Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GEGNZ Student Summit @ Ormiston junior college

Today the year 7 & 8 extension got the chance to attend a GEGNZ summit, at Ormiston Junior collge. Over 400 students came to show and participate in their own workshops.

We arrived half an hour early which means we got the opportunity to take a quick look around, when it was time we met in the auditorium. We were introduced to some people who made the day possible and we also talked about some of the house keeping rules and we were introduced to the "Young ocean explorers" father and daughter who explore all different reefs of the ocean searching for sealife they even have their own t.v show where they show different animals and tips on how to keep our ocean life safe. Our Senior extension group were split into 2 groups 1 group was set a task for one workshop to show students from other schools how we produce our own news network that is played around the whole school and to get them to participate in making their own news network. The other workshop was showing students how to create their own game using scratch code.

 The schools that weren't presenting had the choice to either visit other workshops or just set up their own for the up coming rotation. The first workshop our group went to was a robotic workshop. Teaching us all about how to code mini robots and about the makey makey device and also teaching us h
ow to play coding games using an iPad and mini blocks. In the end we were also lucky enough to take a photo with one of the teachers who recently moved from our school to ormiston Junior.

My groups rotation was the scratch game. We were in a crowded room so it was hard to hear what we were saying. We introduced the project scratch and then we presented while roaming around the room helping students with code and teaching them how to make their own game. There were heaps of errors like the sever not connecting or it being to slow and not being able to access the scratch sever. In the end only one game was almost completed all the rest either had their code messed up or just weren't completed.

Overall I think that this being my first time at the GEGNZ summit was a good first impression. The school itself gave us ideas about making our school a better place and also the different workshops about code, sealife and even creating our own characters.

Friday, 4 August 2017

I wonder

Ever wondered what it's like to be on the moon? Well with the terms topic being 'Guardians of the galaxy' our whole block has been figuring out some of the questions that have been on our mind about the moon, galaxy, sun and more. We've put our questions into presentations named 'I wonder'. The main point of the presentation was to help us get some ideas about what we want to animate this term, the questions we've asked will be turned into animations showing our answer and the understanding we've come to. Read my groups presentation to find out more about my ideas!

How to look interested when your not...

WALT: Identify the different places, speeches/talks that are given and how they are designed for delivery.

Let’s be honest we’ve all been that one person in class who doesn’t care or understand what the teachers talking about. Well here are some ways to look interested when your really not!

So the first thing you should do is act like you understand what their talking about. If you really don’t understand partner up with someone who does and when they tell you their ideas say you got the same answer. It will make them believe that you understand the subject and also make you look smart.

Second thing to do is raise your hand when the teacher asks questions. It is something to do at your own risk of being chosen but just hope that your teacher doesn’t choose you. If you do get picked and you don’t know the answer there's always that one student that will shout out the answer even though the teacher says not to. Use their answer but put it into your own words and make it sound like that was your idea the whole time.

The last thing to do would be to sit up close to the teacher, teachers usually pick the people at the back which are the noisy ones, the ones who don’t listen. When the teacher stares at you look at someone next to you and act like yous are sharing the same answer. If she continues to stare at you pretend to put your hand up and when she finally looks away put your hand down.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Space race

Here is my reading presentation for this week. The text that we were given was about the Space race, a competition between 2 people to see who could send the first satellite into orbit also to see who could be the first person to be put in space and on the moon. Read my presentation to see what I found out. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

What if you were a guardian of the galaxy? Protecting earth from asteroids and meteoroids. Studying and finding out facts about if aliens are real or if there is life on mars. Truth is no one knows, but this term Pt England school are learning about the Galaxy. Each team is studying a different part of the galaxy which we got to share with each other at this morning's Immersion assembly. Guardians of the galaxy, our terms topic. Here's what our school this term is all about!

Most informative - Team 4
At today's immersion assembly, the most informative item to me was Team 4. The reason I think this item gave the most information is because the short film they made showed the most detail and set a picture in my mind about what they were trying to make us understand. Their item was about earth and about how the world is slowly starting to die. 3 brave astronauts from team 4 traveled into outer space, each to visit one different planet to see if life could be found or not. All attempts failed but all of team 4 are focusing this term on learning about the Mars mission and also about survival on other planets.

Most entertaining - Team 5
The most entertaining item to me was Team 5. The reason I think this item was the most entertaining was because there was more movement then any other items. The item started off with all of  Team 5’s teachers standing on the stage with a musical instrument. When their item started Ms Judd started singing a song that Mr Wise Men had written himself using a Moana instrumental. It was a song all about space and the different planets.

Looking forward to this term?

I am looking forward to learning more about our topic and also about what and how space and the things in space help our world. All of the teachers decorated their rooms with stars or with rockets or with short facts so I am also looking forward to reading other students blog posts.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Scratch Reflection

WALT:  Create a game on scratch 

This term in extension we were focusing on code, specifically Scratch code. Scratch is a website which allows you to make your own games using code blocks. Our extension group was split into groups of 2 or 3 our goal was to make a game with 3 levels in it. Each level getting harder we had to do everything ourselves. My partners were Presayus and Venetia. We all had something to do in the making of the game but most of the code was done by Presayus while me and Venetia stuck to drawing the backdrops and the sprites/characters. 

One of the highlights for this term would be learning more about code and learning about some blocks I didn't know how to use. Like using the X and Y to make the sprite move of even broadcasting to another level. 

There were a lot of challenges in the making of our game, learning was defiantly the hardest part about this. We didn't know what most of the blocks we used meant. I took time but finally we were able to complete 2 of our levels. Level 3 was the hardest level because we didn't know what to use as a backdrop and we also didn't know how to make the level more complicated. 

Image result for scratchLevel 1 is a simple maze that you have to get through without touching the outlines. Level 2 is a shooting level you have to shoot the enemies that are trying to kill you, if you are touched by one of the enemies you will start the game all over again but if you successfully return to the rocket you will move on to Level 3. For Level 3 all we had completed was a backdrop because of the amount of time we wasted! 

Overall I think i learnt a whole new variety of things to make on scratch but unfortunately our Scratch game is unplayable as somewhere in the coding we mucked up and we can't see the problem. Here are what our backdrops look like for each level! 

Level 1 
 Level 2
 Level 3

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Inquiry Diary

In inquiry today we finished of working on floor planner, we made a design on a girls toilet that we would like near our block to stop us from having to walk far distances just to go to the toilet. We designed it using the app floor planner, we had to measure the height and width of the area we want the toilets to go. In our group we are currently working on painting the box to make it more sturdy. 

I think overall we've been working as a team who uses time wisely. In our group we share our opinions so that when we share and show the class our finishing product we can all say we worked equally to get our project done. Here on the right is our completed floor planner design.