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Year Two students have used the online applet of ‘Loupe’ to manipulate cyber safe images and understand that Facebook requires users to be 13 years old before having an account. An online set of both ‘Spongebob’ and ‘Lego’, were used to create shapes made up of a range of selected pictures.

Aimee W's Loupe bird.

Aimee W’s Loupe bird.


Shay V's Loupe Superman symbol.

Shay V’s Loupe Superman symbol.


 You can find this by following the path of < – Pictures and Paint – Get Loupe>


Poetry Splatter


Students in Year One have used the online applet of Poetry Splatter as part of learning how to select and use a network printer to publish their fun poem.

Ahmad M: Poetry Splatter

Ahmad M: Poetry Splatter

You can find this by following the path of <  – Literacy – RIF Reading Planet – Game Station – Poetry Splatter>


WordPad: Aninmal Story


Students in Year Two have been working on a piece of text using Microsoft WordPad. The computer skills included:

  • using the right mouse button to open the pop-up menu and select the ‘Save Picture As’ option

  • using the children’s search engine / directory ‘Kids National Geographic’, with a given search path, to locate a particular image

  • renaming and sequentially numbering selected  images

  • saving the images in the ‘Pictures’ folder in their home drive on the network

  • opening Microsoft WordPad and importing an image

  • typing a heading and creating an imaginative piece of body text

  • formatting the heading

  • inserting author name and date

  • printing the page on a network printer

  • using the ‘Snipping Tool’ to take a screen shot

  • naming and saving the screen shot in a shared folder on the network

Please note: The computer skills were the focus of the task. Consequently editing will occur at a later date for spelling and punctuation.

These are some of the results:

Animal Story on PhotoPeach

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PowerPoint: People Who Help Us


Year One students have begun learning about Microsoft PowerPoint. The presentation is based on the class topic of ‘People Who Help Us’. The computer skills involved included:

  • following a given navigation path to open the program

  • recognising and using the ‘File’ button to save and open the presentation in their home drive on the network

  • using the ‘Home’ tab and ‘New Slide’ to add ‘Title Only’ slides to the presentation

  • using the ‘Insert’ tab and ‘Clip Art’ to search for, select, position and resize two pieces of clip art on each slide

  • using the ‘Insert’ tab and ‘Text Box’ to type a sentence for each piece of clip art

  • turning on and off, clip art and text boxes

  • highlighting heading text, using the drop down arrow to open and select a fancy font

  • changing the size and colour of the heading

Please note: The computer skills were the focus of the task. Consequently editing may occur at a later date for spelling and punctuation.

People Who Help Us on PhotoPeach

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Toy Theatre: Polygon spirals


Following on from creating a polygon in Microsoft Paint, Prep students then went back to the online site ‘Toy Theatre’ and created polygon spirals. Experimenting with the use of buttons on sliders to change size and sides, these are some of the Prep student creations. ICT skills included following a given navigation path; recognising and using common icons; manipulating and responding to stimuli; selecting and changing colours mid-design; and making improvements.

Toy Theatre: Polygon spirals




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Microsoft: Polygons


The next tool that the Foundation students have been exploring in Microsoft Paint, is the Shape tool called the ‘Polygon’. This tool allows students to create irregular shapes that have more than four sides. It requires imagining the object, then mentally planning how to achieve the result, followed by clicking ahead to link lines in order to form the shape. It is not an easy task to do, but once the concept is grasped, students are able to draw elements in their picture that are recognisable by their intended audience. Our first attempt used a crown as the learning object.

Celia Polygon

Celia’s polygon crown.


Juliet Polygon

Juliet’s polygon crown


Li Ya Polygon

Li Ya’s polygon crown


RubyB polygon

Ruby B’s polygon crown


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Microsoft Word and Wordle


Year Three students have been introduced to the ‘Column’ button on the Home tab in Microsoft Word, to create a list of words related to their classroom Integrated Topic of Australia. They then used the pop up menu on the right mouse button, as an alternative method, to copy and paste this list of words into the online applet ‘Wordle’. Once the text had been uploaded, students manipulated the presentation of their Wordle by changing fonts, colours and layouts. This ICT task also included resizing windows to half screen, keeping two windows open side by side, and making improvements to an information product.

Amelia C Wordle

Amelia C: Australia Wordle


Browen Wordle

Browen S: Australia Wordle


Rupert Wordle

Rupert: Australia Wordle


Sylvie T Wordle

Sylvie T: Australia Wordle

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Microsoft Paint: Curves


The next tools the Foundation Students explored, included three more of the Shape tools: the Straight Line; the Curve Line, and two of the Triangles. These were combined with previously explored tools, and below are some of the results. The class based topics of ‘Toys’ and ‘Holidays’ were used as the context for the ICT task.


RubyB Curve

Ruby B: Curves Lines Triangles


AlishaH Curve

Alisha H: Curves Lines Triangles


CeliaP Curve

Celia P: Curves Lines Triangles


EvaC Curve

Eva C: Curves Lines Triangles


Imogen Curve

Imogen: Curves Lines Triangles


PiperR Curve

Piper R: Curves Lines Triangles



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Microsoft Paint: Shapes


The next concepts Foundation students explore in Micosoft Paint, include two of the Shape Tools (oval and rectangle), and the ‘Fill with Color’ button, to create abstract images.



Liam Circles

Liam’s ovals filled with color



Noah Rectangles

Noah’s rectangles filled with color



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Microsoft Paint: Brushes


Foundation students are introduced to Microsoft Paint to explore this small, simple, yet powerful program. The ICT skills include navigating to open the program, recognising and using buttons in different groups on the Home tab, and using the file button to exit. This procedure is repeated to embed independence. The first concepts practised are, the use of the pencil to pick a colour, and the nine brushes to create different effects.


Ada's Scooter

Ada’s scooter



Annie's vist to Tasmania

Annie’s visit to Tasmania



Naomi's backyard

Naomi’s backyard


Emma B's Love Care Bear

Emma B’s Love Care Bear



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