Creating Maths Games

Layken is a student at Grey Main School, part of the Toki Pounamu cluster on the West Coast.  Layken has been learning about place value and has created a maths game to share his learning.  Check out Layken's game on his individual blog - have a go and putting in the correct and incorrect answers so you can see what happens in each situation.  Don't forget to leave Layken a comment.  A great example of sharing learning in a different way and creating a rewindable resource for other learners to use.

Step by Step Instructions for Stop Motion Animation

Team Maunga are a creative class of Year 1 and 2 learners at Ohaeawai School, part of the Kaikohekohe Cluster.  In a previous blogpost on their class blog they have been learning how to create Stop Motion movies with the Stop Motion App for iPads.  On their most recent blogpost, they have put together a movie sharing their step by step instructions for creating a Stop Motion movie.   They have provided other teacher/learners with very clear steps and recorded the scenes to share each step using iMovie.  This is a fantastic example of our youngest learners explaining their learning in a creative way as well as demonstrating the use of Stop Motion animation.  Head on over to their class blog and leave them a positive, thoughtful, helpful comment.

Credit - +Kariene Gardner and team

Sphero the Robot

Manukau are a class of Year 5 and 6 learners at Waikowhai School, part of the Ako Hiko cluster in Auckland.  They are lucky enough to have Sphero Robots at school and are working hard on coding challenges.  The blogpost on their class blog shares the challenge they were trying to achieve with Sphero and video clips of their groups working together collaboratively to solve the problems.  This is a great example of integrating the new Digital Technologies|Hangarau Matihiko curriculum into a learning environment. 

Credit +Matt Riceman

Using Flipgrid for Introductions

Hamish Ward's class are a group of year 5 and 6 learners at Papakura Central School, part of the Kootuitui cluster in Auckland.  In this blogpost they have used Flipgrid to introduce themselves as learners.  This would be a great way of building relationships and getting to know learners at the beginning of the year.  It has been very beneficial as part of our Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu blogging programme.  Flipgrid can be used for students to record their learning and/or their thinking as part of the everyday curriculum and shared on class/individual blogs easily.

There is also a great example of Flipgrid for recording what learners know about an inquiry topic on Kumara's Schools Room 1 class blog.

The Story of Hineahuone - Using Comic Strips

Ofa and Fraidoon are Year 7/8 learners at Panmure Bridge School, part of the Manaiakalani cluster in Auckland.  They have been learning about the human body and as part of this inquiry have created a storyboard about the story of Hineahuone - the first women created (based on Māori beliefs).  They have used a comic style storyboard to retell their story in a creative way.  Head over to their class blog to read more about it and leave them a comment. 

The Unfinished Drink - Presenting Learning with Google Slides

Jack and Sanujan are Year 7/8 students at Panmure Bridge School, part of the Manaiakalani cluster in Auckland.  They have been reading the poem written for Private Ted and have created a series of Google slides sharing their story through animation.  This is a great example of a quality blogpost where not only have they added their DLO, they have added a great post telling the reader exactly what their learning was about and a reflection of their learning process.  Head over to their class blog to check it out and leave them a comment.

Students Sharing Subtraction Strategies

Room 3 at Wesley Primary School have been using a variety of Google tools to share their maths strategies.  You will see that it has all been put together using a Google Drawing.  If you click on the link on their class blog you will be able to access each group of students Google Drawing.  From here you can check out all their strategies for round and compensating.  They have used Screencastify to create their movies and Google Docs for their reflections.  This is a great template put together by +Phil Margetts that could be used by other teachers to encourage their learners to share their math learning in multi modal/rewindable ways.

Turning Children's Artwork into a Digital Story

Team Maunga are Year 1 and 2 learners at Ohaeawai School, way up in the Far North, part of the Kaikohekohe cluster.  This blogpost is a great example of how children's artwork can be turned into a digital story that can be shared with a wider audience through their class blog.  There is a clear process from simply using a shared book to then creating their own artwork, based on Dick Frizzell art, to turning it digital with iMovie.  It is great to hear the children's voice recorded and added to their pictures.  Head over to their class blog to listen and leave a comment.

Creating Games to Share Math Knowledge

Liam is in a Year 7/8 class at Awahono School, part of our Toko Pounmau cluster on the West Coast.  As part of Liam's maths learning he has been converting analogue, digital and 24 hour time.  Liam has created a game, using Google Slides, for other learners that shows his understanding of the 24 hour time.   This game has inspired many learners, both in their learning about 24 hour time, and also in their desire to create Digital Learning Objects to share their maths knowledge.  A great blogpost to share with learners and teachers.  Check out Liam's game on their class blog and remember to leave him a positive, thoughtful, helpful comment.

Creating and Learning with Sphero

Liam is a Year 7 student at Awahono School on the West Coast of the South Island.  Their class has been exploring robots, in particular Sphero.  Liam has shared, through video clips,  his experience of creating a car and a maze for Sphero.  He has also used K'nex to make a Chariot.  Head over to his individual blog to check out the videos - Liam would appreciate your comments.

The Gruaffalo - Stop Motion Animation

The Junior Takahe learners at Wesley Primary School have been reading the story of 'The Gruffalo'.  As part of their learning of how to retell stories using describing words, they have created scenes for their Gruffalo story.  They created a diorama as a backdrop for their animation and built their characters with playdough to retell their story in a creative way.  Head on over to their class blog to check out their video clips and hear them retelling the story.   This is a great post to see how our younger learners are creating and sharing in different ways.

Credit + Sangeeta Alluri

Place Value to the Millions

Martin is in the Year 5/6 Mamaku learning environment at Grey Main School, Toki Pounmau cluster.  Martin has used Google Slides to present his understanding of place value to the millions in a creative way.  Head on over to their class blog and meet 'Peashooter' the math tutor who will teach you all about place value.  A great example of a rewindable learning DLO created by a student.  Remember to leave a comment for Martin.

Magic School Bikes

Te Maunga are Year 1 and 2 students at Ohaeawai School, part of the Kaikohekohe cluster in Tai Tokerau.  Te Maunga have been very creative with utilising their school bikes as part of a movie to  share their learning around their inquiry topic - Up, Up and Away.  On their class blogpost you can read about their learning process and watch their exciting video clip.  A great example of green screening and movie making to share learning in a different way. 

Our Native Birds - Learn, Create, Share with the Mannequin Challenge

Pohatu Class are Year 4 to 6 learners at Hay Park School, part of the Ako Hiko cluster in Auckland.  The tamariki have been learning about our New Zealand native birds and have decided to share their learning in a unique way.  The Mannequin Challenge has been a popular phenomenon of late and they have used this concept to share their fun facts about our New Zealand native birds.  It's great to read in their blogpost that they have sought permission for the music they have used to back their movie and credited the musician Alex Smith.   Check out their movie on their class blog.  A great inspiration for teachers and learners wanting to explore new ways of being creative in sharing their learning.

Credit - +Christina Fortes 

Math Challenge with Tynkercad

Amie is a Year 6 learner from Waikowhai Primary.  In Amie's blogpost she talks about how the senior students from Te Waka Ako have worked together on a math challenge using Tynkerkad.  The challenge involved designing a playground for the juniors.  Amie has reflected on her learning with Tynkercad and created a screencastify for a virtual tour of her playground.   A great example of authentic math learning and working on a real life problem at their school.


Credit - Amie @ Waikowhai +Matt Riceman