Mystery Skype

Take one borrowed classroom (Thanks Miss Varker and 3V!), a hijacked TV (Thanks Mrs Placek!), 26 super excited 5/6JC students (especially after a wet day timetable), a number of equally excited students from another class somewhere in the world, the magic of technology and you have all the ingredients for a Mystery Skype.

Over last few days we assigned and practised our roles for the Skype call.  We had  Greeters/Question Askers, Clue Keepers, Questions Keepers, Google Mappers, Runners and Photographers.

It was soon time to cover our school logos, take our positions and solve the mystery of the location of our Skypers.

Each Runner took messages from one of the Google Mappers to the ‘Inbox’ question basket so our Question Askers could ask the questions. Our Clue Keeper kept track of the answers where we could all see them and our Question Keepers recorded the questions so we didn’t ask the same ones twice. Meanwhile, the Google Mappers kept narrowing down the area according to the answers from the Mystery Skypers. If we asked questions with a ‘Yes’ answer we got to ask another one. When we got one wrong it was the other school’s turn to ask us a question about our location.

The breakthrough came when Aidan gave a runner the question “Are you in Sunbury?” The answer was ‘Yes’ and we knew we were closing in on our Mystery Skypers.  A quick thinking Ethan Googled ‘Schools in Sunbury’ and we worked our way down the list until we came to Killara Primary School.   We were talking with Miss Fraser, Caroline and the 5/6s of Frole Island.

Thanks to our photographers, Laikyn and Matthew, all the action was captured for you to see in the PhotoPeach below.

After each class had solved the mystery there was time for a chat.  We learned that we have some things in common; they are learning about Asia and we are learning about China.  We also found out some differences, including they have six Grade 5/6 classes and two class pets.

Thanks Frole Island for a wonderful Mystery Skype!


Have you used Google Maps before?  Why?

What mysteries have you solved?


Cyber Detectives


Last week, together with 3V and 4/5P, we became Cyber Detectives. Cyber Detectives is a program run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as part of their Cybersmart Programs. Last term an ACMA expert, Lesley, visited and spoke about all the different things we need to do to stay safe online and to be Cybersmart. Becoming Cyber Detectives helped us to practise what we have learned.

We worked in small groups to solve 15 clues. The clues were sent to us in emails. Below is the first clue we received:



Our teachers, people from ACMA and possibly even police officers were our online guides. After we received each clue we emailed our answer or any questions to one of the online guide. The guides kept us on track and helped us work out the mystery.

There were also 15 polls to vote in. The first one is below:



After reading all the clues it turns out that the phone belonged to ‘rolergirl13’ whose real name was Sarah. She had met someone online and agreed to meet them in real life. BUT, the person she was meeting wasn’t who they said they were. Luckily, the children who found the phone did all the right things and a teacher made sure that Sarah stayed safe. Sarah’s parents didn’t know that Sarah had been talking to a stranger online and posting personal information.

Check out the photos, taken by Miss Wills during the session, in the slideshow below. Thanks to Miss Varker and 3V for sharing!



We enjoyed being Cyber Detectives and think that it is a great activity for all upper primary and early secondary students to do. It really makes you think about what you should and should not do online.  Ask your teacher to visit the Cybersmart website and sign up now.  It’s free!  🙂

We would like to thank Mrs Placek for signing us up, our online guides and ‘roving’ helpers.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

What do you do to stay safe online?

What information should never be posted online? 

(Don’t write it, just tell us the type.  For example, surname, phone number etc)

iPads at Upper Plenty

Upper Plenty P.S now has ten iPads!! We are beyond excited and looking forward to using them in many different ways. The first app we used was Puppet Pals. Puppet Pals is a story telling app for iPhones, iPods and iPads.



We like using Puppet Pals because it is:

  • Super easy to use
  • Perfect for all year levels
  • Used collaboratively or individually
  • Links to AUSVELS across curriculum areas
  • It’s FUN!

You can create a story with puppet characters or your own photos.  Choose from the backgrounds provided or use your own.



You get to move the characters around, change their size,  change your backgrounds and narrate the show.





Hopefully, we will be able to put some of our Puppet Pals creations on our blog soon!


Why do you like learning with technology?

What are some of your favourite apps? 



This afternoon we logged on to a safe social network called Skooville.  Skooville is the new SuperClubs PLUS.  It’s had a bit of a make over and ‘grown up’ since we last visited. 

Skooville is one tool we will be using to make sure that we learn how to be safe and responsible online.  It is also a site that will help us to develop our digital literacy skills.  We will be doing both of these important things and having lots of fun along the way.  We can’t wait!

This afternoon we created an avatar to represent us online.  It tells people a bit about us but doesn’t give away too much – like a photo would.  Our avatars appear on our own individual pages, along with lots of cool other stuff. 

Skooville is a big place and we will be exploring it over the coming weeks and months.  Stay tuned!

What do you like about Skooville?

How do you stay safe online?

Do you use another website to help you learn about being smart online?


“Tag what?” you say.  Tagxedo (pronounced tag – SEE – doh) is a website that turns a list of ordinary words into a shape cloud.  Once you load your words you can choose the shape, colour and theme that suits the topic best. 


Click on the bottom right hand corner to view our Tagxedo creations full screen.



What cloud shape best represents your personality?

What ten words would you use to describe yourself?



Five Star Everything!

As part of our T.E.A.M (Together Everyone Achieves More) Program we have been busy making decisions about how we will learn, the type of work we will aim to produce and how we will behave during the year. To help make it very clear for everyone (students, teachers and parents) we are using a Five Star rating system.  One Star  is pretty poor.  Three Star is the minimum expectation and Five Star is the BEST.  Today, we discussed Blogging and how we can be Five Star Bloggers. 

We believe, Five Star Blogging is:

* Posting interesting posts with photos and/or video on our Class Blog twice a week. 

* Publishing a Class Blog with ‘extras’ such as a Voki, Blog Pet, Joke widget, Camp countdown.

* Checking that the links to blogs (from our Class Blog) are to blogs that are updated frequently.

* Posting multiple replies (from different people) to every comment we receive.

* Writing comments that have a beginning, middle and end

* Use correct spelling and punctuation in our posts and comments.

* Participate in Local and Global Projects with other schools and blogs.

* Reading and Commenting on our Blog Buddy’s Blogs.

What do you think is Five Star Blogging?

Have we forgotten anything?