With a sudden ending to the term, all of HT has been preparing for a new world of learning that may be taking place at the beginning of next term. We explored how programs such as Google Classroom, Screencastify and Google Meet could be used to help support the teachers with their online lessons. In addition, we will continue to encourage students to use online programs such as Mathletics, Essential Assessment, Literacy Planet and Reading Eggs because these programs are based around the Victorian Curriculum and the students are already familiar with using them.
Next term we will continue to use our school blog as an ongoing means of communicating what the students are learning. Keep a regular look out for new posts and don’t be afraid to share your thoughts via the comments section as it only take a couple of minutes.
Here is the teachers hard at work this week (ensuring that we are keeping social distancing) ……
Yesterday, my class (4 Blue) were lucky enough to try out Google Hangouts (Meet). Google Hangouts is a bit like Skype or FaceTime which is connected to our school Google accounts and is a way to chat to others via video. The reason we tried this is this is a way that teachers are going to connect with the students in their class if the school needs to close and we learn from home.
Yesterday Mrs Jamieson invited different students from 4 Blue to join as well as Mr. Mullavey to test out how well this program works. My class was really excited to try it and and thought it was cool how we were still able to connect with others even if we were not all in the same room together.
Here is a photo of us during our Hangout session yesterday……
In 2020 there are some big changes in the technology we can use at HT. We have new computers along the wall in the Tech Lab as well as new keyboards and mice. These computers work a lot quicker so that every computer is a lot more reliable. In addition, every student in years 3 to 6 can use their own chromebook in class to support their learning (whereas in the past classes needed to share chromebooks) and for the first time the students in year 2 will have the opportunity to share a set of chromebooks between their classes as well. Every classroom has their own interactive television which is a great way to share our learning together and teachers plan together using their Microsoft Pro laptops. This shows how lucky we are to be students at Holy Trinity & St. Mary’s in 2020.
The Digitech leaders for 2020 should hopefully have some exciting news to share with some of the projects we plan to do with the students during the year. Stay tuned!!!
Yesterday, six students from years five and six were chosen to build a tower crane model. This model consists of three lego kits and over forty steps to complete. It stood roughly 0.6 meters tall and took an hour and a half to construct. We were lucky enough to have some special Lego Engineer teachers come in to work with us whilst we built this model which we were very thankful of because it was quite difficult to build.
Overall it was an enjoyable challenge working with people that are from different year levels.
Here are some pictures and videos of our models including a time lapse of the building process.
By Jordan and Aiden
As we are reaching the end of the school year so too are we reaching the end of our school Lego Engineers program for 2019. The students from years 3 to 6 have participated in this program to develop their skills and thinking based around the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The students have a built a variety of different models from catapults to self flipping cars and moonwalking robots. Their skills and knowledge has developed massively in the two years I have been teaching this program and I thank all the students for their enthusiasm during Lego sessions throughout the year.
Over the last few weeks all classes from Years 3 to 6 have participated in a final Lego presentation session where they got to rebuild one of the Lego models taught throughout this year. In addition, each group created a presentation using the Explain Everything app where they showed how their model worked including explaining the forces used to help make the model function efficiently. The students from the prep to year 3 classes were lucky enough to view these presentations and they gave the groups a mark based on the following rubric.
Overall, the presentations were very positive and demonstrated how much the students had learned. Here are a few pictures of these presentations …….
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……