Thursday, July 31, 2008

Worm Farm

Tomorrow we will go to the greenhouse area to re-do the worm farm and check out the compost area. Bring your raincoats. Gumboots could be good. Who is keen?
Post info on your own blog about these topics if you want to be included.
Have fun and see you tomorrow!

Class Creed

Create a Room5ian creed and post it here.
What would some us up and inspire us?
I can't wait@!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Latest Clustermap results

See if you can list the countries [read that work again please - COUNTRIES] that have the dots that represent more than 10 visits from any particular city or region.

So, for example, New Zealand is the first one. Where else? You may only list one country each please to allow more people to have a go.

Time management

It seems some of you are extremely capable time managers and are very self reliant learners [lucky for you, huh?] ;-)
Unfortunately, we aren't all naturally like that and some of us need to try out different strategies to help us learn effective work habits. I think we can all think of several people in our class who could do with help to learn those skills. This is the forum for us to discuss sensible, practical ways to help people manage their work loads so that learning remains fun. I think we can learn from each other's strengths. It would be best if we supported each other in this endeavour rather than letting someone struggle. It's not nice to feel like you're failing. As Room5ians we must stick together!
I suggest we discuss here and in class ways we can help each other to manage our learning tasks.
I have a few ideas....

Perhaps we could all fill out timetable charts with stamps to indicate whether or not we have successfully achieved adequate progress in each block or throughout each day. At the end of the week we could graph the results and chart our progress towards improved work habits. Those of you who don't need this could prove it over a week then become the tutors in self management. Or the best students could work beside the less disciplined to help them stay foucsed and on task. The ultimate students could make me their pet project and keep me on task during the first half of the day.
We could also state weekly goals and then evaluate if we achieve them each Friday. You guys could even have goals for me. [but be nice please]

What do you think?

Snowgirl's ICT ideas

Thanks Snowy for the great suggestions in your comment from another post. I shall paste your ideas here for the class to consider. I think there are many things here we could do straight away if we are sensible.
Thank you so much!

Snowy said...
I think that it would be really good if we could have a PDA phone. We could use them in so many ways:
-We could take photos with it.
-We could video people.
-We could video the progress of the sustainable garden with it then put updates on the blog.
-We could video people having interviews with it, then we can look back at it.
-On field trips we could, take pictures and then send them to the blog.
-We could use the programes on there such as microsoft word to make notes on a field trip or do small presentations on it.
It can also be used in many different ways other that the ones i said.
Our blog is also an awesome ICT.
-We use it to communicate with people after school, if you are sick, in the weekends and in the holidays.
-We use the blog to if we are just about to go on a field trip.
-We use the blog to share information, debate problems, talk about new and old topics, and keep in touch with our newish friends in New Jersey.
-We also have other friends in other parts of New Zealand.
-We can see on our cluster map how many people and whereabouts in the world people have been looking at our blog.
Bye, see you at school
6:51 AM

Monday, July 28, 2008

Budgie Time!

Lucky Larry has flown into our lives. Tell us what you know or have learned about budgies.

Also tell us what you have learned about axolotls. How rare is it for them to breed in captivity?

Do you know if its normal for frogs to hibernate in winter?

How long do goldfish live?

Who was the rat we read about today and what was the author's message?

I hope you enjoy having class pets. Would you like to have chickens for our sustainable garden? If so, what could the benefits be for your learning?

Please answer thoughtfully to justify the inclusion of animals in your slightly peculiar learning programme.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

If you're a teacher reading this....

...and you're going to Ulearn, please introduce yourself so we can chat about what you might like to hear about in a "breakout".

If you're a kid reading this maybe you could talk about the most interesting or useful ICT stuff we do in class.


Thanks for helping out. All idea sharing appreciated.
BTW -teachers - Twitter is cool for low key interaction in a teaching community.

Inter-class Challenge

Here ye, here ye!
The Fabulous Room5ians challenge all our fellow classroom bloggers to join us in an online photography challenge.
Is there anyone from New Jersey or Taradale or Christchurch or Auckland Or Pitt Island or Great Britain or Canada or anywhere who wants to participate?
Once people have expressed their interest here we can decide on the rules and means of display. I suggest Flickr or Voicethread or our class blogs to compare results and share voting.
What do you think? Who is keen?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I just realised I am sitting here doing school work at home, with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, my mobile phone for txting , email, and skype all running as i keep in touch with family, friends, colleagues and my class. So cool!
What are you guys doing?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

soil, mulch, compost, worms, dirt!!

YUM YUM! Composting is fun. It's also important for sustainability, good for your garden and really quite satisfying.

Its not as easy as just dumping kitchen and garden waste in a bin though. It is a science! Anyone interested in being a soil maker? Rich fertile soil makes for productive gardens.

Follow the links to find resources about this topic:

If you're filling one wheelie bin of rubbish a week, you could be throwing away enough garden rubbish and kitchen scraps to make one and a half trailer loads of compost a year.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Science Fair

Science Fair is fun!
Well - it should be anyway.
You will all complete an observational drawing in class.
You may do the photography as anoptional extra - this could be in place of the wallchart.
You must do a wallk chart explaining how a "home appliance" works, unless you do photography or one of the other more tricky categories.
If you want to avoid the wallchart category in favour of an investigation or technological innovation, you MUST follow the instructions and seek advice from me. I strongly recommend that you think carefully before attempting this option with the time that is remaining to you. A detailed, dated log book is essential.
We have discussed it all at length. You have written instructions.
You must bring your completed work to school on the first Monday to show me BEFORE you glue anything onto your A2 coloured presentation paper.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Brain Power!

Today you watched a D.A.R.E. video about the dangers of drug use and how it affects your brain.
Your whole world deepends on your brain function so you better look after it - especially when you're young and your brain is developing. Choices you make now will potentially affect you for the rest of your life.

Another interesting thing that has happened in Room 5 in the last week has been the challenge laid down about memorising Pi. Remember Mr Jones said you couldn't remember more than 7 digits in a sequence? Well, several of you [including "Awesomo4000" and "Fred"] have memorised it and recited it to me accurately in excess of 50 and even a 100 digits - WOW!!!

3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679 8214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196 4428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273 724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609...

Tell me how many you can remember and try to explain clearly how you do it. I am very interested in how you use your clever brains.
Also, does anyone know what Pi is useful for?

In relation to your learning, memory and intelligence, check out the word study list for this week - it has terms on it like "Synaptic Plasticity". Any idea what that might be? Some researchers tell us that brain synapses are where intelligence lives...

What is photographic memory? Do you have one? What is the other name for it?