Hour of Code at CDNIS

More like weeks, with all Grade 5 and 6 students completing five weeks of coding with visiting specialists working with MIT’s appinventor.
This will culminate with parents supporting the final session late next week.
Elsewhere, Lower School’s “Taste of Code” and the Library’s morning Code kick-offs have also helped raise the profile of coding as a worthwhile part of learning.
Check out more at the Junior Library website 
Coding opportunities in the Upper School are being planned for after the Winter Break. Stay tuned
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Spaces, Places and Games @CDNIS

Today the LTT members (Aaron Metz and Makky Fung) had an opportunity to run a parent LTT session at the Counsellor Coffee Morning.  The sessions aim to give parents a hands-on, practical experience to become more familiar with the technologies used at CDNIS as well as those tools children are using today for socialising.

Parents learned about Spaces, Places and Games that students use in these days and discuss the following questions:

Why are these spaces so attractive to our kids? How are they being used at CDNIS? What can we do as parents to help them to find educational value in these tools?

SPACES (educational spaces endorsed by CDNIS):

PLACES (online environments our students frequently use):

  • Instagram (iPhone App)
  • Soundcloud (Laptop Website)
  • YouTube Capture (iPad App)

GAMES (some popular games our students play):

  • Minecraft EDU (Laptop App)

Thanks to the Guidance Department for organising the sessions and to parents who participated.  Below is the keynote for parents to review the content of the sessions.

Seeing is (Not) Believing

Grade 7 Green Scene *hastily improvised, fun Day Zero videos:

(*How hastily? Students had between 3-15 minutes to plan, rehearse, and perform their skits. All together, 26 kids performed in 30 minutes. Zoom!)

What does this have to do with real life? Watch the following video to see green screen scenes before and after editing for the big screen.
 

1C iFolio Launching Party

 

I can not express to you the excitement and pride that is overflowing from the 1C classroom this week.  We are fortunate to have had the unique opportunity to trial digital portfolios in this classroom this year.  Thanks to the annual fund for this great opportunity.  We will review the process with all the stakeholders to inform us for future plan on digital portfolios and students using personal learning devices to demonstrate their learning.

 

Google Accounts for Prep to Gr.2 Students

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Google accounts have been created for students in Prep to Gr.2 this year.
In the last few years, Google accounts have been used widely in Gr.3-12 for collaboration and communication.  This year we see the need in Prep to Gr.2 to use Google account to sign up for many third party websites such as Voicethread, Easy Blog Jr, Word Press, Khan Academy and Google Maps.  This setup arrangement has created more learning opportunities for the young students.
Due to the young age and their learning needs, we have enabled the following Google apps for students to use:
-Google Search
-Google Sites (which will lead you to Voicethread)
-Google Maps
-Youtube
All other Google apps have been disabled at the moment.  Students in Gr.3 and up will continue to build on this learning journey to utilize Gmail and other Google apps to engage in deeper thinking, communicating, collaborating and creating.

 

In school Digital Learning Infusion