July 26, 2016
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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.

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
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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
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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
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Mahi Kāinga: Week 10 – 11, due April 15th

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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.

March 12, 2016
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Embedding Tutorials

A couple of tutorials to show you how to embed Thinglinks and Google Slides into your blog. You’ll notice that the steps are pretty similar! I’ve put both of these on our Tips & Tricks page where you’ll find all sorts of other tutorials to help you on your blog 🙂

March 11, 2016
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Cats run the internet

In Nathan Base, Kererū Block we’ve been learning to make interactive images using Thinglink! Thinglink is another cool way of presenting information, but we wanted to make it more than just a poster that didn’t need any deeper thinking. So, we have made Thinglinks that persuade the reader of…something! Mine of course, is that cats run the internet. Hover over the image to see my evidence!

February 11, 2016
by msnathan
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Digital Citizenship: What do you need to think about when you’re online?

Watch the video’s below and have a chat to your group what you think. Have you ever been in a situation like any of the people in these videos? Have you ever had to make any of the decisions you see being made in these videos?

In the comments, leave a message as a group. You can answer the questions above, give your thoughts on something you’ve seen or any digital citizenship tips you have. When you’re commenting, remember to include the names of all your group members and to display good digital citizenship.

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