Bee Bot Mazes – Take Two

Today saw the grade twos take on the bee bot maze making challenge for the second time. After discussing the design process – idea, design, build and test and the problems some of us encountered last week…

  • not agreeing
  • arguing
  • running out of materials
  • not finishing
  • no teamwork
  • not sharing
  • not co-operating
  • over programming the bee-bot
  • constructed all the maze without testing
  • not testing

The grade twos set about creating a maze for their bee-bot that had two left hand turns, two right hand turns and two bridges to go underneath. There was to be no fancy building this week until the bee-bot travelled from the start of the maze to the end. Materials were limited and there needed to be at least five coding tests as the mazes were built.

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The noise level wasn’t as loud this week…each team worked together, discussed moves, tested as they went, rebuilt, added coding instructions as they worked towards achieving a result. Not everyone got the chance to use the fancy materials but most groups produced a maze and coded a bee-bot to move around it. A far higher success rate than last week. The excitement was still there as they cheered their bee-bot to make it to the finish 🙂

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Shadow Puppet

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Shadow Puppet is perfect for…

– digital storytelling, presenting ideas, and assessing progress
– students to describe what they’ve learned, document a group project, practice reading aloud, or count using pointers
– Teachers to create mini-lessons, explain concepts visually, or provide discussion prompts

This app works on both iPad and the iPhone and best of all it’s FREE

It’s as easy as this to create a video

Select – Choose photos or video clips from your camera roll. Or search the web for images and animated GIFs.
Create – Add music, record voice over narration, or both!
Animate – Add animated titles, draw with emoji wands, zoom in and out
Share – Easily share your masterpiece with family & friends!

The grade twos had a lot fun creating videos for their dreadful fluff pictures…from animating to creating stories and recording voices. It was such a great learning environment to be part of 🙂 Here’s Chloe’s and Brodie’s Dreadful Fluff videos for you to watch, just press the play button.

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Learning about BOOKS

MyStory App IconThis week we had a play with the My Story app. My Story combines drawing, stickers, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy, language development, and creativity in ebook format. You can share the book on the web, email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s story, art, colouring, photos, ideas, and voice recordings are saved forever! The app is designed for iPad and iPhone but it does cost $4.99.

 

The grade two’s had to create their own book about books…just like Parsley Rabbit did in his book about books. Here’s Marcus and Mitch’s book… I’m so proud of both of them and the effort they went to finish their book. Click on play to see how clever they are!

   

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Revising Keynote

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After a three break from Information Literacy we thought it would be a good idea to revise the Keynote app and the skills we had taught the grade twos before the holidays

Photo 17-07-2015 6 02 48 pmIt was really pleasing to see how many of them had remembered everything and were able to apply the skills to this week’s activity.

To complete two slides the grade twos had to use the following twelve skills: creating a presentation, choosing a theme, adding new slides, choosing different layouts, reordering and deleting slides, adding pictures from the camera roll ,selecting pictures, cropping and changing their size, formatting pictures with the paintbrush – changing style, style options, borders, colour, width and line, adding text, formatting text with the paintbrush – size, colour and font, formatting text boxes with the paintbrush – changing style, fill and border with colour, width and line and saving presentations. They are very clever kids 🙂

We look forward to seeing how well they do when they create a Keynote presentation based on something they like…

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Keynote Progress…

Photo 19-06-2015 10 06 59 am Photo 19-06-2015 10 07 06 amOver the past three weeks the grade twos have been learning how to use keynote. We have covered the same skills each week hoping to give them some repetition and practice.

These skills have been creating a presentation, choosing a theme, adding new slides, choosing different layouts, reordering and deleting slides, adding pictures from the camera roll, selecting pictures, cropping and changing their size, formatting pictures with the paintbrush – changing style, style options, borders, colour, width and line, adding text, formatting text with the paintbrush – size, colour and font, formatting text boxes with the paintbrush – changing style, fill and border with colour, width and line and saving presentations.

We are very proud of the progress the grade twos have made in just a few short weeks and they should be proud of themselves too. Next term we take a look at all the fun things you can do with keynote…:)

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Keynote

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Keynote – it’s a free app unless your iPad is pre September 2013 then it cost $12.99

We are now learning how to use Keynote. It’s a presentation app that allows you to add photos, text, transitions, animation and video.

 

 

The grade twos were very excited to get started. We ran through a few of the basic things just to get them started…

Here’s the things we covered:

  • creating a presentation
  • choosing a theme
  • adding new slides
  • choosing different layouts
  • reordering and deleting slides
  • adding pictures from the camera roll
  • selecting pictures, cropping and changing their size
  • formatting pictures with the paintbrush – changing style, style options, borders, colour, width and line
  • adding text
  • formatting text with the paintbrush – size, colour and font
  • formatting text boxes with the paintbrush – changing style, fill and border with colour, width and line
  • saving presentations

I know this sounds like a lot but we will be revising all of these skills over the next coming weeks. We’ll do this through a step by step program to help the grade twos gain a better understanding of Keynote and gain the confidence to be able to create their own presentations next term.

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Reviewing George’s Marvellous Medicine

Our iPad activity this week was to review the book George’s Marvellous Medicine using the app Strip Designer. We have been learning about this app for the past four weeks. The grade twos had to create a layout, change cell styles, add a header and footer, add three photos with frames and borders and give the book a rating. Then save their work to WebDAVNav and print it out. Text fonts and colours were left up to each child to make as colourful as they wished.

The grade twos did an amazing job and we were very proud of their efforts 🙂 🙂

Here’s just a sample of some of the book reviews and we think we can happily say the grade twos love the book ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl

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Science FUN…soap in the microwave

Just like George from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ we wanted to have some science fun too. Our first experiment and fun trick involved a bar of ivory soap and a microwave.

So what happens when you put a bar of soap in the microwave? Something strange that’s for sure. The soap expands into a foam that is more than six times the size of the original soap bar.

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The soap heats up, softening, and heating the water and air inside it. The air expands inside the soap, pushing it out and making it foamy. The soap is now brittle and flaky but it is still soap, putting it in the microwave causes a physical change but there is no chemical reaction.

 

To watch what happens you can go to: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/experiments/soapinamicrowave.html

It can be a bad idea to put things other than food and drink in a microwave, but this is a fun trick that won’t hurt either your microwave or the soap. The only thing is you need to make sure you get the right soap, it needs to be Ivory soap. We got ours from Costco.

This photos shows you how engaged all the grade twos were with activity. Something so simple caused all sorts of excitement and smiles…

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For the iPad activity this week, the grade twos had to take photos through the soap experiment to show the four different stages. These photos were then used in a strip designer to produce a poster of today’s activity. Here’s just two samples of their work, hopefully everyone took their work home to show you what we have been up to 🙂

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Strip Designer App

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The first app we are looking at this term is Strip Designer. It is a paid app and cost $3.79.

It lets us create our own personal comic strips and documents. We can include photos, drawings, text boxes, speech bubbles and stickers. It’s another great presentation app that could be used at home for homework or projects.

These are the skills we will be covering over the next couple of weeks.

  • Creating a new document
  • Naming your document
  • Creating a grid layout
  • Changing paper size to A4
  • Changing background colours
  • Inserting a photo
  • Adding frames
  • Changing photo layout to include text
  • Editing text – font, colour, size
  • Adding speech bubbles

Some of the grade twos did an amazing job on their first attempts. We hope to have all the grade twos doing sensational work with strip designer very soon. We just need to practice a bit more 🙂

Here’s two for you to see…

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