Who are we?

Te Rōpū Whakamanawa is a group of Year 5 and 6 students at Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School in Hei Hei, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. We work in a collaborative learning space of Years 4 to 6 students, called Te Ara Takitini. Welcome to our blog where we share our learning throughout 2019.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Mobile Learning Centre

Terrific Technology

Technology is a tool...a mind blowing tool.

Today we had a visit from the Noel Leeming Mobile Learning Centre.  We spent the afternoon exploring a range of fascinating technological tools.
Here we are listening to our teachers as they keep us amazed.
3D Printing
First we create a design using Tinkercad.  We can move shapes, stick them together and view them from different angles.

We then send the design to the 3D printer.  
The 3D printer uses filament to create our 3D images.
Here are some of the creations made from this printer.

Max and Eve with their 3D printed sculptures of themselves.  
These were all created by the 3D printer (The models the kids are holding...not the kids).

I wonder if a 3D Printer make buildings that humans can love in?
I wonder if a 3D printer make food you can eat?

 Painting using Fresh Paint

This app is a Microsoft App but there are plenty around to choose from.  The cool thing about this is that you can use a stylus and choose the tools and materials that you paint with.

Hannah has painted her dog Coco.
You can see the effect from the oil painting tool.

Coding...Computer Language
For this we used CODE Studio found at code.org

We used codes to make the Minecraft characters move in different directions and build different things.

Coding to Control a Robot

Meet Dash. 

Today we used coding to control where Dash went, the sounds he made and the way his lights turned colour.
Dash was connected to our device through Bluetooth.

Virtual Reality withGoogle Cardboard

We had to be seated safely for these virtual rollercoaster rides.
Google Cardboard allows us to see almost anything and experience so many different places.

Imitating iPad

With the camera covered, the iPad sees what is placed on the space in front of it.  We can use this to create patterns, solve math problems and a whole range of other interactive learning activities.

Our next learning steps:
In Rimu Class we will continue our learning about the tools we have explores and see how these can impact on our learning.  


  1. Oww!!! I wish I was there it just look like it was so fun.

  2. Hi it's Eli
    This was so cool my favorite would be the Google Cardboard it felt a lot like real life!

  3. Hi it's Eli
    This was so cool my favorite would be the Google Cardboard it felt a lot like real life!

  4. Hi my name is Bruno from Owairaka School.
    I would love t do 3D printing.