3D Printer

You guys may have noticed that the school recently purchased a new 3D printer. I have been having a bit of fun (and frustration) with it, and very soon students will be able to print off objects that they have designed.

3D printers can print off any 3D design, and around the world today there are thousands of uses for 3D printing, such as car parts, household items and even prostheses.

At school we are more likely to be using the printer for simple 3 dimensional shapes and designs in CAD software, like Google SketchUp, and perhaps more complex downloaded designs (like my Yoda with no head) that we would find some application for (maybe a prop for an animation or a robotics part).

I encourage you to have a browse through the internet and see if you can find some of the uses for 3D printers around the world. Leave a comment describing what you found interesting, useful, amazing, surprising or even just something that you would love to try and 3D print yourself one day.


Stop Motion Animation

For the past week or so the kids in SRG have been creating the own stop-motion animation.

Since we have been looking at poetry, we read a Banjo Paterson poem called ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’. Then, to practise visualising the settings and events in the story, we decided to retell the story through an animation. We needed to draw all of the settings and characters then film and narrate, telling our version of what happened.

These pictures show us in the process.

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The finished products will be posted on the class blog once finished!

First Aid

The other week, students at BSPS were lucky enough to be given some first aid training. We learnt the skills needed to help someone who is injured, who might not be breathing, or who might not have a pulse. To do this we work through the acronym Drs ABCD.

To see how well you remember, can you make a blog comment explaining what each step of Drs ABCD is, and what happens at each step?

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Embedding a YouTube video.

Hello SHR,

Today you will learn how to embed a video into a blog post. This will be a useful skill for if you want to present a video on your blog for your inquiry.

The video we will embed today will be the camp video. You will find the video here.

You will need an Embed code in order to put the video into the blog post. The embed code is found under the video, where you press ‘share’, then click the ’embed’ tab. Copy the code (Ctrl+V) and head back to your blog.

Press ‘Add Media’, then ‘Insert Embed Code’ on the left, then paste (Ctrl+V) the embed code in the space.

The video will be inserted into your post!

Blogging challenge Week 2

An important part of the Student Blogging Challenge is connecting with students and other classes by reading posts and leaving comments.Comments allow you, and your readers, to engage in discussions, share thoughts and connect with your blog.Most new bloggers find publishing posts easy and commenting harder!  Your activity this week is to learn more about commenting and improve your commenting skills!

What makes a good comment?

Comments transform your blog from a static space to an interactive community.  Commenting is one way a blogger can create conversations. Your readers leave a comment that hopefully asks questions (which encourage conversation), you reply back to their comments on your blog, then visit their blog to read their posts and engage with them on their blog. The better your comment the more chance you have in creating conversations.

Start by watching either of the following two videos on Commenting.

  1. Watch Mrs Yollis’s ‘How to Write a Quality Comment‘.
  1. Now visitHuzzah’s Commenting Guideline to learn some more commenting tips.

Important tips:

  • Refer to Adding a comment support documentation if you are unsure how to add a comment.
  • Comments may be moderated on your blog.   Remember to check your Comments folder, and comment spam folder,  to approve any pending comments.
  • Include the url (address) in your comment when you leave a comment on another blogger’s post so the blogger can visit your blog and comment.

Below is an example of a comment from Huzzah’s blog that shows how to include your blog URL in your comment.

Activity 1: Leave a comment on your class blog 

Each week the best posts published in the Student Blogging Challenge are featured in our Flipboard magazine.

To check your posts we need you to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog whenever you finish a weekly activity.

So your first activity is to practice leaving a comment below with a link to your post for an activity you’ve completed this week or last week. If you have already commented last week, you don’t have to do this unless you have a new post you want Miss W to read. PS I have 95 comments to read at the moment that were posted overnight when I was asleep in Australia.

Here is an example from Ayla last week:

Hi Ms. W,
I have just finished this week’s blogging challenge by uploading my avatar and making my about me page! Here is the link: http://aylaz13.edublogs.org/about-me/
So far blogging I have enjoyed creating my blog and I hope to get lots of comments

Activity 2:  Practicing commenting on a class blog

Mrs Smith has published an excellent activity that guides you through commenting, learning to read student posts and practicing comments. Visit Mrs Smith’s I’m New Here post to work through the tasks in her post and then leave a comment on her post. Remember to include the URL of your blog.

Activity 3: Write a post, create a video or create a poster about commenting.

Might be tips to get more visitors,  guidelines for acceptable comments on your blog, examples of good and bad comments – think outside the square. Remember you don’t have to approve all comments. It is your blog; send some to the trash and if it is a company trying to get you to visit their blog to buy something, then label it as spam. Here are some links to commenting guidelines written by students and classes. Class in New Zealand, grade 11/12 class in USA, Huzzah class blog in Canada, Abbey has a blogging guideline page, Mrs Allen created a poster about commenting,  WarriorKat uses lots of visuals in her guidelines,  Sophie had a great post, the Blogging Frogs have some great tips, Emmecreated a powtoon on commenting , Darcey write about commenting,  Kyndal wrote about how to comment, Rachel wrote her own guidelines

Activity 4: Visit other student or class blogs

Visit 4 other blogs on the lists above the header area. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Might be the About Me page or another post you found interesting.  Write a post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button.

Blogging challenge. Part 1

Week One Task

Activity 1.

Create an avatar to use on your blog when leaving comments. Here is a post including some avatar sites . To learn how to add your avatar to your blog, check here.

Examples of Avatars

Like Lego figures? – click here and here is a post from Brianna about her avatar

Like comics – bitstrip avatars from Birney Bulldogs

Will used toondoo to create a family avatar

Mrs Vazquez’s class used google slides to show off their avatars

Did you find a great avatar site not mentioned here? Write a post about your avatar and how it represents you. Include a link to the website where you created the avatar.


Activity 2.

On your blog you also need a page or post telling us about yourself. Again you could use a variety of tools to embed on your blog. If you already have an About Me page, you might want to create an About my School page as well. Be creative:

Write a poem

Write an A-Z paragraph eg I am an athletic, yet brainy child who decided that saving the environment is one of my future goals.

Create a tellegami like our mentor Dinah has done

Create a list of things people might not know about you like Ms Herring has done

Write a Who am I like Mrs Keane or Mrs Lyttle

Students in Ireland paired up to create their about us page, Ms Seitz’ class did the same,Mrs Moore’s class are new bloggers

PenelopeWarrior KatHarryDanielaMikailaRebecca

Brianna (a student mentor) has a great favourites about me page, as well as an A-Z post


Below are the steps for creating an About me page:

Login to your blog, go to the dashboard>pages>add new

Change the title to About Me or something similar.

If you only have one row of icons above the box, click on the last icon called the kitchen sink or toggle. This opens a second row which allows you to change font colours.

In the box, write a bit about yourself remembering to be internet safe. Make sure you have checked out the pages from other students mentioned – many of them have been blogging for a while.

When you have finished click the big  button on the right side of your screen – probably says update or send for review.

Once you have saved your about me page, go back and delete the sample page.

If your theme doesn’t show pages in the header area, then you will need to go to dashboard> appearance> widgets and drag across the Pages one to your sidebar.


We are preparing for this afternoons podcast recording sessions. We are using GarageBand to creat theme music for our podcasts, and will be recording a rough copy of our podcasts into it too. 

Hopefully each group will be able to get to record their podcast through the microphones onto the computer!

Italy Research

To follow on from our buddy activity planning a dream holiday, I thought that we would look at a travel brochure that has been made by a primary school student. Seeing as BSPS students learn Italian, I thought that we should look at Italy as a travel destination.

On the brochure there are some areas of information missing, so we are going to research things to include in these areas.

Here are some links to info that will be useful.



Fun Facts for Kids (This site has some facts about history and culture)









General Info:


When writing down facts/ideas, remember it is for a travel brochure, so make sure it is written like suggestions or places people might like to see/things to do.


2016 Camp


After sorting through hundreds of photos and videos from this years camp, I have put together this presentation of the best ones!

I didn’t post as many on the class blog as I would have liked (we were just too busy!) so I thought that this would be a great way to see all of the fun things that we did on camp.