Monday, December 18, 2006
check them out - there will be free trials - don't buy.
they are visual effect software
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Renowned British cosmologist, Stephen Hawkings, the really really brainy guy - as brainy as two lockleys and a logan roasted together, with a sprinkling of ernesto seasoning, mr brainy chips on the side and smothered in a lachlan and justin sauce - said:
"People must colonise planets in other solar systems, travelling there using Star Trek-style propulsion, or face extinction"
read on - what do you think? which planets would be most likely to be populated first? What would we gain from moving away to less hospitable planets?
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Can you beat me, your beloved [cough!] teacher, who only got 75% on my first go?
It is an easy, interactive 'quiz' about the countries in Europe. You just have to drag 'n' drop countries onto a larger map to show where they fit it. You will be given a score. It is easy and fun.
I suggest most of you either have some distant connection with some of these countries or will visit them in the future as part of your big O.E..
To try it out, go to student resources, ICT classroom, room 9 folder and look for "Map of Europe" power point.
Try it and post your score.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
jacks uses environmentally unfriendly packaging and is interested in reducing such waste. however, stu, the chef/owner, has read that paper packaging is just as bad for the environment as plastic. can this be true? he wants us to find out. if we do, sasha will shout the winners hot chocolates at jacks. very yummy hot chocoloates. but the work has to be of a high standard.
does anyone think they could investigate these issues for my friends?
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
the other groups into enviro stuff could make a doco -[documentary] about something.
the groups into the environment could do a project base on planting up the school. another group could do the frog release project. both coudl be filmed.
people who have a passion to design something with an environmental theme could do that.
read this carefully before commenting.
all positive ideas welcome, but we must be realistic.
Please post your ideas for potential storylines or scripts - we will only be able to make short films. Ideas with a twist would be best.
What do you think?
A lack of interest will result in a lack of film making action.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
i recommend checking out hundertwasser's work - i will show you at school. he redesigns ugly spaces to be more attractive and environmentally friendly. have you seen the kawakawa toilets?
also, i am currently eating a series of documentaries about an artist called 'Christo' and his wife, Jean-Claude [which i would have guessed was a man's name]. he transforms places or things and creates large scale artistic talking points. very interesting.
let me know what you think or ask me to clarify at school.
bon nuit, mes amis
do you think i am kidding?
please explain or post links to useful websites with relevant info.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
draw it using your technical drawing skills - i.e. a ruler and pencil.
show detail and explain how it would work.
it must be:
easy to make
enticing to rodents
able to give an idea of whether or not rodents are about - how many is not as important.
you must be able to carry many of them into the area where you are trying to eradicate rats and mice.
it needs to be designed on A4 paper - tidy, accurate presentation, clear drawings and explanations are important.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
"Native birds don't use nest boxes. Introduced birds may use boxes."- quoted from: http://bestgardening.com/bgc/hub/ecobirds02.htm
...but it also talks about which plant species to grow at home to allow fantails and other birds safe plants to nest in - obviously they need to provide cover from the dreaded neighbourhood cats.
actually, the work i did thinning the trees on my property over the holidays seems to have actually encouraged more birds in. they are better able to fly between previously densely crowded spaces and are sheltering and feeding in the grapefruit tree directly outszide our lounge window. it's great - i see waxeyes, fantails, blackbirds, thrushes, and some mysterious new visitor - some kind of finch. that's the new visitor. i cut open grapefruit for the waxeyes. of course, i feed them in safe places, up trees, where cats can't get them while they're distracted.
the waxeyes also peck the plants outside my office window for insects. i can see them at close range without them seeing me. it's great - by encouraging them in they are working for me, removing insect pests like aphids, scale insects, etc.
other benefits of thinning my trees out is that the ones left are growing better. and once in amongst them, i discovered all sorts of things about the trees - they are all natives - pittosporums, rewarewa, kauri, kahikatea, lancewood, and various trees ferns. what surprised me was founding flowers in the plain looking pittos, and red bottle brushes in the rewarewa. there are also amazing red berries with a shiny, black, protruding seed in the tikoki. such things i'd never noticed before.
now i'm trying to encourage ferns in the undergrowth beneath the tree ferns and other tree canopy.
i went for a bike ride today and got very excited when i visited my favourite part of thheye hamilton gardens - the sustainable backyard. its so cool. i snuck into the wormery and got a couple of composting worms for the two chooks. they got very excited and now i want some at home. oh, and a cow trough pond with a solar powered pump... and a trained aplle tree to run along my fence. ... and some wild flowers... and a farm!
hey - maybe we could make a sustainable backyard at school in the biotech gardens...
Would you actually like a nice place to sit and eat? Consider shelter from wind, sun, rain, beauty of surroundings, environmental issues like replanting of natives, bird attraction, litter issues, etc....
tell me what you like/dislike about it.
post ideas for what you would like to do in biotech.
also, please answer this question: do you think biotech could be used as a way to teach environmental stuff, animal behaviour, biology, etc?
thank you for your assistance.
Monday, October 23, 2006
things to do in our urban gardens....
this is about birds in Britain, but it may apply to us too...
somewhere in this site is a weta house model i think...
Biodiversity is easily understood as the variety of life, an abstract concept measuring the richness of life by its variety. Variety is nature's way to create stability with maximum adaptability. As humans encroach, while altering their surroundings, wildlife disappears at a frightening rate. What is biodiversity? What is happening? Why? Do we care? What can be done about it?
This link is to a site that may be quite useful to us in our study...than again, maybe it's biased... Who created it? What is their purpose? Are they reliable? At a glance it seems okay. I leave you to investigate further. It may help answer some of your questions.
Enjoy the rainy day off. I'm enjoying making feeding stations for waxeyes and some kind of finch that has appeared in my garden lately.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"if you never did you should. these things are fun and fun is good”
“you can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.”
“just tell yourself, duckie, you're really quite lucky!”
~ dr. seuss
it would also be a delight to be able to immerse ourselves in active learning of a subject - namely the one we're doing. you people could really achieve some amazing things.
so far we've listed tailor made bird houses for native species. would they use them? what would they be drawn to? what other things can we do to help our feathered friends?
who wants to help something other than a bird? i like wetas. we can make a weta hotel. i saw some at maungatuatari.
what about the rat traps? need more ideas. tunnels seem to attract them.
bird feeders? what might attract different types of birds? do tui and waxeyes respond to the same kind of feeders? how about kaka [and i don't mean poo]
any other ideas?
mr webster says we can use his room when he isn't. we need our own materials.
http://www.artfaq.it/desktop/guernica.jpg [there are better links available]
what did you think? it's also really great to hear people sharing resources, knowledge and ideas on the theme.
full credit - and gO WAIKATOOO@@@!!!!
[tumultuous sound of cowbells]
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Please feel free to add any topic ideas, but post them as clear statements - you don't have to believe them. They just need to be juicy, fire people up, and cause controversy.
Here are some examples of one we will debate.
"Because of the potential danger to native species, in NZ it will be illegal to own a pet cat, dog, rat, mouse, or mustelid."
HAve fun forming strong, logical arguments to support your position, whether you agree ro disagree. Especially if you want to be a defence lawyer, politician or professional liar.
Content - Is the subject content relevant and appropriate to my learning needs? Can I answer some or all of my key questions using the site.
Coverage - What is the scope of this resource? Does it cover all aspects of the topic, with valid and appropriate examples?
Accuracy - Are the information and the presentation accurate, or could they be misleading?
Authority - Is it clear who is responsible for the resource, and all that is in it? Is this author an expert on this subject? Are links to other Web sites acknowledged?
Objectivity - Is the information well balanced or can I detect some prejudice or bias? Can i detect any PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE?
Up to Date? - Is the date of publication or update available and acceptable?
Presentation - Is the resource appealing? Is it clearly and logically presented? (And for online use, there are many more considerations, eg. Is the information accessible and the site easy to navigate? Is it full of advertising or other distractions?)
Usability - Will this be useful for my study? How can I use it?
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
At present you may not be entirely sure what the direction of the study is taking. Think along the lines of our environment, native species versus introduced pests and predators, habitat destruction, species extinctions, the web of life and how this is all related to us. Also, if there is a problem, can we do anything, and if so, what?
Who knows - maybe we should just kill everything,poison the Earth and live in megacity1 with wall to wall playstations everywhere.
You will have to have opinions and be able to justify them.
- this last one is an incomplete list of endangered speicies from NZ. You can add to it, if you are certain of your facts and spelling.
Feel free to post links to other sites of use.
If we design good rodent monitoring stations, we could go to local spots worth regenerating and see if the rodents [or any other nasties] are there too.
I have heard that we have potential contacts for a behind the scenes look at the Auckland Zoo. How could we tie that into our study on the environment, endangered animals, introduced pests, etc.?
All sensible ideas welcome ...
Why do we need something like this? Well, since we know rats and mice are pests in the NZ bush ecosystem, we need to be able to reliably work out whether or not they are present if we are to reintroduce endangered native species.
What other creatures might we want to check for? Any ideas for tracking stations for those animals? Think about their ecological niches and how you would best test for their presence.
i.e. Would you test for things that eat native fish up trees?
Design an active, outdoor game that demonstrates the interdependence of different species in food webs. It could be something like a 'tiggy' game where people play different roles - perhaps those of producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer and the gruesome decomposers....
We will play the best game. Try to keep it simple, active and fun, whilst reinforcing the concepts we have been learning.
p.s. post your ideas here for feedback - you could refine your ideas collaboratively online. Isn't that what you do in games like Runescape?
Sunday, October 08, 2006
1. books to work in
2. colouring pencils or jovis or something like that for detailed colouring.
3. resources - you will have to get out to libraries or other sources of resources and find the resources we need
4. positive can do/will do attitudes
5. a folder to keep loose papers in.
6. good time management skills
7. the desire to learn, get involved in something bigger than yourself, and make a positive difference
do we understand the interconnectivity of life and the impact we do or can make on our environment?
Are cats cute pets or vicious killers and a blight on our environment?
Are mice and rats cute pets or destructive pests?
Is a stoat a charming pet or a potential menace?
If you have a pet rat, mouse, stoat, weasel, possum, or ferret, bring it to school if you think it will not be stressed.
if you have little native plants you could bring, bring them.
Any resources - books, pamphlets, posters, websites, videos, dvds, etc, relating to NZ environment, conservation, plant or animal or bird indentification, etc, bring them. Animal traps could be useful.
If you haven't finished your assignments, you can do them at lunchtime and after school this week.
Remember - be positive 8>)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
· Be creative in your approach.
· Look for quality in all your work.
· Be prepared to share your knowledge or understandings.
· Ask questions when you need to.
· Make suggestions.
· Manage your time well and develop positive work habits – self reliance is important.
· Share your answers – even if you’re not sure.
· Look at each experience as a learning opportunity.
· Strive for understanding and excellence.
· Evaluate your work and your progress.
· Provide honest, thoughtful, constructive feedback.
· Enjoy learning for learning’s sake.
· Assume there is an important reason why your teacher is providing you with certain learning experiences.
· Respect your teachers as they have your best interests at heart, work hard to provide you with valuable learning opportunities and are more experienced than you.
· Always look for the positives – this will help you to enjoy almost any experience more.
· Celebrate your successes
and Encourage others 8>)
Term Four is going to be teacher dominated, brutal and oppressive - well, okay, so maybe I will still be trying my best to make it interesting, relevant and purposeful and tailored to your needs - but please don't be disappointed if it seems to be on a topic you aren't too thrilled about - my idea is to introduce you to skills and information that will help you to be better informed about your world and to arm you with skills and attitudes that will help you to make positive choices. In fact, I am hoping that you will try to save the world - seriously. I think you can do it to.
You will have input into the design of your topic, make choices about field trips, and be able to design things, do experiments, do art, poetry, creative writing, work with animals, get outside the classroom, talk to experts, camp somewhere maybe, and basically actually learn something useful. We will goal set and work toward achieving those goals. I will be guiding the goal setting as it has been fairly meaningless in previous terms.
Secondary - but majorly time consuming - goals will be related to athletics and our team singing. We will also be trying to compete for excellence awards - anyone can achieve them!
DO your best - be focused on having a positive successful term where you will work hard but be satisfied with your results.
Enjoy your final days of rest and make sure the projects that are due get done to a high standard.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
it is a great place! we went there for our anniversary.
the takahe is a bird sooo rare that it was once thought extinct - we could see it and help plant up its enclosure to make it better....
Monday, October 02, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
i think mine is the kauri, or pohutukawa, or cabbage tree. puriri rock as well. did you know, they only survive if kereru eat their berries then poop them out?
natives are best!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
what's your opinion?
and, can someone please contact others in the class and get them to contribute to our blog during the hols?
-we have important stuff to discuss
take it easy squiddlers
if you do not have PE gear, you will be doing it in stuff i get from the lost property - unwashed!
[evil teacher laughter]
so - gwe le of the kitties of doom, jess the cat protector, etc - you have been warned.
[who else is notorious for not doing PE?]
I love so many of them - of course the Kiwi is our icon and i LOVE that. .. .. I love piwakawaka, waxeyes, skylarks - cripes - i love 'em all!
go to this website to see which ones our politicians chose and why.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
in two weeks you should be able to manage quite a bit of relaxation, recharging and exciting productivity.
believe it or not, i am getting into my gardening today - it's crazy fun!!
yesterday i had investigating a gully with my best mates.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Art design fashion project - due week one of term four
Accordion Novel - due week ten term three
Personal Research Inquiry project - due week one term four
This is not negotiable.
Time to get busy - term four is "prove it" term. Let us see what you have got. Impress us.
If you're in a poor head space - snap out of it. No excuses. Find a way to re-engage with your projects if you are losing motivation - it is up to you!!!
anyone know what it is?
find out what it is, how we could use it to make our online world better and leave suggestions here.
[clue: many of you already use web 2.0 features and blogging is one]
Friday, September 15, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Keep it positive and state ideas for project directions you would like to head in...
Field trips to interesting sites would be good to mention too.
post you area of passion here for me to work on.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
I have "Mr Holland's Opus" in mind. Maybe "The School of Rock". Any others we could watch and review? "The Power of One", perhaps.
If we really grasp the meaning of a film and can sum it up we could pod cast the reviews. If we ever work out how to do it...
[I think we should get in an expert to shopw us how to do it.]
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
these days adults tend to view kids as more lazy and less active and more poorly fed than previous generations - we all ran to school, ate nothing but fresh vegetables, worked for our pocket money and respected our elders - in short, we were paragons of virtue.
I wonder if any of you other than the AIMS kids do any physical activity or cool non-technology- based hobbies in your own time. and how well do you eat? and do you work for pocket money? Please fill me in....
can you please list here all the things you know of that can attack or affect your comuter? and also all the methods you are aware of that you or your family use to protect your computer.
i had norton antivirus, but it used up too many resources and slowed down the computer. now i have bought etrust software which is meant to be better, but its doing some annoying things. my clever computer geek friends told me [after i spent my money] that they use free stuff off the web which works perfectly.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
The next challenge is to take on other players live online - are you up to the challenge?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
By joining Blogger you can comment here on ideas to help me provide useful information for you and for the other teachers who attend the miniconference in September.
I will appreciate any constructive feedback. I feel I'm doing okay at blogging, but professional development sessions are not my cup of tea. As some of you know, this sort of thing is listed as amongst my worst nightmares. However, with your support I am finding it easier.
It gave me a great confidence boost after the first session to hear from Michelle, Hailey, Haami, Maria, Lacreice, Frances, Sharon and co., that they really enjoyed it and wanted to try it out with their classes. i know some of you hav etried it our with mixed success. Similarly today it was refreshing that Blair had thought of a use for blogging in relation to his specialty area of sports at school.
I think challenging things and new ideas like blogging are a perfect time for us to demonstrate the professionalism that we have indentified as being part of our shared vision.
It is time to be open to new ideas. Educational paradigms are changing.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Researchers and educators around the world are embracing blogging as a means to break down barriers between school and home, between teachers, students and parents, as well as to help guide, reinforce, scaffold, inspire, bribe, and so forth.
SO, What do we need to start blogging?
1. a computer
2. the internet
3. an email address
5. and for your students, permission from home and some guidance regarding cybersafety and netiquette.
What do you not need?
1. highly developed skills of any type - although typing skills are the main one, possibly.
What is a hindrance to using it effectively at school?
2. an unreliable internet connection
3. exploding computers
4. cyber safety issues
By the end of this session, hopefully you will have thought about how blogging COULD be a POSITIVE enhancement to your learning environment. I would like us to explore possible uses - I could experiment with your ideas if you don't want to - and we can set someone up with a blog to show how easy it is. We can discuss the necessary steps to setting your students up with blogs in ICT.
Remember - it is available to ALL people in this school and it can be a really neat thing for some of your students. You don't actually have to have any particular magical powers other than imagination and your garden variety teaching skills.
Please feel free to ask for help creating your own blog or setting one up for your class. It won't work for everyone, but it has worked for me and most of my class.
Monday, August 21, 2006
What do you want to know about martial arts?
Did you realise you were doing basic aikido today? Does anyone know what aikido is?
I have posted some links for those of you studying martial arts as a topic.
aikido pics clips and info:
Of course, we now have a dreaded new flea weight wrestling champ. Perhaps judo might be an option for our wrestlers?
The other main Japanese art is Karate, which comes in many forms:
Of course, there is something mysterious and beautiful about the more ancient and deadly way of the samurai:
Not to be outdone, other countries have their own arts. China has tai chi chuan and different styles of kung fu. Perhaps it all began with the Shaolin monks:
Even the seemingly peaceful Indian culture has a martial style quite unique in itself:
Of course, all cultures probably had their own ways of fighting hand to hand. In our own beautiful country we have the fearsome Maori warrior tradition with beautiful but deadly hand made weapons:
Please post your opinions about the banking process, new ideas for income or expenditure, marketing ploys you might use to entice customers ... has anyone thought of ways to use blogger to market their bank to the class?
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
there are many reasons for using blogs and many justifications. I am enjoying the experience and find it has added a meaningful dimension to my teaching world. Below I have placed several links to information about blogging in education.
[Students - if you are reading this, please comment regarding your own opinions of the worth of blogging for you, in relation to your school work. Justify your statements... and beware - teachers are reading this, so use correct spelling , grammar, etc...]
a summary of the usefulness of edu-blogging from Singapore
a summary of useful sites relating to blogging, RSS, etc.
Stephen Downes (http://www.downes.ca) is a Senior Researcher with the E-Learning Research Group, National Research Council Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick. Comments on this article can be sent to the author at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
"I think it’s the most beautiful tool of the world and it allows us the most magic thing..."
—Florence Dassylva-Simard, fifth-grade student
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
see you at school tomorrow with accordion novel material and personal project research materials. if you can, bring an A3 pad for your art project.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
2. Write your topic, essential question, subsidiary questions, sources and resources, as well as your intended audience and product.
3. Add info to that section of your blog as you make progress. Remember, your subsidiary questions may change as you discover more information.
4. Keep up to date
Make sure your essential question is open and fat.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
In relation to some of your chosen topics, investigate these sites as starting points.
Remember to be critical of websites. Try to decide whether or not they suit your purposes. Are they accurate or trustworthy? Do they help you to answer your key questions/essential questions/foundation questions/subsidiary questions?
WHy was the SPhinx built?
Did the ROman eMpire disappear? Was it destroyed? How, Why and by Whom?
What was life like in Ancient China?
Are you a young Picasso?
So why did Egyptians revere characters with jackal or falcon heads? - the weirdos...
The Caesar Cypher - there was more than one caesar,
but we tend to think of Julius when we use that title. He was famous for many reasons and he had many tricks up his sleeve.
Those Greeks had a thing or two to say about life. Which one of the famous Greek Philosophers do you think was the most influential?
Now a unified Republic, the area known as Italy has seen many political divisions, including the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, the republics of Florence and Venice, the Duchy of Milan, and the Papal States.
Some people are fascinated by more recent history - the 80s were an interesting time in "fashion"... I know - I was there!
Perhaps the 50s and 60s might tickle your fancy a bit more - cultural changes were interesting and fashion changes were an outward expression of that...
The most important thing is, starting with an interesting, focused, open, fat question.
Second - research effectively, take notes in your own words [dot jot], and present your findings in a way that shows you have answered your question[s] and have used the iwrite software [with data projector], or the mp4 player [podcasting], or the internet [blogs, etc].
Be creative - remember, you must demonstrate above average intelligence, task commitment and creativity. Think outside the square and try to impress yourself and your audience.
Friday, August 04, 2006
i will list you individually, or in your pairs, with your topic. You must come and post your OPEN, FAT, ESSENTIAL QUESTION by the end of week four.
Further dialogue can be engaged in at school and through your own blogs.
Bring your resources to school on Monday.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
the world's your oyster
take up the challenge
"the saddest sight of all to see is, far far behind you, all that COULD have been"
...[someone once said something like that , i think.]
We now have an MP4 device like an ipod but with less memory.
We now have an interesting spanish learning slideshow designed for use with the iWrite pads. yay!
See you at school - bring music for team time - can't find Bohemian Rhapsody....
MAybe you could acquire it online - but don't deal in pirating or buy anything without permission from your parents.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
look for issues, problems, things that get you excited or angry or make you want to do something to make a change.
I hope you can understand what i mean and take up this opportunity for involvement in your own planning.
what do you think? ask your family and friends about respect and post a comment on what you discussed. what is it? how do you earn it? how do you act respectfully? why is it important?
Thursday, July 27, 2006
a tutor of a friend was teaching a bunch of kids in class how to use some new software. The kids weren't paying attention and were using chat software to talk to each other while he was trying to teach them so he disabled the chat server.
The tutor went on talking to the room and after awhile it seemed to the tutor that the kids were finally paying attention. However all was not what it seemed.
The tutor's PC was projecting an image onto the screen behind him showing a windows folder containing files that the kids were creating during the training. The clever kids in the class had begun creating files and copying them into the folder with names like...
"hey Frank meet you in the park at lunchtime"
turns out they had been using the folder to communicate behind his back while his attention was on the classroom and not on the projector
Under what circumstances should there be bans on killing and eating certain animals? Please be clear about your reason and try to justify your argument. Post links to websites that back up your position.
Think of this as a debate.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
this IS a form of assessment.
well done to all those people who have worked it out. get someone to show you. re-read my post before. investigate the settings on your blogger dashboard thingy.
see who can become the class blogger champion - the person who writes the best posts.
the person who knows the most tricks.
the most helpful person.
any other categories you want to add???
Sunday, July 16, 2006
In iMovie, you will need to use still images, related text and to do this you will need to have an idea of what you want to achieve before you begin, so think it over. What would you include to portray Hamilton as an interesting place? How would you include words to bring the photos alive?
We can use photos we already have from our scavenger hunt. We can use photos from the photo competition we have been part of in the riverside cluster. we can use images from the internet. if you're really nice, you could send me off with my trusty camera to snap away at specific locations on your behalf. you may of course take your own photos, but you'll have to be quick and have to get them to school somehow. can you suggest all the ways that could be done, please?
ka kite apopo
All of a sudden it seems possible. Now we just have to decide on the content and format of our podcasts.
Shall we do news reports? [probably not appropriate as they are too quickly out of date]
Promos for Hamilton for our inquiry unit?
Oral myths relating to the Waikato or other natural phenomena important to us?
We will need to include musical jingles, have a name for our podcast, and follow a format that we can use each time.
there is also a lovely fluffy grey lady cat who is very smoochy and needs a home.
help! the days are running out for these poor pussies... they are both healthy now that i have fleed and wormed and fed them. both need desexing and i have a voucher for one thanks to your fine fundraising efforts.
AS clever GATE kids, I challenge you to find where the mythical ["The River That Ran Away"] and the scientific explanations overlap regarding the formation of the Waikato River. It is quite surprising how similar they are. Was it really Earth Giants rolling over that made cracks in the Earth for the River to follow??? How does a geologist explain the same phenomenon?
Also, we will prove our understanding of myths by writing our own to explain how a natural phenomenon came into being. Start thinking about a place thatis special to you.
For your personal mihi [described in term two], you should feel a connection to a river and mountain. Think about how you might make up a story to explain the creation of those places.
ALso, think about how to create a piece of artwork to represent your special place and the mythological creation of that place. Perhaps that will form the basis of your artwork for your clothing design...
We may go on a field trip walk around the riverbank to discover clues as to the history of our city.
Your results are recorded each week and there is a test in the middle of and at the end of term.
If it is too easy it is maintenance. If it is too difficult, think of it as a challenge and a chance to learn. We will go over problem areas in class on Fridays.
You will learn to spell the top one hundred most frequently misspelled words.
They are available here with explanations....
Monday - choose any words from the first ten words from this list that you can't already spell. Add extra words to your list from corrections in your written work, or from the interesting words list on the board. You should have fifteen words altogether.
Learn them at home Monday night.
Tuesday - in class during word study time, write out the words neatly in your word study book. Use them in sentences that show you understand their meaning. Highlight each list word in their sentences. Ask a neighbour to check that your sentence does this.
For homework, construct a wordfind [or crossword if you are feeling diligent] in your word study book. Bring it to school on Wednesday to share with a partner.
Wednesday - share your wordfinds [or crosswords] at school during wordstudy time. For homework, learn the words again. Use a method that suits you.
Thursday - Learn them at home, including the meanings. Discuss the meanings with your parents. Be tested by your parents. Have them sign your notebook.
Friday - testing day - Notebooks will be checked by me for signatures. Complete partner testing straight after assembly. Record your results in a grid at the back of your spelling notebook. This will be used to show your progress to parents during parent interviews.
Be proud of your ability to spell difficult words AND know what they mean.
Using vocabulary well is a way to demonstrate your intelligence to others. More importantly, language is precise and it becomes fun to use interesting words appropriately.
Ask MR Stevens or Mrs Brown how they feel about using interesting language.
Ther have been times when you might have said the British Empire was most powerful, or earlier, the Roman Empire. Perhaps now it might be America - but is it George Bush, or his political party, or the US military, or the people of America who vited for him? Maybe it's not people or political groups. Is it Microsoft Corporation, or Bill Gates, or Google, or Coca Cola, or MacDonalds, or simply the idea of capitalism?
To answer this question, you have to decide, how do we decide what power is and what will help us decide what is th emost powerful 'thing' around at present? What is capable of making the biggest impact on your life without your permission?
PLay station? School? Your parents?
Try to think creatively of what if scenarios and post your ideas as you have them. You don't have to be right straight away. Just share thoughts about it. Generate a discussion and we'll see if we can work out what we think.
The people who come up with the best posts will be the news team for week one and have computer time to construct a news programme to be viewed on Friday.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Some clues to help your project more detailed:
1. Record the conditions of light that exist when you take your photos
2. Record any camera settings you make or change, as well as the make, model and details of the camera you used.
3. Describe any decisions you made regarding the way you framed or composed your photos. For example, if you felt you needed to use portrait or landscape. Whether or not you needed to change your position to include or exclude certain details from a photo.
4. The general ideas you tried to develop and achieve relating to the topic - the difficulties you experienced and how you overcame them.
5. State what you like about the images you selected for inclusion.
SO, be thoughtful about your photography. Enjoy it. Be creative. Be conscious of what you are doing. Think about how you would explain it to someone else and be prepared to state what is successful about it.
Monday, July 10, 2006
While I'm away, enjoy yourselves, collect resources as proscribed onprevious posts, use the blog to answer questions i've posted here and help each other with science fair. If you can't understand what I'm saying get your parents to interpret.
I will give you time in class to do it in week one, but you must have most of the work actually done. I recommend you bring your nearly completed work to school on monday so we can look it over, put it together and make any changes or additions that need doing.
DO NOT TRY to StaRt on MoNDAY!
USe the internet and your parents for advice.
I will check the blog on Friday.
GOod luCK, take care, have fun and be clever.
READ my instructions and clues.
[you have until tomorrow morning to ask questions....]
By searching the net you can find all sorts of opportunities. You may even be able to win scholarships or get assistance with projects that tickle your fancy.
if you need advice, ask me.
Friday, July 07, 2006
so guess what i did to find out...
i checked out our free friend, wikipedia...
learning is such fun - and it never stops.
what are interesting words or sayings you use that, upon closer inspection, seem a bit weird? Like "rule of thumb" - look it up
Thursday, July 06, 2006
we have had many fabulous parents helping us with their specialist knowledge. can we get more?
anyone have a climate change specialist [we do! we do!], or a fashion designer or anyone who can tell us about power generation, or animation or anything that we might study?
if so, mention it here and let's get them in in term three to help us learn -afterall - current expert opinion is more valuable than something written in a book years ago.
NOW - consider our modern times and reliance upon various forms of energy and power generation. if you take any notice of the news, you may be aware that we seem to face the threat of power cuts each winter and costs are constantly rising. gas is running out. damming rivers for hydro electric power destroys ecosystems. burning coal at power stations like huntly causes air pollution and big ugly holes in the ground. what about nuclear power generation? should we as a nation consider using nuclear energy to solve our energy problems? it may mean amending our anti-nuclear policy. is our proud anti-nuclear stance now out of date? did you have any idea part of our self image as a nation rested on this stance? remember, there is a big difference between nuclear power and nuclear armaments.
what are the pros and cons [for and against arguments] of using nuclear power IN NEW ZEALAND. Not anywhere else. I'm only talking about our situation.
I will post some urls to sites for info after i've done a quick search....
[you might also ponder - what does it mean to be a "KIWI"]
..do you guys understand any of this?
Nuclear Energy Prospects in New Zealand
Briefing Paper # 97
New Zealand is one of very few developed country not using electricity (indigenous or imported) from nuclear energy.
As hydro-electric potential was progressively utilised, nuclear power featured in national power plans from 1969 to 1976.
Concern about global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, especially coal, coupled with impending electricity shortages in Auckland, has put nuclear energy back on the agenda in New Zealand.
Background [see urls supplied by my cousin, the friendly spy]
think about it and discuss it with your parents before you answer.
i'm interested to see who has deeper answers than may be apparent.
[clue: what do i really mean by 'cost'? Please note I didn't say 'price'...]
See if you can post some fat questions relating to the topic - think about human impact and whether or not we have any.
We will have a mini model fashion show to showcase your designs and judge winners. Winners will be sent to Milan to extend their talents... [not]
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
perhaps its a job for 'the kitties of doom' - [ a new secret society possibly in existence and maybe hidden within one of your classmates blogs...
or maybe the forces of sOg could come up with a plan. jessica's army of feline liberators?
who will save my little friend?? [incidentally, he is not toilet trained, particularly friendly or all that tame]
make sure your time is on NZ time.
set it up so if someone posts to your blog it is emailed to you - this will mean you always see comments when they're added and you won't have to search for them. as your blog gets bigger it will become harder to keep track of everything unless you do this.
any other practical ideas for improving your blogs, please share them here for others to read.
you are doing really well! 8>)
Friday, June 30, 2006
guide them to positive feedback of your posts on this blog to help them see a bit more about how well you are doing.
remember - you are the magnificent peachgrove yr 7 GATE class - you are the coolest!!!!
keep the standards high - improve. listen. ask. create. share. help each other.
other classes are joining in now so you need to raise your standards to keep ahead of the multitudes.
but some of you are slacking or not following my guidance.
the rules are:
1. create a blog and fill out your profile using cyber safety guidelines.
2. respond to my posts, stay on topic and reference your own information - write it in your own words or post it in quotation marks.
3. give each other constructive feedback.
4. ask effective, interesting questions.
5. create a part of your own blog for me to leave comments, ideas and guidance.
6. DO NOT WIPE THESE COMMENTS - it is part of your evaluation and assessment to have a record of a dialogue between us relating to your school work.
take care over the hols everyone - you are a cool class - thanks for the lovely cards today. i hope you have a fun, creative, satisfying, relaxing, stimulating, inspiring, invigorating, fantastic holiday!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Hi to Mr Whalley if you are reading this.
The world has changed. So should we. At least, in my opinion and the Ministry of Education's and renowned educational experts from around the world. Let me begin by reiterating what it states in my profile - I am not a particularly skilled user of ICT. Like a laboratory rat, if something changes slightly, I am lost in the maze. Changing computers, rooms, a shift in temperature, Meddlers walking past my room, the presence of a room full of my peers are all more than enough to throw me off my track. Most of the time I can't remember passwords, recall urls or navigate back to where I want to be. However, I know that the tools available to us help engage children and allow them to perform powerful, complex and exciting functions that 20th Century method and technologies do not.
In Room 9 we either are using, or hope to use blogs, wikis, chatrooms, the LMS, mobile phones, skype, podcasts, forums, vi casts, skypecasts, digital cameras, webcams, the interweb and whatever else crops up that may be of interest or use.
You are reading this on our class blog, controlled and moderated by me on a daily basis [most of the time], and allowing ongoing communication, feedback, support and encouragement, whether the kids are at school or not.
I post topic starters, clues, hints, and hope to entice them into learning and sharing skills, attitudes and feedback.
This is a freely available tool open to all the horrors of the net. By being part of the real world they can learn to fend for themselves rather than being protected from real or imagined demons lurking behind every corner.
They interact with their peers and teachers - including other teachers I met on conferences - and children around the world - potentially.
We are currently setting up an arrangement with Pitt Island school to compare and contrast our lifestyles, with a view to incorporating the information into our "Hamiltron, City of the Future" inquiry. To do this, we need to use "skype", a free tool for making international calls over the internet. With the use of broadband internet, a web cam, microphone and speakers, we can see, hear and interact with the children on Pitt Island - easy peasy - hopefully.
For those of you who doubt the relevance of these tools, consider the success of Point England school in Auckland who have raised literacy levels, increased student engagement, attendance, enthusiasm and parental involvement using podcasting. In fact, they have gone from low levels of success to being world famous! It is inspirational.
[-search this blog for access to previous posts about Point England's "KPE" podcasting on iTunes and feedback from Dorothy, who is a blimmin' legend.]
i have found the blog on its own has enthused children who normally would be reluctant writers. They write their entries on their own blogs then feverishly seek out feedback from others. They are learning to give quality feedback and monitor each others' posts for appropriateness of content. It is not difficult for them or me. In fact, it is fun! We all love it.
Why don't you try it too? We will help you.
btw - none of them will read this post as it is too long. [to prove me wrong, kids, post a comment saying " Mr Woody, we can read you know..."]
other 'things' of use:
online bookmarking - save your favourites to the "delicious" site and have them available wherever you are - rather than at just the computer you saved them at.
Skype - an easy download for free international calls, webcamming, chat, skypecasting
Flickr is a site for free and easy sharing of photographs and images. It is a social networking tool with heaps of potential for engaging children and teaching about photography and giving meaningful feedback - also for encouraging appropriate "netiquette".
wikis ["What I Know Is"] - a way of sharing information via the net - it is something which others can add to. e.g. wikipedia which i edited to add relevant information to for a project we started in Term One.
Also there are heaps of free tutorials online that you can direct kids to or use yourself. Webmonkey is useful. I found free tutorials to learn how to use "Flash" there. Macromedia Flash is a great tool for animating. It is widely used on the web and is something advanced students can tackle as extension work.
This is something i just whipped up last night to show you the capabilities of I.C.T. in the classroom...
[just kidding - the author is credited within]
Have fun - laugh at yourself - give the kids a chance to run with the tools available.
Mr Woody 8>) [p.s. that's a smiley]
Monday, June 26, 2006
i challenge you to have a go and stick with it. you will be able to achieve amazing results if you show what Mr Stevens calls "grit'.
see the cool "animator vs animation" here:
use webmonkey to get free flash animation tutorials.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Listen to the Natives
Schools are stuck in the 20th century. Students have rushed into the 21st. How can schools catch up and provide students with a relevant education?
School didn't teach me to read—I learned from my games.
Our young people generally have a much better idea of what the future is bringing than we do. They're already busy adopting new systems for communicating (instant messaging), sharing (blogs), buying and selling (eBay), exchanging (peer-to-peer technology), creating (Flash), meeting (3D worlds), collecting (downloads), coordinating (wikis), evaluating (reputation systems), searching (Google), analyzing (SETI), reporting (camera phones), programming (modding), socializing (chat rooms), and even learning (Web surfing).
We need to help all our students take advantage of these new tools and systems to educate themselves. I know this is especially hard when we're the ones floundering, but teachers can certainly ask students, “Does anyone do anything on the Web that is relevant to what we're discussing?” or “Can you think of any examples of this problem in your computer games?”
As educators, we must take our cues from our students' 21st century innovations and behaviours, abandoning, in many cases, our own predigital instincts and comfort zones. Teachers must practice putting engagement before content when teaching. They need to laugh at their own digital immigrant accents, pay attention to how their students learn, and value and honor what their students know. They must remember that they are teaching in the 21st century. This means encouraging decision making among students, involving students in designing instruction, and getting input from students about how they would teach. Teachers needn't master all the new technologies.
All this and much more interesting reading is available via the links above. I find it inspiring.
If you show some interest in what you did you might get to do something else up there next term....
So, give me some fieldtrip feedback please - what did you learn? What did you enjoy? What else would you like to do up there? Are there any topics you would like to study next term as a result of your experience?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
how can we find out how to do it?
can you find the Point England website and get access to info from there? [there is a link in this blog somewhere] or would going to iTunes be a good way to investigate it?
look for "KPE" and "KPEtv"
[ask for permission first and don't download things that cost money]
consider your ideas about designing fashion and having a fashion parade.
consider the Hamiltron Project
consider whatever you want to consider - be creative!
Hi kidlets - Mrs McCullagh just gave me a good idea. Since you are now alliterative linguists, why don't you put your powers to the task of writing sentences on the HamiltON theme? You could be funny, poetic, positive negative - whatever!
We will see what you come up with, review the entries in class and choose work to post on the Riverside Cluster LMS writing cave.
Go for it!
p.s. why stop at alliteration - use the other partsof speech to express your cleverness. just make sure yo ustate what it is you are using. e.g. similes, metaphors, hyperbole, etc.
p.p.s. don't forget to find out what limericks are and try to write something to win Ms Marr's weekly chocolate challenge. if you don't like chocolate i know a teacher who two who do.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
but, since you asked, here is a random post to let you invite others to your blogs to read interesting information. don't use it foolishly....
or punish i will...
[who does that remind you of?]
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
[Or should that be 'English'?]
Please learn when to use "there", "their" and "they're" in sentences.
Hasta luego, amigos.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
value personal experience.
" Hey Mr Woody!!! Jess and I are probably going to the Humane Alternative shelter this weekend and interviewing Norma. Great post Zuleka!!! Anyway, My mum and I donate time and money, not food. The money is used for medical reasons and the time is, do I have to say, GREAT because then they get to do displays. TIP FOR CATGIRL: If you want to help, see if your mum or dad can help out at the stalls. It's great fun and you get to hug them all you want! But you have to make sure that their over 16 years old. OK? " - Sog on the blog
i am also most impressed with the wonderful language, creativity and humour that surfaces from time to time. i marvel at your artistic renderings.
when you treat each other well, show good judgement, act with reponsibility, and demonstrate skill or tactical cunning, it makes me feel so proud. well done people!
go you good things!
[go the all blacks! whooops - that just slipped in]
Monday, June 05, 2006
see if you can suggest things that have some potential depth and aren't too broad. or, if they are broad - like some eejits last year who suggested 'space' after i asked the same question - try to narrow them down with juicy questions based on the topic. the best topic and questions will be what we do next term.
for example - Leonardo - is "The Mona Lisa" a self portrait and does this mean he was a weirdo? Or, what was Loenardo's greatest achievement and why?
See how those questions are more interesting than - where was he born, when was he born, when did he die, what did he do?
p.s. "La Giaconda" is the real name of the Mona Lisa [please correct me if i'm wrong]. Why do you think we change the names of foreign things that are perfectly pronounceable as they are?
e.g. Why change "Roma" to "Rome"?
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Explore the website link below and answer the questions I have posed for you.
I would prefer you to come up with your own ‘fat’, ‘open’ questions, or perhaps even ‘fat’, ‘closed’ ones. So please post any sensible suggestion on this blog and we will evaluate each others questions as well as learning about Leonardo.
Which trait of Leonardo as a child do you think lead to his interest and skill in drawing and understanding anatomy. Explain Why.
The same interests and skills allowed him to study nature and experiment with human flight. Explain further and quote from the text to back up your opinion.
Which of Leonardo’s talents probably allowed him to excel in his studies of how things worked?
vocabulary to understand:
if you find interesting sites with activities you would like to do in class post them on the blog. pick a topic, get your search terms right and 'google' it!
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
that's the rule.
2nd rule - you all have to join up and have a profile and blog unless you have a note from your parents forbidding it.
everyone who needs it will be given time on the computer during the week to read and post to the blog.
the almighty teacher has spoken!
waddaya reckon? what would your ideal 'school' be like?
please answer thoughtfully. it would actually have to be 'educational'. not just play time.
p.s. there would definitely have to be chooks there.
p.p.s. onyl self-motivated people would be allowed to attend.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
please investigate and report back...but only if you're interested.
[but be sure to think hard about whether or not your source of information is reliable.... how will you know?]
patterns in nature
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Please list projects we have done, are doing, or could do that would relate to our motto.
Let's show others that GATE kids can be generous and thoughtful like everyone else.
I think you're great.
Monday, May 29, 2006
It's been driving me nuts. I guess they should, but I'm just not sure because it doesn't seem right.
...maybe you could post that question on the Riverside Cluster LMS to see if anyone can prove it one way or another with referenced proof.
you can reference web information by copying and pasting the url into your documents after information you have used or quoted.
What do you think?
For those of you wanting to, you could change the focus of your Hamilton Inquiry to be specifically about something you feel strongly about. If you aren't feeling excited about your essential or 'foundation' questions perhaps you might like to come up with something different.
Could we take up the challenge of finding out what Hamilton is doing to look after its huge stray cat population?
Can we make a difference? Who is responsible? What do you think should or could be done?
IS there a social action we could take? What is the best way for us to get our message to an audience? Who should that audience be? The Hamilton City Council? Our school? The Riverside Cluster? The newspaper? Can we educate others? If so, what should our message be?
Post all the ideas you have. State questions that need answering. Propose ways of finding out information. State what you would like to do once you have done your research - you can always refine your project along the way.
go for it!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
collect all the info i've been asking for, present it creatively and attractively. after that, create a story to complete the tale of your time on mayor island and manufacture your escape or a ghastly demise. have fun with it, but use the writing methods we have discussed to make sure you create quality writing that people will enjoy reading.
this will be an ongoing homework project in term two as well as having some time in class each day for confering with your group and writing brilliantly!
Sunday, April 23, 2006
So don't come to school on the first day or term, friday 28th of april, cos i won't be there.
p.s. remember to collect info or sources of info for studying hamilton, what its image is like, and ideas for making us the most happening place to be!
who could we interview? what means do we have of gathering and recording information?
and remember to snap away for the online photography competition.
Monday, April 17, 2006
here is a challenge:
find yourself a picture to represent yourself in your profile. use cartoons, animal images, etc.
try to find out how to post it in your blogger profile. hint - there are instructions on how to do this within your blogger account.
[and stay 'safe' on your p.c.]
i thoughtit might be useful if we learnt how to post images to our blogs. especially as we are entering the cluster photography competition.
here i go....
yey - it was easy. perhaps you might like to have a go...
BUT - don't post images of yourself. remember it is public and their are weirdos out there. my advice is to get used to protecting yourself from risks by being careful, giving away no personal details or images online. better to be educated and aware than to be afraid and avoid the web, which has so much to offer.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Why doesn't everyone agree with me that Hamilton is a cool place to live? What can you find out about Hamilton?
What are its positives? Negatives? And, most importantly, what can we do as proud citizens of Hamilton, to make it a place everyone wants to live, visit or be from?
To answer these questions, we first need to find out everything we can about what Hamilton is all about.
Where can we get started?
If you want to be the most diligent student, start looking now and share your discoveries.
btw - start taking pics too - Mrs McCullagh has set up a photographic competition online for us to win - I'm keen!
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
What do you think? should it be banned or is it an infrinegment of individual rights to ban it?
Please state your reasons to back up your argument.
Consider this also - might she decide to ban motorvehicles and sunbathing for the same reason?
Think about it.....
Saturday, March 18, 2006
anyway - don't smoke.
see you at school on monday bright an early for a bus ride to camp!
take care - mr woody
Monday, March 13, 2006
Also, it would be wise to find out all you can about taniwha....
As well as indigenous threats, there is a Spanish galleon looming on the horizon. There is no historical record of such a visitation, but perhaps we now understand why - remember the mysterious cloud that got us into this mess?? It must have struck again! Be sure you know how to converse in simple Spanish or you may face a nasty keel haul!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
good topics to research:
maori protocal for approaching a marae.
basic maori greetings, etc.
ways to start fires, find water without streams or lakes, make shelters, etc.
how obsidian is formed.
why Tuhua/mayor island is shaped like a bowl.
How to make a flammable torch for seeing in the dark in a tunnel or cave
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
[please excuse my lack of capitals.]
one class member has had a mysterious vision, leaving her with knowledge of a hidden 'treasure' of sorts. but beware, the treasure is fraught with peril as well!
another member, a secretive person, with special abilities seems to have developed the power to have visions of areas and events around the island. this person has inside information about your island co-inhabitants... beware - there is potential danger and advantage lurking around every corner. consider your choices carefully....see if you can find out who the special people are and what they have to share...
mwooohoohoohohhoaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!! [evil laughter]