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.