Sunday, 20 July 2014

Caves, Campfires and Watering Holes

This morning when we came to school our furniture was still in a big pile! We were excited because we knew that this meant we were going to redesign our learning spaces for the term. In our classroom we have cave spaces, watering holes, a campfire space and a sandpit. We also have mountain top spaces in our class. 

Here is some information from Core Education about the different learning spaces we have in our classroom. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

'E 'Otua Tataki Au - This is a Tongan song, sang by Josiah and William

This is a Tongan song that our Dad taught us. We kept on singing and singing and then we knew the whole song. We hope you guys check it out. 

By Josiash and William 

listen to ‘'E 'Otua Tataki Au’ on Audioboo

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Wacky Hair Day

Today was Wacky Hair Day!! Check out some of the awesome hair styles that we came to school with today. Miss Gentil even coloured her hair with hair chalk. Pic Collages were created by Rylee and Nicole F. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How to Create a QR code

I have been learning how to make a QR code. A QR code is a code that you can scan and it will take you to a blog, website, YouTube video or read something to you. This week we have been taking photos of ourselves holding a blank piece of paper. Then Miss Gentil printed our photos off and put them onto coloured paper. Next we stuck a QR code on. The QR code links to the posts that we have posted on our class blog. 

Here is how you can make a QR code

  1. First you need to go to
  2. Put a link to anything you want like a blog address or YouTube clip address into the text box. 
  3. Select what colour you would like the QR code to be. 
  4. Then click generate. 
  5. Right click on the QR code and click save as to save it to your computer. 
  6. If you want to insert your QR code onto a blog you can upload it like you would a normal picture. 

You can scan your QR code using a QR code reader app like this one. Search for QR code reader on the Apple Store. It is a free app. 

Thank you for reading my post. 

By Kyle

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Apps of the Week

Every week we are going to spend part of our Friday morning learning how to use some new iPad apps. The first app we had a go at exploring today was Explain Everything. Explain Everything is an app that you can use to explain anything. You can draw a picture and record your voice while you're drawing it. We discovered that you can change the colours by clicking twice on a colour on the left hand side of the screen. We could record our voice by clicking on the red circle that is in the middle, down the bottom. You click it again to stop recording. Then you push play (the green arrow) to hear what you recorded. You can also upload your own photos from your camera roll. 

Here are some of the ways we think we could use this app to support our learning:
  • To explain a maths strategy. 
  • To share what we've learnt about our Adventure Learning topic. 
  • For Science Fair e.g. draw a diagram of our experiment and explain it by recording our voice. 
  • We could retell a story that we have read during reading time. 
  • We could use it for Buzz About Books to do a book review. 

Explain Everything app icon 

The next app we got to explore was called Maths Slide Addition and Subtraction. Four people can play Maths Slide. You choose which colour you would like to be at the start. Then you get given a maths problem to solve. You slide your answer into the middle. If it is incorrect it will slide back. Whoever gets rid of all of their numbers first wins the game. 

We could use it for our maths to help us learn our addition and subtraction facts. We think it's good that it has different levels so that there is a game that every maths group can play.  

App review written by Room 8

Kids Cafe Day

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Room 8's Adventure Learning and Kids Cafe Presentations

These are our Adventure Learning and Kids Cafe Presentations. We created our eBooks by using My Story on the iPads. The Kids Helping Kids group also put together a small movie to teach other children how to knit. 

We have been learning about caring for Red Eared Sliders. 

We have been learning how to make a bee garden. 

We have been learning how to care for Green and Golden Bell Frogs.

I did an extra Kids Cafe presentation all about horses.

We have been learning about the SPCA. 

We have been learning about dinosaurs. 

We have been learning how to knit, as well as how we can use our new learning to help babies and young children in South Auckland.