June 17


Did you achieve what you originally set out to do? 

I am very happy with my final film for my passion project. Most of the videos I wanted at the start of term where recorded and inserted into my film! There were only some minor problems with my surfing films but that didn’t effect the outcome of my film. I really enjoyed filming me skating the most!

What successes or challenges did you experience toward the end of your project? 

A lot of the time when I went for a surf the waves/swell was not that good and the days it was good i forgot to film so I didn’t really get many clips of me surfing. Some of the videos were filmed hand held on a phone so when i put them onto i-movie I had to crop the videos. Luckily a few nice warm days came along throughout the start of winter so I got a few good clips up at my mates farm!

How did you overcome the challenges? 

I simply cropped the phone filmed videos so they fit the whole screen. I also decided to not use clips of me carving a wave as they weren’t that good.

How can you extend your learning if you were to continue with this project?  

Lately the surf/waves has been really windy and messy so its not really surfing weather/waves. If I was able to have longer to wait for better waves, my film would be better. Also, the closer I got to the end of the filming process the weather worsened. I would also be able to make my videos more cinematic and not as shaky.

June 7

Win At The Fair

Lesson 1

For the first Win At The Fair lesson when we played the losing game board I noticed that the board was losing a lot of money because the biggest prize had a really high chance of winning or getting chosen. The largest prize was on the sides closest to the start and because most of the dice numbers when rolled made the counter go to a side (left or right)


the $5 prize had a really high chance.


By the end of lesson 1, our class had played 149 games and gave out $336.40 worth of prize money. That meant our class had lost $187.40. Our next challenge was to make a game board that if it had 1000 plays ($1 per play) we would want to earn $300 which means we only give away $700 worth of prize money





Lesson 2

Our next challenge was to make a game board that if it had 1000 plays ($1 per play) we would try to earn $300 which means we only give away $700 worth of prize money. We also had to make our game enticing so people will still play the game without thinking they are losing their money or that the game is rigged.

Lesson 3

For my creative game board I changed the dice rolls around so the most common rolls went to the lowest numbers. I added two $0.50 coins to the middle of the board and put the highest prize which was $5 at the top of the board. I played this board a few times but it wasn’t that enticing & I also lost a bit of money.

Lesson 4

I decided by making a game board that would let you earn a lot money but was also enticing, I should make a really high jackpot but make the dice really hard to roll on numbers that went in the direction to the jackpot. In my first game board I made I did some testing to see which numbers the dice landed on the most. After a lot of testing I had figured out the dice numbers and put them on the up arrow. I put five of the most common dice numbers on the up arrows. Next I put really low prizes on the top of the game board. So now the lowest prizes had a high chance of the counter landing on them.

I tested my first game board and out of nowhere I had earned $482.80!


May 27

THINK Online

The THINK acronym is about how you should behave online. It uses words that describes a good Digital Citizenship.

Before you post a message or post you should think if it is appropriate to send.

 T:Is it True? 

Before posting anything on social media you should always think “are you telling the truth through this post?” You could be pretending to be someone else without their permission.

H: Is it Helpful? 

Will your post help make social media and the internet a better place? Whatever you are posting consider thinking about whether it is going to help someone. Sometimes it may be a waste of a post that probably doesn’t have any interesting things about it.  Will this post help people change their opinion on something or someone in a bad or good way?

Is it Honest?

Is your post lying about a person? Before posting you should always think what you are doing or saying to people or in a post. 

I: Is it Inspiring?

Will it influence someone to go and do something you recommend? May it potentially be offensive to some people? Can your post inspire someone to go get outdoors and adventure the world? 

Is it Inappropriate?

Should people be seeing this message or image? Does it contain rude language?

N: Is it Necessary?

Does your text message or post really matter? When you want to send someone a message or post something on Instagram is it important? Will it catch peoples attention? Who will want to read your post or message and should they be seeing it?

K: Is it Kind?

Is your message or post kind and helpful to someone? You should always be kind to people no matter who they are or what their differences are. 

Being a good Digital Citizen means we should interact with people just like we do in the real world by being kind. In the Digital Citizenship session today I learnt that everyone does make mistakes over the internet. We should all learn from our mistakes and be a kind person. Everyone should be talking to others nicely just like they do in the real world. Just because you might be anonymous while sending a message doesn’t stop cyber-bullying over the internet.

May 20


I am making a lot of progress on my passion project. I have filmed a lot of videos that are mostly of me skating. I have been editing the film on my mac computer using iTunes as Adobe Premier doesn’t work that well on my computer.

It has been really enjoying filming videos so far because they are all things I love so its fun!

I am planning to add videos/clips of me surfing over the next 3-4 weeks because I haven’t had time yet. I have decided to also add me with nature into my video as a I love the earths natural terrains. So far my video goes for just over 2 minutes and I am predicting by the end it will go for 4-5+ mins.

I have really enjoyed making my film so far and cant wait to add more clips. Here are some photos from the filming process (Video isn’t finished yet)


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April 29


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For my passion project I am going to make a video about things I love to do such as surfing, skating etc.. I am planning to make a video on me going to my favourite places and beaches. In the summer I do surf life saving 5-6 times a week so I love the ocean. I want to also share my love for nature and mostly the ocean/water.  I spend a lot of my time at the beach or in the swimming pool so I am connected to it. The ocean is like my second home.

April 23

TED Talks | Birke Baehr

In Birke Baehrs TED Talk he explains how processed foods in our supermarkets can be harmful to our body’s and planet earth. He talks about how chemicals on our fruits can leak into the soil and poison our water supply.

Birke made a few humorous comments about the problem to make his audience more engaged. He talked very loud and clear so that the audience knew he was serious about what he was talking about. Birke used a lot of photos in order that his audience understood what he was talking about.

He used a projector so the audience could see the photos clearly that he was showing. Birke also used a remote/clicker to change each photo or slide on the projector.

Birke used a very clear and loud voice. At times Birke would talk too fast but he would slow down his speech when he was talking about a key point.

April 23

TED Talks | Richard Turere

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Richard explains about the problems in Kenya about how the lions are killing their land stock (most commonly cows) That meant that Richard grew up hating lions as they were annoying to the cows. Richard wanted to find a way to stop the lions sneaking into the cow sheds at night without him having to stay awake.

As Richard explained his story he used a lot of images to show a more visual explanation so the audience can understand what he is talking about. Richard also used some jokes to make his audience more engaged and entertained. Richard would sometimes laugh or smile kind of like a queue for the audience to do the same.

Richard used images from a projector so that the audience could understand his story more visually. He also used a wireless microphone so the audience could hear him better.

The photos he used were very strong and meaningful that made his presentation have more emotion. Richard gave very good eye contact to the audience so they knew that he was focused and cared about his presentation. He clearly practised his script as he didn’t have one on stage. Richard used the space he got on the stage by not just standing in the same position but walking around as he talked.

Richards TED Talk had a very clear and strong message. He used good presentation techniques to make his audience engaged and entertained.





April 17

TED Talks | Thomas Suarez

Thomas explained about how making an app is more difficult than an average hobby. Now more kids want to make apps and they don’t know how to because most parents or adults have not made apps as they are a new part of technology. He explained that he had a lot of encouragement from his teachers and parent etc.. Thomas has created at his school a group for kids to learn and create apps with each other.

He showed his messages in experiences that he has had through making apps and that it is an uncommon thing to make. Also through humorous ways such as making jokes. He kept eye contact with his audience very well.

Thomas used and Ipad that most likely had dot points of key ideas that he could explain. He obviously didn’t have a script as he constantly had eye contact with his audience. He also used a projector/screen that showed his apps.

He spoke very confidently making eye contact with his audience. He also made a few “Jokes” to keep the audience entertained. He clearly didn’t use a script and that made him talk more naturally and fluently.