The March 2012 edition of the INTO magazine “InTouch” carries an article entitled “Schools That Blog – What’s the Attraction?” In the article, the Ransboro NS website is mentioned as one of the schools “which are wonderful examples of blogging and ICT integration”. At the same time Scoilnet, the portal site for all things educational in Ireland, is featuring art work completed by pupils in our school on the theme of the artist Jackson Pollock using an app on the iPod Touches under its “Schools Showcase” section on its homepage. These are both really nice mentions for the school.

Today we made a podcast about people’s favourite food. We had to speak into a microphone in Gaeilge. Teacher gave us a tap on the shoulder to start. It was written in our Gaeilge copy. The name of the programme we used to record the podcast was Audacity. We listened to the podcast again to make sure it was right. It was great fun.

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QR Codes 01

Today we did our Friday Maths using QR Codes and our iPods. We went to the hall after first break to do the treasure hunt. We first had to find the hidden QR Codes, then we used the i-nigma app on the iPod to read the code. In the codes were maths questions and question numbers. We had a sheet to fill in the answers. It was fun.

QR Codes 02

By Calvin and Ryan (Rang I)

Pop Art

In June we did some work in the Visual Arts curriculum about Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement in the 1960′s. We used Google Images to look at and respond to some images from this period in art history. We paid particular attention to the structure of pieces of art created during this period and especially how common, everyday objects were used to create pieces of art. We also looked at how portraits got the Pop Art treatment – who can forget the iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol?

We decided to integrate technology into our Visual Arts work to create our own pieces of Pop Art. The pupils were asked to move around the classroom and, using the still camera on the iPod Touch, to take a photograph of any object in the classroom. They took photos of objects such as a chair, a drink bottle, a pencil case, a highlighter marker and even a piece of bread from someone’s lunch box. After saving the image to the camera roll, they then imported the image into the Photoshop Express app on the iPod. They firstly had to crop the image getting rid of any surplus space around the main image. Then they used the effects menu to create a Pop Art image, multiplying the image by four. Some did this twice creating a picture with the original image repeated sixteen times. The pupils also experimented with different colours and borders. They then saved the image and transferred the image to the teacher’s iPod using the Bump app. These were then transferred top the class PC and printed out. They looked great on the classroom wall. The pupils repeated the same procedure to take a photograph of themselves and turning it into another piece of Pop Art. This was a really enjoyable Visual Arts lesson. I’ve only now gotten around to putting the images together into a short movie created using Animoto, which creates video slideshows using any of your images. I hope you enjoy it.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/y0FXkxw_xbE

Pop Art

We created Pop Art on the iPod Touches. Pop Art is where you take a picture and paint it three more times. It came in the 1950’s and was very popular. One of the most popular Pop Art artists was Andy Warhol. He liked to paint tins of Campbells Soup. We looked at some of his paintings on the internet. He even did a picture of Michael Jackson.

For art last week, we had to draw a pop art picture of something from our house. In school we created two Pop Art pictures, one of ourselves and one of an object. We used the camera on the iPod to take a photo of ourselves and an object in the classroom. We imported the picture into Photo Shop Express on the iPod and used the effects to turn them into Pop Art. Here are the pictures of the object Pop Art we created. We hope you like them.

2nd and 3rd class made a podcast about World War 2. Some people were recorded in the podcast. We had to be really quiet while people were recording. It was hard to stay quiet for so long. We used some sound effects that we found on the internet. We talked about the food that was rationed, children being evacuated and the bombings in Dublin and Belfast. We had a lot of fun making it. We hope you enjoy it.

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Spring Lunes 01

On Tuesday a few weeks ago we made Flickr Lunes on our iPods. There were seven Spring animals that we had to choose from. Mr. Quinn numvered them and gave each of us a number. The animals were piglets, chicks, goslings, lambs, calves, cygnets and foals. A Flickr Lune is a three line poem. The firts line has three words, the sencond line has five words and the third line has three words. We really enjoyed doing this.

By Caoimhe B and Lola.

Spring Lunes 02

Trans-Atlantic Sweet Postage

We are sending a box of sweets over to Indiana USA. We are sending them to @superkiddos who are a school we know on Twitter. We decided to swap sweets with them. We are sending them some of the sweets that they don’t have and we do have. They are sending us sweets that we can’t get in Ireland. Before we sent the sweets over, we discussed with Ms. Rolf what to send over and what not to send over. We asked Ms. Rolf for help because she was born in Texas USA. We used Twitter to ask @superkiddos to ask them what we have and what they don’t.

In the box that we are sending we put in some Cadbury sweets because they don’t have them, Taytos, Chickatees, Chipsticks, Hoola Hoops, Onion Rings, Snakes and Shamrocks, Emerald sweets and lots of others. We are looking forward to seeing what sweets they send us over and we are looking forward to tasting them.

By Aidan and Eimear (Rang II)

Mr. Quinn’s class regularly use Twitter in the classroom to let people know what we are doing in class and to find out information. Up to this we have been using the standard Twitter profile picture which is a purple egg! So we decided to make our own Twitter profile picture. We had a competition in the class to design a new profile picture for our Twitter page ( @mrquinnsclass) We spent a long time trying to make a short list of best designs. After a lot of discussion and choosing, we have selected what we agreed were the best six pictures.

The class have voted for their favourite picture. They did this without knowing who designed each of the pictures. These votes are now sealed in an envelope. These are the six final pictures chosen.

Profile Picture A

 Profile Picture A

 Profile Picture B

 Profile Picture B

Profile Picture C

Profile Picture C

 Profile Picture D

 Profile Picture D

 Profile Picture E

 Profile Picture E

Profile Picture F

 Profile Picture F

Bia

A couple of weeks ago we went on our iPods and did some mins maps on Simple Mind Xpress. We did it on food. It was hard because sometimes it would change the Irish word into an English word. Our heading was “Bia”. We typed in the food that we liked and that we didn’t like. Some of the phrases we used were “Is fuath liom”, “Ní maith liom”, “Is breá liom”, “Is maith liom” and “Is aoibheann liom”. We used our Irish book for the spellings. We saved the mind maps and used the Bump app to get the pictures onto our teachers iPod and he printed them out. We had fun making them.

By Jack and Jim (Rang III)

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