the launcher with more power and increasing the wingspan of the parts at the top of the spinner. Not all ideas worked straight away but sometimes we learn most from our failed experiments. We are looking forward to our next lego session next week.
Here are some of our groups in action …..
In 5/6 level we have continued the Lego Engineering program this term as part of building STEM into our learning at Holy Trinity. Last week one of the projects we built was a rescue jeep. We learnt about how a winch is used to pull different vehicles out when they get stuck in mud, water or sand. As well of having fun we learnt how when the winch works by itself when we added a battery. When most of the groups completed their model they worked on trying to improve it by pulling a heavier load or making the winch work faster. Here are a few of the students in 5/6 D in action……
In term 3 the Prep students are learning to log on using an individual username and password (instead of the generic one that they all used at the beginning of the year). This means that logging on takes a bit longer because each student is required to type in a few more letters but they can also get to use their own Google accounts a lot more.
One newer program that the Preps are beginning to use is called Typing Tournament which is an online program designed to develop touch typing skills. As part of this program the students complete a series of activities working towards completing a touch typing test. The program is very engaging and it tracks the students progress as their skills develop.
Here are a few of our Prep students in action …..
This week in our Lego Engineering lessons the 3/4 students learnt to build four chair carousels. They learnt about some of the different forces used to get the machines functioning such as centrifugal force, momentum and centripetal force. Once the groups had finished building their original design they were encouraged to experiment with adding extra speed, weight, length of arms and some even decided to add extra chairs to the model. Here are some of the groups in action…..
This semester the 5/6’s have been creating their own Digital Portfolios. This is a good way to show our learning particularly since the 5/6 students do so much of their work on the Chromebooks. We also have been able to show our parents these at our Parent / Teacher interviews. In 5/6R we included our reader’s theatre videos, a writing piece and we even put in genius hour slides. We enjoyed completing our digital portfolios and we are looking forward to putting even more of our learning into our portfolios in semester 2.
In Digitech, the 1/2 students are developing their touch typing skills using a program called Typing Tournament. In this program the students complete a series of skills and activities practising different letters and symbols on the keyboard. They start with the ‘home row keys’ where the students learn about where to place their fingers and then as they become more efficient the activities become more challenging. At the end of each level the students complete a test on the keys they have been practising and if they reach a certain level of words per minute they can progress through to the next level. The students get very excited when they reach the goal and progress through to the next level of the program. The students have their Typing Tournament details on their computer cards. This program can be found at https://www.typingtournament.com/
Here are some of our 1/2’s in action …..