Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Jetsons and The Flintstones

The Jetsons and the Flintstones. Were they right or wrong?

Kia ora koutou.

The Flintstones were the modern Stone Age family. Residing in Bedrock, Fred Flintstone
worked an unsatisfying quarry job, but returned home to lovely wife Wilma and eventually
daughter Pebbles.

Fred, a big fan of golf and bowling, also enjoyed bullying neighbour Barney Rubble, while Barney's saucy wife Betty was best friends with Wilma. During the show's run, Barney and Betty would adopt an unnaturally strong son, Bamm-Bamm, who would become friends with little Pebbles. "The Flintstones," heavily inspired by "The Honeymooners," convinced a generation of children that dinosaurs and humans occupied the planet at the same time.

This popular primetime cartoon show features the Jetson family living in a utopian future.
People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aerocars that look like
flying saucers and have incredible conveniences that leave them with plenty of leisure time.
George, his homemaker wife Jane, and their children, Judy and Elroy,
also have a robotic maid named Rosie and a talking dog named Astro.

Both of these animated comedies were seen to be well ahead of their time.
Let’s have a look and see how far ahead they were in thinking.
Last week we looked at Artificial intelligence and its relationship to our current lives,
what can you see here that may also be linked to this thinking and the future?

Q1. When do you think these animated comedies were created?

Q2. What inventions do you see in the Jetsons clip that you can see used today?

Q3. Do you see any inventions that are not yet seen in everyday life?

Q4. How many inventions that are everyday tools we use can you see in the Flintstones clip?
Can you name some?

Q5. Can you name some inventions you are looking forward to seeing in the future?

Q6. What tool do you think should be developed further to help us in school?

Q7. What sort people do you think create these inventions?

Q8. Do you think these inventions help our economy?

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 2pm.


Monday, 7 May 2018

Artificial Intelligence

Kia ora koutou!

This week we are going to dive into the world of AI (artificial intelligence). This Thursday Room 10 will be Skyping an AI scientist Anirudh from University of Montreal  so this is your chance to get your burning questions answered!

Artificial Intelligence has been a hot topic lately. From self driving cars to using Siri or Alexa on phones/tablets and iPads. 

You might have had an experience by using it and it not even known about it. Have you ever been on Netflix or Lightbox? Every time that app suggests a movie you might like that is an example of Artificial intelligence at work.


So what do you think AI is? We will take your questions to our scientist and report you back the answers! If you can’t make the chat but still have a question feel free to post it on this padlet with your name and school.

  1. What do you think AI is?
  2. What is an example of Artificial Intelligence you can think of?
  3. Would you take a ride in a self driving car? Why/why not?
  4. Do you have a question we can ask Anirudh from University of Montreal a computer science and AI scientist?
  5. What would you do with your very own self driving car?
  6. How do you think AI might be helpful to us in the future?
  7. If you could create a robot that could do any job for you what would it be?
  8. How would your robot work?
Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 2pm.


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

End of Term Update

We hope you have had a wonderful Easter, KidsEdchatNZ tweeters. 

We are taking a break for Weeks 10 and 11 of this Term, and hope to see you back in Week 2 of Term 2.

Take care in the holidays and be safe! 

Teachers, you may want to sign up to over the holidays. 

The Mind Lab’s Digital Passport is a new video-based learning platform designed for New Zealand teachers or parents with children in Years 1-10. 

The Digital Passport has been created by a team of 12 Mind Lab educators to enable teachers to develop and skills and understanding to deliver the new digital technologies curriculum. The Passport delivers video content, workshops and downloadable content to bring the new curriculum to life.

 The Digital Passport covers The Ministry of Education’s Digital Curriculum, focusing on Computational Thinking, and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes as well as all of the progress outcome areas required to understand the Digital Technologies curriculum.

It's sasy to sign up, you just need to send an email to,  providing them with your registration number and the name of your school. They will then send you a coupon code to use on the site.
Everyone at your school can use the same code.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Knowing Our World

Knowing Our World

What do we know about our world??? Let’s do some exploring
of our globe and the interesting places it has spread all across it.

Using an online map and the Internet search and explore
- let’s get to know our world and share.

Q1. Where in the world would you like to visit and why?

Q2.  Can you find out what continent this landmark is in and
what the landmark is? Can you name the other continents?

Q3.  Can you name any archipelagos?

Q4.  What are some well known international landmarks and
what country are they in? Can you share a photo?

Q5.  Can you name some of the most captivating Atolls in the world?

Q6.  The highest mountain in Mexico is Pico de Orizaba,
a dormant volcano .Can you find the height of it?

Q7.  What are some interesting facts out about a country
that interests you that you can share in a tweet?

Q8.  Throughout the world are man made islands which
have become part of countries? Can you find any?
Share a picture of one and a tell us a little about it.

Q9.  What makes us believe New Zealand is one of the most
beautiful countries to live in?

Q10. What are some of the changes that are happening to
New Zealand that might change people’s thinking about New Zealand
being one of the most beautiful countries to live in and what
can we do to stop that change?

See you at 2pm on Wednesday!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Telling a Story

A very exciting week this week! We will be talking about telling stories. We are even going on a field trip to India!

Some people express and tell stories through different ways. Artists tell stories with their creations. Musicians can tell stories through songs. Dancers create stories with their movement.

Stories are a way we can express ourselves. We would love to have a chat about how you best like to share your stories. We would love for you to have a piece of work, writing, etc to share with us all.

We would love for you to share something you have created. You could take a picture of a piece of writing you are proud, you could create an artwork that tells a story. We would love to have lots of stories this week!

Q1: What do you think a story needs to make it really interesting?

Q2:What other ways could you tell a story to someone?

Q3: What do you think would be the best way to tell a story for you? E.g. dance, music, drama

Q4: Could you share with us a picture of a story you are proud of, or art work?

(If you don’t have one you could leave a comment on other work)

Q5:: What do you think the technical art house work artist is trying to tell you through his piece of art? Link to artwork

Q6: What things can infer about the people in the piece of artwork?

Q7: What is your favourite story and why do you enjoy it so much?

Q8: Can you create a story for us? You won’t be able to use many words!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Your Success - Who is responsible?

This week’s chat is all about ‘not giving up’.  
We are over half-way through term one and we thought this was the perfect time to chat about what to do when things get hard!

With your teacher or by yourself watch the following videos before our chat.  They may help develop your thinking around having the ‘courage to continue’.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.

1. "Failures open the doors to success!" Tell us about a time when you failed with something? 

2. Tell us about a time when you had success? What did you do to achieve success?

3. We are responsible for our own success and learning. Do you agree or disagree?

4. What is a challenge you have faced this year? Explain what happened.

5. There's no such thing as an overnight success. What does this mean? Do you agree?

6. Why do we give up? What can we do to avoid giving up in the future? Who can help us?

7. "If you do what is easy, your life will be hard." What is this trying to tell us?

8. Inner confidence and self-belief are the keys to success. Do you agree or disagree?

9. Who is responsible for your success?

See you on Wednesday :)

Monday, 5 March 2018

How Well Do We Know Our Teachers?

How well do we know our teachers?

This week is get to know your teacher time? As teachers we get to know a lot about our students, their families, their hobbies, likes/dislikes etc.

How well do you know your teacher?

This may require a bit of work before you start the twitter chat on Wednesday. Have fun
You will need to interview them as a class or as individuals to try and get the best answers you can fo this. (Try and guess the answers first before you ask them to see how well you do know them)
  1. What schools did your teacher go to when they were growing up?

  1. What is your favourite thing about your teacher and why is that important to you.

  1. What does your teacher enjoy doing when they are away from school?

  1. What made them want to be a teacher?

  1. What is it about your school that your teacher likes the most?

  1. Why are you his/her favourite students?

  1. If your teacher could do another job what would it be and why?

  1. What do you think your teacher would be great at if they were not a teacher?

  1. Why do you think it is important that you get to know your teacher?(Do you know how many hours on average you spend with your teacher?)

  1. If you were your teacher what would you do differently to make your classroom better?

Sunday, 25 February 2018

KidedchatNZ Census

Roll call! This year is a Census year. A census is a big question form that gathers lots of information about all the people in New Zealand. The census only happens every 5 years. It is a snapshot of the New Zealand population on one night every five years and is compulsory to complete. If there is one this year can you work out when the last one was?

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So this year it is time for the Kidsedchat census so we can find out more about YOU and what you want to chat about this term! Is there a topic you would love to see discussed? Do you have similar interests to someone at another school in New Zealand? Join us on Wednesday at 2pm to find out.

Here are the questions for this years Kids Chat Census
You might like to use the data we gather to make a graph and show it off next week!

Q1: What is your favourite subject at school and why?

Q2: Do you have any pets? What are they?

Q3: What is your favourite food?

Q4: What is your favourite sport?

Q5: What is your favourite hobby?

Q6:The Census video talks about finding out if there are enough parks do you have a park near you? Do you think your town/city needs something else to play on?

Q7: What topic would you love to see us do a Kids Chat about?

Q8: Why do you think this topic would be interesting for others?

Q9: What would one of your questions be for others if you created a Kids Chat?

Q10: Why do you think the government does a Census every 5 years?