How to take GOOD video using iPads

Mr. Broughton came in to our class this week and we came up with the following rules/ideas for getting good video on the iPad.

1. Always use the iPad in LANDSCAPE mode.
2. Background – make sure it’s not ‘busy’ or distracting. Simple but with contrast. Check brightness.
3. Don’t stand next to, or lean on a wall.
4. Light on one side of a face can be nice.
5. You don’t have to have the subject of the video in the middle of the screen. Offset it. Rule of thirds!
6. Be aware of volume.
7. All video should be UNDER 5 minutes – though 1 or 2 minutes is often enough.

Thank you Mr. Broughton

So important to say thank you!

We talked in class today about thanking the counsellors, big boss and kitchen staff at camp for the wonderful experiences that they helped us all to have. We will write a letter this week.

Step 1: Big chat
Step 2: Categorising brain frame (4 paragraphs planning)
Step 3: Modelling an example letter in class with Mr. Weekes – example HERE
Step 4: Write paragraph 1 + 2 (check and edit as necessary)
Step 5: Write paragraph 3 + 4 (check and edit as necessary)
Step 6: Write conclusion – check everything and change/add/delete as necessary.
Step 7: Print, write address on envelope and post via school office on Friday

Bitly links to your child’s letter will be available by the end of the week in the comment boxes below.

Mr. Broughton taught us HOW to take + edit great PHOTOS on the iPad

Mr. Broughton came in to class today to teach us HOW to take and edit great photos on the iPad – and then put them in to Seesaw.

Mr. Broughton recommends that:

1. you FOCUS on the image.
2. you hold the iPad still (arms at your sides)
3. keep your fingers away from the lens.
4. think about whether you want to or need to use the timer or flash.
5. keep the image in the CENTER.
6. be careful of GLARE – take the photo over the top of the image and in a brightly lit place.

How to EDIT:

Always use the AUTO ENHANCE tool
CROP the image leaving a small margin around the outside


5W Personal Inquiry time – what is YOUR child interested in?


The 5W ‘PROCESS’ can be seen HERE

Genius Hour / Personal Inquiry Tim – Where interest and curiosity comes alive

Each week we have approximately an hour dedicated for student personal inquiry through Genius Hour. Personal Inquiry time is time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them concluding with a presentation of their learning. Sometime action!

Our first step was to identify a range of ideas / topics that we might be personally interested in.

Our second step was to develop a range of questions. Ones that can’t be answered simply with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’

Please ask your child what his or her ideas included and check out your child’s comment in the comment box below.

Of course the question is just the starting point. Sometimes as the kids get into their inquiry they realise that it might not have been the best question. Sometimes they begin and their inquiry takes them in a whole new direction.

The first inquiry has been absolute free choice. Any passion, any project, any curiosity, any interest!

The inquiries for the remainder of the year will be varied. They need to be creative, thought through and followed up. Hopefully the students will be excited about inquiring into an area of personal interest. This is going to be great practice leading up to our Exhibition in April 2017.