Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It was a great tour and we learnt heaps.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tiny Ted had to hold is breath with all the smog- but it was a great view over central Hong Kong from the very top of Victoria Peak. You get there by going up a very steep cable car.
At night they have this really awesome light show where a whole heap of skyscrapers all light up in time to music. Here is a photo of me waiting for the display to start.
To give an idea of how many skyscrapers there are I took this photo from out in the middle of the harbour. Hong Kong has 7 million people living in it and they just about all live in buildings like these!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Mr F, an educator from America, has already left a great comment for Gloria and Fynn. To play the slideshow just click on the play button.
The second item is a video- to watch it click on it to make it big.
If you want to hear my cool audio just click on the little speaker button.
To see the thing in full screen click where it says full screen on the bottom right hand side.
What do you think??
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
On the way back from the Christchurch Conference we saw a little snow on the Lewis Pass so had to get out and have a little play. Mini-Dylan had never seen snow in NZ before so rather liked it.
Monday, October 13, 2008
This weekend I showed a bunch of overseas visitors around a bit of Nelson and thought we would go out on the water in the Abel Tasman. While we were going to Anchorage we got ourselves surrounded by a pod of dolphins. I am in awe of dolphins and thought you would like to take a look as well.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I was a finalist in the 2008 Microsoft Innovative Teacher Awards. I got to go up on stage to receive my prize- a web cam and a wireless keyboard. Very cool. When my name was called everyone went, 'Woohoo!!' which was fun.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Mr H has this map on his blog and I wondered how it would look on ours. It shows where in the world people are looking at our blog from so if there are two stars in different places you can see where in the world the other person is- live!
If you want one of these on your blog just click on the little green circle on the bottom right of the map to take you to the map website. Choose what kind of map you want- copy the html code into your blog posting page and then click compose and it should be sweet.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Here is our video that highlights the effect of the Hurricane.
Here is the video from room 23 at Meadowbank School.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Miss K has been working really hard while she was in San Francisco. Here she is with her new Adobe brand jacket looking out from a rooftop restaurant.
Mini-Dylan went out on the water in San Francisco Bay to view the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the video!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We caught the ferry back into the city. Here is me with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
Little Mini-Dylan is enjoying the trip with me. Today the Adobe Summit starts and work begins.
How is school going???
Sunday, July 20, 2008
We enjoyed wandering through China Town as well. Mini-Dylan enjoyed chatting with some very pretty Chinese ladies. Chinatown is full of bustle and noise.
Then up to the 52 floor of the Bank of America Building for pina colada cocktails and a look at the misty view. We met with a couple of lovely local ladies who enjoyed chatting with a couple of leg weary kiwis.
Mini-Dylan enjoyed a small pina colada as we look out over the bay. The journey to the 'bathroom' was the poshest in my 51 years. A lovely Asian woman welcomed me and directed me to an empty cubicle. As I left she turned the gold faucet on for me and showed me where to source the soap. On washing my hands she passed me a warmed towel to dry my hands. I don't think tipping is a good idea but if I had taken a penny to the dunny she would have got it!
Have a great day back at school todayand be nice to Mrs P.
Friday, July 18, 2008
THEN- I saw the big APPLE and a queue of people waiting to get an iPhone. I went inside and spoke to an Apple Genius- that is what their job is called. He helped me buy an 8GB iP od Touch- it is SO cool.
I can't wait to surf the internet from it through a wireless connection.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I have never crossed the international date line before and will cross the equator into the northern hemisphere some time on our trip across the Pacific Ocean. Remember our study Comparing Hemisphere's from last year.
Well now I will get to see for myself what the the northern hemisphere is like- I will look for swirling water, gravity, where the sun is in the sky and what the seasons will be like. Here is a photo of me at Sydney airport with a visual dictionary of Aussie words. It made us laugh.
We booked the cheapest flights we could which meant I had to fly to Auckland, then to Sydney and then the last leg to San Francisco. The plane is packed full of people all trying to sleep sitting upright- we have seen three stink movies in a row so I thought I would start a blog post and hopefully will get the opportunity to post it when we get to America!
Fellow teacher, Colin, from Marina View School in Auckland and I are on an adventure to
fly to San Francisco to represent New Zealand at the Adobe Educational Leaders' Summit
Mini-Dylan is on this adventure with me and we hope to get out and about seeing some of
the sights and sounds of the big city.
Mini-Dylan had a quick Budweiser beer to quench his thirst as it is summer in San Francisco, California.
Maybe you can go on Google Earth and have a look at the path we are taking across the
Pacific Ocean- look for the Golden Gate Bridge as we hope to go for a bike ride over it on
Any questions you want to ask or things you would like me to do write them in the
comments and I will see what I can do.
The next few days are open as to what we want to to but on Monday we intend to hire
push bikes and bike over the Golden gate bridge and get a boat back to the city- that
sounds like a fun idea. I want to go shopping in a big department store, maybe go to
Yosemite National Park and generally soak up the atmosphere of being in a totally
different culture. I have been to Australia a few times before and it feels like when I visit I
am visiting my cousin- staying in America is really new territory for me.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
They all got into the airport at around 7.15pm Central Standard Time
As with all bloggers and geeky people Mr H got all the cabling sorted out at the hotel...
Enough time to fire off this blog post before looking to eat!
One thing that they are hoping to do is catch up with another friend of theirs, Tiny Ted who has been travelling the world since leaving Wales in October 2006.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Mini-Dylan and I posed in front of the Sydney Opera House. It is a magnificent building.
We walked through the Botanic Gardens and Mini-Dylan liked this puff-ball plant as their colours matched perfectly.
On the way home we stopped at a wonderful viewing spot for a look at the Opera House at sunset from across the harbour. Miss K couldn't resist taking this video to show her day.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
We are going to be learning more about lots of exciting things that we can use in the classroom and to communicate with other children and teachers around the world. We have just been given a set of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection which is a heap of extra cool software applications- all for free.
We are going to have a ball.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Today Allanah, our ICT facilitator, came into Room 1 to teach Miss W and us how to make a slideshow in Kidpix, using photos. We are going to make a slideshow about Wild Hair Day all by ourselves. Today we made a background for our page. Look at how clever we are.
While I was at Upper Moutere School today Rachael W took a photo of me helping the five year olds have a play with Kid Pix. Then she blogged it on her class blog. Do have a look. It is a really cool new blog for 2008. Leave the class a comment. They would love to hear from you.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
While I was up in Auckland earlier this term at the Learnng At School conference in Rotorua I was given a trial version of this Marvin software by Micosoft. You get to make avatars that you can animate and make speak. I think it is very cool. What do you think?
It is taking ages to upload as I have used all of my 10GB of broadband allowance for the month so I am on dial-up speeds.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
This is an old photo of my caterpillars and seeing as I have my own blog I thought you would like to see it. I now have more caterpillars on my swan plant and I also have more in cocoons.