Digital Citizenship

So always use our iPads for a range of projects but now that we are blogging online, researching using the internet and submitting work via Showbie, it was time to learn about online safety! Today we did our first lesson on Digital Citizenship and how to use the online world safely and appropriately.  We found out that it is similar to how we keep safe in the real world!

When you go to new places in real life we must:

  1. Stay with an adult.
  2. Not go off on our own.
  3. Only talk to people we know.

After watching a video about our ‘Online Neighbourhoods’, we found out three rules to follow when online. When visiting places online, we must:

  1. Ask an adult first
  2. Only talk to people that we know (eg. Miss McNamara on Showbie, or our family)
  3. Stick to places that are just right for us.

Watch what we found out here:

Digital Citizenship in Prep B from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

Click the link below to see the video that we watched:

CBL in Term 4

This Term in CBL, we are learning about environments. We went on a hunt and looked at the natural environment. We took photographs and we used them to make a collage poster. Check out what we have made!


IMG_0254Jhye - collageDevyan

We are super excited to go to the zoo in a few weeks to learn more about habitats and different environments!

To learn more about CBL at Aitken Creek watch the video below:

App Smashing!



As part of our fiction unit, students were required to retell The Hungry Caterpillar story with a focus on sequencing the main events from beginning to end. I asked the class how they wanted to do this and as we have been loving Art Set recently it was no surprise that students wanted to use this. In Art Set we could create illustrations of the events but how would we show that we can sequence and retell these events? One clever cookie said “Let’s put the photos in Book Creator”.  Yay! Happy teacher moment! It was time for some App Smashing. App Smashing is when you create content in one app and then transfer it into a second or third app to enhance the final product. We have used both apps many times so most students were ready to give this a go by themselves. They used paints and textures to illustrate the main events from the story and then saved these pictures to their camera roll. They then inserted the pictures in sequential order in Book Creator and recorded their voices retelling the story. They exported it as a video and submitted it to me via the Showbie app for some teacher feedback! Check out some final products below.

The Hungry Caterpillar Retell (App Smashing) from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

Hungry Caterpillar Retell from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.


CBL Challenge!


Wow! What a busy few weeks! This Term students have been learning all about the diversity of toys. This included how toys work differently, how toys have changed over time and how toys are different around the world. Their challenge was to ‘Create a toy’. We researched, talked to our friends, looked at the toys we had learnt about and then came up with our ideas. This was a long process as students had to plan their solution, research their toy, design it, list and collect their materials before even starting to make it! Then came the hard part- putting the plans into action! We had many failures but through these failures and mistakes students began to have little light bulb and ‘aha’ moments which was where the magic really happened. Students then worked together to make their movie and plan and put together the toy show and museum.Thank you to all families who were able to make it to the show this afternoon. For those who were unable to make it, here are the videos! Let us know what you think by commenting below.

CBL Solution: Toy Cars from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Making Worry Dolls from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Puppets from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Kites from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

CBL Solution: Jack in the Box from Erin McNamara on Vimeo.

photoWhat a great turnout! Leave your feedback below, we would love to hear what you think about our solutions.


Using Showbie to submit assignments

We have just begun using the iPad app ‘Showbie’ to submit digital assignments. Each student has their own account within the app and can easily send me their completed work for grading. This app allows easy  sharing between teacher and students and allows me to give instant feedback through a voice message or written comments. Open ‘Showbie’ on your child’s iPad to see the assignments they have submitted and the feedback they have received.

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