Sunday, 13 August 2017

The New Zealand Election

This week in KidsedchatNZ, we are talking about the upcoming New Zealand election. 
New Zealand's next general election is taking place on 23 September. 

Have you been learning about what it is and how it all happens at your school? We are looking forward to hearing all about your learning.

Q1: What is an election? What type of election do we have in New Zealand?

Q:2 Why do we have elections in New Zealand?

Q3: What happens during an election?

Q4: What do you think would happen if we did not have elections and people did not vote?

Q5: Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand? How did he become the prime minister?

Q6: Why do you think it is important that people vote in elections?

Q7: If you became Prime Minister what is the first thing you would change?

Q8: How do you think our government can make New Zealand ‘more awesome’ like the Kid President?

Q9: What do you think the Prime Minister’s main job is during the day?

Q10: Even though you can’t vote what are some ways we can make sure our voices get heard?

Looking forward to reading your opinions on Wednesday.

See you then!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Native New Zealand Animals

This week we are looking at Persuasive Writing and sharing an opinion
Image from
The Māui dolphin
One of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins. An endemic sub-species closely related to the Hector's dolphin, it is now found only in the shallow coastal waters off the west coast of the North Island. In 2012, it was estimated that between 48 and 69 mature animals remained.

Opinion, Facts and Thoughts

  1. What are some native animals to New Zealand that are in threat of extinction?
  2. How do we protect and look after our native animals in NZ?
  3. Where are you most likely to see New Zealand’s native animals?
  4. Many people believe that to save animals from extinction they should be bred in zoos? Do you agree/disagree with this statement and give one reason why.
  5. When zoo bred animals are released back into the wild there can be serious problems. What might some of these problems be?
  6. Zoos are …...a life sentence for animals. What do you think this means?
  7. Why do you think animals in the wild die before they reach maturity?
  8. ...the only way to save our endangered animals is to study and protect their habitat. Why?
  9. Should we have zoos or wildlife parks? Why?
  10. If you could chose one animal to study what would it be and why?

See you all on Wednesday at 2pm.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Passion & Talent

Welcome back to Kidsedchatnz for Term Three.  

This week we are exploring "Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Passion & Talent".

  1. What are your interests, talents or passions?
  2. How do you get to learn about your interests in the classroom? Give us an example. 
  3. Do you think it's important for children to have time each week to learn about something that they're interested in? Why?
  4. What is the world's most important invention so far? How does it affect your life?
  5. The Kid President wanted to invent a Catuum Cleaner. What would you like to invent to make the world more awesome? 
  6. The top 10 jobs in 2017 didn't exist in 2007. What jobs do you think there will be in 10 years time?
  7. Inventive thinking requires taking risks, being curious and thinking skills. How do you do this in the classroom?
  8. Is creativity important? How can we encourage creativity in the classroom?
  9. Sometimes we get stuck with our learning and have to problem solve. What does good problem solving look like?

Friday, 21 July 2017

KidsedchatNZ: Crew Vacancy

Tena koutou KidsedchatNZ whānau

We have some changes afoot with our KidsedchatNZ organising crew. We are sadly farewelling the magnificent Marnel van der Spuy from our team.

 Marnel has been one of our co-organisers from our very inception, and has contributed masses of her own time and energy into making our chat the great tool that it is for New Zealand kids to connect. 

Thank you so much Marnel, we have valued your contribution and commitment. You are steadfastly reliable and have always been there for us as a team. We wish you well - the kids at Broadlands School are very lucky.

Are you able to help? We are looking for more teachers to join our team. We believe in KidsedchatNZ, and know from our experience that it is a brilliant tool for kids to begin connecting with each other. 

It is great that there are now more vehicles for our New Zealand kids to use twitter to connect such as @ReadaloudNZ and @ChapterChatNZ

We love them all! These chats don't happen without the commitment of our superhero NZ teachers who believe in using digital technologies as tools for learning - thank you to all of you - you rock.

Can YOU be our next Superhero?

Monday, 26 June 2017

My home region

This week our questions are from the fantastic team at Te Mata Primary School in Hawke's Bay. Thanks for the great questions!

This term Te Mata School Room 39 have been looking at our home region for our inquiry and its place in the world. These are some of the thinking questions that we used early on in our inquiries to start our thinking about Hawkes Bay’s place in the world. It’s a pretty awesome place to live! We would like to hear all about your region and what makes it special!

Before this week's chat check out the videos.

We are looking forward to hearing all about where in New Zealand we all tweet from.

  1. What are some of the things that make your region so special to you?
  2. What are some of the “ fun play” resources that you can use, that are in your local area?
  3. In Hawkes Bay we have wine as a big industry here. Are there industries or businesses in your region that are special to your area?
  4. Why/how have those industries been established there?
  5. What are the most fun things to do in your region?
  6. What places would you take a tourist in your area? Why?
  7. Are there any 'secret' spots that only locals know about?
  8. If you could live in another place in New Zealand, where would it be and why?

See you all on Friday.

Monday, 19 June 2017


Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signaled the start of the Māori New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the land we live on.

This year Matariki will begin on 25 June.  You can get a chance to see Matariki if you get up very early in the morning.

Learn a little more about Matariki with these videos:


Q1. What do you think Matariki is all about?

Q2. What does the rising of Matariki signal to Māori?

Q3. What does Matariki mean to you and your family? Share with us how you celebrate it.

Q4. How are you celebrating Matariki at your School?

Q5. Matariki is a cluster of stars.  Do you know of any other star clusters or constellations in our southern skies?

Q6. In your opinion is Matariki important enough to be recognised as a National Holiday in NZ, if so why?

Q7. What is something that you have learned about Matariki that you did not know before?

Q8. What are your favourite party foods?

Q9. Discover what year you were born in using a calendar of your choice (eg. Chinese). Share with us what you found out.

Bonus (before or after the chat):
Find out all about the Matariki constellation by playing this interactive game.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Health & Nutrition

This week's questions have been complied by Room 1 at Lynmore School and their teacher Tracey Dillner. Thank you so much guys!

A little bit more about them:
"In Room 1 at Lynmore School, Rotorua, we have been learning about healthy eating. To spark our thinking we watched videos about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. They were so shocking, surprising and fascinating! 
Since then, we have had a nutritionist come to visit us. She told us about the Healthy Plate Model which is composed of ¼ protein, ¼ carbs and ½ vegetables/fruit. 
Lately, we have also created an item for our weekly school assembly about healthy, nutritious eating and it is based on Family Feud, with 'commercials' from Master Chef and Survivor NZ. The survivors are not at their healthiest because they are only eating burnt rice and beans. Their bodies need more fresh fruit and vegetables if they are going to be fueled for challenges and fight illnesses. "

Here are their questions:

Q1. How did you feel when you saw how people in Huntington, West Virginia? Would you want to make a change if you lived there?

Q2. Would you eat the chicken nuggets that were served in the Huntington schools? Why or why not?

Q3. In Jamie Oliver’s video, were you surprised about the bad chicken nuggets? Why/why not?

Q4. What was Jamie Oliver’s main reason for a food revolution? How do you think he felt?

Q5. What types of food can you enjoy on special occasions and why?

Q6. Do you have any special celebratory cultural dishes in your family/school community?

Q7. If you had to survive on a desert island, what three types of food would you have and why?

Q8.Name a food that is good for your body and one that is bad for your body. What effects do they have on you?

Q9. Name a food that makes you feel re-energized after you eat it.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sport and its impact on your learning

Kia ora,

How could this week’s chat be about anything else but sport!
Look what is going on.....

The Lion's touring from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
NZ Under 20's Rugby World Cup
The America's Cup Semi finals.
The Black Caps are involved in the ICC Champions Trophy
Michael Venus the first Kiwi in 19 yrs to reach the quarter finals of a Grandslam
The All Whites are preparing for the Confederations Cup
Plus the Taxtic have finally won a game

I am sure I have missed a few as well......

I love playing sport, watching sport, coaching sport and seeing children take part in sport.  So today’s questions are about sport and its impact on your learning and your life!

If you get a chance before this week’s chat watch the video's first.

 This weeks questions:
Q1.What are the benefits of playing in a sports team?
Q2. Should playing in a sports team be compulsory for children at primary school? Explain why.
Q3. What role does a coach play in a team?
Q4. What roles do the players have in a team?
Q5. What would happen if the team and coach didn't work together?
Q6.What are the most important attributes that a sportsperson should posses?
Q7. How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?
Q8. Thinking about yourself at school, who are the key people in your learning team?
Q9. What has been the most important life skills you have learnt playing sport and why?

Hei kōnā mai

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Music in our classrooms

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

This week here at Kidsedchatnz HQ we have been wondering about all our talented singers, songwriters, musicians, and performers, give it a go kids, and dancers who love music.

Now, I know we all have talents in certain areas...could be Maths, or soccer, swimming, dancing, BMX.  This week though we want to hear not just about talent, but we want to hear how music impacts on your learning.

Across our beautiful Motu we have many competitions that celebrate music and performing.

It could be the J-Rock, or it could be your local Pasifika Festival, or it could be the amazing teacher in your class who can rock out the guitar and get you all singing.

Make sure you watch some of the videos below before our chat on Friday.

How does music effect our Brains:

Great way to inspire your teacher to include music into your daily routine


How to follow your dreams with Music.

This weeks questions are:

1.What performing art do you most enjoy (Dance, Drama, singing, or playing an instrument) and why?

2. Do you think that music has an impact on how you feel and act? Explain.

3. Do you think having music playing while you are learning is a good idea? Why

4. What are the benefits of learning; to perform, dance, sing, or play an instrument?

5. What are some of the barriers you face when it comes to developing your musically ability?

6. If you could learn to playing an instrument, what would it be and why.

7. How often do you sing, play, dance at your school and what does your school offer to encourage this?

8. Music and musicians/artist can have a huge impact in our lives.  Who is your favourite artist and why?

9. If you had to choose one song to introduce your self what would it be and why?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday 11:30 - 12:15.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Computer Science is Changing Everything

In this week's KidsedchatNZ we are wondering abut the future.

What do you think your future holds? What skills do you think you will need? Do you have any ideas about what you want to do?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This clip talks about  how computer science is changing our future.

1. Tell us about the clip. Was there anything that made you want to learn more about computer science? 

2. Have you been learning coding in your school? If so, what do you use to do it? Why do you like it?

3. Have you created anything before using coding? What was it? 
(Include your photos)

4. How can we encourage more children to learn to code?


5. Can you think of any problems that you could solve with coding?

6. What do you want to do in the future? Does this job exist now?

7. Do you think that schools need to buy more technology like Dot and Dash?

8. What do you think you could create that would help people in the future?

See you on Friday


Monday, 15 May 2017

Success - Week Three Term Two

Week Three - Term Two - 2017



Q1: What does success mean to you at the moment?

Q2: Share a photo or a link to some learning successes you have had this term.

Q3: What are the qualities you think a successful person possesses?

Q4: What are some barriers that prevent you from succeeding?

Q5: How does your family support you to be a successful learner?

Q6: Is success an accident/luck or choice?

Q7: What is the most successful thing you have achieved in your life so far?

Q8: What is one thing you are going to work on this term to ensure you have a successful term?

Sunday, 7 May 2017


Nanogirl is New Zealand's own science superhero and she is working hard to encourage more children to learn about science and has been touring NZ with her 'Explosive Live Science Show'!

The NZ 'National Science Week' will be held next week from 15-19 May.

To get you excited about science here are some great videos from Nanogirl.

I hope you can all manage to do an experiment or two, make sure you take photos or videos to share with us.


Q1. Do you like learning about science and doing science experiments? Why or why not?

Q2.  What science problems/questions do you really want to solve or answer? Why?

Q3. Nanogirl likes taking natural objects (eg. broccoli) and copying their superpowers. What superpower would you like to copy from an object?

Q4. Nanogirl likes 'Fracture mechanics' or breaking something to see how it works. What would you like to break to see how it works?

Q5. What science have you done at school and what did you learn? Make sure you include photos or videos.

 Q6. What is the next science experiment you want to do at school? What do you think will happen and why?

Q7. What is the most amazing thing you have learnt doing science at school or home?

Q8. Why do you think it is important to learn science at school? Do we do enough science at school?

Q9. Do you use any apps, websites or books to help you learn about science? (please share them with us)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Reflecting on Term 1

It is the last chat for this term, therefore our questions will ask you to reflect on Term 1.

Thank you to everyone for joining the chats and for making KidsedchatNZ a cool learning vehicle!
(Image credit: Pixabay)


Q1. What is something you did this term that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?

Q2. What is something you accomplished this term that you are proud of?

Q3. What was the nicest thing someone in your class did for you this term?

Q4. What was the most challenging part of this term for you? Why?

Q5. Which was your favorite place / spot in your classroom (or school)? Why?

Q6. If you could change one thing that happened this term, what would it be?

Q7. What are three things you did this term to help your classmates?

Q8. In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements? Why?

Q9. What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this term?

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Looking after our Place in the World

Kia ora,

This week we are looking at our local environment.  At the moment there seems to be lots of discussion in the media around protecting our rivers and lakes. I often wonder what I could be doing better to help lessen this problem.

This is the beautiful part of Aotearoa that I live in and what our local council is doing to preserve it.

  1. Our environment is precious.  What are some of the environmental issues facing      New Zealand at the moment?

2. What are some things you do at home to help reduce waste/rubbish?

3. Tell us about the things that happen at your school to reduce waste and save energy?

4. What is one thing you could do better or more often to reduce waste at your school?

5. Can one person make a difference or do we need a team approach?

6. NZ has lots of endangered species.  What can we do to ensure future generations see them?

7. Have you been involved in any school or community events to protect our environment?

8. Design a way to reduce the amount of packaging around morning tea snacks.

9. Do you have any local environmental hero's that are looking after your local environment?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 8 - Heroes


This week we are excited as we have had the brilliant children from @Temataroom39 write the questions for this weeks chat.
Well done, William Bush, Harry Cassidy, Will Leary, Cam White, Megan Kay, Emily Payne, Isabel Stockley, Izzy Eivers, Piper Burroughs, Libby Fussell.  Thanks also to their teachers Sam Chatfield @sammychatfield  and Danielle Burroughs @DBurroughs06 for supporting them to generate this weeks questions.

I am really looking forward to this chat.  What an awesome topic!!

Week 8 Questions:

Q1: Does a hero need to wear a cape and their underpants on the outside?Why/Why not?
Q2: When we say the word hero why do we automatically think of super heroes instead of community heroes?
Q3: What qualities do you think a hero has?
Q4: Are leaders and heroes the same thing? Why?
Q5: Think of a hero and tell us why they are a hero to you?
Q6: Name a hero in your community and explain why they are a hero?
Q7: Is being rewarded the reason people are heroes?
Q8: Is it Ok for Heroes to make mistakes? Why/Why not?
Q9: Write an example of how you could be a hero?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Different Cultures in our New Zealand schools

We have many cultures in New Zealand and we would like to know what cultures you have at your school and learn more about them...


Q1. What is your culture? What languages do you speak at home?

Q2. How would you greet all the classes participating today in your language?

Q3. What cultures or languages do you learn about at school? 

Q4. What cultural groups activities do you do at your school? (Kapa Haka, Pasifika groups, Fia Fia celebration)

Q5. What are your favourite traditions from your culture? Do you celebrate these at school? (festivals, holidays, clothes, food, music, dance etc)

Q6. What cultural sports and games do you do at school?

Q7. What culture would you like to be and why? 

Q8. What language would you like to learn and why?

Q9. Do you know of any apps or websites that we can use to learn about other cultures?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

School Virtues/Values - how do they impact on your learning and outlook on life?

This week we are looking at you School's Virtues/Values and we want to know how they impact on your learning and your outlook on life! 

The videos below are to get you thinking and wondering about the values people hold as important.


Q1. What are your School's Virtues/Values? Tweet a photo of your School's Virtues/Values displayed either in your classroom, playground or books.

Q2. Who designed/wrote them? As a student did you get a chance have your say when they were decided? 

Q3. Why does every School have different 'Value Statements'? All School's are trying to educate children, shouldn't they be the same for every School? 

Q4. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your learning?

Q5. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your behaviour?

Q6. Which of your School's Virtues/Values do think is the most important? Why?

Q7. If you had to rewrite your School's Virtues/Values.  What would you change them to?

Q8. Tweet a photo or video of you and your friends/classmates displaying one of your School Virtues/Values.

Q9. Outside of School what are the most important Virtues/Values to your family? Why? 

Monday, 27 February 2017

A driver of my learning

Kia ora,

This week's chat is all about driving your learning.  We here at Kidsedchatnz want to find out how you or your teacher personalises your learning and helps you drive your own learning.  What happens in your class currently or what you would like to happen in your class.

If you get a chance watch this video about kids taking charge of their learning or student agency, or hackschool (an oldie but a goodie)

1. Describe your classroom (how many students/teachers/teacher aides, single room or ILE, breakout spaces, devices). Great opportunity to share photos.

2. Think about your normal day, what choices do you have as a learner during the day?

3. Share how you know what your next steps are in either Reading, Writing, or Maths. (Great photo opportunity)

4. Do you think knowing your next steps helps you with your learning? If so how? Can you give an example?

5. As a learner what motivates you to learn something new?

6. What are some of the barriers or blocks that stop you from becoming a successful learner?

7. Sometimes we get stuck with our learning and have to problem solve. What does good problem solving look like?

8. Describe the 'perfect' day of learning for you, how would you day be organised?

9. What does personalised learning or student agency mean to you?  What would it look like in your class?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Digital Competence and Digital Citizenship

Kia koutou,

Welcome to the Week Four chat.  This week we are exploring Digital Competence and Digital Citizenship.

In your classroom your learning is becoming more blended and seamless between on-line and off-line learning.  We here at Kidsedchatnz want to hear how you are managing this in your classroom and what skills you need to have to be successful.

"Being digitally competent is more than being able to use the latest smart phone or computer software — it is about being able to use such digital technologies in a critical, collaborative and creative way."(The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens)

"Digital Citizenship can be understood as the skills, knowledge, and values required to be an effective, ethical and safe user of ICT."

To support this weeks chat:

Digital compass is an animated online game to develop digital citizenship skills (yr6-8).

Privacy Pirates is another game to promote staying safe online.

1.What skills do you think you need to be digital competent?

2.How do you search for information online?  What skills do you need to have to be successful?

3.How do you share your online learning with your; peers, teacher, whanau?

4.Do you share you online learning with other classrooms?  If so how and are there any rules your class follows?

5.When you are creating content online, explain what you should do when you want to use other peoples content?

6.What do you do in your classroom to promote being safe online?

7.What are some important things to consider when taking part in Kidsedchatnz?

8.What do you think it means to be a responsible digital citizen?

9.How do you check if the information you view online is reliable or trustworthy?

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday 24th, 11:30-12:30

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Supercharge Your Year with Goals

Welcome back to KidsedchatNZ!

We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and have had a fantastic few weeks back at school!

Many of you are probably in the process of setting goals to kick off this term. Here are some challenges you can complete prior to the chat. It does not matter if you are not able to complete them, you will still be able to take part in the chat.

1. Write some goals for this term. Make sure they are SMART Goals and make sure you share them! This video will explain to you what SMART Goals are:

Watch the video below to help you with writing your goals...

2. Create an iStopMotion /  Telagami / Poster / Info-graphic showing how you are planning to keep track of achieving your goals.

Q1. Do you think goal setting is important? Why?

Q2. What are the important things to remember when writing goals? What do you need to include?

Q3. What are your goals for this term? Can you share them with us please?

Q4. Why is sharing your goals important? How have you shared your goals this term? How else could you share your goals?

Q5. Can you share with us what you created to show how you are planning to keep track of achieving your goals?

Q6. How and what are you going to do to reach your goals this term? What sacrifices are you going to have to make?

Q7. Positive thinking is important when setting goals. Can you share with us a motivational quote about goal setting?

Q8. Goals don't always go to plan. What are you going to do if you run into a problem?

Q9. What will it look like to reach your goals and how will it feel?