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General Discussion / How to make use of old mobile phone as good webcam
« Last post by Peter on April 06, 2020, 08:06:39 PM »
Most old mobile phones have better webcams than what you can buy as webcam! With the coronavirus lock down, webcams are very hard to find and they are expensive. A good one could cost $220 on Ebay and very slow to come. It's time to pull out the old mobile phone and put them to good use.

In this example I use an android phone. There are many apps for iPhone as well.

I download Droidcam to my old android Samsung phone. Then I download Droidcam for Windows and install it on my Windows 10. It's quite easy to configure the apps as most of the values are just default. I connect the phone to the computer using an USB cable. It's ok to connect via the wireless router too but connecting by a cable will also keep it charged at all time.

Then I made a frame to hold it. See the attached pictures. I use craft sticks (paddle pop) and a glue gun to join them. I also need a big rubber band and a heavy metal chop stick to provide the weight I need to balance the heavy weight of the mobile phone. Finally spray paint the frame with a paint can.

Then I try with ZOOM conference software. It works perfectly and it's free!

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General Discussion / 2019 selective test results
« Last post by Peter on August 12, 2019, 01:16:01 PM »
A very strong set of results but the English component was very hard as expect. The scores went down a lot when compared to 2018's results. All the first round offer entry scores for selective schools fall accordingly. However, they don't seem to fall much at top 7 selective schools due to so much competition (kids from baby boom years when the Howard government gave baby bonus).

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General Discussion / 2018 OC Results
« Last post by Peter on August 12, 2019, 01:15:19 PM »
A strong set of results for 2018 despite a very hard test with English scores falling very low as promised by the review of the OC/Selective program. A lot of parents in NW of Sydney are disappointed as the competition is too high and kids need over 240 to have a chance of placement.
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General Discussion / 2018 selective test results
« Last post by Peter on September 04, 2018, 02:03:12 AM »
A very strong set of results but the test was easy so the scores look like 5-10 points higher than those in 2017. All the first round offer entry scores for selective schools jumped higher between 5-10 points.
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General Discussion / 2017 OC Results
« Last post by Peter on September 04, 2018, 01:59:17 AM »
A strong set of results for 2017.
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General Discussion / Re: 2018 Scholarship List for Sydney
« Last post by Peter on March 07, 2017, 05:29:42 PM »
Hi Peter,

I am not sure how to start a new topic. By the way, is there the same website but aimed to Victoria SS?

Thanks,
Debra0427

Selective school prep is similar every where whether you are in any Australian state or even in the UK or US. In VIC they have 4 selective schools for year 9 to apply. So it's a bit later but the foundation will be the same. Kids should be strong since year 5-6 to have a chance. Also there are many schools running gifted classes internally and they also pick top students via a test or other kinds of assessment. You also have private schools offering scholarships and these tests are run by Australia-wide assessment agencies. They are pretty much the same across Australia. NSW is the biggest place in Australia when it comes to Selective schools and scholarship tests. So preparing for NSW level of competition can never go wrong any where else.

Some parents from other states have found their ways to my website. So I start to have users from other states. Apart from NSW which is my base, WA is another state where I get some people interested but I cannot see why this does not work for all Australian states. ACER (based in Melbourne) has contracts to run most of these tests across Australia.



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General Discussion / Re: 2018 Scholarship List for Sydney
« Last post by debra0427 on March 07, 2017, 01:27:24 PM »
Hi Peter,

I am not sure how to start a new topic. By the way, is there the same website but aimed to Victoria SS?

Thanks,
Debra0427
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General Discussion / 2018 Scholarship List for Sydney
« Last post by Peter on October 27, 2016, 09:42:23 PM »
2018 scholarship opportunities in Sydney
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All Saints Grammar, Co-ed, Saturday, 25 February 2017, ACER Co-op
Ascham School, Girls, Saturday 11 February 2017, Academic Services
Cranbrook School Boys, Sat, 4 March 2017 Academic Services
International Grammar School, Co-ed Saturday 25 February 2017, ACER Co-op
MLC Girls Sat, Sat, 11 February 2017 ACER alternative
Newington Boys, Monday 13 February 2017 Academic Services
Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta Secondary Girls Sat, March 4, 2017 Academic Services
Penrith Anglican College Secondary Co-ed Sat, 25 February 2017 ACER Co-op
Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sat, 25 February 2017 ACER Co-op
Ravenswood School for Girls, Sat, Sat, 25 February 2017 ACER Co-op
Santa Sabina College Primary, Girls Sat, 25 February 2017 ACER Co-op
SCEGGS Girls, Sat, 25 February 2017 ACER Co-op
St George Christian School Co-ed, YET TO ANNOUNCED 2016
Sydney Grammar Boys, Sun, 12 February, 2017 Other/unknown
TARA School for Girls, Sat, 11 March 2017 EDU Test
The King’s School Boys, Sun, 19 February 2017 Other/Unknown
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Arden Anglican School Secondary, Co-ed, REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN IN NOVEMBER
Georges River Grammar Co-ed, YET TO ANNOUNCED
Meriden Girls Sat, REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN IN NOVEMBER

Others
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All Saints College Bathurst NSW 2795, Co-ed, Saturday, 25th February 2017, ACER Co-op
The Illawarra Grammar School Co-ed, Sat, 25 March 2017 ACER alternative

Search this website: http://www.privateschoolsdirectory.com.au/

To find the elite private schools, go to http://bettereducation.com.au, click on Scholarship & Selective school and look for private schools. Or just look for HSC ranking and find private schools among the top 250 schools.
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General Discussion / News article about selective school pressure
« Last post by Peter on March 19, 2016, 01:25:09 AM »
http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/clever-diligent-and-feeling-the-pressure-20111016-1lram.html

This article looks at the extreme side of selective school culture. It makes sense to have a balance, and usually year 10 is where the race really starts. Therefore kids should be allowed to have a bit of fun between year 7-9. As long as the kids learn enough to do ok up to year 9, they will be fine if they really work hard from year 10. Kids here are encouraged to self-learn and parents' help is preferred to tutoring. It is better to have kids learning to self-study.
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General Discussion / Resetting Narrative and Persuasive boards
« Last post by Peter on March 12, 2016, 10:36:29 PM »
The two boards have been archived and reset to allow year 5 students to start working on writing.

The year 6 students have now completed the selective test. Writing performance has been very good this year with students getting interviews for early scholarships. One student has been offered a 100% scholarship at a top boy school this week. More offers are expected to come in the next few weeks.

Only about 50% of the year 6 actually participated in the writing forum. The active students have improved enormously. After all, writing performance requires students to make an effort to write. Those who don't make an effort cannot improve. It is as simple as that.

Hopeful, the new group of year 5 students will be more active. Parents should encourage the kids to take writing very seriously. Writing is often the weakest area for all kids.
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