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Monday, December 12, 2011

Inanimate Alice Episode 5

Room 13 have been watching Inanimate Alice and exploring digital storytelling. In small groups we then created our own Episode 5 using PowerPoint (PPT). We found PPT easy to use with good animations but hard to convert for the internet. We managed to capture some of our stories using Jing but lost some of the sound affects. 

Today we Skyped one of the authors, Kate Pullinger. Some question we asked her are:
  • Where did the idea for inanimate Alice come from? 
  • Who inspired the names of the characters? 
  • Why do you never show the faces of the characters? 
  • What is Brad supposed to represent?
  • Has inanimate Alice been recognised internationally? 
  • Will there be new main characters in the next episode? 
  • What has been the most exciting part of creating this story?
  • What has been the hardest part of creating inanimate Alice? 
  • What advice would you give for telling a good story?
  • When will the next episode - (5) come out?

Damon, Phoenix and John
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Mohana, Abbey, Amber and Monalisa
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blog of the Week

Blog of the Week
A digitally literate learner is able to chose the best web tool to suit their purpose and hook-in their audience.

Shweta has written a short but highly effective blog post that deserves to be featured on our class blog. The Edublog Challenge this week was about family, and Shweta used WORDLE to capture the characteristics of her parents in a creative way.

Have you asked your family to comment on your blog?

Doink and Maths

About Doink

Doink is basically a vector editor. Doink is a site where multimedia is easy to use, its not complicated like others. It has a variety of activities for all age groups including writing, drawing, animating and even creating slide shows. Doink is real useful for schooling activities.

We used Doink during math this week, we got a task to solve our given equation with a different strategy used each time. Doink has steps like a slide show, so if you draw in one slide then click the arrow - a new slide will pop up. Its as easy as that. Some groups had to solve the same problems using two strategies and had to show how they worked it out in Doink, once we finished we had to embed it into our Math wiki page.

I personally find Doink a bit boring, but would definitely recommend it for schools, it is very help full.

Here's the link:

Zainab and Monalisa

Our activity was to create a “Doink” animation about our maths strategies that we are currently learning about. We were doing rounding and compensating as well as algorithms. We were trying to visualise our strategies and then bring them to life by using the animation. We were given a question by our teacher and that is what we explained in our animation. This helped our learning and taught us to learn in a visual way so that we could see every bit that we were learning, and to improve it. One of the strategies we used was rounding and compensating. Rounding and Compensating is a strategy were you round the biggest number to a tidy number, and then take it off at the end. Algorithm is a type of strategy.

Doink Sample
We chose Algorithm and Place Value because it’s easy to work out using those strategies and it’s easy for us to work out.

Abbey's place value by BRSroom13, made at

Shweta's Maths Problem A Week 4 by BRSroom13, made at

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Athletics Training


They have to pass a course in coaching in which they have to coach a school. Some have already taken our school to other sports. So this term they are doing Athletics for only 4 weeks and then our school will be entering the Eastern Zone Athletics Competition.



I think the class has improved their skills as well and bonding with the trainers . We have improved our running , jumping , grunting and increased our stamina . We think the trainers are good role models to the students and the students have been great pupils to them .

Skills taught

High Jump


This term, we are doing athletics and we got a really big tournament coming up and we had 4 weeks of training and we were doing well at it.So we are going to tell you about high jump.High jump is all about jumping over a pole but this is what you can do when you’re jumping over the pole.

*A Fosbury Flop

*And a scissor kick

So those are two main things and these are tips that you can do when your jumping, step by step.

*Lift your shoulders

*Bend your hip

*Then lift your legs.

And this is how to jump over a pole when your doing high jump.

Long Jump


This Term we have had NZIS come and teach us how to do athletics and one of the athletic sports that i got taught was Long Jump, They say. “Run down the pathway as fast as you can, then you jump as high as you can, then while you are in the air put your feet together and glide yourself towards the sand as far as you can go” I thought they were doing a great job at teaching me this because i have never been taught any of this athletic stuff before.



The sport of "Discus" is full of power, strength and aim. You should be able to grasp the disk with full strength. And use your arm power to throw the disk with great force within the boundary.

  • Place the disk on your palm.

  • Wrap your fingers around it.

  • Swing the disk to touch the opposite hand.

  • Then on your third swing let go with great force.

When you let go remember that the disk has to land in the boundary other wise it is out. The practises and using the techniques that has been taught by the NZIS students have really had a huge impact on all of the class.



This term we have been doing Athletics. There are 6 activities for athletics which include; Sprints, Relays, Long Jump, High Jump, Discus and Shot put. During shot put we learnt the 4 steps to throw it properly,

  • Hold the shot put up to your neck

  • Point your arm in the direction in which you are aiming

  • Lean back on your strongest leg

  • Then twist around and push the shot put out of your hand (never throw it or you would be disqualified)

We will work on these steps for the rest of the term and some people will go to the Eastern Zone competition.


During a relay race, members of a team take turns running, orienteering, swimming, cross-country skiing, biathlon, or ice skating (usually with a baton in the first) parts of a circuit or performing a certain action. Relay races take the form of professional races and amateur games. In the Olympic games, there are several types of relay races that are part of track and field.

We have learnt how to run and the arm skills and how we stated off.

f. Sprints (Amber)

photo- how to - what is good form - records so far?


Its nearly the end of the year and for sports this term we have athletics. For athletics we have shot-put, long jump and many more. Its getting really hard for us this term because we have many great sports players at our schools. We don’t have long before its time to really go to athletics, so we have to practices, practices, practices.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Stories to Scare You

This week started off with Halloween, so in class we watched some short scary video clips. Some we watched with and without sound, then we brainstormed the features of scary stories and what made the stories scary. Some of our class made their own scary story videos and others did peer assessments. 

What do you think makes a good scary story?

Ben and Macane's Story

Thunder's Story

Our Peer Assessment