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Toy Theatre: Polygon spirals

May27

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

May12

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 Paint: Curves

May5

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

April25

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

April25

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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Spirals

April25

Grade Prep (Foundation) have had lots of fun using the online applet to make spirals. ICT skills included navigation, recognising icons, and manipulating the mouse. Bubbly conversations and delighted sharing was accompanied by lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’, as techniques for different patterns and colours were discovered. ‘Spirals’ can be found on ‘Weblinks – Fun Stuff – Toy Theatre – Art tab – Spirals’

 

Alisha Spiral

Alisha’s Spiral

 

 

Charley's spiral

Charley’s spiral

 

 

Isabella's Spiral

Isabella’s Spiral

 

Li Ya's spiral

Li Ya’s Spiral

 

 

Piper's Spiral

Piper’s Spiral

 

 

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Ray’s Letters and Numbers

March24

Students in Grade Foundation (Prep), have been using the program ‘Ray’s Letters and Numbers’ to help learn the sound, look, and the placement of alphabet letters on the keyboard. The first task was identifying individual letters, in abc order and then in random sequence.

Identifying alphabet letters in sequence and then in random order.

The second task involved picking a colour, listening to the word, then clicking on each letter of the colour in order.

Identifying and locating letters on the screen and keyboard in correct sequence for specific colours.

The third task used everyday objects, and when the task was successful a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ was the reward.

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Build Your Wildself

March6

Prep students have been using the online applet ‘Build Your Wildself’, as a fun way to learn how to hold and use the left mouse button. This involves understanding the need for pointing the cursor at an exact position on the screen before clicking the mouse; positioning the palm of the hand and fingers on the mouse; using ‘click-hold-drag’ to use a slider; recognising menu items to add elements to their picture, and using several buttons in order to complete the task. Students are increasing their confidence and successful achievement of the task.

‘Build Your Wildself’ can be found on Weblinks in ‘Fun Stuff’. All parents are encouraged to bookmark Weblinks, or add it to Favourites, or set it up as your child’s home page, for reinforcement of the learning in ICT.

Thomas

 

Ruby B

Rose

Li Ya

Liam

Harry

Emma B

Dailoli

Althea

Ahmad A

 

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ArtPad paintings by 00A and 00B

February11

Students in Foundation Grades are learning how to log on to the school network, navigate to ‘Weblinks’, then ‘Pictures and Paint’, and use the online applet ‘ArtPad’. Computer skills include using the mouse to point and click, the maximise button, scroll bar, and ‘close cross’. In ArtPad, the skills include using the colour pallette, replay painting, start over, size slider, and paint tin.

ArtPad paintings by 00A and 00B on PhotoPeach

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