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“Get Those Thinking Caps On” 5

May 28, 2010

I have left the toughest challenge for the week until the end – enjoy.

If we count by 3s starting with 1, the following sequence is obtained: 1, 4, 7, 10, …

What is the 100th number in the sequence?


“Get Those Thinking Caps On” 4

May 27, 2010

I hope those brains aren’t overworked because I have another challenge for you:

A book has 500 pages, numbered 1, 2, 3 and so on.

How many times does the digit 1 appear in the page number?

“Get Those Thinking Caps On” 3

May 26, 2010

Here is the latest question to make you think:

In three bowling games, Alice scores 139, 143, and 144.

What score will Alice need in a fourth game in order to have an average score of 145 for all four games?

“Get Those Thinking Caps On” 2

May 25, 2010

So I hope you are ready for another challenge:

Rectangular cards, 2 centimetres by 3 centimetres, are cut from a rectangular sheet 2 metres by 2 metres.

What is the greatest number of cards that can be cut from the sheet?

“Get Those Thinking Caps On” 1

May 24, 2010

I am interested to see how is thinking out there. See if you can answer this question:

Suppose today is Tuesday, what day of the week will it be in 100 days from now?

Leave your answer as a comment

Online Guidelines – In Plain English?

May 17, 2010

Well I have an idea for you – I have been wanting to make the NIST Online Guidelines easier for people to understand.

With there being no school this week I thought some of you might be up for a fun challenge.

The challenge would be to make the Online Guidelines (click on the link below) into an “In Plain English” video.

If you take up the challenge and you finish the task then just upload it to youtube and send it in.

Good Luck

NIST Online Guidelines

Creative Commons Videos

March 24, 2010

I came across this blog post this morning – it is about how students at another school are also creating videos in the “In Plain English” style. I thought you might be interested to read about their experience and see an example of their work.

Thinking Big – Digital Citizenship

March 17, 2010

This morning an interesting thought came to me – it was one of those things that once it was in my head I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it earlier.

For the PYP exhibition you will be looking at the Big Picture. I am guessing many of you already have or are already thinking about an idea of an issue/topic that you might want to focus on – that is great. I too was actually thinking about issues/topics that could work and I thought about “Digital Citizenship“.

You might think – What does Digital Citizenship have to do with the Big Picture and the Compass? – but take a moment and think about it.

Just look at the Organising Theme of the unit – Sharing the Planet. Two of the main points raised in this theme are

  • communities and their relationships between them
  • peace and conflict

Thinking about these I can see the connection to Digital Citizenship straight away. You all have your own online community (Facebook, MSN, email, etc) and I know many of you have already to come to realise that there is a need to focus on “peace and conflict” in your online communities.

I thought that I would share this idea/connection with you. I know that before this morning I had not made the connection between being safe/responsible online and the PYP exhibition and I thought you might be in the same position that I was.

Just some food for thought – Mr Will

Prezi Competition

March 8, 2010

Ok the judges have finally brought back the names of the 5 winners of the “Prezi” competition.

I received a huge number of entries for this competition and was impressed with the creativity that people showed in their design.

The 5 winners will need to come down to see me to claim their prize – it is a secret.

Click on the links to see the presentations and find out if you were a winner (they are in no particular order)

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

Presentation 3

Presentation 4

Presentation 5

Prezi Style – due soon

February 16, 2010

So you all know by now we are looking for the best Prezi out there. It is due this Friday. I have already seen some great submissions so keep them coming.
The Competition

  • Design a presentation using
  • It can be on any topic
  • Can be any length
  • Obviously needs to be appropriate for a school audience
  • Due: Friday February 19th (latest at 2.30)
  • Submit via email to
  • You could use these ideas as inspiration

Good luck and remember to keep it simple, clear and to the point.