The Grade 6 Digitech leaders leaders have some exciting news for students in Year 2 and 3.
We will be helping to run a Minecraft Club for students in Grade 2s and 3s (who haven’t participated before). We have been working hard in lunchtime sessions to help set things up and I am sure the students who participate in these sessions will learn lots of new skills as well as having a lot of fun.
Information for our new Minecraft club will be sent out in a letter shortly after the holidays.
Currently, with a higher focus on using devices to help support our learning from home the ability to be able to efficiently type the correct letters on the keyboard is a skill that all students need more than ever. All students have the opportunity to participate in an online learning program.
The Prep students are encouraged to use BBC typing. This can be accessed from the Student Portal or be clicking on the following link bit.ly/3fCGeGV. Students don’t need any logon details to access this program but the program.
The students in year 1 to 3 use typing tournament. The students again access this from the Student Portal and the students have their own logon details on the computer cards. In this program the students undertake a series of different ‘missions.’ Once the student completes these missions they get the chance to sit a typing test where the aim is to type as accurately as possible at a certain speed limit (wpm or words per minute). Once the student reaches this goal they get a picture on their map and go to the next level.
There are a number of students doing amazing things in this program but one class worth noting is 3 Blue who are coming along well in their touch typing skills. As you can see many students who are progressing through the levels as evidenced with the ticks.
Here are a few of our Prep and Year 1 students developing their touch typing skills during our term 1 Digitech sessions ……
The students in years 4 to 6 practise their touch typing skills using typing.com which again can be accessed from the Student Portal. The students use the Login with Google option when logging into this program. In this program the students use a combination of accuracy and speed to progress through the levels. This was the achievements of a couple of our great touch typers using this program recently ….
Developing our keyboarding skills is necessary skill for all students growing up in the 21st Century, I would encourage all students to spend even 5 to 10 minutes a day developing their touch typing skills by participating in one of these engaging programs. They will reap the benefits of this practise in the future.
Overall, I would like to thank everyone for their hard work during our home learning program and look forward to seeing your happy faces when we return soon.
Keep up the great typing!
Here is the video of today’s online assembly for everyone to view.
Enjoy and Happy Mothers Day to all our beautiful mums!
Here is this week’s Google Meet timetable for whole class sessions.
In addition to whole class Google Meets some students may have smaller group sessions as well and may be asked to use the Google Meet app to enter their session. If you are asked to enter a special code or meeting name you may need to check in your emails for what the code is. This video may assist you with how to use the Google Meet app to do this ……
Below is the video from today’s assembly (Friday 24 April).
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
The way our school Google accounts functions is mainly set up from the Holy Trinity Google Admin. Functions such as password resetting, enabling particular apps to work or ensuring that the battery life of the device is maximised by making sure it is only used during school hours are functions that our Google Admin has set up.
Below is a video that you and your children should watch to ensure that everyone knows how to make the Google Chrome properly update itself and take on the functions set up by the school. This is particularly useful for laptops and Chromebooks.
The best way to ensure that your device works to the its full potential is to shut it down each day because by doing this it not only gets to rest but will also update and take on any new settings.
Here is a short video with how your child can access Google Meet sessions from their Google Classroom. All whole class sessions (except the Prep Level) will be eventually accessed from the Google Classroom via the link on the page.
Thanks to Mrs. Wahrenberger for putting this informative video together.
I hope everyone had a restful weekend and are ready for another big week of learning. Hopefully, a couple of these might bring a smile to your face as you prepare for another week of learning from home.
Below this post is each year level’s lesson structure for this week. As you get started for this week ahead please keep in mind to allow time to be active. Below this post is one from Mrs. Harrison about a great little activity you can do with your family when outside enjoying the beautiful autumn sun. Please feel free to share any photos or videos of these activities with Mrs. Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also put together a photo gallery of some of your activities so if you would like to also share these with me at email@example.com I will endeavour to upload these photos onto the school blog.
Thank you and enjoy week two of our home learning program.
Hi everyone. With the first week of our home learning almost completed here is our Google Meet timetable for everyone to refer to for Week 2. Google Meet is our videoing platform for students to connect with their teachers and classmates.
Try to remember the following guidelines each time you participate in a Google Meet session …..
- Suitable clothing.
- Suitable backdrop. Open learning space (not in your bedroom) and ‘interruption free’ during the session.
- Be on time. Open up the Google Meet link and have everything ready 10 minutes beforehand.
- Microphone on mute. Turn this on red unless you are speaking.
- Keep our Digitech Rules eg. think before you post (or speak).
Please note that whilst we try to keep to these times as much as possible that our Google Meet timetable is subject to change. Any changes to the timetable will automatically update on this page once you have refreshed the blog page. This timetable can always be accessed via the Student Portal (just look under the Announcement section of this webpage).
With most of us sending a lot more emails since we began our ‘learning from home’ program it is easy to forget that when we are sending an email it is just like sending a letter in an envelope like they used to do many centuries ago ….. Actually only 20 years ago letter sending was still the most popular way of communicating to others.
In addition, we often learn about the importance of using your manners when you speak to others such as please, waiting your turn and speaking to others in a calm manner. So too, is it just as important to use your manners when sending an email. For this reason we have some important guidelines that all people in our community are expected to keep. These include making sure you write each email with a subject, using an appropriate welcome such as ‘How are you going today?” and making sure you finish the email with some kind of farewell such as ‘Thank you for your time.’
Finally, we all recognise the importance of walking away from our devices and having some non screen time as well and hence no emails are to be sent to others before 7am and after 9pm. If an email must be sent outside of these hours some people may choose to use the schedule send option where you can time it so that receiver gets this email at a better time such as 9am the next morning.
Here is the document that we revisit in Digitech sessions each year for everyone to refer to. Thanks for all the wonderful efforts with your learning already and keep up the great work!