Thursday, July 29, 2010

We tried out some iPod Touches

It was iPod Touch day today, yay!

Once we'd calmed down from our initial excitement, we sorted ourselves into groups of three and shared one in each group. We could choose to use any of the applications Mrs N had written on the board. There were some for us to practise addition and subtraction, others were memory-type games where we had to match number, letters or pictures. There were also mazes and sight word practice apps. Mrs N was very happy with our co-operation and sharing skills and she especially liked how we gave helpful suggestions in very polite ways to the people in our groups.

We also got to create our very own martian using the Make a Martian app. We then took a screenshot of it and put it onto a page in StoryKit, which is an app for making digital stories. Everyone typed in a sentence about their martian to make a digital class book. You can see it here.

We loved using the iPods. Not only was it lots of fun, but we did lots of learning too. We learned how to:
  • handle them carefully 
  • use our fingers to slide the pages from side to side
  • search the iPod for applications
  • take screenshots of the things we did
  • type using the on-screen keyboard
  • use the tilt feature 
  • use the home button to exit out of an app
We also learned that "apps" is a short word for "applications", which are little programmes and games that can be downloaded onto the iPod.

We visited our school garden this afternoon. At the beginning of June, we planted vegetable seedlings and they've been busy growing! We were able to taste some lettuce today, but it will be a week, or two, before we can taste our carrots, spinach and snow peas.

Our garden on June 2nd
Our garden today

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

AND, we also hit 15,000 hits on our blog! Another amazing milestone! Thanks to everyone who visits us :)

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N


  1. Hi Smarties,
    I am so glad you enjoyed the iPods. I will see if I can bring them down for you again soon! Have a good day.


  2. Hi my name is Fauiki and im from NZ hamilton melville intermediate room8 i've been watching your happy gardening slide show it's really awesome well anyway hope to hear from you soon bye.