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

@Juliet_Revell

Monday, 15 May 2017

Success - Week Three Term Two

Week Three - Term Two - 2017


WHAT IS SUCCESS? EVERYONE SEEMS TO THINK ABOUT IT QUITE DIFFERENTLY! SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT MONEY, FAME, popularity EQUALS SUCCESS, IS THERE MORE TO IT THAN THAT?

Questions:

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

Science

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.

Questions:

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)

Questions:

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

Welcome,

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...


Questions:

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.



Questions:

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.

Challenges:
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.

Questions:
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?


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A New Year, A New Start...


We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that this year will be a great one for everyone! 

Information for 2017 as follows:
  • Our first chat will be held on: Friday 17 February
  • Time: Friday between 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Blog posts: Questions will be posted on the blog a week before the chat on a Thursday

We look forward to chatting with you again this year!