Wednesday, June 27, 2007

wonderful inspirational beautiful NZ art!

so, what did you think? any good ideas for follow up activities? which parts of the exhibition tickled your fancy? [my mum says that - it means what did you like?]

skipper bob posted a grand idea in the aristotle quote post. any others?

share the love of learning...

you are a great class :-)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

quote of the day

Quote of the Day

"The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it."

-- Aristotle, philosopher

Monday, June 25, 2007

where in the world???

name the city in the world, outside new zealand, that has the most views of our blog logged on our clustermap.

[not higher order thinking, but fun nonetheless]


Week 10 homework and egyptology

1. Think about/do your science fair

2. Consider ways in which social software, like blogs and wikis, could be used to enrich our inquiry unit on ancient egypt.

Inquiry units are designed by you to answer your questions. What fascinates you about ancient egypt? you will develop questions during the knowledge attack phase of the inquiry - the part at the start where you experience heaps of information on the topic then begin to wonder about certain aspects of it - like for me, with my grandad's experiences there during the war. i really wnat to know why he found the great pyramid spooky. and why he thinks there are no ankhs left and that there is something mysterious under the sphinx. he says the pyramids are aligned to mirror a certain constellation. apparently sirius or orion are significant. why?

all very interesting to me. but you might like to find out something else.

i hope to use internet tools, social software, cameras, drawings, cartoons, comics, interviews, documentaries, letters, postcards, make buildings, etc to learn and present my findings.

i can't wait!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Good luck Sportscampers!

To our wonderful Room5ians - "E" and "A"- who are going on sportscamp - well done - we are proud of you and know you will represent our school brilliantly - you rock!
we will miss you this week so please pop in to tell us your tales when you return.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

a wiki is not a blog

Room5ians - as usual, your enthusiasm and ingenuity are top notch. i must remind you, however, that wikis are not blogs. they serve a different purpose. we don't all need one. in fact, we only really need one for all of us to belong to and contribute to. it could be a forum for our shared knowledge gathering. each of us can add info, edit info and so forth.

we could create one for our massive Egyptian inquiry project next term.

read up on wikipedias wiki entry.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007


today i noticed that peachgrove wasn't described in wikipedia. i fixed that. we Room5ians deserve to be more famous. now our blog is linked to the peachgrove description in wikipedia.
please use wikipedia respectfully. it is an editable source of information and those who use it inappropriately will be blocked from access. we do not want this to happen to us as we are becoming world famous as sensible users of web2.0 technology.
thank you for your wonderful use of our class blog this year. i hope to see more of you coming on board soon!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

the toy maker
a site for making little paper folding toys and what not.
- not sure if you'll like them - might be a bit basic for you wee clever clogs.

Monday, June 11, 2007


okay, so i'm supposed to be writing your reports but this is more interesting....

think about parachute design.

post links to interesting sites about parachutes.

add links to sites with good templates for making parachutes.

think about today's lesson on calculating the area of a circle using pi. can you find similarities between some of the diagrams here and what we covered??? see the image above. do you see what i meant about a square or circle cut out might not make a very effective parachute canopy?
we can use the big white plastic rubbish bags as a source of material to make parachute canopies.

Congratulations Room5ians!

Wow! you guys are just soooo amazing!
By beating Mr Wilson in the factathon fundraiser you have made history. I am soooo proud of you. WELL DONE!!!
You are setting a fine example to other GATE classes to follow. Even Anthony's class wasn't as fantastic as you guys. [sorry Mantos]

Post your ideas here to see what you want to do with your winnings. try to include some ideas that aren't just to do with gorging yourselves.
opinions posted here count as double votes when we come to voting.

Go you good things!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

other NZ class blogs

you could visit blogs like this one and meet other kids keen on writing and other stuff.

also, have you heard of wiki's?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Miss MArtin, student teacher extraordinaire!

Welcome to Room 5, Miss Martin. We are thrilled to have you in our class. I'm sure the students are looking forward to having lessons with you and will treat you with respect.
We hope you will make a blog and join us here to make comments and give feedback.