Our Olympic Reports

IMG_7469Writing news reports is harder than it looks and writing sports reviews even harder!  It takes a lot of skill to encapsulate the feeling of an emotional and fast moving event, including the correct language of the particular sport and keeping the facts straight.  Have a look at some of efforts and please comment to let us know what you think.


Riley O

Will B



Ryan C




Australia Women’s 4x100m freestyle

Sports article- Soccer

Rio Olympics 2016

Australia 4x100m Womens Freestyle Gold In New World Record


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First Published Picture Story Book (eBook version)

We have spent many hours writing and illustrating our picture story books for our young buddies.   We had to think about so many elements and here is the first published version.  Congratulations to Brandon for being so creative using his own drawings (using Google Drawings)

Here is the PDF Sam The Happy Snake eBook (1)

If you consider the advice we received from our authors, we think Brandon has done very well !  What do you think ?
book 1 Capture


Book 2 Capture

Research tool – InstaGrok

There are so many online tools that can help us find information and sort it.  Here is one that could help you with your upcoming PLT’s .   It presents the answers to a keyword search in a diagram and helps by providing other words around your topic.  There are also quizzes around the topic you search and you can choose the level of difficulty.

Here is a sample :

renewable energy | Learn about renewable energy on instaGrok,
the research engine:


To access this and try out the features:

  1. Go to https://www.instagrok.com/
  2. Click on Login or Create User
  3. Click Login with Gmail (Use your school email address)
  4. Accept

Once in the program, you can select your own search term and see what happens.  There are lots of things you can edit.

Let me know in the comments how it goes and how you think this tool might be used by students and teachers




Week 9 – What makes a good blog post ?

From Darkness to Light - please read
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Evan Leeson via Compfight

Well, this is our second last week in the March challenge for 2016. Over the last 8 weeks, you have learnt a lot about blogging if you have done most of the activities and checked out the links included in my posts.

It is now your time to do your best and show your teachers and myself what a great blog post looks like.

The one and only activity for this week:

Write a post on one of the following topics

  • What makes a great family
  • A global issue you would like to help solve
  • My future
  • Visiting overseas

Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.

  1. catchy title
  2. includes at least one visual whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
  3. interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
  4. well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
  5. shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
  6. written in paragraphs – at least three of them
  7. includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these

When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post. Mention which topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post. Those posts covering the seven things mentioned above will be added to the flipboard magazine.


Week 8 – Commenting (Optional)

See Sue’s  post

Before you start, please make sure you have at least 5 other student blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog, in a page near your header area or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students or Global classes. Here is how to add a blogroll if using Edublogs or Blogger

Game week is all about visiting other blogs.

Student and class blogs – new bloggers and old hands at the blogging – mentors as well as participants.

Remember one of  the main aims of blogging includes commenting and carrying on conversations with the author of posts and their other readers.

A good commenter will have:

  • read the post carefully,
  • checked out the links in the post
  • read the previous comments before they leave one of their own
  • added to the conversation with a quality comment – remember that video from Mrs Yollis’ class.

Game rules

This is a game we have run for many challenges and allows you to connect globally.

Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of  ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:

  • click on a blog on the student list or class list– count one
  • now click on a blog from their blogroll – count two
  • finally click on a blog from that blogroll – count three

Leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog. Remember to include the URL of your blog, so that person can visit you as well.

Teachers: If you are moderating student comments, please make sure you are up-to-date with that this week as students can be very disappointed when they think they have no comments, yet many are in the moderation queue ready to be published.

Students: Make sure you are also replying to any comments that have been left for you.

Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on.

Get to it – start visiting and leaving quality comments that show you have read the post. 



Week 7 – Work then Play

Week 6 – Food and Culture

I love Vegemite! stratman² (2 many pix!) via Compfight

An important part of blogging as part of a global community is learning more about each others’ culture.  Food is often one of the first things you notice when visiting another country. (If you completed this activity last year, you might want to change the topic to stories, songs or clothing from your culture)

This week we’re going to learn more about each others’ culture by sharing stories about food popular in our country or asking other participants questions about food in their country.

In this week’s activities, Sue talks about Australian food and asks that we consider the differences between our countries. 

Activity 1: 

Write a post on food, songs, stories or clothing that is popular in your country.

In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.

Activity 2:  

Visit Inside Scoops Taco Tuesday post to learn what their students eat for lunch.  Leave a comment on Taco Tuesday post to let them know what you eat for school lunches in where you live or write a post to share what school lunches are like where you live.

Activity 3:  

Create a poll or survey and embed it into a post to find out more about the types of foods eaten by your readers or songs sung, stories told or clothing worn.

Activity 4:

Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food, songs, stories or clothing in their country. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.