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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.
The students were introduced to the following concepts:
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.
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.
All these apps are available for free. More apps can be found at Programming for Primary Students.
“Everyone needs stories read to them: Mum, Grandpa, the dog, and the monster under the bed.” Source
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.
We have many of these books in our library. Which have you read?
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).
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.
During the term we will be re-reading (and for some introducing) the picture books that have featured over the years.
List from https://www.alia.org.au/nss
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.
TAKE THE ‘HEAR A BOOK’ CHALLENGE
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.
Poetry app: Lark Lark, by Storybird. Make and share art-inspired poetry. by Storybird, Inc
See The Book Chook blog post related to poetry resources for the classroom
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.
**** WE HAVE A BRAILLE PICTURE BOOK IN THE JS LIBRARY COLLECTION ****
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” http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/events/
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!
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).
This is what the students have thought about the process so far…
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.
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 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.