Australian History Project (gr 5/6)


The Grade 5/6’s have jumped straight into an integrated project about Australia.  The aim of this project is to collectively make an interactive timeline that we can share with our grade, the school, and the readers of our blog.

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As we step back in time and find out what Australia was like in the past, our research task has two components. The first is to create two slides to go on to our interactive timeline that we are going to create using a website called: Whenintime

We are going to create an image using either the computer or drawing to represent your event, as well as a slide as the visual slide that we will see on the timeline.  This slide will then have a drop down box which is where our research about our event/person will be collated .  We will also make a short 1 minute presentation that will accompany our slide on the timeline. This presentation may take any form, interview, radio broadcast, dramatization, role playing the person, a song, poem, Claymation, or Kahootz.

Please visit the Sites For Learning  tab at the top to access all the research sites we will use.

What would you like to find out about Australia? Where would you go to find that information?

WELCOME TO 2013 - Glitter Graphics

We would like to welcome the Grade 3’s to our class blog and the world of blogging.  We would also like to welcome back the return of our Grade 4 legends. We have lots of fun planned for this year and look forward to the adventures and online adventures we will have this year.


What was the highlight of 2012 for you? What do you think will be the highlight of 2013?

Aghanistan Skate School

I thought this video brought together all the interests of the Grade 3/4s this year.  After our great work on our Afghanistan Project and the huge interest in skateboarding in our grade as well, this brings together a lot!  It might be something we look into getting involved in for next year.  This is a very inspirational video about an amazing school and amazingly talented young girls who are being educated and learning to skate at the same time, I would LOVE that too! Wouldn’t you?

Afghanistan’s Girl Skaters – Kabul 2012 from Skateistan on Vimeo.

How do you think we could help out next year?

What was similar or different about your school day?

An Author finds a reader!

Best Selling Author of Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series… JACQUELINE HARVEY… takes time out of her busy writing schedule to write a comment on one of her biggest fans blogs.  Josie woke up to a great surprise to see a comment on Thursday morning!

These are the times where my enthusiasm for blogging is confirmed!  How amazing that the internet can connect authors with their readers in this way.  We look forward to hearing back from Jacqueline as Josie has asked her some great questions on her blog. We also look forward to reading more of her books as she tells us she is writing some new ones.  Check out her website and blog here.

What would you ask your favourite author?

What author would you like to hear from?

Best thing about Grade 3/4 2012

TODAY IS OUR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!  We are all very excited about the last day of term, but also excited about all the fantastic learning and amazing experiences we have had this year. Here is what we have to say…

Thank you to all our blogging friends we have made around the world and we can’t wait to catch up with you when we return to school at the end of January.  Have a Happy Christmas and brilliant New Year!

What has been the highlight of your year?

What has been the highlight of your blogging year?

Josie Shines in Edublog Awards

Our first year of blogging in Grade 3/4 at Point Lonsdale Primary School has been very exciting!  But, today might be one of our most exciting events, the worldwide Edublog Awards were announced today! The top five in each category were recognised. Although, we didn’t get to watch the live ceremony, we did find out the results and were thrilled to see so many of our blogging friends being recognised.

As a class, we were honoured to be shortlisted out of the many nominations in the best class blog different categories.  We were also very excited to see our classmate, Josie from Meaow @ Josie’s Blog nominated for the Best Student Blog.

Best Student Blog

Out of an amazingly competitive shortlisted 55 blogs… JOSIE CAME RUNNER UP, in second place!!!!!!!!!!  Only been blogging for a few months, but it is wonderful to see her blogging talent and enthusiasm recognised on a worldwide platform.  What an achievement for this young blogger- very well deserved!

Best Class Blog

While we didn’t make the top five, we were extremely honoured to even be nominated and on a list with some of the most amazingly inspiring class blogs.  We were also delighted to see our blogging friends at 4KM and 4KJ come THIRD and Mrs Yollis’ class got FIRST place. Congrats to them!!!

Other Results from our blogging friends:

Mrs Morris from 4KM and 4KJ’s teacher blog came in 4th place Integrating Technology.

Mrs Yollis and her class came SECOND the Most Influential Blog Post category.

Ross Mannell, one of our favourite commenters, came THIRD in the Best Individual Tweeter category.


Thank you to Edublogs and all that nominated and voted for us.  We were all so honoured to be a part of the Edublog Awards this year and to help promote Educational Blogging.  It is also amazing to see all the enthusiasm for blogging from young and old and this Award ceremony has really brought that home! We look forward to another fun year of blogging ahead of us!


Congrats to all that were nominated and to all that continue to blog with or without nominations…. Keep Blogging!

To view all the results, visit here….






Edublogs Shortlist

VOTING has opened for the EDUBLOG awards.

Edublog Awards celebrate the educational values of all the online learning that is possible through social media such as blogging. We are very excited to get news that two Point Lonsdale Blogs have made it through to the shortlist for the Edublog Awards!

For our school to be successful everyone has an opportunity to vote!

* You may vote once per day

* You may vote from every device you have available (iPhone, Android, Tablet, iPad)

* Voting is open up until the 9th of December!

* You may vote for yourself/class

Please support Pt Lonsdale Blogs and vote for:

BEST CLASS BLOG: THE 3/4 Learning Legends @ Lonnie 



Please take your time to explore the very worthy and exciting blogs that have been nominated in all categories.  While you are there you can cast votes for many other categories!

We were so pleased to see Mrs Morris from 4KM and 4KJ Blog have her Integrating Technology Teaching blog make it through.  Please cast your vote for her under…. BEST ED TECH BLOG

WhatEdSaid also made it through… BEST TEACHER BLOG

Room with a View also made it through for BEST USE OF VIDEO/AUDIO.

Mrs Yollis’ post on Mystery Skype has also made it through for MOST INFLUENTIAL POST.

We wish EVERYONE the best of luck!



Parcels nearly ready for Afghanistan!

We have been gobsmacked by the amount of gifts we received for our BIG act of Kindness.

First of all there are lots of BIG hearts at Point Lonsdale Primary School.  People came with small parcels full of BIG surprises and BIG parcels full of small treats.  We have received everything from brand new puzzles to clothes for the children, to Vegemite and Milo for the soldiers, to colours and alphabet posters for the children.  We have BIG jumpers to keep them warm and things that will bring them BIG fun to make them smile.

We had a BIG job to seperate all the goods into piles for the Soldiers and those for the Children.  Here is a VERY small sampling of things that were donated…



Four Lucky students had a BIG job… they headed off to the IGA with Mrs A and bought some extra goods of non-perishable foods for the soldiers.  They enjoyed buying Noodles, Tim Tams, Lollies, Chewing Gum, but mostly they enjoyed spending money on such a great cause.  Their purchases will be added to the mix soon!

Here is also the letter that our students have drafted to send to the soldiers. (Thank you Geordie and Harriet for your fantastic writing!)

What do you think the children will like most?

Which food item do you think will make the soldiers happy?

Edublog Award Nominations

It is time for the Edublog Awards!

The 3/4 Learning Legends are new to the world of Educational blogging, but educational blogging is by no means new! The Edublog Awards have been running since 2004 and highlight some of the most amazing blogs in education.  The purpose of the Edublog Awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of blogging.

We have been so inspired by many of the blogs that we chose to nominate and many more out there, which made our nominations a very hard decision!

Here are our nominations:

Best Class Blog

4KM and 4KJ Blog

We have looked to 2KM and 2KJ Blog and now 4KM and 4KJ Blog as inspiration from day one for our blogging. They use a great variety of web tools and Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are always so helpful when we ask for advice or help and their posts and ideas are always fantastic! They are from our area as well and We have developed a very strong friendship and Mrs Yollis’ class are always teaching us something new. Mrs Morris even had the chance to visit Mrs Yollis and some of her students and parents earlier this year. 

Most Influential Blog Post

Mystery Skype by Mrs Yollis’ Class

Mrs Yollis and Mrs Tolisano from Lanqwitches blog had the first Mystery Skype and now hundreds of classes around the world are participating.  We participated in 2 this year and they were by far some of the most engaging and enriching learning experiences we have had. Her post is fantastic because it goes into details of different groups students can form to get all students involved in the Skype.  This makes the experience a team effort and makes for a very active learning experience for all.  Thank you both for your inspiration and especially Mrs Yollis for giving us such a great format to follow.

Best Student Blog

MEAOW @ Josie’s Blog

9 year old Josie, has been only blogging for two months, but she is one of the most talented young bloggers I have seen.  She always has interesting post topics such as: Book reviews, Inventions, Her Dream House.  She also connects her learning to her blog by posting about all the events at school that are interesting to her.  Her posts are always structured very clearly and are very easy reading. She has developed her own style of blogging that is truly a unique online voice.  With a tagline like, “Comment in, Comment out, You will Love it without a doubt!” what is there NOT to love about this blog.

Best Teacher Blog

What Ed Said

On Edna’s blog, she states “I’m Edna Sackson. I’m a teacher, a learner, an inquirer… ” I would add inspirer to that list as well.  Her blog posts always make me think in different ways and inspire me to look at things from a new perspective.  Her posts always seem to strike a chord with me, whether they are about thinking strategies, creativity, or the use of technology in the classroom.

Best Ed Tech/Resource Blog

Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom

This blog is written by Kathleen Morris from 4KM and 4KJ, who won Victorian Teacher of the Year this year.  Her award is well deserved for many reasons, as she is an amazingly inspiring teacher.  Not only is she inspiring, but she generously shares all her ideas and time to promote the use of technology in the classroom.  Her passion is evident from her blog which is full of educational resources, advice and ideas.  Thank you for all your support through the years!

Best Individual Tweeter

Ross Mannell

Mr Mannell comments on many of our posts and student blogs. He asks great questions to make us think. Mr Mannell is also great at linking up different classrooms around the world and suggested many blogging friends to us at the start of our blogging journey. He is a retired primary school teacher who uses Twitter to find and support students and classes around the world.

Best Use of Audio/Video/Visual/Podcast

Room with a View

Our blogging friend Mrs Monaghan and her Room with a View students are amazing at tracking their learning through videos, animotos and interesting web 2.0 tools. Their blog is always very visual with engaging things to read, listen to and look at each time we visit.  We especially love checking in on all the different projects they are up to and their visuals make us feel as if we are there in the classroom with them. What an fantastic way to share your learning Room with a View!

Lifetime Achievement

Sue Waters

When I read the nomination on 4KM and 4KJ, Mrs Murphy was shocked that Sue Waters had not yet been acknowledged in this category. Sue works for Edublogs (which is the blogging platform we use). She is a real blogging enthusiast, going beyond her job description by helping people with blogging at all hours of the day and night. Whenever Mrs Murphy has had a question, she has been there to answer and within record time. Her how-to-guides are full of all sorts of information that are so helpful.  As Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan said, “She is a real blogging guru who has a passion for helping others.”

These are our nominations and as I said they were very hard choices!

Who would you nominate?

Why would they get your vote?

Look who has been talking about our Skype?

Skype themselves contacted Mrs Murphy this week to tell us just how amazing they thought our Skype was!  We are all very happy to think that our Skype call and our Random Acts of Kindness Project is now reaching out past our school walls, into the community and further afield. Thanks again to Peter and all that made our Skype possible!

How many other people do you think were touched or inspired by our Skype call?

What else can we share about our project to inspire more people?