Sunday, 24 June 2018

Plastic Straws Suck.

We are carrying on with looking at ways to help our environment!
Thanks for sharing your ideas last week! This week we are looking at single use
plastic straws.

Did you know that everyday we use enough straws to wrap around the world four times!?
Scientists think that at the moment there could be more than 5.2 trillion bits of
plastic in our oceans.

We want to take action this week, what can you do or design to help solve
the plastic straw problem?

We want to talk about your ideas! Can you design/make something to
solve this problem?

Room nine and ten did some persuasive writing to our local cafes to see if they
could stop using plastic straws.

Last week we started to track our rubbish, were you surprised how much you used?
Are you able to cut down on plastic?
If you have any great ideas make sure you put them onto the rubbish bag
flip grid

Password: Enviroschool

Take a look at these two links:


Q1: Do you think you could live without straws? Why/why not?


Q2: What did Molly Steer do about plastic straws? (Ted Talk Straw No More)

Q3: Molly said that some people need to use straws why do you think this is true?

Q4: What do you think you could do to help out the plastic problem?

Q5: What could you design to stop the use of plastic straws?
Feel free to post your creations if you have made something!

Q5: What questions do you have now about single use plastic items
(straws, cups, knives and forks etc)

Q6: What do you think you could do to cut down you waste?

Q7: Did you create a paper bag last week? How much rubbish did you collect?

Q8: How do you think you could convince someone else to stop using single use plastic?\

Sunday, 17 June 2018


Kia ora everyone!

This week we want to talk about sustainability. This means doing things
that we can keep on doing without hurting our environment.
We want to know what this means for you.
What do you do at home and at school to help your environment.
Do you have any good ideas of how we can help our environment?
We would love to hear your ideas.

The enviro leaders from Hawea Flat School have a challenge for you.
You will need some newspaper to create your very own rubbish bag.
Leave your bag out and see how much rubbish you use each week
and if you can cut anything out.

Here is the link to their video you can add a video on the grid of you
making your own or add how much rubbish you have collected.

Password: Enviroschool

Feel free to add any ideas you have on how we can help our environment to this padlet
Made with Padlet

What does Sustainability look like in your local community?


1. What does sustainability mean to you?

2. What things do you do in your school that show sustainability?

3. How would you include sustainability practises into your day? Can you add some ideas of how you could help our environment to the padlet

4. Have seen any sustainable practises in you community?

5. Watch the video and take some time to make a rubbish holder post a photo of it if you can

6. List somethings that you could do at school to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.

7. What would you say to other students in your school about what they could do to develop sustainable practises at home and school?

See you Wednesday

Monday, 4 June 2018

Matariki 2018

Kia ora koutou,

Tenei wiki kei te ako matou e pa ana ki Matariki. 

Our chat will be on Wednesday 13 June.

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year. Different tribes celebrated Matariki at different times.  For some it was when Matariki rose in May/June. For others it was celebrated at the first new moon, or full moon, following the rising of Matariki. In the 21st century it is the new moon following the rising of Matariki that signals the New Year. This year Matariki begins on the 15th of June.

I think that it is awesome to develop our knowledge of our collective heritage and identity.  

This made me your opinion or culture, when is New Year?  So get your curiosity and wondering brains in gear and challenge yourself to ask..... Is today really today? Does everyone around the world have the same date and time, or calendar as we use in New Zealand.

In preparation for our chat:

1. Design a poster to advertise Matariki (incorporate the star cluster and the time of year)

2. Watch the following videos 

This clip will help you learn all the names of the Matariki stars - enjoy singing along with Room 5 from Mahora Primary School- Awesome effort Miss Boaler and Rm 5


1. What is Matariki?

2. There are two meanings to Matariki. Can you tell us what they are?

3. Matariki is referred to as the 'Māori New Year'.  When do other cultures/religions celebrate the New Year?

4. What does the rising of Matariki signal to the Māori?

5. Matariki played a significant role in determining when to plant foods such as kūmara (sweet potatoes). What did clear, bright stars indicate?

6. Matariki is a cluster of stars.  Do you know of any other star clusters or constellations in our southern skies?

7. Share with us the poster that you have designed and tell us about it.

8. In your opinion is Matariki important enough to be recognised as a National Holiday in NZ, if so why?

Have you tried a digital breakout with your class? There is a Matariki one coming soon.

Check out the link here

See you on Wednesday 13 June.

Juliet Revell

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 :)