Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ala, Selena, Toreka and Me!!

A few days ago Ala, Selena, Toreka and me had a day out at Ala's house. We had so much fun. Unfortunately Angela, Seini-Mino, and Sylvia couldn't make it. We were quite upset of that, because we were planning to have a friends get together!! Even though a few girls couldn't make it doesn't mean we didn't have a cool time, I am going to tell you about a few things we did.

When Ala had called me up, she said that we were going to have a sleepover. I said yes to that. Then she said that Angela, Seini-Mino and Sylvia couldn't make it because they were busy. "Ohhhhh" I said. As soon as I put the phone down, I packed everything and then put it onto the side for the next day.

The day had come and Ala's mum came to pick me up. As soon as Toreka and me got to the house, Selena and Ala started yelling like crazy."YAY" the screaming girls screamed! It was insane.

When we got together we started talking and playing. We got a little bit bored so we went Sylvia Park, from there I got a really cute key necklace, Ala got a t'shirt and Toreka got a headband. By then it was about 7:00, so we decided to go back home.

Then it was a really fun part because we played blindfolds. It was amazing because we played in the dark and it was hilarious because we had to make silly sounds to tease the person that was blindfolded, plus we got to chuck clothes at them. Hahaha.

For dinner, we all got pizzas, then we watched a movie. The name of the movie that, we watched is Vampire Sucks. During the movie, Selena told me that we should be awake the whole night. A few minutes later I saw Selena and Ala asleep. Me and Maraina (Ala's little sister) were awake till 12 am and we watched 2 movies.

Us, friends had such a good time there. Ala was even thinking of doing this once again. I think I have told you enough. I hope I can get on my blog these holidays and write some more. Anyways, Merry Christmas and have a happy holiday. Bye

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Google Apps

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School. My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Google Apps help us learn.

This is the transcript of 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!

As you can see here up on the screen are the Main reasons why I like using Google docs.

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...."

NB: These are the graphics which accompanied my presentation on the Keynote Aidan operated

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2010 Reflection

This year (2010) has been very complicated but, in a very entertaining way. Do you want to know how? Well, this is because I had so much fun even though some things were very tricky. I am going to tell you, how things were very complicated for me!

Firstly, I would like to tell you about writing, this is because whenever Miss Garden used to talk about writing, I would need a lot of time to think about what I need to write to make a good text. This is because I wanted my writing to be amazing. Overall I think that I had a lot of fun and a lot of laughter during this subject.

Secondly, I think that one of the subjects, I needed a lot of motivation in was maths. This is because I think that I needed quite a bit of time to think about different strategies. You see, all the other kids in my group would find strategies 5x faster then me. Maths was a really cool subject, because sometimes I even thought that I could have been a very good ‘Mathlete’.

One of the other things I think that were pretty elaborate for me was presenting. This was fun AND tricky because, at times I would have fun thinking that I was going to present to a very honoured person. When the time came to present, it was quite nerve-racking because Mrs Burt had told the presenters to do their best and then we just made a mistake. For presenting I would give it a 10 out of 10.

So these were a bit of the things, that I thought were quite complicating and fun at the same time. I hope I have a awesome year next year and it is better then this one. Then I would have double the fun and double the laughter AND not so much of a challenging time.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MTV Video

Crystal Clear from KPE TV on Vimeo.

This a movie that my group (Angela, Toreka and I) have made. We made this movie for memories when we were in primary school. We also made this movie because next year we will be in intermediate.

This is a music video of the song called 'Hit me with your Best Shot' by Pat Benatar. I hope you enjoy my movie.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Camp Bentzon Movie Part 1

As you might know that on week 6 all the year 6's went Kawau Island. I have put together a movie here and it is part 1 of 3 parts. This movie shows you things that we did on the first day of camp, when we got there. GUESS WHAT?? I have a surprise for you in this movie!

I really enjoyed making this movie because it was a quick task for me and I only had about 4 hours. I hope you like my movie.