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Year 3 ICT


This week we began with an exercise designed to simulate the transfer of information across the internet!

We all pretended to be computers and using small ping and reply slips to show how a ping would work on a real computer we sent them all around the classroom remembering to put the name of the person we wanted to contact and our own name so they would know who to respond to.

We also made sure to make a small mark on the paper so we could count them up at the end to see how many computers it took to get to our destination.

These tools are available in the Network Utility app (

We used them to ping computers on our own network and then to ping google, after we used traceroute to see how many computers our messages went through to different computers all around the world!

We even used google maps and google earth to see some of the destinations we had been communicating with.


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We are currently learning about how the internet works and how computers communicate with each other.

IP addresses are essential for computers to communicate with each other and we investigated what these look like a how we can find them out using the ping command on both Mac OS and Windows.

The ping command is a very useful tool used by network administrators to test the reachability of hosts on a network.

On a Windows machine we need to access the command prompt, this can be found on windows 10 by pressing the windows key on the keyboard and typing “command” the pressing the enter key.

Once in command we can type “ping”, press the enter key and we should hopefully (if connected to the internet) start to get our results. You will notice only a certain number of requests are sent.

On mac we have to access a program called terminal, we can do this by opening finder and searching for “terminal” once we have it open we can type “ping” then the press the enter key to start getting some results. The difference between the ping command in terminal on a mac and in the command prompt on a windows machine is that the we need to tell the mac to stop pinging! This is achieved by pressing a combination of keys, these are the “ctrl” key and the letter “c” key. 


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Film Trailers!

Using the knowledge gained from previous weeks we had a look today at iMovie, we learned how to locate and open the app and navigate its menus to open up a template for a trailer!

We began by discussing the different types of devices that have wireless capabilities and with our talk partners we tried to see how many we could come up with.

We have learned a lot about filming including the different types of film shots and how to operate the ipad cameras. We have also looked at scripting and making storyboards in order to prepare properly before filming

Finally in the lesson we took to iMovie and had a play with the action trailer template!

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After we had outlined in our groups the ideas for our short films/reports we took to the playground to start filming!

Using our knowledge about camera angles and filming techniques we were able to get some great footage that we can edit in the future!

We have had reports of aliens using frost technology to send snow our way so wrap up warm :)

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Writing our script!

Every good report or film needs a good script, we wrote out the script including the types of angles we would use and got some great test footage.

The scripts and use of film language allows us to prepare and use the Ipads recording feature to bring some interesting and exciting ideas to life!

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Today we established what kinds of film shots we would be taking today from the hand outs and went over the rules for taking the ipads outside. 

We ventured out in our teams and tried to get as many of the camera shots we could so we would be ready to film next week! 

Everyone took some great footage and showed great memory skills when identifying the different camera shots and angles.



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We are Film makers!

We spent today learning about the various forms of camera shots that can be used when making a film.

We watched a short video describing the different types of shots film makers use.

Looking at this helpful guide can help remind us of the names we use for the different types of “camera shot”

We discussed the things we had seen in the video and explained between us why the certain camera shots might have the names they do. Then we started to think about what types of camera shots we might like to use in our short films.

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New Scratch!

Today we have looked at the new version of scratch online

We also discussed the differences between online and offline and how this may change what you can do on your computer, tablet or phone.

We also identified some different types of operating systems that are available such as Windows, MacOS and Android

We also learned that Scratch has an offline version that can be downloaded for Windows and MacOs so it can be used even when you are not online!