SMART MEDIA – Fake Photos

Do you ever wish that you could be in some far away place, or visiting your favourite planet – or be in your favourite movie?

Well today in our Cybersmart Lesson, we were able to do just that by using!

First, Whaea Stacey showed us some pictures and we discussed why they were altered (changed) and how that happened.

We then got to create our own fake pictures. We found a picture we liked and added that onto our slide on our ipad, and then took a picture of ourselves using and put our picture on top! It was so much fun!

Lila petting a snake

Bailey ends up in Minecraft

Evie in a field of flowers

Luna at Disneyland

Lexus at the Foxton Water Tower, when it’s lit up!

  Winter playing Super Mario Bro’s

Zach is sightseeing in London


For the past 2 weeks during our cybersmart lessons, we have been learning about Fake News and Pictures and how to spot if things are fake. If things look too good to be true – then they probably are!

We got a change at using Craiyon – a cool AI site that allows you to put in words to create a fake image. We used this to help us come up with a crazy picture and then use that for a fake news article.

Here is some of our work:


We had so much f

SMART MEDIA: Creating Media

This week saw us starting our smart media topic. We learnt about different sites like Chrome Music Lab and Scribble Diffusion to help us create some media.

Here are some of our classes songs:

And here are some of our Scribble Diffusion creations. We really liked this site because it didn’t matter if you weren’t the best drawer, you still got a really cool picture!

Have you tried either of these websites before?

Explain Everything

We have been learning how to use Explain Everything. We haven’t long had this app on our iPad’s so we were excited to find out about it.

Last week, we learnt to take photos and how we can edit them. We also learnt how to add text. This week, we learnt about changing backgrounds and adding recording as well as adding audio.

Here are some of our finished projects.


Have you used Explain Everything before?

Google Animations

We have been learning to use Google Slides to make animations.

First, we had to come up with a background, that wouldn’t be changing. Then, we added in some pictures and slowly made them move by duplicating the slide and moving one part of the picture.

Here are some of our slides. We hope you enjoy them.

Have you used Google Slides to make animations before?

Scratch Part 2

We got to finish our scratch projects today! We had so much fun creating the projects. When we had finished making our names, we were able to create anything we wanted.

Whaea Stacey then showed everyone how to take a screen recording on our iPads. We did this so that we could send our videos home through seesaw to our parents.

Here are some of our creations. We hope you like them!



Today, we got to learn about a coding app called Scratch Jr.

Whaea Stacey showed us how to create a new character and how to add a background. She then showed us the different actions you can do to move the characters.

Our characters had to be our names, and we could move them any way we wanted. Scratch was new for lots of us, but it was so much fun!

Have you used scratch before?


Interland Learning

Today, Whaea Stacey introduced us to an awesome new game which helps us with our cybersmart learning called Interland!

In Interland you can play 4 different levels: Kindness Kingdom, Tower of Treasures, Reality River and Mindful Mountain. All of these levels teach us different ways to be safe online!

Tere and Tanner even finished a level for certificates!

Throughout the game, we got given little messages that helped us be cybersmart!

Have you played interland to help with being cybersmart?


Yesterday, Mrs McDonald asked us all to bring in some vegetables because today we were going to be making some Matariki Soup!

Some of us had to peel some vegetables and Mrs McDonald cut our vegetables up to sizes that were easy to eat! We put the vegetables into 3 pots (2 were medium sized and one was HUUUUUUGGGGEEE!!)

It took about an hour and a half for the soup to cook.

While the soup was cooking, we set the tables up; we had to make sure everyone had a spoon (on the right hand side) and a bowl.

When we were eating, we also had some bread which could dip into our soup. It was so yummy that half of us (and room 7) had a second bowl! Mrs McDonald even took some over to our principal, Mrs Morresey, and she wanted to know the secret recipe!

We have also been making some trinket bowls using airdry clay. We shaped our dishes using a fork, paintbrush and toothbrush. We also painted them in a beautiful green, and used another paintbrush to draw thin black lines. When our leaf or fish hook has dried we will put some PVA glue on it to help seal it and make it shiny!

These are going to go into our art exhibition which we are holding at school on Matariki for everyone to come and see.

We also made Matariki stars; we had to research about each of the nine Matariki stars to colour in and decorate so we knew which star represents and what their names are!

What do you do to celebrate Matariki?