That’s All Folks!

Well, the learning journey for 2011 is now over. Hopefully everyone from 56C is excited about starting their new year in Grade 6 and Year 7.

With the year wrapped up, this blog will now be archived and closed to new posts. The work we did here will be archived at this location though as a record of our year.

In 2011, more than 7,000 people visited our blog, creating 282 posts and 557 comments. Not bad for a year’s work! We produced numerous videos, including 12 episodes of News from 56C, and had visitors from more than 100 countries (the top five being Australia, the US, UK, Ireland and Canada).

I am taking on a new role this year working with students and teachers from all across our school and helping them to become ‘digitally literate’, and understand how to use technology to help them with their learning. As I will be working with the whole school, I will be using a number of blogs this year. Many of the things you have used on our blog will now be located on these new blogs as we continue to develop the resources, including our Maths Units. If you have only just discovered our blog, make sure you visit the new blogs below as this is where we will be continuing to develop these resources.


All our maths resources, including our online maths units, will be located at MaX Maths. The blog URL is


Writing tasks and ideas will be worked on in the Writers’ Workshop. URL:

Digital Literacies

General technology tasks and resources will be on the Digital Literacies blog. URL:


I will update the URL for this soon, the site is yet to be created.


If you have any questions, I can continue to be contacted on my eduMail address:


All the best in 2012 and beyond!

Our Solar System: Papermation

In class this term we have been learning about Science. Everyone has come up with their own inquiry ‘why’ question to investigate. We have decided that the best way to explain what have learned would be to create a papermation video. You can see an example of a papermation here.

This is the first of our videos finished, created independently by Jessica and Bethany. They chose the question “Why is Venus hotter than Mercury?” Check out their fantastic explanation. Don’t forget to leave them some feedback about their efforts!

Edublog Awards 2011

This year 56C has been very lucky to be nominated for not just one, but two Edublog Awards. These awards feature blogs and online technologies from all around the world and showcase what is going on in different classrooms.

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The two nominations were for ‘Best Class Blog‘ and ‘Best audio/video podcast‘. What a great comment on the work we have been doing in the classroom, especially the podcast which is all the students work!

You can help us out now by voting for us to win in both of these categories. You can vote by visiting the Edublog Awards site and clicking on ‘vote here‘. There is only one vote allowed per day, but voting does not close until December 14 so you can vote every day until then! There is also only one vote per IP address (computer) per day. You may like to encourage friends and relatives to vote as well.

Thanks for your ongoing support!

Last homework for the year!

It has been a few weeks since we have had a new post on our blog. This doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work though! We have been using our blog to work on an individual learning program to do with fractions, decimals and percentages. It has been great to make choices about our own learning, work at our own pace and have lots of time to work one-on-one with the teacher!


Above is our last homework for the year. Most of the tasks are items that students have been doing anyways and will consolidate the learning we are doing in class. Remember to ask questions if you are unsure what to do. If you need an extra copy of the maths task you can download it here.