Sunday, November 25, 2012

Moturoa Day

1. We will have a piratical sort of morning this morning.

2. We are going to do a little pirate maths on the computer. We are learning to how use map co-ordinates to find out where the pirate treasure is hidden.

3. Then we are going to use the free iPad app to solve the eight challenges of The Pirate Treasure Hunt. Arghhh me hearties.

4. Then we will write our own pirate like dialogue using Puppet Pals.

If we need some pirate vocabulary we can look here!

Talk like a pirate vocabulary list. If we come across some more pirate words we can add them to the list.

Emelia's Pirate Story from Allanah King on Vimeo.

We also showed our creativity by using Pirate Scribble on the iPad. You have to complete each of the pirate drawings and then they come alive! Pirate Scribble costs $2.59

Here are a couple of pictures Hannah drew with the Pirate Scribble App.

Emma's Pirate Story

Claire's Pirate Story
  Helena's Pirate Story

Matai's Pirate Story

Chloe's Pirate Story

Ava's Pirate Story

Grace's Pirate Story

Genieve's Pirate Story

Echo's Pirate Story

Judah's Pirate Story

Sam's Pirate Story

Monday, November 19, 2012

Augmented Reality Poetry

Today we did some pretty tricky eLearning with Allanah.

  1. You need to have Aurasma on your device. Here's a link to the iPad version and to the Android version.
  2. To read these auras you need a QR code reader like QR Reader on your iPad or QR barcode scanner on your Android.
  3. Scan the QR codes and let the aura load on your device. Then shine Aurasma at the pictures and you will be treated to us reciting the poems for you.
  4. Good luck

Blackbird by Charlie


Stargazing with the girls
Boys version of Backyard Stargazing
The Dare

There's a Wonton on my Pompom

Introduction to Augmented Reality

We are going to have a go at making some auras. To get the idea we looked at the app AR Dinopark. It was great that some of the class already knew of it because they had been reading the blog and seen what we had been doing in other classes.

If they were still living like this we would be scared.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Me Oma Tāua Ki Te .......

We are learning to understand and use words for common classroom objects.

We are going to read Me Oma Tāua today to practise our reo.

Me Oma Tāua

Here are the common classroom objects we are learning to say.

Eight classroom objects

Here is Ewan reading the book on line.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


Today we are going to look at some fun spelling activities.

In this first we site you type in your word and then chase the letters around with your mouse.

In this next activity you roll a dice for your word and do what it says.

Roll a word
We can also use Spellosaur on Allanah's iPads and iPod Touch.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Today we had great fun having our photos taken with some dinosaurs!

We used the free Augmented Reality app AR Dinopark.

The slideshows were made with the free HaikiDeck app.

To look at all our photos click on the little arrows to the left and right of the photos.

Here is Ruby with her scared face on!

Here are a couple of the stories we wrote to go with the photos.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Moturoa Monday

Today we are going to have some fun with our writing. This is a Random Story Starter. You can try your own or I will give you some random starters

Here is Marcus' story starter- 'Write a birthday party invitation for a depressed gorilla who races go-karts.'

Here is what Marcus wrote- 'I can't wait  until Jeff the gorilla gets my birthday invitation. He is really good a go-kart racing. He will be so happy because he is so depressed at the moment. His life is practically over so that's why he's coming and we are going go-karting to cheer him up.

Later in the day we are going to be learning all about bees- we are going to 'bee' using these resources...

Connected 2012

Bee Movie

Bee body parts

Hexagon Template

Hunter used the bee body parts Google Drawing that I had made to label the bee body parts.

Arthur did the same. They both did very well to log in to Google apps, copy the drawing file, label the drawing correctly and share it back with Allanah.

Here is Brooke's image too.

For news we structured our news with three frame story telling. Here is Anna's story.

And here is Sam's table tennis storytelling event.

Harrison has a broken arm so he got to use the iPad all day to do his work on. He liked that idea.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Dot

Today we watched a video called 'The Dot' based on a book by Peter H Reynolds. Then we drew our own dots on paper and using the iPad.

Sophie is enjoying using one of Allanah's new iPad styluses.

Here are some of our dots. Click on the full screen mode on the bottom right hand corner to see our dots up close.


We are going to add them to everyone else's dots for Dot Day, 15 September.

How fabulous. We helped put Nelson and all of New Zealand on the map!

What a great collaboration!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Xanthe Writes a Great Story

Today Xanthe wrote this great story. She has only been at school a little while. Didn't she do well as she reads the story to us.

Sock Puppets at the Appleby Country Fair

Today we made a movie about one of the activities at the Appleby Country Fair. It was about a craft activity at the fair. What better iPad app to use than Sock Puppets!


Monday, September 03, 2012

Hoop Gliders

Today we had such fun making and trialling hoop gliders. Emily and Hunter's gliders went the furthest after we modified them.

Here are the instructions for making the hoop gliders. After we had made the basics we changed them to see if we could make them fly further.

Here is a video of us throwing the gliders.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Caitlin's Reading

Today Caitlin read to Allanah on her iPad. Isn't she a great reader. She used the Show Me App.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

3D Sketching

For geometry we were looking at drawing 3D shapes with Live Sketch. Lindsay had a go with the iPad and stylus. She achieved some great results.

Judah made these 3D drawings by hand as well.


Today we made photo collages using Pic Collage on the iPads. Today was really exciting cos we had Allanah's two iPads, her iPod Touch and a child's iPad to work with. So lots of learner had a chance to have a go.

We made the collages to go with the letters that the children are making to send to a school in Christchurch.