Programming with Apps

On Monday 27th April, select students from Year 3, with the support of the Year 6 ICT Mentors participated in a PROGRAMMING WITH APPS session.

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The students were introduced to the following concepts:

  • What a program is
  • How a computer ‘thinks’
  • Computer languages and visual programming


They experimented with following instructions and thinking computationally through the use programmable Bee-Bots and the Bee-Bot app.  These tools are excellent for reinforcing directional and procedural language.

Through the use of visual programming apps, the students also learnt to create simple programs. Apps like Daisy the Dinosaur and Kodable support students to learn to code by solving puzzles. The ability to problem solve is a critical and creative skill for students to develop.

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The students were now ready to create their own program using Scratch Jnr. This app has a drag and drop interface designed specifically for programming with younger children.

The students were given the task to collaboratively design a simple story, selecting an appropriate setting and writing an interaction between characters. This task made connections between the story writing process and computer literacy through programming. The ICT Mentors supported and directed the younger students exceptionally well at this stage.

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All these apps are available for free. More apps can be found at Programming for Primary Students.

If you would like to learn more, read some of our blog posts about programming on the JS Library blog or come and see the Bee-Bots in action during first break in the JS Library.2015-04-27 20.49.01


Which book would you read to the world?

“Everyone needs stories read to them: Mum, Grandpa, the dog, and the monster under the bed.” Source

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The Share a Story theme for May is perfect for an IB and PYP school. Looking through the lens of  Internationalism, PYP and picture books we examine literature that develops the IB Concepts, Learner Profile and Attitudes.

PYP and Fiction

We have many of these books in our library. Which have you read?

A couple of my favourites are  Mirror (because of the uniqueness of the layout and the dual story) and The Island (specifically because of the power of the illustrations).

Another two I recommend are If the World were a Village and We Are All Born Free (although we have these in our Non-Fiction collection).

Q: What is your favourite (picture book) story?

Have a look at these suggestions


We will be surveying and voting for our Top 10 Picture Book Read Alouds.

Another fantastic way to celebrate reading is through the national event of simultaneous storytime where students around Australia read the same book, on the same day (… at the same time).

National Simultaneous Storytime 2015

On May 27th we will be celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime. The book this year is The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey.

Resources to help celebrate NSS

In the JS Library we also be promoting this through the Feature Books.

Feature Books

During the term we will be re-reading (and for some introducing) the picture books that have featured over the years.

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So, What story would you share with someone else?  Feel free to share below.

Follow the tweets at  #readtheworldastory and #shareastorycalendar


“Calendar concept © Jackie French. Calendar © ACLA”

Thumbnail image reproduced with permission.

See more at


May 2015 Feature Books – LibraryThing



Explore new worlds through your senses – SEE – HEAR – FEEL

We see stories through movies, theatre and plays; feel the emotions through character development and stories;  specialist materials for visually impaired and through audio books.

The ‘Hear a Story, See a Story, Feel a Story’ challenge

How to you hear, see and feel stories?




We hear stories through patterning, rhymes and rhythm, poetry (often an under used part of the collection) and obviously audio books.


Locate the POETRY section in the JS Library and borrow a book or share a poem from one of these books.

810               Poetry, Plays, Jokes & Riddles


Create your own poetry – try the Lark app.

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Poetry app: Lark     Lark, by Storybird. Make and share art-inspired poetry. by Storybird, Inc


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See The Book Chook blog post related to poetry resources for the classroom

Tips and Resources for Poem in your Pocket Day


When did you last listen to an audio book? Come and locate the audio books in the JS Library.

See other JS Library Blog Posts about use of  Audio Books and literacy.



LOCATE THIS BOOK AND  BRING IT TO THE CIRCULATION DESK (first ten students to do so receive a prize). 

SHARE A STORY “Calendar concept © Jackie French. Calendar © ACLA”

The Australian Children’s Laureate: enriching the lives of young Australians through the power of story.

Download your Share a Story Calendar 2015 from the Laureate website!


Green Screen: It’s not just for superheroes or movie stars

A group of Year 3 students have been experimenting with the green screen as a means to share their learning  this term. These students have been considering ways to evaluate, reflect and report on reading.

These green screen movie reflections were created using a variety of apps on the iPad (using the video, camera, drawing and green screen apps).

  • Touch Cast
  • Green Screen by Do Ink
  • Doodle Buddy

This is what the students have thought about the process so far…

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See below for two reviews they have created. When the students create their next review (in Term Two) they will direct this (almost) independently, with the aim to become experts for the other students in the class, teaching how to use the green screen and its associated apps.

These reviews are not polished presentations but have been created in a short time frame as a tool to engage and enhance the learning experience.

Book Reviews

The Cats of Venus

Today the students were introduced to the concept of a book hook to ‘sell’ the book to another reader.

See “How to write a book hook” wiki how with pictures.

The Treasure Island: A Fun Map

The students shared why someone should ‘read’ this map.

As the students become more confident and self reflective, the presentations will become more diverse and ‘professional’.


Finally, students are presenting for an authentic audience.