Student Blogs

At the end of last term, students in 4KM and 4KJ started their own individual blogs!

The blogs will be used as digital portfolios and the students will post about their learning each week at school. Posts may include:

  • Work samples from their classroom tasks
  • Reflections about their learning
  • Learning goals they have set for literacy and numeracy
  • Projects they are working on.

The students have enjoyed learning lots of new blogging skills. Some of the things we have learnt, or will be focussing on soon, are:

  • Changing important blog settings
  • Choosing a blog theme
  • Writing posts and pages
  • Knowing what is suitable to publish on a blog (eg. no personal information)
  • Approving blog comments
  • Adding links, widgets, images and media
  • Making a blogroll on the sidebar
  • Creating an avatar.

We work on our blogs in class each week and it is wonderful to see the students picking up their blogging skills so quickly. There is still a lot to learn but we love being part of the blogging community!

What have you learnt about blogging so far?

What would you like to see on our digital portfolios?

Do you have any blogging tips or advice for us?

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Internet Safety Comics

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have spent a lot of time this term learning about being safe online.

We were involved in a webinar on Safer Internet Day and have completed some great activities about digital footprints, strong passwords and internet safety.

Having a class blog is a terrific way to learn about appropriate online behaviour and “netiquette”. We have blog guidelines which we all follow to make sure we are being safe while blogging.

Today we watched this fun Garfield cartoon about online safety. Just click on the image below to watch it yourself.

There was an important message in the video about remembering the acronym YAPPY.

YAPPY are the personal details that you should not reveal on public spaces online.

YAPPY stands for:

Y – YOUR NAME
A – ADDRESS
P – PASSWORD
P – PHONE NUMBER
Y – YOUR PLANS

The video also reminded us that we should not meet people we connect with over the internet in real life.

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The students got creative with the website Make Beliefs Comix to demonstrate their understanding of internet safety and YAPPY.

Make Beliefs Comix allows you to make a comic with two, three or four panels. You can chose from a range of characters, backgrounds, objects, speech bubbles and thought balloons etc. This site is free and doesn’t require you to sign up.

Here are some of the comics that the students produced.

If you want to see the comics in a larger format, click here. 

What do you think of the students’ comics?

Have you tried Make Beliefs Comix? How did you find it?

What are your tips for being safe online?

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A Question for Parents: What technology did you use when you were younger?

This blog post is for parents and anyone else who would like to comment!

The Grade Four students at our school are very lucky to be involved in the CLIC netbook program. With all students having access to a laptop computer at school, our learning adventures in 2013 are only just beginning!

We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom at our school, and they are also great learning tools. We use the internet every single day to discover and learn about the world we live in. Our class blog is another source of technology and communication.

The 4KM and 4KJ students love using their own devices at home for learning and for fun. Some popular portable devices include the digital camera, iPad, iPod, Wii, Nintendo DS, X-box and PlayStation.

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Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris remember using Commodore 64 desktop computers and game consoles such as the Atari and Sega when they were young. They have seen technology change a lot since then!

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We would love to hear from parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends about what technology you used when you were younger and how you have seen technology develop over time. Perhaps you used typewriters, polaroid cameras, turntables, earlier model computers or telegrams? We look forward to learning all about your experiences with technology!

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What technology did you use when you were younger?

Be sure to check out Ross Mannell’s extended comment for 4KM and 4KJ by clicking here. 

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Keyboard Shortcuts

4KM and 4KJ have been busy learning a lot about their netbooks so they can use them to their full potential.

Knowing some basic keyboard shortcuts is a great way to save time when using a computer.

Today the students in 4KM and 4KJ were given the following list of commands.

They had to work with others to explore their netbooks and figure out the Windows shortcuts.

  • cut
  • copy
  • paste
  • undo
  • redo
  • mute
  • sound up
  • sound down
  • brightness up
  • brightness down
  • refresh
  • find
  • zoom in
  • zoom out
  • open a new page/window
  • open a new tab

When the students had discovered the shortcuts (and added others they know), they made themselves a bookmark with the the shortcuts they’d like to remember and use the most.

Here are some of the students showing their bookmarks.

Do you know the shortcuts for the commands listed above?

What is your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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