October 11, 2016
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Citylife: plan your world

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You have the opportunity of a lifetime, to create the ultimate city. Cities are nothing without their people. They make up the culture, the economy, the innovation and the community. How are you going to encourage people to choose your city to be a part of?

Brief doc

Collaborative resource doc

Have to have:

  • City name & slogan
  • Birds eye view of city center (detailed)
  • Birds eye view of total city
  • Advertising brochure/poster for your city (hard copy A3)
  • Piece of writing outlining industries/opportunities
  • Fact sheet/infographic: population, breakdown of demographics, climate, geography, cost of living, interesting facts/what’s special, political systems
  • Real estate ad for average home
  • Famous person/landmark/discovery, etc

Planning:

  • Expo stand plan: 2 x desks, 1 Chromebook
  • How will you sell your city?

We would love to hear about your city and what you love about it. Please add to our Padlet below!

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July 26, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi kāinga: Week 1 – 2, Due Monday August 1st

For our mahi kāinga this week we are going to analyse the news. As a critical thinker is important that we engage with the news, ask questions, look deeper, reflect on and even disagree sometimes with the news we read. That is how we can have a deeper understanding of what is going on in the world around us. This is participating and contributing and that is one of our key competencies. Remember, that even the most unbiased news article is still only one persons version of events!

1. Choose an online news article* to analyse and make sure that it either has a photo or you can find one elsewhere that relates to the story. Here are some places to look: Stuff,Scoop, NZ Herald,Dominion Post, The Guardian, The Wireless, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, A Mighty Girl, TIME For Kids, The Learning Network (NYT), Nick News,DOGO News.

2. Write a blog post on your blog that includes an image about your news story, a link to the original story and a brief summary of the story in your own words. You can include your ideas, thoughts, and opinions in your summary.

3. In the blog post, after your summary, use the thinking hats  (remember you don’t need to do the blue one) to analyse the story. You can talk about the news event itself but you also might want to talk about how the journalist has written about the event. What messages were they trying to get across and how do you know? Do you agree or disagree with how they’ve reported it? Why?

4. Include a ‘call to action’ in your blog post either at the end, beginning or even more than once that encourages the reader to comment on your post and engage with what you’re writing. It could be a general ask for people’s thoughts or you might have something more specific in mind.

5. Comment on 3 other blog posts about the news from our class. Use the blog commenting rubric below to make sure the comments you leave are interesting, engaging and are thinking beyond just what you read.

June 29, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: End of Term 2 (almost!).

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Wow, I can’t quite believe we’re almost half way through the year! I feel like it has been flying by. For our last piece of homework I’d like you to do a bit of a round up/reflection on the year so far. Here are some things you might want to consider:

  • Highlights
  • Lowlights
  • New learning
  • Things you are proud of
  • Times when you had to be resilient and persevered
  • Funny moments
  • Quotes

You can present this in anyway you like. You might want to make an animation using Wideo or Moovly, you could create a Thinglink or a Prezi, a piece of art, a game, a blog post, a video or even a cake! Choose a way that you’d like to interpret of present your ideas that suits you best. If it isn’t blog based, maybe take a photo post it there or bring it in for us to see.

Things to think about:

  • You might want to look at the previous post to see what other students have said about what makes a good piece of homework.
  • Think about including reasons why you think or say the things you say.

June 13, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 7 – 8, due Monday 20th June.

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ONE MORE THING

On this blog post, leave a comment telling us one or more criteria that could tell us if a piece of homework is ‘good’? Have a think about what you think ‘good’ means here. Will it be the same for everyone?

Here’s our list of homework options for this week. Remember, there must be evidence of a finished thing or what you’re in the middle of working on either on your blog, in a doc or in a hard copy to me by Monday. This could just be a blog post talking about what you’re working, screen shots, planning for a project, etc.

Student Ideas

  • Make and share a video of your pet
  • Make an animation of last weeks project
  • Make/construct a project (this could be coding, building, craft, lego, animation, etc)
  • Make a movie (here’s some stop motion apps to check out)
  • Design your own sport
  • Get better at something and blog about it (see last week)
  • Find a new hobby
  • Design a apocalyptic bunker
  • Design your dream home
  • Design a car
  • Repeat the baking challenge.
  • Watch and review a movie/some movies. Create your own rating system and look at other movie reviews to get an idea for what language to use. Get some inspiration here, hereand here.

100 Word Challenge

Have a go at this weeks 100 Word Challenge. You can find the prompt here. Remember to write your piece of writing on to your blog and proof read your work before posting. Once you have written it, login to the 100WC site with the details I have emailed you and submit your writing!

Weekly Quiz

If you’d like to do the Weekly Quiz for your homework this week, see me for a handout if you’d prefer to have a hard copy

May 31, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 5 – 6, due Monday 6th June

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Here’s our list of homework options for this week. Remember, there must be evidence of a finished thing or what you’re in the middle of working on either on your blog, in a doc or in a hard copy to me by Monday. This could just be a blog post talking about what you’re working, screen shots, planning for a project, etc.

Student Ideas

  • Make and share a video of your pet (New)
  • Make an animation of last weeks project (New)
  • Make/construct a project (this could be coding, building, craft, lego, animation, etc)
  • Make a movie (here’s some stop motion apps to check out)
  • Design your own sport
  • Get better at something and blog about it (see last week)
  • Find a new hobby
  • Design a apocalyptic bunker
  • Design your dream home
  • Design a car
  • Repeat the baking challenge from last week
  • Watch and review a movie/some movies. Create your own rating system and look at other movie reviews to get an idea for what language to use. Get some inspiration here, here and here.

100 Word Challenge

Have a go at this weeks 100 Word Challenge. You can find the prompt here. Remember to write your piece of writing on to your blog and proof read your work before posting. Once you have written it, login to the 100WC site with the details I have emailed you and submit your writing!

Weekly Quiz

If you’d like to do the Weekly Quiz for your homework this week, see me for a handout if you’d prefer to have a hard copy

May 23, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 4 – 5, due Monday 30th

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You might choose to research your artist model for homework.

As we’ve been talking about at school, you’ve got tons of choice in what you do for mahi kāinga this week. Here’s some options for you to choose from, remember that whatever you choose to do you need to document it either on your blog or if you’d prefer in a book. You could also email it to me if you like!

100 Word Challenge

Have a go at this weeks 100 Word Challenge. You can find the prompt here. Remember to write your piece of writing on to your blog and proof read your work before posting. Once you have written it, login to the 100WC site with the details I have emailed you and submit your writing!

Weekly Quiz

If you’d like to do the Weekly Quiz for your homework this week, see me for a handout if you’d prefer to have a hard copy

Student Ideas

  • Make/construct a project (this could be coding, building, craft, lego, animation, etc)
  • Make a movie (here’s some stop motion apps to check out)
  • Design your own sport
  • Get better at something and blog about it (see last week)
  • Find a new hobby
  • Design a apocalyptic bunker
  • Design your dream home
  • Design a car
  • Repeat the baking challenge from last week
  • Watch and review a movie/some movies. Create your own rating system and look at other movie reviews to get an idea for what language to use. Get some inspiration here, here and here.

 

May 16, 2016
by msnathan
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Art: A colour story

Frida Kahlo Colour Story

Time Markers for the tutorial

0:25sec – getting your canvas (white background) to start on.

0:46sec – opening up your paintings

1:02 – making your image smaller

1:12 – selecting your image so that you can copy it

1:21 – pasting your image onto your background

1:24 – moving your image around the background

2:34 – how to move your images around and what layers do

3:02 – how to join all your layers together before adding colours

3:21 – creating a new layer for your first colour

3:30 – creating your colour palette

5:17 – adding a new layer for your second (and third, etc) colour

5:53 – moving the coloured circles

7:12 – moving a circle you aren’t working on right now

Here is the link to our Pinterest board that you might want to use to help you choose a painter to explore.

 

May 16, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 3 – 4, Due Monday May 23rd May

TREAT-YO-SELF

Here are the guidelines and options for this weeks mahi kāinga! You can choose one or more of the following challenges.

Recipe Tester

Treat yo self (or someone else) by choosing and making a delicious recipe! Here’s what I’d like you to do…

  • Choose a recipe that you love or find a new one that looks good, either online or in a recipe book.
  • Innovate on your recipe. Add new flavours, substitute ingredients, change some ingredient amounts but not others, dip it in chocolate, liquify it, do a mash up of two different recipes. Post this new recipe on your blog with photos and comments on how it turned out.

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Get something or learn something new

  • First, pick a thing. It could be a thing that you already know how to do or something totally new. It does need to be something that can be measured in someway. Some examples are: juggling, running, saying the alphabet in a new language, drawing, making the perfect cupcake, origami, perfecting a photoshop edit.
  • Write a blog post explaining what your thing is and how often you are going to do it to get better at it (daily, every second day, three times a week, etc).
  • Document evidence of you doing the thing and your results. Post this on your blog either throughout the week or as a round up post at the end.

100 Word Challenge

Have a go at this weeks 100 Word Challenge. You can find the prompt here. Remember to write your piece of writing on to your blog and proof read your work before posting. Once you have written it, login to the 100WC site with the details I have emailed you and submit your writing!

Weekly Quiz

If you’d like to do the Weekly Quiz for your homework this week, see me for a handout :)

April 6, 2016
by msnathan
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 10 – 11, due April 15th

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Image via Creative Commons

Your mahi kāinga for the next week and a half is to complete some of the tasks from Week 5 of the Student Blogging Challenge.

This weeks challenges are all about being fair when we use images and sounds we find online. It’s super important (and just good manners!) to make sure that when we use something we haven’t created ourselves that we give credit to the place we found it or people who created it.

Watch the video above, it shows an example of how people might feel when they don’t get proper credit for their work.

Tasks

  • Complete at least three of the Student Blogging Challenge Activities. Remember to leave a comment on the Student Blogging post to show you have done them.
  • Check that your blog address is showing up properly as a link on the Student Blogging List. If it is missing, use this link to sign back up.
  • Continue to leave some comments on other blogs, both from our class and classes from other schools.
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