Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Swift Playground - Extension

Hi Bloggers. Today at Extension we had the opportunity to experience the coding of Swift Playground.  Swift Playground is a coding app you can download on any mobile device or an ipad. We used an ipad! We first opened up Swift Playground and choose a level to complete. It was named “Bug Squash Practice”. I used it with my friend Kyron. We then figured out the code for the avatar to collect the gem to complete the next level.

There was a set of code for us to complete it. Turn Left, Collect Gem, Toggle Switch, Move Forward. Toggle Switch was for you to jump on a button which gives you points. Not only that but we decided to code our friends, recording with ipads and telling them what to do to find something you have hidden in the room.

It was a good challenge. The most difficult part about using Swift Playground was that there was limited moves of code so in order to turn right you had to press Turn Left about 3 - 4 times. The most fun part about doing it was figuring out how to code it.


Digital Nations - 2030 - #1 Extension Trip!

Hey Bloggers! On Monday, the Year 7 & 8 Extension group had the opportunity to attend the Digital Nations 2030 Conference/Summit located at Cordis Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. 

If you would like to see our experience click here

So we bought our permission slips to school and left in the bus. When we arrived we were all shocked. We were surprised of how nice the hotel was! We walked in and the hotel looked jaw - dropping. We were all so shocked. Anyways we walked down these steps to enter a room.

Inside the room it was full of laptops, robots, tech and heaps more! We first sat down and we talked with our friend who has been teaching us to code since last year! Her name was Zoe from OMG Tech! She explained to us what we will be doing today and the kind of things we will be coding. After all of that we finally rushed off to any laptop or robot we could find. I started to code on this website named Code Avengers. There were certain levels you had to pass in order to earn a prize. I worked my way up and earned a sticker and a small chocolate bar which was awesome!

I switched to the next rotation which was coding a robot. It was very precise instructions we had to follow or else the robot will go and do another instruction you didn't tell it to do. We put all the information up and uploaded it onto the robot with an cord. It was really cool how we coded the robot!

We also participated in Makey-Makey were you could control a instrument tapping fruit. It was really cool. Also we went to the bathroom and it was really fancy and wealthy. There was golden tiles on the floor and there was a really nice hand soap we used which smelled so nice.

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Pt England School - 2018

Hey Bloggers! I haven't been active since the summer holidays. School has been really fun. New teachers, new people, also new learning. I can't wait to see what this year has to come. It sounds exciting. ...well see you later!

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey - Day #20 : Looking into the Future

Hey bloggers! Today is Day #20 of the Summer Learning Journey and also is the first day of school! Let's Begin!

Activity 1 : Your Future Self

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It may be hard to imagine, but one day you will graduate from high school and it will be time to decide what to do next. You may want to study at university, become an apprentice, go to training college, travel, or start working. There are so many options!

I have been asked to take a minute to think about my future. What would I do when I finish school? Would I like to study? When I finish school I would either like to be an Flight Attendant, Travel Blogger, or an Movie Director or even a Movie Maker! I also plan to move to my family overseas in Hawaii or Seattle.

Activity 2 : Flying Cars

Let’s imagine that you’ve just learned to drive, and your family has decided to buy you a brand new car. You are allowed to choose from any of the following designs:

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On my blog I have been asked to choose one car and why? I would choose the White Flyng Car. I would pick it because it's a nice model, it flies, it's a nice white colour, and you could transport places faster.

Bonus Activity : Blade Runner 2049

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There is a new movie out in cinemas at the moment called Blade Runner 2049.

It is a movie about what the world will be like in the future. Imagine that you able to travel through time and that you can see what the world will look like in 2099.

I have been asked to write an description about what I think
New Zealand might look like in 80 - 90 years from now.

I already see New Zealand, also my hometown Glen Innes already changing. New Houses, New People, New Buildings, New Job Opportunities and people have to move out. It's really sad. Even my great - grandparents have to move back to Fiji in June, it's ther choice.

I see New Zealand with really nice houses, nice cars, a lot of people, new ethnic groups, and heaps more!

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M

Goodbye Summer Learning Journey!

P.S - thanks to everyone who contributed to this programme!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey - Day #19 : Contemporary Entertainment

Hey Bloggers! Today is Day #19 of the Summer Learning Journey. I've been so busy with travels down to Rotorua and so much more! Let's Begin!

Activity 1 : Moana
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In late 2016, the movie Moana was released by Disney. It’s a beautiful story about a young Polynesian girl from the fictional island of Motunui, who goes on a big adventure.

I have been asked to watch the Disney Movie Trailer for " Moana " and then write a summary! I have seen the movie, I can include my favourite part! I also can tell you as much as I can about the movie.

Here are my answers!

What is the movie about? The movie is about a young girl named Moana who lives in the islands of polynesia, on her island Motunui and her mission is to find the demi-god Maui to get him to restore the heart of a island named Te Fiti.

Who are the main characters? The main characters are Moana, Maui, and Hei-Hei her ( Pet Chicken ).

Where do they go? They travel around and across the South Pacific Ocean to restore the heart of Te - Fiti.

Activity 2 : Country Calendar

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Did you know that the longest running television show in New Zealand history is a programme called ‘Country Calendar’? It started on 6 March 1966 and has been running ever since. The programme includes stories of everyday New Zealanders, many of whom are farmers.

I have been asked to watch a video by Country Calendar. It's basically a show about the Country and farming. Here are some questions:

What do you think would be the most interesting and/or challenging things about being a farmer? I think the most interesting/challenging about being a farmer is transporting around the farm. It would be really annoying and stressful!

Would you would like to be a farmer when you are older. No.

Why/why not? Well I wouldn't want to do so much challenging stuff.

Give us, at least, two reasons to support your answer.

Stressful Transportation, Lots of Work.

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Bonus Activity : Singing a Different Tune

It may be hard to imagine, but one day you will graduate from high school and it will be time to decide what to do next. You may want to study at university, become an apprentice, go to training college, travel, or start working. There are so many options!

I have been asked to name my favourite song on my blog and write the lyrics. I don't really have a favourite song. I love heaps of songs and there are so many to choose from!

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey - Day #18 : Social Systems

Hey Bloggers! Here is Day #18 for you! I have been really busy. Anyways, Let's Begin!

Activity 1 : Mixed Member Proportional 

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In 1996, New Zealand adopted the MMP voting system. In September of 2017 we had a national election.

Everyone in New Zealand, over the age of 18, was invited to vote for who they wanted to form the next government in New Zealand.

The race was really close and in the end, three different political parties (Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party), came together to form the new government.

It is called a ‘coalition government’ because it includes different people from different political parties.

I have been asked to imagine that I had to form a coalition government with two other people. I would partner up with my Uncle Chris and my Aunty Angie. I think they are really intelligent people who would be great people for the job. That's who I would pick!
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Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand.

Activity 2 : Migration

Over the past few decades, there has been a huge rise in the number of people coming to New Zealand to live and/or travel. Rachel was one of those people! In fact, she moved with her family to New Zealand in 2010 and she is so glad that she did. It’s a pretty amazing place to call home! At the moment she lives about 10 minutes from three stunning beaches and a beautiful national park.

Speaking of home, where do I live? On my blog I have been asked to post a picture of my hometown and provide a list of 3 things tourists would like to do and participate in. What do I like about my hometown?

I don't live in the Glen Innes suburb but I like to think Pt England, Tamaki, Wai o Taiki Bay and Panmure are apart of this suburb. I also grew up here and my great - grandparents live here moving soon as of the housing crisis happening right now.

Here a list of 3 things tourists could do :

  • Swimming - they could swim at our local beaches in Pt England. It's a great place to visit on a sunny day. I recommend going with a lot of people. It's pretty boring with no one there. Especially fun when there is Movies in the Parks.
  • Landscape - we have amazing beautiful landscapes such as reserves, beaches, creeks, rivers and our very own Mountain ( Maunga ) located in Mt Wellington.
  • Entertainment - we have a lot of events that happen in our area such as : Movies in the Park, Te Oro Public Events, Matariki Festivals and more!
Bonus Activity : Modern Learning Enviroment

Over the past few years, a number of schools have changed the way that they teach. Instead of one teacher working in one classroom with one group of students, some schools have built huge classrooms where many teachers work together to teach a big group of students. This is called a ‘Modern Learning Environment’ (MLE).

I have been asked to imagine that I was a classroom teacher and was to design my very own classroom. I used Sumo Paint as my drawing picture provider.

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Tables - I have created 3 circles to show an example of circular tables where the whole classroom could work together and help each other out.

Classroom Rug - I have shaped a big circular rug in the corner of the room that is huge and a bright colour.

Storage and Entertainment - I created a star shaped organiser to store things such as books, paper, pens, crayons and maybe some spot prizes and candy! Also a TV on in the corner I forgot to add.

Thanks For Reading!
By Mitchell.M

Friday, 19 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey - Day #17 : A Decade of Sport

Hey Bloggers! Today is Day #17 of the Summer Learning Journey Holiday Blogging Programme! Let's Begin. Enjoy!

Activity 1 : Chasing Great 

Over the past 17 years New Zealand has experienced a number of sporting highlights, perhaps none larger than the back-to-back Rugby World Cup victo
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ries in 2011 and 2015. In both competitions our national rugby team, the All Blacks, was captained by a man named Richie McCaw. He is arguably one of the best rugby players of all time. A movie called Chasing Great was recently created to document his incredible rugby career.

I have been asked to watch a movie trailer named " Chasing Great ". I have also been asked to state 3 things I didn't know about Richie McCaw.
  • I learned that he trained hard and he was a guy who knew what he wanted!
  • He was born in Oamaru, South Island, a small town in New Zealand.
  • He has now considered becoming a Air New Zealand Pilot for the airline.
Activity 2 : Sporting Hero's

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In 2015, a kiwi golfer named Lydia Ko became the youngest woman in the world to reach the #1 ranking.  She was only 17 years old. Many people from here in New Zealand and overseas really admire her and think of her as a modern-day sporting hero. Who is your sporting hero? They can be a famous athlete, or even a member of your family or community. It’s completely up to you.

I have been asked to name on my blog who my sporting hero is and why. I also have to include a sporting picture of them.

My Sporting is : Waisake Naholo.

He is my sporting hero because he is a really good rugby player and I admire him. I'm not a really big fan of sports but I just like the way he plays. He is really good at playing rugby. Also he is Fijian like me!

Bonus Activity : Shake it Off

In recent years, many New Zealanders have embraced a new form of exercise called Zumba©. It was developed by a man named Alberto Perez who lives in the country of Columbia. He created Zumba by bringing together many different dance styles including: cumbia, mambo, hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, tango, merengue and mambo.
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I have been asked to choose 1 of the 2 dances : Tango, or the Mengurene and state 3 different facts about the dance!

I have chosen the Tango Dance!

  • The Main Origin of the Tango Dance mainly consists of the regions : South America, and began on the border river - plate on the border of Argentina and Uruguay.
  • This historical dance began to spread around the world in the early years of the 1800's.
  • The " Tango Dance " is mainly danced in special events, traditional gatherings, family gatherings, parades or even high school ball dances.

Thanks for reading!
By Mitchell.M