Little Bits and Dash and Dot


We love to use technology to help us with our learning. We’ve begun using iPads from home (if you have one), as well as the school sets of iPads and we’ve been using Bee Bots, Bee Bot apps and Scratch Jnr. These programs teach us how to problem solve, program, sequence a set of instructions, estimate, collaborate and co-operate – as well as many other skills we need. Plus – it’s lots of fun!

This week we borrowed 10 Little Bits kits and Dot and Dash robots from Adelaide University. We have these amazing resources until the end of term and couldn’t wait to get started with experimenting with them.

The Little Bits have showed us how to use simple magnetic bricks to click them together and then connect to a power source to create a simple circuit. Now that we understand how they work we’re looking forward to using the Little Bits in models that we create.

Dash and Dot are robots that can be programmed using the Blockly app or use the Wonder app to control their movements. Mr Luke, our Deputy Principal, even visited to try and move Dash around the room.

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We also used clip on digital microscopes on our iPads. We are exploring Ecosystems as our current Inquiry topic and went outside to explore our grasslands ecosystem.  The clip on microscopes were a fantastic way to see living and non living items up close. We could see so much more detail through the microscopes and we took some great photos of them using our camera app.

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What are your favourite types of technology to use? How do you use technology to support your learning?



Today we held our school’s biggest fund raising event – the Wacky-a-thon! Everyone was asked to come dressed in something wacky and participate in our fun run type of events. We had a great day for it (although lots of rain overnight made things tricky) and everyone in our class was really energetic to complete as many laps as they could.

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A big thank you to all of the teachers, Mr Warncken and the SLEG students for organising our day – it was a great success.

What types of technology do you use?



This post is especially for our family members or anyone who would like to post a comment.

In our class at Craigburn Primary School we love to use technology to support our learning. We’ve been learning about ways to work ‘safely’ online. There are some important points we must remember when we’re using technology online. They are:

  • protecting our personal information
  • online etiquette
  • digital footprints
  • how technology has changed over time

Technology is changing so quickly – here’s a clip to show just some of the changes over the last 30 years.

Just look at how much information is published to the Internet in just 1 minute!

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Now that we have students bringing iPads from home to use at school our learning is becoming more exciting by the day!

We use our Interactive Whiteboard everyday (they’re in every classroom and some rooms have Apple TVs) and it’s a great learning tool for us to use.

We have created a Google slide presentation to show the types of technology we love to use – both at home and at school.

We would love to hear about the types of technology that our parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and family friends have used – maybe even add a picture so we can see what it looks like. Maybe you’ve used a Discman, Walkman, Gameboy handset, electronic typewriter….or something we’ve never heard of! We look forward to hearing from you all.

What forms of technology have you used?

The latest information sessions for Term 2 are about to start – if you would like to attend the introduction course and start our iTunesU course please follow this link.

Term 2 iPad parent sessions

5 Way Swings

We’re really lucky to have a new 5 way swing set at school. We’ve had a great time playing on the new swings and sharing them with everyone at school.

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Thanks to the CPS fundraising committee for organising activities to help raise the money to buy these swings.