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ICT and Inquiry for Juniors. Sarah Lewis-Dickson East Taieri School, Dunedin Year 1 teacher sarahd@east-taieri.school.nz http://room11ets.blogspot.com. WARNING. I am not an expert These are only suggestions and ways I teach or use Inquiry and ICT in my classrooms

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ict and inquiry for juniors

ICT and Inquiry for Juniors

Sarah Lewis-Dickson

East Taieri School, Dunedin

Year 1 teacher



  • I am not an expert
  • These are only suggestions and ways I teach or use Inquiry and ICT in my classrooms
  • Apologies if you are aware or use any of the tools or programmes that I am going to talk about. It is difficult to pitch these workshops so all abilities and needs are catered for.
  • I like to keep it simple so sorry not too many bells and whistles with this level
  • Anderson’s Bay School – Senior School
  • Twizel Area School – Own Environment
  • East Taieri School – The World Came to My Place Today
  • East Taieri School – Can We Make It – Yes We Can – technology
  • East Taieri School – What lies Beneath?


  • Approach based on Kath Murdoch principles
  • Inquiry Resources


  • East Taieri School has their own inquiry model that all classrooms follow TREES - Tuning in, Research, Extend, Evaluate, So What?
  • Whole school inquiries
  • Journal of observations, questions, responses, contributions to the Inquiry
  • Pre test – Post test (Think map, KWL/KWS charts, new wonderings...)
  • Peer or self assessment
  • Understanding process and purpose – technology
  • So What? Children’s suggestions of where we should go with Inquiry or what we should do... Using the information
ict programmes
ICT programmes
  • Blogspot
  • Office picture Manager
  • Photobucket
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Email http://room11ets.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html

In term 4 I plan to allow the children to pick their own ICT presentation tool such as word, powerpoint, movie maker, podcasts, blog or wikispace uploads.

office picture manager
Office Picture Manager
  • Right click on a photo open with Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • Left hand side click on thumb nail view
  • Control A to select all
  • Edit pictures
  • Right hand side compress pictures
  • Web pages ok
  • Save
  • Very easy now to put into web pages such as photobucket then onto the blog – file size much smaller
  • Can also crop, brightening etc...
  • Great resource and easy to use
  • www.photobucket.com
  • Add new album
  • Upload images and videos
  • Find your files - where your photos are saved
  • Click on them it starts uploading automatically
  • Save
  • Slideshows
  • + photos you want in your slideshow pick slideshow you want to use and save it
  • Left had side click on share e blogger fill in info then it posts it automatically onto your blog
  • http://room11ets.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html
movie maker notes using still shots
Movie Maker – notes using still shots


  • Movie Maker Wild Characters in the Orchard at East Taieri School 2010
  • Organise your characters and where you will take your photos. Make sure you have a flat surface for your camera – it is important to keep your camera still. Blutac it to a chair or screw it onto a stand. Plan what you want your characters to do...
  • Start taking your photos...move your characters very slightly between each shot. (Very slightly means tiny tinytiny movements)
  • You will need to take heaps of photos 200-300 shots!!!
  • Put your photos onto your laptop in a folder
  • Open movie maker - Import photos from the folder that you saved them in
  • Save your project as you work on it
  • All your photos will come up so just click on each photo and drop into your story board below.
  • Click on view video effects
  • Click on Speed up double you need to click this three times onto each photo...this will take you a long time so concentrate!
  • Titles or credits – create your title and credits with text, colour and animation
  • View your movie so far make changes to speed etc... if you need to

Adding music 

  • Windows Media Player will help you to rip your music from a CD.
  • Once this is done you can click on show timeline in the movie maker story board
  • Import music or audio once the music icon is in the upper section of your programme drop and drag this into the story board in the audio section underneath your photos.
  • If you want to use your voice to read your title – move the music along to the first photo
  • Click on microphone and press on start narration then stop save audio file this file will automatically drop into your music audio part
  • If the music goes for longer than your photos at the end click where the photos finish then click in the audio box with a right click and click on cut. Again you could narrate your own ending and insert at the end. Just keep playing and you will work it out!
  • Time to save your movie and send it to Peter Jackson!
  • File - save movie file - save to my computer or CD (there are other options also just read them)


movie maker
Movie Maker
  • Import movie from camera
  • Drag into storyboard
  • Make titles or credits
  • Again if you want to narrate or add music follow instructions from previous slides
  • Save as you work
  • Save as a movie file then easy upload into blog


www blogspot com

Great for recording class learning plus reinforcing new learning...


Butter chicken, Mrs D needs a cup of tea, Bonjour!


More FM - oral language


Important moments- All Blacks last test at Carisbrook!

Blog spot easy to use great instructions

blog comments info for parents etc
Blog comments – info for parents etc...
  • http://room11ets.blogspot.com
  • If you want to make a comment the easiest way is to create a gmail account just put gmail into your search on the internet. Follow create an account instructions.
  • Then go onto the blog and view. Under comments or photos you will see a title that says click on comment. A new box comes up with Post a comment. Write inside the box. Underneath this box is another title that says comment as select profile – pick google account. You will need to be logged into your email account. It will ask you to do a word verification then click on post comment. I will need to then view this on my email account and click publish so you can see your comment.
graphic organisers
Graphic Organisers
  • KWL/KWS chart
  • Think Map/Board – true / false
  • Topic Describing wheel
  • Cluster/Word Web – mind map
  • 6 hat thinking
  • Research – teacher directed
  • Questioning





recording inquiries
Recording Inquiries
  • Blog http://room11ets.blogspot.com
  • Journal/big book – process of learning is recording in the big books and shared with parents at home
  • Record of learning, able to be referred to if topic is visited again, Ero, BOT, parents, great opportunity for oral language extension
useful web sites
Useful web sites