Friday, 27 June 2014

Tweet of the Week

Our Twitter chat about the Fifa World was very popular this week, with over 600 tweets!! It was great to see lots of the classes interacting and sending tweets to each other to carry on a conversation as well. That's what Kidsedchatnz is all about. 

It was a hard job picking the tweet of the week. You've all learnt a lot about the teams and Fifa World Cup. The tweet of the week this time goes to Henry from Mahora School, for his awesome advice he world give to all the World Cup teams. 

Check out the Puppet Pals show that the @Palmysquad have created about the Fifa World Cup! 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Football World Cup - Week 8 Questions

This week our Twitter chat is about the Football World Cup that is currently being held in Brazil!! 

Here are this week's questions. Please note the one in bold is a flipped chat question. 
  1. Who is your favourite team and why?
  2. Football is the most played sport in the world. Why do you think this is?
  3. The Football World Cup costs billions of dollars. Do you think it's worth it or is there something else you think this money would be better spent on?
  4. Where would you like to see the next world cup played and why?
  5. What is your favourite game that you've watched so far this world cup? Can you share the YouTube highlights with us. 
  6. Football players are under huge pressure to perform. What advice would you give them to help them succeed? 
  7. What interesting information have you learned about the different countries that are participating in this year's Football World Cup?
  8. Who do you think will win the world cup this year? Why? 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Week 7 - Tweet of the week

Amazing week everyone! We knew that everyone would have lots of ideas about the problems that children are having in New Zealand but you really impressed me with how much you are all doing to try and help people in your own community, region and all over the world.

It can be difficult to fix lots of the problems you talked about today, but if everyone was as helpful as the kids that take part in Kidsedchatnz we might fix some of them.

We had a few new classes join us today and this meant that we had a whopping 740 tweets approximately from 16 classes.

As always it was hard choosing the Tweet of the Week, but there was one that summed up all the empathy and care you show for the world. I hope you enjoy the Storify slideshow for Tweet of the Week.

After you have a look at that, have a go at trying to vote for the one issue you think we should try to solve for New Zealand kids. Remember that in a real election you are only allowed to vote once!

Enjoy the week everyone & I'll let you know the results before Kidsedchatnz next week.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Week 7 - Elections, change & kids issues

In November this year New Zealand will have an election to decide on who should run our country. Adults over the age of 18 get to have their say but children don't. But us teachers know that children have great ideas everyday.

In the United States of America, Robbie Novak (Kid President) is trying to get children to be positive, be awesome and to make changes in the world. Watch this video to get some ideas on how we can change the world.

  1. Does your school have a student council? How does your student council work and what do they do for your school?
  2. What type of things would you want to change at your school if you were on the student council?
  3. Does your school take part in helping any fundraisers or charities? What are the fundraisers or charities and how does your school help them?
  4. How does helping other people with fundraising help you with your learning at school?
  5. What problems do you think New Zealand children are having? Why are they having these problems?
  6. How could we help the children who are having these problems?
  7. What skills/qualities does a person need to have for you to want to vote for them? Do you have these skills?
  8. What is more important - helping yourself or helping others?
  9. How does the government of New Zealand affect you? 
  10. If you had to choose between two important things, how would you decide what to choose?
I look forward to seeing you there on Thursday.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Week 6 - Sport and Learning

This week there were 15 classes that took part in another busy chat session. Everyone was busy sending some great tweets and I was impressed that many of you are starting to communicate with other classes. I had my tweet count going but lost count at just under 300, it was definitely a crazy session once again.

I've really enjoyed the topics lately and all the children are doing some excellent thinking about the questions. It made choosing a Tweet of the Week a really interesting activity.

See you all next week, when we've got something interesting planned again...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Week 6: Sport and learning in NZ

Last week was a big week for New Zealand sport. Irene van Dyke retired, the All Blacks played their first international for 2014, a NZ Olympic rowing champion retired and Steven Adams finished his first season in the NBA. Later this week the Football World Cup will start in Brazil and there is still the Commonwealth Games to take place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Playing or learning a sport can teach us a lot of lessons for life and not just the skills involved in playing the game. Watch the video below to help you answer the questions for this weeks Kidsedchatnz topic.

1. Who are some of your favourite sports teams/people? Why do you like them?
2. Who do you think helped them become the great players/teams they are today.
3. What role does a coach play in a team?
4. What roles do the players have in a team?
5. What would happen if the team and coach didn't work together?

6. How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?
7 Thinking about yourself at school, who are the key people in your learning team?
8 What role does your teacher/other staff play in your education?
9. What role do you play in your education?
10. Do mums and dads play a role in your education? If so, how?
11. What can you do next to help you improve in your schoolwork?

I hope you enjoy the topic and we'll see you all on Thursday at 2pm.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Week 5: Sharing our Learning

This week our kidsedchatnz is on ....
Sharing our learning
Here are the questions:

1. Do you enjoy sharing your learning with others? Why?
2. Who do you share your learning with? 
3. In what ways do you share your learning?
3a. Share some learning right now... on twitter! Add a link, photo, write about it, anything you like.  
4. Do you think it is important to share your learning with others? Why? Why not? 
5. What are the benefits for you, as the learner, when you share your learning? 
6. Share with us your most favourite app or online tool to share your learning. Why is it your favourite? 

To end with...

7. Go and find a tweet to reply to. :) Start a conversation with someone new. Say "Hello" and respond to their tweet!

We look forward to reading your tweets this Thursday from 2pm to 3pm!