During their last computer classes, 6th class were given the assignment of creating a Voki Avatar using www.voki.com to share their memories of their time in St.Brigid's.
They had great fun creating them. It was a challenge to get the computer generated voice to say what they wanted so we also had to learn how to type phonetically.
Overall it was great to reminisce on their time in primary school and what they were looking forward to in secondary school.
Have a listen to some of their Avatars below and you will find the rest on Ms. Edwards's Computer Class Blog.
Ms. Cooney's Class
Ms. McGrath's Class
Easter 1916 'Scratch' Projects
To commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the senior classes created ICT projects based on Irish History during their Computer Class over the last few weeks.
Some 5th & 6th class pupils made Scratch projects based on aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising. They used 'Scratch' to create animations and tell the story of the people involved in the Rising and the story of the Rising itself.
What is Scratch?
Easter 1916 by Dearbhla & Hannah - Ms. McGrath's Class
Here is a video from www.commonsensemedia.org . Meet some animated characters in the following video that demonstrate how to be safe, reponsible and respectful online and offline.
Go to the Computer Blog to learn more about your digital footprint online.
Hour of Code
This week, for Computer Science Education Week, we are having great fun learning how to 'code' in our Computer Class.
'Coding' or Computer programming is like giving your computer step by step instructions and telling it what to do. When you do this you can create a game, make an animation, a story and much more.
The people at CODE.ORG have organised a worldwide event known as the 'Hour of Code'. Last year over 100 million students worldwide tried coding in one week. This year, the focus is on getting more girls coding too. We has so much fun last year, we said we'd join in again. After all, in this technological world that is ever advancing, computer programming is becoming a life skill.
Anybody can code
CODE.ORG have developed lots of fun, enjoyable and easy to follow tutorials on their website for beginners to start coding. Celebrities and people in power are endorsing that more schools should teach children how to code and we are quickly seeing the benefits as our problem solving, mathematical and logical skills increase as we figure out how to programme our games and animations. We often work with a partner for coding so we can figure it out together too.
Check out our school Computer Blog to see what activities are suitable for different age groups or go to code.org/learn and choose a suitable coding activity yourself. Some firm favourites in class so far have been the Minecraft, Star Wars, Candy Quest, Frozen and Angry Bird tutorials.
Using Microsoft Word in Computer Class
This month we were focusing on our word processing and typing skills in our computer classes with Ms. Edwards.
Classes from 1st upwards learned how to use Microsoft Word.
We typed up poems, diaries, stories, letters and more. We practised our word processing skills such as:
Have a look at our finished pieces below and go to the COMPUTER CLASS BLOG to find out more.
6th class created Halloween Avatars using http://www.voki.com during the last computer class before the Mid-Term Break.
Our avatars are known as "Vokis". Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! So we decided we'd make some fun Halloween characters to tell Halloween jokes or poems.
Meet some of our spooky creations below and visit our Computer Class Blog to meet the rest!
Well done to everyone who took part in the Maths Week competition with Mangahigh.com.
There was a massive effort from all pupils in 2nd -6th class, to earn medals and points for our school, both during their computer class and some girls even played it at home or with their class teacher too.
We came an AMAZING 23RD PLACE! and earned a FANTASTIC 2582 POINTS
Congratulations especially to the Top 10 performers in our school. Their names are in the slideshow below.
Some of them scored over 100 points and will receive a real Mangahigh medal shortly. See the photos of the results below and go to the Computer Blog to find out more.
MATHS WEEK IRELAND, 12TH -16TH OCTOBER
Maths Week Ireland is taking place this week and we are celebrating it here in St. Brigid's. If you would like to know more about maths week, you can visit www.mathsweek.ie
In conjunction with Maths Week 2015, Mangahigh.com will be hosting a nationwide maths competition that begins tomorrow and ends next Sunday. Mangahigh aims to teach the Maths curriculum through maths games. St. Brigid's is registered on the site and every student from 2nd -6th have their own user ID and password. Mangahigh will award anyone who scores 100 points a REAL MEDAL! So login using the link below:
We are having lots of fun using Mangahigh during our computer class. We hope to earn madals and points for our school by completing maths challenges and games. Ms. Edwards will give out certs to the school's Star Performers by the end of the competition. We will also cross our fingers that we play enough games to get our school in the top ten by the end of the week. The Junior classes are learning lots of maths skills too on www.crackingmaths.com.
Why not use your Maths eyes this week too? Start by looking at some winning entries of the Maths Eyes Poster Competition 2014. You can design your own with your class teacher and add to the slideshow...
Animations in the Computer Room
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