Friday, 27 June 2014

MinecraftEdu Project

We've purchased a copy of the MinecraftEdu server software and 1 client, so we can test and see how practical this software could be in a classroom or as a club. 

MinecraftEdu - 
Minecraft - 

Youtube Videos on the use of MinecraftEdu

New Zealand VLN Discussions 

Do you use MinecraftEDU with your students? - 

Minecraft Edu costs -

Minecraftedu v Regular Account - 

VLN Group - Minecraft Teachers -

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New TST started for 2014

We're looking at starting the Tech Support Team again for this year 2014.

This year students selected will be supporting teachers in classrooms with:

  1. Syndicate iPad setup and support - 
    1. keeping ipads charged and delivering the cases of iPad to classrooms, if needed.
    2. If a teacher needs help with setup or apps that may not be working, they will troubleshoot the problem. 
    3. If it turns out to be more serious, they will report to the TS Team for help or to Mat.
  2. Computer/Laptop support -
    1. help with connection problems or power issues.
    2. If it turns out to be more serious, they will report to the TS Team for help or to Mat.
  3. Projects for the school
    1. At some point we will work on projects for the school. Expanding on 360 images around the school, website ideas, school video on youtube.
plus other tech projects and events....

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Examples of Project 360

Click to view interactively:
Captured with 360 Panorama

An example of the 360 Panorama testing by the team from Room 22
Sent from my iPod

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

TST Meeting - 20 August 2012

Last week I asked the members of our Technical Support Team to work on projects assigned to them.

Project "Website" - All Members

Last week I asked our team to work on designs and ideas for our main school website. Taking into account relevance of topics and simplicity of design.

I was impressed with some of the work supplied, and after yesterdays brainstorming we produced a few pages of ideas. This will encourage other members of the team to think more creatively.

Website Ideas - Doc 1
Website Ideas - Doc 2

From this discussion the following ideas were suggested:

  • Design -The gateway on bank street - pedestrian entrance as a theme for the website.
  • Structure - Group photos of each syndicate
  • Project - Virtual tour photos of the school - panoramic
  • Design - spiral animation for each loading page
  • Structure - Separate design page
  • Structure - Kids Activities Site
  • Structure - Writing corner / kids work page
  • Gallery - Playground photo - with inserted kids work
  • Stucture - School Rules
  • Gallery - WPS word collage photo page
  • Structure - Syndicate Pages
  • Design - Teachers info linked to staff photo.
Next Meeting:
Each member of the group will bring a laptop to the next meeting, for training in Photo Editing using the free to use photo edition software:

Project "360°" - R22 Team

This project is the creation of a virtual tour of Whangarei Primary, to be created using an app for the Ipod Touch. This task would involve members of the TST taking 360 degree photos of the school at various locations, allowing potential parents and students a virtual tour of WPS.

R22 Team were given the task to:

  1. Investigate Each of the photo apps available on itunes. Finding which one would be best  for our project.
  2. LearnAbout the app and find out how best to use it. Pros/Cons
  3. DemonstrateBring an Ipod Touch to the next TST meeting and show all the members how to use the App they had chosen.

A report and demonstration was given of the application chosen. Some glitches were described and we had a discussion about personal and property privacy, in relation to publicly sharing photos taken for this project.

R22 Team have taken on the task of installing the application to the other Ipod Touchs when they are available.

Next Meeting:
Each team must use their teachers Ipod Touch to install and learn to use the Itunes App chosen:

360 Panorama
Official Website

Project "Lanyard" - R23 Team

This task was to create a new badge for members of the TST Team. The redesign would involve including all of the features of:

  1. WPS Logo
  2. TST Title
  3. Member Photo

Several designs were submitted to the group.

(Google doc of designs)

The Design 4 was chosen by all of the group.

R23 Team have been assigned the task of producing 10 to 20 different designs using different fonts and colours of Design 4 to bring to the next meeting.

Next Meeting:
R23 Team will bring the new designs and variations to our next meeting.

Reminder for next week:

To bring a Laptop and Ipod touch.

Monday, 18 June 2012

TST Application Assignment
TST Application Assignment 1

Your assignment will be to complete these tasks over the next 4 weeks.

Task 1
Ipod Touch / Camera Use
You will need to take the following photographs of these different categories of:

Photos of :

5 of People or Groups
5 of Nature or Landscapes
5 of Random things around the school.
Please remember that you will need to get permission to photograph people.

Task 2
Document Creation
You will need to create and complete 3 different types of documents. This can be created in google docs or on Microsoft Office.

1 Word Document
Create a document using the five photos of people or groups. Create a story from the photos taken.

1 Excel Sheet
Create a spreadsheet and any graph of the following figures.
3 Whero, 2 Kowhia, 5 Kakariki, 9 Kikorangi

1 Powerpoint or Publisher document
Create a powerpoint or poster about either of the 2 other categories of photos (nature or random) .

All of these tasks will need to be emailed with your name and room to the following email address:

Details of completed tasks by members will be displayed on this page.

You will need to attempt to complete all of these tasks, so we can get an accurate idea of your skill level.
Ideas for Projects

Some of the projects that we have in mind for the TST Students will be:

Promotional Video for WPS... EG.... (WBHS promotion Video) but suited to our school...

Website Graphical upgrade... content upgrade...

Logo and Motto Ideas....

Photo Training.... Once trained, they will be photographers for events at WPS. (Sports and House days, ArtoberFest... )

Video Camera Training.... Once trained, they will be a support team for video interviewing and recording events at WPS.

Monday, 12 March 2012


Welcome to the WPS ICT Blog...This will be the main site for any new ICT ideas and information we have or find.

More importantly, it will be our hosting webpage for our Technical Support Team

Technical Support Team (TST) 

TST is made up of students that will help in sorting out issues in classrooms. From computer problems with applications, internet to helping with other ICT equipment.

These student will be given training by our ICT advisor and our in-house technician on how to properly use and maintain ICT equipment and other materials.

They will also help with events during the school year when ICT equipment is need to be sourced, setup and/or used. e.g. Digital cameras, Ipods, video cameras, audio equipment, etc...

They will also be involved in future projects that we may undertake. e.g. Blogs, website design, podcasting, vodcasting, youtube production and publishing, etc...

If any students would like to apply for this team, they are to create a CV and a letter of interest to or to my office.