Using technology to show our learning

As a part of our Inquiry into Artefacts we’ve been investigating the changes different items have gone through over the years.

Our class members chose an object and created a timeline to show how and why an object has changed over time. They investigated changes in their chosen object, when the changes happened and how it improved or changed.
Some of the topics were:

  • swim suits
  • clothing
  • airplanes
  • computers
  • cars
  • surfboards
  • school

This process involved lots of new skills – we’ve used iPads to research the topic and find key dates and facts, we took screenshots of images that were free to use, learnt how to edit and crop an image and publish all of the relevant information and images in iBook Creator.

The students had to work really hard and this research was a lot more challenging than we thought it would be. They worked very hard int teams and shared the workload to create their books.

We shared our iBooks via airplay onto our interactive whiteboard so that the whole class could see our books and provide feedback.

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Musica Viva Performance

Last Friday  we had a very special musical performance by Tigramuna  co-ordinated by Musica Viva. Tigramuna is a group of musicians who play South American urban music. We learnt about the music of Latin America and the rhythms they use in their music. The members of the group were; Nick, Claudio, Carlos, Eddie and Marco.

Many students were chosen from the audience to participate in the performance by playing different musical instruments on stage and we all clapped and danced to the rhythms of the songs.


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Global Cardboard Challenge

Last Friday we held a cardboard challenge as a part of our Genius Hour  time. We collected all sorts of cardboard boxes – every shape and size you can imagine. Our Genius Hour session tied in with the Global Cardboard Challenge being held in classrooms all around the world.

During the week we watched different YouTube clips, used google images, looked on Pinterest for ideas and had lots of discussions about what we’d like to create during our cardboard challenge.

We had so many different ideas – games, board games, models of cars – both big and small, desk organisers, arcade games, experiments – just to name a few!

We had lots of people working in teams or with a partner to create their model  so there was lots of co-operation, collaboration and many negotiations to come to an agreement that everyone liked.

Here’s the photos from Friday’s session.