As part of our cyber safety program we will be introducing the Grade Threes to Skooville.
Skooville is a motivating way to introduce children aged 6 – 14 years to the online world safely and responsibly. They receive personalized feedback from moderators, who are teachers and fully trained, police-checked and skilled in working with children online. The most important thing is that all children are safe. They are protected every minute they are online by moderators. Skooville provides incentives for good online behavior and also helps students learn to adjust and make better, informed choices with the help of moderators should any mistakes be made.
Students can design their own personal home pages; enter competitions, review books, films, work together on projects and collect virtual badges. There are games, clubs and a wide range of educational activities for students to access. Skooville teaches digital literacy and introduces students to essential web skills in a fun, safe and motivating environment.
The Skooville Conversation system provides the means to easily and safely create personal, group and “everyone” chats. Using this system students learn what it really means to take responsibility for what they say online. Filters prevent harmful and bullying messages being sent at all. Teachers are able to view their own students’ conversations and they are also checked 24/7 by the trained moderators.
Skooville is a learning phenomenon and will help prepare your child for the tomorrow’s online world, educating them in internet safety and giving them a fun and purposeful community environment in which to play and to learn, at school and at home.
In the next coming weeks the Grade Threes will be bringing home their usernames and passwords for Skooville. Take the time to have a look and explore Skooville with your child or you can go and have a look now at http://www.skooville.com/
Use the SCAMPER model to write your own version of one of your favourite fairy tales.
S – Substitute.Can you substitute a character with a character from a different story?
C – Combine. Can you combine two characters or events into one?
A – Add. Can you add in a new character, place or event?
M – Magnify, Minify or Modify. What happens if you make a character or object much smaller or larger or change it in an important way? Can you alter the beginning, middle or end of the story or the way the characters act?
P – Put to other uses. How else could an object be used? What happens if the characters play different roles or respond to events in different ways?
E – Eliminate. What happens if you remove a character, place or event from the story?
R – Reverse or Rearrange. How does the story change if you reverse or rearrange the order of events or the roles of the characters?
This week when we were reading our novel in Info Lit, Billy began turning into into a dragon. The grade three students used the Camera app and the Drawing Pad app to make themselves look like they were beginning to turn into dragons too! Press play on our slideshow to take a look at some of our work. We also revised how to save our work to the Camera Roll, how to move our image to our own photo album, and we saved our work to the school server using the WebDavNav+ app. The grade threes sure are becoming very skilled iPad users! Well done 🙂
This week was the start of our Christmas activities 🙂
It involved paint, our hands, pipe cleaners, google eyes and pom poms. There was lots of laughter and smiles as we painted our hands and used our handprints to create reindeers and santas…
No time for Info Lit this week. It was all about the school production – Musical Time Warp. The excitement showed on the kids faces. They should all be proud of themselves. It was brilliant to be part of the audience and watch as the Grade Three’s strutted their dance moves…
Congratulations Grade Three!
It’s time to sit back with some popcorn and watch the book trailers the grade threes have been busy creating over the past four weeks…
They have all done an amazing job and I’m looking forward to watching them all 🙂
This weeks first challenge is to take a photo of a lego character in an indoor or outdoor setting. You’ll need to make sure your photo is clear and the lego character is the focus of your photo. Think about what type of lego figure you’ve chosen and what type of environment might suit that character…
Make sure you put your photo in your album for next week
Your second challenge is to name your lego figurine, create a superpower for the character and make a list of 15 characteristics the figurine may have – either on the inside (emotions and feelings) or on the outside (looks and appearance)
Make your list in Notes, making sure to put your name and grade at the top
Have fun, get creative and use your imagination….:)