Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Finished!!!

Today was our last day for our extesnion project. We only had 3 days to do it, the pressure was on and I can't believe it. I have just finished. Here is the movie that I have made. By the way, in this movie, what we had to do is get a book (on the topic we are learning about) and get 5 facts out of that book. (My book was about explorers). Out of those facts 4 have to be graphics and 1 of the facts have to be a animation. I was sooo depressed because I had a book that wasn't quite what I wanted, but then, I have found out that the book I had got was pretty amazing to do some information on.

From this amazing project I have done, I think that these type of things have been an amazing experiment. I just can't wait for our next project.
video

Monday, July 26, 2010

Back to School!!


On 1st of July, as room 17 sat in the hall as usual for the beginning of Term 3. Everybody was dressed up into ancient clothes. Guess what we are learning about. Well, for this term we are going to be learning things about Mighty Mariners. This subject associates with things that we kind of did in Term 1. In this we learned about Captain James Cook and about his voyage from England to Aotearoa and, the Treaty of Waitangi. We learnt a quite a lot of things. Today I am going to tell you what my favourite part of the amazing Immersion Assembly.

First of all I am going to tell you about the Mariner Mr Burt. He told us about his very big exploration around the world. He told us nearly everything that he did. Guess what? Mr Burt also had to sleep on the ground. That was pretty funny.

Next I am going to tell you about the Team 4 performance. In this presentation , there were 5 people, this is, Ms King, Ms Squires, Miss Va'afusuanga, Miss Garden and Mr Barks. There little concert was so cool. It was amazing, but not the best for me (I would give them a 8 out of 10).

Now I am going to tell you about Jessica Watson (Miss Tito). She was the 2nd best because she made me laugh SO much, and I just loved that (I just love it when people make me laugh). Even though it was only 1 person that was acting, It was amazing. For this little concert I would give 9 1/2.

Finally, I am going to tell you about my favourite performance. This was team 2, which was Miss She and Miss Burne. Miss She was a pirate on Captain James Cooks ship. Miss Burne was James Cook. The thing that made this little act was how the actors and actresses spoke. 10 for this act.

I just can't wait till term 4 because, I just love watching teachers dress in costumes and be actors and actresses.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Weasels


Weasels

Weasels are a segment of the mammal family. These magnificent creatures give birth to live young , just like humans. In the first few weeks of their lives they, are fed with their mothers milk.

Weasels are members of the Carnivore ( RED Meat-eating ) family. These species hunt and kill their prey for surviving. Sharp teeth and claws help rip and chew meat. They use their back teeth to slice and dice the flesh of prey.
Their teeth are also good for chewing bones.

To the weasels, smell is very important. Most of them hunt in the territory (Area). People know this because some species rub their bodies against a tree trump or a fence, but some of the things they do are gross: for example they reduce a smelly substance that they leave on the ground.

Thank you ( http://www.whatdotheyeat.info/wp-content/uploads/what-do-weasels-eat.jpg ) for this amazing picture

Polynesians to NZ


Polynesians were the first people to populate New Zealand over 1000 years ago.
These people came by canoe from East Polynesia. Their canoes that they brought to
Aotearoa were made from Wooden Planks. Some of these wooden waka had an
outrigger or it wad double hulled.

In the canoes these were trained Navigators who steered the bout in the right direction
using:
1. The stars at night.
2. The swells in the sea.
They also kept a lookout for signs that land was near, for example, they looked for
birds that were feeding in the sea. Not all of these brave sailors made it to
New Zealand.

Thank you ( http://www.timedesign.de/ship/liki_tiki.jpg ) for letting me use this
amazing photo which, helped me a lot.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Count Down Begins

Guess what day it is today? Well the date is 10th July 2010 and school starts on the 19th July. There is only 10 days left! (including this amazing day). Anyways, I am going to be telling you what I have done so far in the holidays and, what I really am looking forward to term 3.

First I am going to tell you a little bit about my first five days of these day off schools. For the first few days it was really quiet in the house until, I thought of going out for shopping. My sisters and I really liked this idea, so for 4 days in a row we went shopping (I had got a lot of things).

Then after a few days I was stuffed up in my room again, so I decided to watch a few movies. I watched all the Harry Potter movies AGAIN. They were cool to watch because it had been a very long time since I had watched any of them. So I really liked this experiment.

Finally I am going to be telling you what I really am looking forward to. I really think that next term I will be able to achieve higher than I got last term. I also can't wait for out new student teacher, I think he is going to be amazing.

Now I am not bored at all because I have been blogging lately and, if I start blogging my mind gets into it and I have a splendid time doing all this for my viewers. I am really happy that I have got a chance to get blogging.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Google Apps Presentation

Today I am going to be telling you my presentation that I do when visitors come to visit our school. This is another part to my P.E.S Tour. If you would want to look at my P.E.S Tour, then just click on the highlighted word (P.E.S Tour).

My Presentation:

Last year we began using Google Apps for Education in our school. This is a bit different from most of the things the others have been talking to you about because a lot of what we do is behind the scenes. We don't share it with the world until it is finished.

Google Apps is often called 'Cloud Computing' because we work on documents and presentations that live somewhere up in the clouds. Or maybe at the Googleplex in California! If I start working on a document at school I can continue working on it at home or anywhere else that I go, as long as the internet is available.

This means that we can write our stories anywhere, we can write podcast scripts anywhere, we can work on homework projects anywhere. And you don't have to have a computer to do this. There are lots of devices that connect to the internet that people can use, even some flash cell phones!

I do lots of work on Google at home as well as at school. My teacher can go on to my Docs and read what I have written as well. She can correct my mistakes by typing in a different colour and make suggestions about what I could do to improve. This means I can work faster and get things finished quicker because next time I go onto my Docs I can see what I need to do next without having to wait until she is free to conference with me and
this means I can learn from her even when I don't see her!

We can also work with a partner or in a group on something if we use Google Docs. Writing podcast scripts is a good example of how two people can work together on a script and we don't need to be in the same place.

When we have completed our work on Google Docs, then it is ready to publish for our audience to share. This might be something for television, a podcast, or something for our blog. Or it might even end up in all those places!

The main reasons I like using Google Apps is because:
  • I can continue my work at home
  • I can correct my mistakes easily
  • I think that the teacher can help me more
  • I can work faster and finish things off quicker
  • When work is finished I can publish it for the whole world to see.

At the moment only some of us have computers at home to work in this way. The Manaiakalani Project is working to give all the students in our area the opportunity to do this. We hope we will soon have fast broadband to all our houses
and all our students from Year 5 to 13 will have an internet device of their own. Then we will all be able to continue our learning wherever we are are whenever we want to.
Imagine what we will be able to achieve then! You may need to come back and see....