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


Monday, 15 May 2017

Success - Week Three Term Two

Week Three - Term Two - 2017



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


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.


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)


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


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...


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.


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.

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.

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!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Year in review - 2016

Wk 9 - 2016 Reflection

Welcome to the last KidsedchatNZ for the year, where we will be reflecting on 2016. Thank you to all the classes who took part in the chats and for sharing your ideas. 

Here are the reflection questions for Wednesday:

Q1. What was your most favourite part of this year? Why?

Q2. What facts have you learnt and what information are you now sure about?

Q3. What are some new ideas you learnt and how could you use it in the future?

Q4. What have been some of the challenges you have faced this year?

Q5. What things could you have done better?

Q6. Do you have any learning (special to you) that you would like to share?

Q7. If you could design your class for next year, what would it look like?

Q8. If you could choose what you want to learn next year, what would you choose?

Q9. What do you want to improve in 2017?

Q10. If you could describe 2016 in one word, what word would you choose?

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sports, sports, sports and more sports

OK, you asked for it so here it is a whole chat dedicated to SPORTS!

New Zealand is blessed with a whole host of talented sportsmen and sportswomen.  However we often only hear about a few sports in the media.

This week my challenge to you this week is:

Search for our sporting success stories that we haven't heard about. It could be a local star, a local team, or a national team.  But lets try and find people who play sports that normally don't get media coverage.  Bonus points if can connect with them via Twitter!

I want to keep it 'Kiwi' this week with sports, but thought this was an amazing sport that had to be shared!

Lots to discuss in this week's chat. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Wednesday at 2pm. 

Please remember to update your class' bio on Twitter - we like to connect with each other. This information helps us to see where you are from, and what year level you are. It's also really important that your teacher's Twitter handle is included on the bio.


1.What are the most important attributes that a sportsperson should posses?

2. What are the benefits of playing in a sports team?

3. Should playing in a sports team be compulsory for children at primary school?

4. How do you cope with failures on the sports field?

5. Children often get hurt or injured playing sports. Should children be allowed to play risky contact sports when there is a risk of being hurt?

6. What has been the most important life skills you have learnt playing sport and why?

7. If you could choose a New Zealand sportsperson to have breakfast with who would it be?

8.How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?  

9.What is your favourite sport to play and why?

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Inquiry Learning

An Inquiry helps you to get answers to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge. We look forward to hearing how and if you use an inquiry model in your class during our chat in Week 7.


Q1. How do you begin (or what are the steps you follow for) an inquiry study in your class?

Q2. Do you have an input into what your inquiry will be about?

Q3. During an inquiry do you work co-operatively and collaboratively to solve problems or on your own? Why and how?

Q4. Are you learning through asking questions or do you just have to remember facts? Which do you think is the best way to learn?

Q5. What different types of questions are there and what is the reason for asking these questions?

Q6. What kinds of questions do you think would help with an inquiry? Can you give some examples that you have recently used?

Q7. Are there any apps that you use to help you with/in your inquiry? What are they and how do you use them?

Q8. Do you use Genius Hour/20 Time and / or Maker movement (or any other) for an inquiry focus? Why and how?

Q9. Can you share something new that you have learnt during an inquiry?

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Arts

Art can be influenced by culture and for many years people have expressed themselves through art. Our Week 6 chat will be dedicated around the topic 'The Arts'.


Q1. What kind of art do you like and why?

Q2. What is one thing you have learnt in the Arts this year?

Q3. 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?

Q7. Who are some famous artists in / from NZ?  Who are they and what are they famous for? (eg. movies, opera, painting)

Q8. Do you think music and dancing are forms of art? Why / why not?

Q9. What do you think life would be like without art?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Being a Kiwi

Our Week 5 chat is all about celebrating being a New Zealander and all the beautiful cultures that we have here in NZ. 

Here are some interesting challenges to help you along the way:
  • Redesign a piece of kiwiana using another culture as inspiration.
  • Create a visual or digital mihi, pepeha or biopoem. A template for a biopoem is here.
  • Write a poem about being a New Zealander.
  • Write or draw to explain the whakatauki: "He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!" which translates into "What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!"
  • Plan a time capsule to showcase New Zealand - what would you put in it? 


Q1. Where were you born and how long have you lived in NZ?

Q2. What languages can you speak? or what language would you like to learn and why?

Q3. What are the best and worst things about living in NZ?

Q4. How many cultures/nationalities are there in your class or school? What are they?

Q5. What is something that you have learned about a different culture?

Q6. What would you put in a time capsule to celebrate NZ culture?

Q7. If you could make another NZ public holiday, what would it be and why? Eg Matariki, Diwali, Chinese New Years or something else.

Q8. What does being a New Zealander or Kiwi mean to you? How does it make you feel?

Please be ready to share one of the challenges you've completed with us.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


Week 4's KidsedchatNZ is all about family. Our families play a huge part in who we are and who we will become. To prepare for this weeks chat, talk to mum, dad, uncles, aunties or grandparents to learn about your family, both past and present. Try to find some interesting stories or facts that you might be able to share.

Throughout the whole chat, try to ask questions about others families. Maybe look for someone who is similar to you (youngest of 3 kids, only boy/girl in the family etc) and see if they feel the same way about their family as you do. Or ask questions of others who come from a larger/smaller family to try to find out what it is like for them.


Q1. Who makes up your family? What position were you born in your family? Oldest? Youngest? Middle? What's it like being that position?

Q2. What is special about your family? What do you love about your family?

Q3. Would you prefer to be in a big family or small family? Why?

Q4. Do you have any family traditions? (Holidays, fun activities etc)

Q5. How often do you spend time with your grandparents? Do you think it's important to spend time with them?

Q6. What's the best piece of advice a family member has given you?

Q7. Share a story about your family. What's something interesting or funny we can learn about them?

Q8. Kid President has a list of 10 things every Mum needs to know. What would you add to the list? 

Q9. Just for fun! Make a poem, sentence or story using these 3 words: Kind, Proud, Hero.

Thursday, 20 October 2016


New Zealand's best books for 2016 were chosen at the NZ Book Awards. As 'Books' were one of the topics you've requested within your feedback Google form at the end of Term 3, KidsedchatNZ have decided that Week 3's chat will celebrate the greats books kids from across New Zealand read.


Q1. Tell us about your favourite book and why do you like it?

Q2. If you could have dinner with 3 of your favourite book characters who would they be and why?

Q3. Which books do you prefer reading, non-fiction or fictions books.  Give us a reason why.

Q4. If you could be any character in a book, who would you choose to be and why?

Q5. Suggest a book that would be great to read as a class. Tell us why it’s an awesome book.

Q6. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Why would you choose that?

Q7. Describe what happens in your class that makes reading fun for you?

Q8. Books provide us with lots of new information, can you share with us something you have learnt from a book?

Q9. Can you please share with us any on-line/digital books that you like?

Thursday, 13 October 2016


The topic for Week 2's KidsedchatNZ is all about technology e.g. iPads, tablets, computers etc. 


Q1. What technology do you use in your classroom and why?

Q2. What is your favourite app or programme? 

Q3. How do you use your favourite app or programme in your classroom? 

Q4. Can technology improve your learning? Why or why not?

Q5. What piece of technology, app or programme would you like to use in your classroom and why?

Q6. What technology do you think there will be in ten years time, that we don't have now? 

Q7. If you could design an iPad app what would your app be called and how would it help children with their learning? 

Q8. How can we make sensible choices when we are posting comments online? 

Q9. What can other students learn from joining in with KidsedchatNZ?

Monday, 10 October 2016

Information for Term 4

Hi there all our 'Kidsedchatters'. We hope you have had a great holiday break and feel refreshed for Term 4.

We've looked at your feedback and feed forward from the end of Term 3 and found this to be of real value to us. 
(Image credit: Pixabay)

We listened to your requests and as an outcome, the chats from week 2 - week 7 will all be on topics you've asked for. The topic / challenge / questions will be posted on a Thursday a week before the chat. (for example, the topic for Wednesday 19 October - week 2, will be posted on Thursday 13 October). We hope this will help with your preparation for the chat.

We are looking forward to our first chat on Wednesday 19 October @ 2.00pm. See you there!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Term Three - Kidsedchatnz Reflection and and feed forward

Kia ora,

The end of the term is fast approaching, so this week's chat is a reflection about Term Three and some feed forward for Term Four.

This week we will be asking you to reflect on your learning, and to share your thoughts about Kidsedchatnz.  One of this weeks questions will be answered using a google form which will provide us with some great feedback.


  1. What was the most interesting thing that you have learned in Term Three?
  2. What are some of the challenges that you faced this term?
  3. Share one piece of work that you are really proud of from this term.
  4. What were your proudest moments as a learner this term?
  5. Thinking about your learning, what would you like to improve in Term Four?
  6. This question will be a link to a google form to provide us with feedback about Kidsedchatnz. I will tweet it out on the day.
  7. Think about a success you had in Term Three. What was the key to your success?
  8. If you could describe Term Three in 3 words, what would those words be?
  9. What are you and your whanau planning on doing during the school holidays?

Thursday, 1 September 2016

What else......

Kia ora,

Right across Aotearoa in every classroom children are busily engaged in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics learning.   This happens in every school and every classroom.  This week we are on a mission to find out 'What else' goes on in your wonderful schools!

So be prepared to share all the other awesome things that you do that make up your normal school day.

I can't wait to read all about these great things that makes your school day awesome!


Q1: Tell us a little bit about your School.

Q2: During a normal school day what else do you do (apart from Reading, Writing, Maths)?

Q3: What is your favourite thing to do in class (apart from Reading, Writing, Maths)?

Q4: I love the video!  What makes your School awesome?

Q5: Does your school run clubs, groups etc?  Tell us about them.

Q6:  If you were able to add one more club or group, what would it be and why?

Q7: What cultural/sporting/music opportunities exist at your school?  Do you take part in them?

Q8: What school events take you out of your School grounds?

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Week 6 - Sharing your love of Writing

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

Well recently I have been looking through all of our awesome Kidsedchatnz topics. It was inspirational looking at the great topics.  However, one thing struck me. Writing, we haven't had a chat dedicated just to writing in a wee while.

So this week we are chatting about your writing.  The work you produce either in class or at home.  I can't wait to hear and read about the brilliant writing that occurs in classrooms right across Aotearoa.

Before the chat watch the videos below. They are inspirational writers talking about their experiences when writing.


Q1: What is your class writing about at the moment?  What is your daily motivation?

Q2: What are your learning goals in writing at the moment?

Q3: How do you know when you have reached or met your writing goals?

Q4: What do you do when you are finding writing difficult? Are you able to solve it independently?

Q5: Do you agree with the quote from the first video "Inspiration is nonsense"?  Why or why not?

Q6: Share a piece of your writing.  This could be a doc, photo, or in a tweet.

Q7: What skills do you think a good writer needs to have?

Q8: What are your favourite topics to write about and why?

Q9: If you were to design a perfect writing lesson, what would it include and how would it motivate others?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sharing our interests & learning

Many times we limit ourselves because we fear what other people might think. The result is that we might not share things that we find interesting or even all the amazing things we have learnt.

Here is a great video to watch and to think about. Always remember that you are awesome!


Q1. What are your interests, talents or passions?

Q2. Do you get to share about your interests in the classroom? How?

Q3. Do you enjoy sharing your interests/ learning with others? Why? Why not?

Q4. Who do you share your learning with? 

Q5. In what ways do you share your learning?

Q6. Share some learning right now... on twitter! Add a link, photo, write about it, anything you like.

Q7. Do you think it is important to share your learning with others? Why? Why not? 

Q8. What are the benefits for you, as the learner, when you share your learning? 

Q9. Share with us your most favourite app or online tool to share your learning. Why is it your favourite? 

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

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years. This year it is hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016. Many athletes and their teams are selected to represent New Zealand.
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You can watch the Official Olympics 2016 Theme Song Music Video. You might like to pay attention to the words written at the bottom.


Q1. Do you agree with the words in the video? Which 'phrase' do you like? Why?

Q2. Name some of the Olympic sports. Which one is your favourite?

Q3. What is the Olympic torch?

Q4. What are the Olympic Values? What is their meaning?

Q5. Who wins medals?

Q6. Are the gold medals real gold?

Q7. Why do we have the Olympic rings as the emblem of the Olympic Games?

Q8. What is the Olympic motto?

Q9. Who is your favourite Olympic hero? Why?

Q10. Imagine your own Olympic success in the future... which sport do you think you would be participating in?

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Thursday, 4 August 2016


From 8 - 12 August we have New Zealand Maths Week, therefore KidsedchatNZ will be talking about Maths.

Below is a whole lot of different Maths tasks/challenges that you can complete during the week. You don't have to complete them all, just pick whichever ones suit your level.

The tasks/challenges are:
1. Throw a pack of cards out onto the concrete and put them into order as fast as you can. They need to be placed in suits from 2 to Ace.
Image credit: Pixabay

2. Design your own money!

Image credit: Pixabay

3. Turn this triangle upside down by moving only three of the 'coins'

4. Make 3D shapes using ice-block sticks / toothpicks and play dough
Image credit: sicosico

5. Use ScratchJr and make a short story or conversation
Image credit:


Q1. Tweet a picture or video of some of your challenges this week.

Q2. Leave a reply on someone's tweet. Remember to comment on their challenge.

Q3. Reflect on your challenges. How do you think you did? What was hard? Easy? Enjoyable?

Q4. Write your own word problem for other people to answer.

Q5. Try and answer someone's word problem. Make sure you reply back saying whether they are right or wrong.

Q6. What have you been learning about in Maths? Tell/Explain a Maths strategy that you have learnt this year?

Q7. What are some of your favourite activities that you have done in Maths this year?

Q8. Why is it important to learn about Maths?

Q9. What are some of your favourite Maths Apps that you use in class? Why do you like them?

Q10. Write a short story or poem using these 4 words: Reflection, Triangle, Half and Money 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Focus the Spotlight on Learning

On Wednesday 3 August, we will focus the spotlight on your learning...

Did you know:
- Learning new things is like water and sunshine to the brain
- Learning makes the brain grow stronger
- Your brain will become stronger when you exercise it
- Your brain will become heavier, but don't worry, it doesn't grow in size

- You can change your ability through effort
- You can succeed, it might only need a lot of practice


Q1. What do you like about being back for Term 3 / What makes it special?

Q2. Are you aware of any special things that you will be involved in this term? What will it be?

Q3. Thinking about the video, what could you do if things get hard in your learning?

Q4. Do you think you can become smarter? How?

Q5. What might stop your brain from growing?

Q6. How would you like your learning to happen in the classroom this term?

Q7. Is there anything you would like to change in your class to help with your learning? What is it?

Q8. Is it o.k. to make mistakes? Why or why not?

Q9. Do you use technologies in your learning? Tell us how it helps you with your learning.

Q10. Tell us what you liked about school today.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Week 9 - Term Reflection

Hey everyone, the term is coming to an end, so this week's Kidsedchatnz is a term reflection. 

Unfortunately it's the last chat for the term, thanks everyone for making Kidsedchatnz such a cool learning vehicle!


Q1. What was your favourite part of this term? Why?

Q2. What have been some of the challenges you have faced this term? What was difficult?

Q3. What was something interesting that happened this term? Did it turn out the way you thought?

Q4. Do you have any artwork, blog posts or favourite learning that you would like to share with us?

Q5. If you could change 1 thing about this term what would it be? Why do you want to change it?

Q6. If you could describe Term 2 in one word, what word would you choose?

Q7. What are your goals for Term 3? What do you want to improve next term?

Q8. If you could choose what you want to learn in class next term, what would you choose?

Q9. What's been your favourite topic for Kidsedchatnz this term? What topics would you like to discuss next term?

Q10. What are you planning to do for the holidays?

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!