Last week we found out that Kidsechatnz won the Interface Awards for Best Teaching with ICT. Wow, how cool is that! It's great to get that exposure and recognition for a fantastic concept! The Manawatu Standard Newspaper also ran an article about our success. Anyway a big thank you must go out to everyone who voted for us and all those fantastic classes that take part in Kidsedchatnz every week. We appreciate your support!
Wow, I just found out that Kidsedchatnz made it into the Finals of the Edublog Awards for Best Educational Use of a Social Network! How cool is that! The Edublog Awards has been running for 10 years and is a great way to celebrate all the fantastic things that are happening in ICT around the world.The winners of the Edublog Awards are decided by votes from any person around the world - so we need your votes!It is a live voting process so you can go to this website and vote and watch in real time.Thank you for supporting Kidsedchatnz, we really appreciate it!
This week's chat on Wednesday 4 December will be a flipped chat. Flipped learning is when you watch material that you would usually watch during the class time BEFORE the lesson. There are some great benefits:
You can watch the content as many times as you like.
You can pause the material, and discuss it.
More time is available to for thinking and learning about the content during lesson time.
Watch this 60 second explanation:
We will be discussing a clip from the Soul Pancake channel on You Tube.
Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Question 1: Which is your favourite of the "20 things that we should say more often." Why?
Question 2: Create your own phrase to add to this list. Why do you think we should say this more often? Question 3: Do you agree with Kid President when he says it's okay to disagree? Why?
Question 4: Robbie Novak, the Kid President has an illness called Osteogenesis imperfecta. He shows great resilience. What was has been the toughest thing that has happened to you? How did you bounce back? Question 5. Do you think the Kid President is awesome? Why? Question 6. How many Kid President You Tube clips have you watched? Which one is your favourite and why? Question 7. What will you do to make the world more awesome? See you on Wednesday, Marvin's iKids and Miss Revell.
Thank you everyone who turned out today to celebrate Kidsedchatnz's first birthday party! It was great to see lots of classes celebrating and enjoying the occasion! Overall it was an excellent session with 750 tweets recorded between 22 classes! That's not bad going considering all the party activities (cakes, balloons, poppers etc) going on! Anyway thanks again everyone, we are very proud of what Kidsedchatnz has become and we look forward to lots of brilliant sessions in the future!
This week's topic for Kidsedchatnz is based around Kidsedchatnz's one year Birthday. Check out the questions! Q1. Today is Kidsedchatnz 1st birthday party, could you please leave Kidsedchatnz a birthday message? Q2. How are you celebrating Kidsedchatnz's birthday? Can you tweet a picture of your party? Q3. Today we are celebrating Kidsedchatnz's birthday, why do you think it is important to celebrate birthdays? Q4. How old did you turn on your last birthday? What did you do to celebrate it? Q5. What was your favourite birthday present/party? Why was it special? Q6. Kidsedchatnz has been going for 1 year, how long have you been taking part in it? Tell us about your experience? Q7. Do you enjoy taking part in Kidsedchatnz? Why do you like it? Q8. Is there anything you would like to change about Kidsedchatnz? What topics would you like to have in the future?
Breaking news! Kidsedchatnz organisation structure has changed big time! It no longer has one organiser but now has 7! Wow, how cool is that! In August this year Pascal Dresse, founder of Kidsedchatnz left for Australia and passed the Kidsedchatnz organisation on to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking over Kidsedchatnz and during that time I have tried to grow the concept. Some of the initiatives I have introduced have been: - Making Kidsedchatnz weekly. - Increasing Kidsedchatnz from 30 minutes to 1 hour. - Creating a new Kidsedchatnz blog. - Introducing Tweet of the Week for the best tweet during the Kidsedchatnz session. - Introducing a Kidsedchatnz Mascot and badges. - Changing Kidsedchatnz from a Hashtag twitter chat to List twitter chat. - Creating how to join Kidsedchatnz videos - Running a 'Create a Kidsedchatnz Logo competition' and choosing a Kidsedchatnz logo. - Entering Kidsedchatnz in the Interface Awards which we are a finalist. Wow, I have been busy! Anyway I thought it was time Kidsedchatnz had a change and I was preparing to step aside and let someone else take up the reigns. After a lot of thought I came to the conclusion that I love Kidsedchatnz and still wanted to be involved but maybe just not running everything. Solution? Co-organisers! A time share based model! Kidsedchatnz has always been a team effort with lots of fantastic classes supporting it every week. This was the perfect solution! The idea was for everyone to run the ship for 1 week at a time. For that week you would have to get your class to make the topic/questions, promote it, moderate, choose tweet of the week and put posts on the blog. Then the next week someone else would have a turn. So I jumped on twitter and sent out a few Direct Messages to the core/regular Kidsedchatnz teachers who take part. After sending out the messages I left my phone at home and went into town to get lunch. While away I was thinking, "I wonder if anyone will be keen?" What did I find on my phone when I returned? 21 direct tweets, 15 direct messages and numerous e-mails! BOOM! Everyone was keen! The Super 7 co-organisers were born! So who are the Super7? Well they are Pascal Dresse - @PascalDresse, Reid Walker - @ReidHns1, Marcelle Natusch - @MNatusch, Marnel van der Spuy - @1MvdS, Simone Gentil - @simone015, Juliet Revell - @Juliet_Revell and me, Stephen Baker - @PalmyTeacher Wow, what a fantastic team! We all actually know each other reasonable well from our years of collaborating and connecting on twitter. Our goal is to grow the concept and keep it going as a great learning vehicle for the kids! What do you think? Is it going to work?
Over the last few weeks 'Follow' the Kidsedchatnz mascot has been visiting Henderson School in Auckland. He has had an awesome time exploring their school and has made lots of new friends! Anyway his trip has come to an end and tomorrow he is heading off to the @LittleGiants7 at Broadlands School, near Taupo. Here are a few photos from his time in Auckland!
Check out this article about Kidsedchatnz in today's Education Review Magazine. It was written by Pascal Dresse with a little help from some of the Kidsedchatnz regulars! Isn't it cool? It's great to see Kidsedchatnz getting some national exposure and recognition!
This week's topic for Kidsedchatnz is Inquiry learning and the topic/questions have been generated by @LittleGiants7. I think they have done a wonderful job putting together these thoughtful questions! Here they are! Q1. How do you begin (or what are the steps you follow for) an inquiry
study in your class?
Q2. Are you learning through asking questions or do you just have to
remember facts? Which do you think is the best way to learn?
Q3. What different types of questions are there and what is the reason
for asking these questions?
Q4. What kinds of questions do you think would help with an inquiry?
Can you give some examples that you have recently used?
Q5. Are there any e-tools that you use to help you with/in your inquiry?
Q6. Can you share something new that you have learnt during an inquiry?
Today was a very interesting Kidsedchatnz session! I started the Kidsedchatnz session with about 30 kids in my room tweeting from 3 different classes. After about 5 minutes the internet at Russell Street School crashed and there was no one available to fix it! Oh no, what a downer! Since I was moderating the session I had to find a way to tweet the questions. What did I do? Answer, my trusty iPhone 5! Luckily I could use the hotspot on my phone to get myself and 4 kids from my class onto the internet. What happened to the other 26 kids? Well they had to return to their class or normal learning programme. Lots of sad faces! So what happened during the session? Well we recorded 580 tweets between 22 classes! Not bad for such a crazy session! (I spent most of it trying to fix the internet!) Here is R5 (What's left of them), tweeting!
Wow! Kidsedchatnz is turning one! Pascal Dresse started Kidsedchatnz in 2012 and a year later it's still going strong! To celebrate we are going to have a special Kidsedchatnz birthday party on Wednesday 13th November at 2-3pm! The topic is going to be based on Kidsedchatnz and feature a mixture of questions. We want to make this a special Kidsedchatnz session so clear your diaries everyone and make sure your class takes part
Check out this amazing video made by Steph Campbell and her fantastic class @room72013. They made the video to let their school know all about Kidsedchatnz and showed it at their school assembly. All I can say is what a great job! A new craze is sweeping the nation!
This week's topic for Kidsedchatnz is the Arts and the topic/questions have been generated by @9Vardon. I think they have done a great job! Here's the questions! Q1. What kind of art do you like and why?
Q2. What is one thing you have learnt in the Arts this year?
What materials have you used to create your artwork this year? What is your favourite material and why?
Q4. What do you think has been your best piece of artwork this year and why?
Q5. What stories have you told with your artwork? What is one kind of art special to your culture? Q6. Can you share with us any digital art resources/app/websites that you use?
This week's Tweet of the Week goes to Tane in R6 at Russell Street School. Tane is 7 years old and has just started joining in to Kidsedchatnz. Well done Tane, the judges of Tweet of the Week think this is a great tweet!
The Kidsedchatnz mascot has been hanging out with @PalmyKids in Palmerston North over the last weeks. It had a fab time but unfortunately we had to send it out into the big wide world!
Where did it go next? Well it has just arrived in Henderson, Auckland and will be staying with @Rm1HNS.
While it was in Palmy the kids came up with a name for it. So what is it's name? Well Aye came up with the name 'Follow'! We thought this was a great name as Kidsedchatnz is all about following each other on Twitter!
Today was another fantastic Kidsedchatnz session! We had 25 classes taking part (that is a record!) and recorded 801 tweets in the hour session! It was also great to see 8 new classes turn up for the session! Here's a few photos of some of the classes taking part!
This week's topic for Kidsedchatnz is Sports and has been generated by @VardonRoom7. Haven't they done a great job? I can't wait to talk about my favourite subject! Here's the questions! Q1. Do you like sport? Why or why not? Q2. What sport skills have you learnt at school? Q3. What has been the most important sport skills you have learnt and why? Q4.What sports teams does your school have? Q5. What is the most popular sport at your school? Q6. Are you part of a sports team? Why or why not? Q7.Who is your favourite sports person and why?
Wow, what a great Kidsedchatnz session we had today! We had 20 classes involved and recorded 853 tweets in one hour! That's a Kidsedchatnz record for most classes and most tweets! Well done everyone, I wonder if we can reach 1,000 tweets next week? Anyway here are some photos of the classes taking part!