DIGITECH DAY 2017

We are learning to solve problems that involve digital systems.

This is known as computational thinking. We will be using strategies such as organising data logically, breaking down problems into parts, and using algorithms and patterns.

TASK 1: BITSBOX

Create a simple app which combines at least two of the Bitsbox exercises. Share the app with a friend and get them to give you feedback on your app.

Go to the Bitsbox page here.

You can create a free kid’s account to save your apps. Look for the ‘Save Your Work’ menu item on the Bitsbox home page. Remember your sign-in details. Don’t forget to save all the apps you create. This will make sharing with a friend much easier. The online tutorials are very useful. Don’t forget to check out my Bitsbox books and trading cards – some good mindstretchers here.

Here’s an example of my YoYo app. It’s still a work-in-progress!

TASK 2: MAKEYMAKEY

Work in groups of 3. Connect the MakeyMakey to your computer.

Check out how to set up the Makey Makey here.

Quick project:Use the Makey Makey to do a High-Five with this Scratch project.

Level up! Try this game with your MakeyMakey. Create an interesting console for your game.

TASK 3: SPHERO ROBOT

Starting tips: match the Sphero number and iPad number. Use the SpheroEDU app.

Find the Programs menu. + for new program. Program type: BLOCKS.

Work through these tasks. Program your Sphero to:

  1. go away and come back to you. TIP: start slow and short, then repeat and make it more challenging.
  2. spin on the spot.
  3. go through a maze
  4. do a 5-step zigzag, changing colours at each step.
  5. play skittles.

 

 

Clinton’s Walk

We are learning to locate places in our own country.

We are celebrating the journey of Clinton Pryor.

TASK 1:

Watch the video on this page.

TASK 2:

Learn more about Clinton Pryor here.

TASK 3:

In your group,create an Ozobot map showing Clinton’s journey.

TASK 4:

Stretch your thinking. Impress us with your synthesising. Leave a comment on this blog post. Tell us anything which surprised you, puzzled you, anything that you noticed, anything that made you change your mind about Clinton Pryor and Clinton’s Walk.

The Wolves of Norway

We are learning to think like a geographer when comparing global locations.

We are learning about importance of environments to people in three global locations, and how they protect their special places.

 

Task 1:

Show what you know by taking the Numbat Quiz on Socrative. Our room number is 57344.

Task 2: Watch the YouTube clip to find out more about the wolves at Polar Park, Norway.

Task 3: Think Like a Geographer

Which words can be used to describe the wolves’ environment?

  • Use Google Earth
  • Google Maps
  • World Book Online

Add your best words to our Year 4 Menti word cloud:

https://www.menti.com/

Use this code to join the Menti: 85 40 48

Task 4:

We have the help of a buddy class in Norway! They are helping us find out about the geography of Norway. Use Flipgrid to ask your questions for them. You will need the code from your teacher.

JACKIE FRENCH

We are learning to interview a person to find out about their work and their location.

TASK 1: Read the book ‘Diary of a Wombat’. Can you locate it in your local public library?

TASK 2: Watch this clip to get background information about Jackie French:

TASK 3: In the blog comments here, write a question which we can use when interviewing Jackie. Think about:

  • Is your question Googleable or non-Googleable?
  • Is your question about Jackie’s work as an author?
  • Is your question about understanding Jackie’s location? (thinking like a geographer)

CANVA TIPS

Canva is a useful web-based tool for creating images, presentations and infographics. You will be using a free class account managed by your teacher. You wont need to press any ‘sign up’. You will only be able to use the Canva free images, but will be able to upload your own for use within Canva.

Check these tutorials for the basics.

COMING SOON… Check out Ms Lockyer’s demo Canva. The slides are not perfect! Leave a comment below to suggest how the slides might be improved.

SPACE-CURIOUS!

THE BIG PICTURE: Exploration of observable patterns helps us to understand the universe. Our curiosity about space can lead to new understandings.

TASK 1: WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW?

Take this quiz.

TASK 2: ECLIPSES

With a partner, read this page.  Add to your OneNote space. Tell us what you know from this page about our solar system.

TASK 3: HEXAGONS

Search on ABC Splash. Use the search term ASTRONOMY. Choose your resources carefully to add to this understanding: The Earth is part of a system of planets. Add your new understandings to your OneNote.

 

NUMBAT 2

We are learning to think like a geographer when comparing global locations.

We are learning about importance of environments to people in three global locations, and how they protect their special places.

ACTIVITY 1

Think Like a Geographer. Take the quiz to decide which words a geographer might use.

https://www.menti.com/

CODE: 458225

ACTIVITY 2

Which words can be used to describe the numbats’ environment?

  • Use Google Earth
  • Google Maps
  • World Book Online

to hunt for the best words.

https://www.menti.com/

CODE: 194819

ACTIVITY 3

We will be hosting a guest speaker who lives near the Dryandra Forest. In a comment below, write a question which can be asked.

ACTIVITY 4

Join in the Citizen Science activity to help identify species in the Dryandra Woodland here.