Sunday, 30 March 2014

ANZAC - Our First Trans-Tasman Chat!!

This week we're excited to announce that it will be our first trans-Tasman chat. The topic this week is Anzac, which is fitting as it's very important to both Australia and New Zealand. 

Here are the questions for this week:

Q1. How does your country/school/family celebrate ANZAC Day?
Q2. What does ANZAC day mean to you personally?
Q3. Do you have any extended family that fought in Gallipoli? What stories can you tell us?
Q4. Do you have any extended family that have fought in any other conflicts?
Q5. Do you think ANZAC day is important? Should we celebrate the day? How else could ANZAC Day be celebrated?
Q6. During Gallipoli, Australia and NZ fought side by side. Do you think the relationship between the 2 countries is important?
Q7. Why are poppies sold before and on Anzac Day? Why was the poppy chosen and what does it represent?

Q8. How did the Anzac biscuit originate? Do you have a favourite Anzac biscuit recipe that you would like to share?
Q9. Have you ever been to an ANZAC Day celebration? What happened and how did it make you feel?

Please make sure that you have joined the Kidsedchatnz list, prior to Thursday if you are wanting to participate in our first trans-Tasman chat. More info can be found on the blog, including a step-by-step video

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Sports: The Courage to Try

What a fantastic afternoon sharing ideas. A spectacular effort! There were over 700 tweets recorded. It's great to see that we have had so many new classes join us. 

It's always SO difficult to make a decision on the tweet of the week, and today was no exception! The calibre of everyone's tweeting was very high. Seeing your original ideas makes us all smile. It was also fantastic to see all the conversations happening between classes. We hope that you've made some new friends.

Look who favourited a couple of the Kidsedchat tweets today! 

And here it is: Tweet of the Week 

Congratulations to Room 6 from St Peter's School in Beckenham, Christchurch.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Week 8: The Courage to Continue

This week we are focusing on Sport. We have a flipped lesson incorporated into this week's chat. Here is a a clip for you to watch together with your class and discuss. There is a lot of courage involved in sport.

Mahora School's Room 13 and Room 15 have created these great questions for you to talk through and chew over. You might like to follow these cool classes. Their Twitter handles are @MahoraRm15 and @rm13dreamteam. We are excited about sharing the questions that we have come up with. We are looking forward to seeing your answers on Thursday.

Have fun! Juliet Revell

"Have the courage to try, that's how great things happen!"

Question 1:
What sports are offered at your school?

Question 2:
What makes a great sportsman?

Question 3:
Who is your favourite sporting hero? What attributes of theirs standout?

Question 4:
Why is it important to be involved a sport?

Question 5:
What sport do you need the most skill to play?  Persuade the rest of us (try and start a conversation with another class)!

Question 6:
How have you displayed courage while playing a sport?

Question 7:
If you could take 3 sportsmen out for dinner who would they be?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tweet of the Week

What a a fantastic kidsedchatnz we had today, with about 786 Tweets recorded from schools around New Zealand! Thank you to everyone who participated in our chat today. It was great to learn more about your schools and how you learn.

Tweet of the Week goes to:

Congratulations Vaish!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Kidsedchatnz - Thinklink

Do you want to know a little bit more about Kidsedchatnz? Well now you can!

Check out this fabulous interactive image made by Kidsedchatnz co-organiser Reid Walker (@ReidHns1). 

The image is made using the website Thinklink and Reid is going to use it to support his up-coming presentation about Kidsedchatnz.

What do you think? Is Thinklink a worthwhile on-line tool? Hit the comment button and let us know what you think!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Week 7: General stuff about school

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This week our topic is "general stuff about school".

Questions on Thursday will be:
  1. What do you like about your school / What makes your school special?
  2. Does your school have any special physical features? Describe its layout and physical features.
  3. Where exactly is your school and how many students and teachers does your school have?
  4. Describe your classroom. What does it look like? 
  5. How would you like your learning to happen in the classroom?
  6. Is there anything you would like to change at your school/in class? What is it?
  7. Do you think it is good to have your own blog? Why?
  8. What other technologies are you using in your learning? Tell us why you are you using them.
  9. What fun things do you like to do when it is raining during lunch time?
  10. Tell us what you liked about school today.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Tweet of the week

Tremendous effort this week everyone! 

There were heaps of tweets sent today, 15 classes took part in today's session and its really positive to see that several schools now have more than 1 class taking part.

I was really impressed by the quality of tweets this week and noticed many conversations happening between the tweeters. There were a number of students who were tweeting some great ideas and it was fantastic to see that so many of you take your online safety seriously.

It was quite hard picking a 'Tweet of the Week' so I think that these ones demonstrate just how switched on you all were this week. Congratulations to all who took part.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Week 6 Topic: Digital Safety

The questions for Thursday's topic are all based around Digital Safety or staying safe online. It is sometimes called being a good digital citizen or cybersafety.

Before taking part in this weeks topic please try to watch the following video.
 Digital Safety Video

When we learn about a topic before the lesson we call this a Flipped Lesson.

The questions for Thursday's topic are as follows:

  1. How can you be safe on the internet? How can you keep your computer safe?
  2. Who teaches you about staying safe online? What are the best ways for learning about online safety?
  3. What is a digital footprint and why are they important?
  4. What are some important things to consider when taking part in Kidsedchatnz?
  5. Should school’s be using social media in the classroom and why?
  6. How do we know which websites and people to trust on-line?
  7. What should you do if your personal information is hacked?
  8. Does anyone know any website/resources or Apps to share about Cyber safety?
If you have enjoyed this weeks Kidsedchatnz topic and want to learn more you could visit the Privacy Pirates to play a game about staying safe online.

Hope you all enjoy Kidsedchatnz this week.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Tweet of the Week

Who won Tweet of the Week? Well I was so impressed with today's fantastic tweets that I decided to choose more than 1 Tweet of the Week! Here are the winning tweets!

Great Kidsedchatnz Session!

Today was a great Kidsedchatnz session with over 20 classes recording 817 tweets! The timeline was working over time! 

Well done everyone, the quality of tweets were excellent and everyone looked to be having a fantastic time! Here are some photos of the classes taking part!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Week 5 - Topic: Learning

This week's Kidsedchatnz is based all around learning! Here are the questions!

Q1. What is learning and why is it important?

Q2. What skills/things do you think you should learn and why?

Q3. Who are the people that are responsible for your learning and why are they important?

Q4. What are the things that drive/help your learning and why are they effective?

Q5. What are the things that block/stop your learning and what can you do to prevent them from happening?

Q6Why is it important to share your learning with others? What is your favourite ways to share your learning?

Q7. I am proud that I learnt how to___________because……... 

Q8. What are some of your favourite learning activities/games/sites that you use in your class?