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Showing posts from December, 2010

Time to say Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Our last day of this round of Holiday Progrmme at Yikes some of the boys finished Part 2 of their movie. Last hols they completed Part 1. Both videos will be posted on Youtube by end of January.

Everyone got picked up early today and headed off to our different Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas everyone.

We'll leave you with our Computer Tips and Shortcuts from some of the crew at Yikes:

Ctrl + Alt + Del gets you out of a screen freeze everytime.
F5 will refresh your page, this is really helpful if your page is loading slowly.
You can use your arrow keys and Enter to scroll and select
When selecting files you click on the first file then hold SHIFT and click on last file and it will select the group of files needed.
You can select all your icons on your desktop by dragging across the page and then click on one to move them all.
Instead of typing in a whole address in the address bar, just google main wording of website you want and click to get on site from there.
Just type yt in g…

A Powercut Greeted Us Today!!!!

How did these IT savvy kids cope without power???
There were lots of moans and groans without internet access BUT we managed till 12 when power returned. The older kids wrote clues for the younger ones to do a treasure hunt, some boys did the camera work for their movie, others started taking photos for their youtube "how to " videos and thankfully Deb came in early to do some art!

Siggi's Instructional Video on Youtube

Photography, Art & Finishing Projects


These stunning images were done in macro mode by our 5-9year olds (Holly took the bee and flower ones).

Tara's done it again - shown us a whole new level of art/craft out of old wrapping paper! We made our own gift bags.

Singing in the Rain.......not quite, but I couldn't resist......

Rain, singing, snowglobes, pop-up books kept our attention today at YikesNelson Holidays.

There's nothing like the beautiful harmonies of children to melt the heart and lift the spirits, a much needed antedote to the intensity of the morning rain which meant everyone had been indoors for hours. Not only that all morning we had been very focused on our creative juices flowing, so by afternoon everyone felt a bit stir crazy.
Wonderful Brenda came and gave us a great outlet for our energy.
Brenda took the whole group in a singing session, she gave a list of christmas songs and so the children got to choose. After about half n hour she took a smaller group who were interested in more input and finally she spent time one on one with any interested children.
Have a listen:

All morning we focused on online pop up books and snowglobes. A very delightful online tool. The globes are a great christmas greeting to send to friends and relatives.
Check out this boy's, he wanted to be in the …

E-Cards Videoing Cartoons

We created cartoons to go on our e-cards & finished off our video greetings.


She tutored us in making quite ritzy decorations using paper. I love her clever creativeness.

Our computer tip for the day was in Word. Very handy tips.
To select all the text you can just press CTRL + A
To copy just press CTRL + C
To paste just press CTRL + V
And if you need to find a word that is similar to the one in your text but you want one that's more descriptive you can just press SHIFT + F7 and Word will open up a Thesaurus for you. Pretty clever aye. The older kids were the ones who gave these tips a go and voted on it.
Polls on right.

Portable North Pole & Personalised E-Cards

Personalising christmas greetings was our focus today.

We chose the option of sending a message from Santa at Portable North Pole (Click on Image to see an example message to you)

Or the other option was designing our own webpage as an e-card to be
sent to family and friends. Instead of filling out an e-card online we decorated the pages ourselves and are beginning to video our personalised greeting.
Personalised greetings are so much nicer to receive

Every day at Yikes we'll be sharing a computer tip and voting on it.
Today's tip was a Youtube tip:
You can use the number keys on your computer (the ones at the top not on the side) to go along a youtube video in increments eg: if you press 1 it will forward 10% into video if you press 5 it will forward 50% of video. Check out the poll on the sidebar to see what everyone thought.

WELCOME back to Holly. Holly is studying at Otago University. She's going to bring some of her skills to us next week in her field of expertise, b…