Term 2 Genius Hour Presentation

Today we shared our Genius Hour presentations via a Google Hangout OnAir. If you missed it do not worry you can watch the video below.

We have also provided the presentations and Sites that we created for you to have a look. We would love some feedback and questions..

Ella – Is it worth going to a store to buy a book?

iBook – will be posted onto class blog once published in iBooks store.

Fraser – How can I convince my parents to play more video games?

Alex – How can I teach kids about photography?

iBook – will be posted onto class blog once published in iBooks store.

Cecilia – How can I inform people about Bonobos and how to save them?


Site Link – Only works under school domain

Amy and Isabelle – How can we inform primary school children about Type 1 Diabetes?

iBook – will be posted onto class blog once published in iBooks store.

Will – What does it take to make a homemade drumkit?

Callum and Charlie – How can we advertise Corowa?
SITE Link – Only works under school domain

Joseph and Shaun – What is the  best gaming console for you?

Site Link – Only works under school domain

Breianna – What does it take to build a model house?

Site link  – Only works under school domain

Maggie – How do plants benefit the earth and what can I produce in my garden to benefit them? 

Anthony and Patrick – How can we improve others basketball skills?

Site Link – Only works under school domain.

Claudia – What does it take to design my own dress?

Madeleine and Naeve – How can we stop people from smoking?

Julian and Jesse – How can we make a motorised boat?


  • What did you like about 6EK’s Genius Hour projects?
  • Do you have any suggestions/ questions for any of the students in 6EK?
  • If you were to do Genius Hour what would be your non-googleable question?

Survey – Data

A couple of weeks ago we shared a Google Form with the world to collect data for our Maths topic. We were amazed with the amount of responses that we received. We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped us out and filled in our Google Form.

We then needed to work in small groups to analyse the data then present our findings. It was very interesting to see how each group interpreted the data gathered.

What we thought about the data we collected:

 Amy – It was fun because we got to ask our own questions and see what others responded from around the world. 

Jesse-It was interesting to find out all the answers to some questions that you may have never known.

Anthony – I loved sending out the questions in a form and getting over 850 responses than asking the year 6 classes and getting 40 odd responses. What a great way to start working on data.

Claudia- I thought it was a great idea that we did the class form! I think our Google Presentation looks great.

Will – It was interesting about all the different answers. It was really fun!

Cecilia – I had a lot of fun analysing the data from our survey. Lots of the information we found out  was very interesting. I thought my groups Google Presentation was great!

Charlie- I think that it was really interesting how many responses we had. It was also really cool how we could see all the responses and what people had said.

Maggie – I enjoyed this because we got to make up our own questions and find out what people from around answered.

Callum –  I think that the survey was a good idea. I liked it how we made our own question.

Breianna- I think that the survey was good because we got to look at the results.

Jasmine: I think the survey was fun and interesting. The best part was looking at the results.

Alex- I thought the survey was interesting because we got to find out what people around the world thought of our questions.

Joseph-I really like seeing people from different countries filling it out. I like the different answers people put and wrote.

Shaun- I liked making a Google Presentation and analysing the data then presenting.

Fraser- I liked it when we created our own questions and people from aroudn the world answered it. I also liked looking at all the different responses.

Naeve- I liked some of the answers that people submitted and I was surprised with a lot of  the results.

Ella – I really enjoyed doing the survey because of all the different responses from around the world.

Maddy- I liked people from different countries filling out our survey and some of the results we were shocked with.

Mary- I liked receiving different peoples opinions from around the world and seeing all the different super powers people wanted.

Patrick – I loved making the Google presentation with my friends. I had a great time.

Issy – I really enjoyed making and analysing the data with a friend. I also loved the survey so we could see people from around the worlds answers. Overall this was really fun and I recommend it.   

Julian – The data was really fun because we got to choose our groups. I worked with my friends.

Google Presentations:


  • What did you find interesting about our data we collected?
  • If you could ask one question what would it be?
  • If you could change one thing what would it be?

Explanation Texts

This week we have been looking at explanation texts. We have learnt how there can be a wide range of topics for an explanation. We have also learnt about the structure of an Explanation text

  • General Statement
  • Sequential events
  • Concluding Statement

We have read a range of different texts and begun writing an explanation.

Below are some posters we created about some of the explanation texts we have read focusing on the structure. As well as our whole class activity where we begun writing about ‘How to eat a particular food’

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  • What have you learnt about Explanation texts?
  • What did you enjoy most about both of these activities?
  • Do you feel more confident about explanation texts?

Typing with our Prep buddies

This week during buddies we taught our prep buddies how to type on the computer. We were amazed at how good they were at creating sentences.


  • What did you enjoy most about teaching your buddy how to type?
  • What advice do you have for others?
  • What would you do differently next time?


This week we have been looking at persuasive features in advertisements.

We have explored both commercials and advertisements on billboards, bus stops, trams, newspapers etc.

Some key features that we have discovered are:


This presentation was created to explore how Advertisements use these strategies. Can you see what persuasive devices have been used in the following advertisements?

We then created our own advertisements trying to sell random objects in our classroom. Below are our commercials and posters. What persuasive devices have we used to convince you to buy these random objects?

Ruler – Alex, Isabelle, Patrick & Callum.

Orange Pen – Julian, Maggie, Naeve & Breianna 

Rubber Duck: Amy, Jesse & Mary

Rubber/ Sharpener – Will, Charlie, Cecilia and Claudia

Super Sphere: Anthony, Ella & Fraser

Frog – Joseph, Madeleine, Jasmine & Shaun


  • What have you learnt about advertisements?
  • What commercial did you enjoy most?
  • What techniques did you see being used in the commercials/ posters?

Genius Hour Term 2

This term we have been working on our questions for Genius Hour. We have been looking at

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions.

Below are our Non-Googleable questions for our Genius hour projects for Term 2.

Genius Hour Term 2 Q



  • Can you give an example of a Googleable vs Non-Googleable questions?
  • Why is it important to look at Non-Googleable questions?
  • What question intrigues you to know more?
  • What question would you like to investigate?
  • What questions/project are you looking forward to seeing at the end of Term 2? Why?


The students in 6EK have been taking part in the 100 Word Challenge (100WC). The 100WC is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece.

Last term the students completed a challenge where they were required to change the ending of a Fairytale. The students were very proud of their work and they wanted to publish their mini stories. We decided as a class to create an iBook using the app Book Creator. The students have worked together and created their very first iBook. This book can now be purchased from the iBookstore for free.

Week 5 Blogging Challenge.

Week 5: Guest bloggers

Every year in November/December Edublogs runs an award program. They ask for nominations for student,class, group, individual blogs and a variety of other things. Once nominations are in, they are looked at and a shortlist is created ready for bloggers around the world to vote on.

The winners for best class blog in 2013 are our guest bloggers for this week’s set of activities. This school runs a journalism course for students in Junior High. They have their own blog where students report on events at the school, interview local people, write about the happenings in their community. This week they have set our challenges.

Once you have visited their blog,  completed your activity and left them a comment, come back here and check out the other things you could do this week.

Off you go, click on this link to go to this week’s challenges.

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Going, going, gone.

6EK Genius Hour Presentations

Last week the students in 6EK presented their Genius Hour presentations via a scheduled Google Hangout. The reason we had a Google Hangout was to allow our parents who work or are unable to come into our classroom at a scheduled time, to view the students fantastic Genius Hour presentations.
In having a Google Hangout our parents could watch from work or at home. We also invited some of our Blogging Buddies to watch the fantastic work we had done this term.
We would also like to thank St Marks for the fantastic questions they asked us about our presentations.


  • What did you like most about presenting using a Google Hangout?
  • If you could change one thing what would it be?
  • If you watched our Google Hangout LIVE we would love to know how many people were in the room with you watching? Where about in the world were you watching from?

Blogging Challenge Week 4 – A picture is worth

Activity 1

Watch this video about sharing work and write a post about what you learned.

 Activity 2.

Check out this story using remix and fair use of video. Leave a comment below after watching the video. What was interesting, positive or negative about it?

Activity 3. Find an image or piece of music. Add it to your post and write a poem relating to the image or music. Invite your readers to write their own poems. PS April is Poetry Month. Thanks to Mrs Hutchison for this idea.

Activity 4. Similar to activity 3. Find an interesting landscape image.  Write the beginning of a story relating to your image. Remember to include a conflict of some sort between your characters. Invite your readers to finish the story. How many different endings can you get? Which ending do you prefer?

Activity 5. Write a sentence using just images – no words.

Activity 6. Find 5 images that create a story – again no words.

Activity 7. Create a slideshowphoto gallery or poster about your interests to add to your about me page or as a separate post.

Activity 8 – Create your own images and add to a post of your choice

Other options for creating your own images include:

  1. Image Generators such as ImageGenerator.org
  2. Comic Generators like MakeBeliefsComix.com,  kerpoofToonDoo
  3. Photo Editors like Befunkyfd’s Flickr Tools
  4. Tag Cloud Creators such as Wordle
  5. Graph Creators including GraphJam and Crappy Graphs

Mixing up your images using these types of tools can really spice up your posts! Leave a comment on this post, if you or your class can recommend some other image sites to add to this list.

Activity 9– Zoom out from an image

We first tried this activity in the challenge in September 2010. Choose a picture, and have your readers zoom out, so to speak, by leaving comments.  Check out the example fromHuzzah who finished their story. If doing this activity, include the word ‘zoom’ in your title so I can find it easily. Remember to give attribution. Most important here is to read previous comments, so you can add to the story.

Check out these zoom pictures: BeckyJacquelineAbbey

Activity 10 – Go back to previous posts

If you have used images in any previous posts you have written, then you are ethically obliged to go back to the post and give the correct attribution or take the image out of the post if it does not have the right creative commons license.

Activity 11 – Create a jigsaw from your image. Check out how Mrs Schmidt’s students did this for a previous activity.

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Activity 12– Tell the story of the picture

From Bill Ferreirae – I sometime find a picture and tell students to use that picture to come up with a story. It can be about the picture, what happened before, what will happen next, etc. So, here is the image I have chosen for you to start with. Copy the image to your post, then write the story.

Week 3 Blogging Challenge – Digital Footprints

Do you know what a Digital Footprint is? What is your Digital Footprint? As part of this weeks blogging challenge we are looking at how to create a positive digital footprint. Below there are a few videos and activities that you can do to make you aware of your own digital footprint.

Activity 1.

Watch the first two videos above then leave a comment on this post about something that you found very interesting in one of the videos. Write a post explaining the differences between the videos. Which did you prefer and why?

Activity 2.

After watching the two videos, write a post about your digital footprint. Is it positive or negative? Would you be proud to have your grandparents or your future grandchildren look at everything you have included in your digital footprint? Why or why not? Maybe Google your name to see what is online about you, that you might not have put there. Remember to Google your nickname used in online games etc as information might be included there.

Activity 3.

Imagine you are debating this topic: It is better to have a negative digital footprint than no footprint at all. Give three reasons to support each side of the debate.

Activity 4.

Watch the third video. Why is it important to check out the settings whenever you buy a new device? Default settings often allow the manufacturer to gain information about you without you realising it.

Activity 5.

Should all teachers,principals and parents have a digital footprint in this time of technology? Google your teacher or principal (with their permission first) or even your parents. What have they got online? Do they have some information you think should not be there? Discuss it with them. Write a post about the discussion you had without giving away personal information to your readers.

Activity 6.

I would like your help to get the list organized. Write a post about 5 of your favourite web tools or apps. In your post mention how old you need to be to use it, whether you had to sign up to use it and what type of tool or app it is eg mindmapping, poll/survey, slideshow. Also tell me why you enjoy using the tool or app.

Activity 7.

Here are some websites to visit related to cybersafety and digital footprints. Visit some of them and write a post, create a poster or glogster, create a cartoon about what you found out. Your teacher might also give you other websites to visit.

ACMA Australia – cybersafety for young kids, kids and teens.
Google has some digcitizenship adventures relating to digital footprints – more for middle and high school students
Kidsmart from the UK has some great tips and information

Week 2 Blogging Challenge

16600310_71c4e544e1_mActivity 1: Adding Widgets

We have added a new widgets that include a translator for all our visitors from overseas.

Activity 3: Earth Hour 

Activity 4: Create a Quiz

Activity 5: 





  • What did you like about this weeks challenge?
  • What did you learn this week?
  • What did you enjoy doing most this week?


This week in Mathematics we have been looking at Shape. We have been focusing on 3D shapes and how they are used in many different ways. We begun the week looking at the different types of 3D shapes, including nets, faces, vertices and edges associated to each 3D shape. Next we took our learning outside and explored all the 3D shapes that make up our school. From this we then created a Presentation using Google Presentation to show how 3D shapes are all around us.
Take a look below at the fantastic learning that has occurred in our class about Shape.


  • What is one interesting fact you have learnt about 3D shapes?
  • What 3D shape is our school mainly made up of?
  • What do you think of everyone’s presentations? Make sure you leave some feedback for others.

QR Codes in 6EK

This week for reading we have been looking at how different authors including Bob Graham use images to help tell a story. Today the students in 6EK used QR Codes to read a variety of stories on Storybird to further develop their understanding of this.

The students were broken up into small groups and given a cube with 6 different QR Codes. The students took it in turns to roll each cube, scan the code and read the story together. Once the students had read the story they then discussed how each author had used the images to support the text.

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  • What did you notice about the images each author used?
  • What do you need to remember when writing your own narratives?
  • What did you like about using the QR Code Cubes for Reading?

Student Blogging Challenge

As part of this weeks Student Blogging Challenge to create an ‘About Us Page’. The students in 6EK decided to create a presentation together on GAFE about our interests and hobbies. This week we learnt about what personal information was appropriate to share online and what was not appropriate.



  • What information did you learn about sharing personal information online?
  • What are some things we know not to include on online spaces?
  • What tips do you have for other’s who are creating an online profile?

Class Blogging Challenge.

This week is the beginning of the annual Student and Class Blogging Challenge.

Class 6EK, is extremely excited to be apart of this years Blogging Challenge. Each week a new ‘challenge’ is posted to help us become responsible digital citizens and explore the power of using blogs in our 21st century classroom.

Keep an eye out each week for new and exciting things appearing on our class blog.

If you would like to read more about the Student Blogging Challenge follow the link.

2014 Student Blogging Challenge