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

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.

February 19, 2016
by msnathan
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Maihi Kāinga: Term 1, Week 3-4 (Due 26th Feb)

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This week for mahi kāinga (homework), we’re going to continue getting our blogs set up & making them awesome. It would be really great to have people from our school or around the world visiting our blogs and then coming back for more. But how do we make sure our blog is awesome?

Here are your tasks for the week: 

– Go and look at the winners of last years student blogging awards. You’ll find them here. Use them to get some ideas for making your blog awesome. 

– If you haven’t already, create an about page telling readers about yourself and how you’ll be using your blog.

– Create a post that people will want to come and read. A tip for getting people to engage with your blog is to ask a question for them to answer in the comment section!

– Leave a comment on one other blog from our class. 

– Leave a comment on this post telling me what you think makes a blog awesome and one that people will want to read. 

Don’t forget to complete your MathsMates sheet and bring it in on Friday for marking!

June 7, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 7-8: Due Friday 12th June

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Can you believe that we’ve been blogging for 15 weeks! In lots of ways it seems like longer, some of you have picked it up and taken it so far that it seems like you’ve been doing it forever!

Thinking about a blog as being something to connect with people all around the world, we want it to be as professional, interesting and polished as it can be! Next week we are going to swap blogs with someone else and give them some feedback. To get ready, this week you need to do the following things:

– Check your images: Have they all got links to where you found them? Are they all around the right way? If they are a GIF, are they moving? Are your photos a decent size for your readers to enjoy them?

– Check your links: Are you using linked words like this OR pasting in the link to the post like this http://heeeeeeeey.com/

– Check your appearance: Does your layout make your blog easy to navigate? Have you added interesting widgets into your sidebars? Have you created cool backgrounds or headers (check out Sian’s blog for inspiration)? Do your posts have weird gaps in them where you have forgotten to take out spaces?

– Check your content: Have you posted regularly? Have you posted lately? Do you have an about page? Have you posted about things other than what we’ve done for school? Do you need to add some new, engaging posts this week?

– Professionalism: Do your posts look professional? Is your grammar, spelling and punctuation correct? Have you responded to comments?

EXTRA

Some other things you might want to think about to make your blog great:

– Have you incorporated some interesting widgets into your blog design?

– Have you removed the widgets you don’t want?

– Do you have the class blog roll?

– Do you have your own blog roll of other blogs you’re following from other classes, schools or countries?

– Have you done a guest post on another persons blog or had someone do one on yours?

Next Friday we are going to be auditing one another’s blogs. You can do as much or as little of this as you like but you must be prepared for receiving feedback on your blog so far at the end of this week 🙂

March 16, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Weeks 6-7: Due Friday March 20th

international-herald-tribuneImage found here.

For our homework 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 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 peoples 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.

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 11.08.12 pmImage from Mrs Bradshaws Class, click to enlarge.

Extra for Experts:

– You could also chose or link to multiple articles about the same issue, if you want to show more than one point of view. You can also include more than one photo or even video in your blog post.

– Reply to comments left on your blog posts or other blog posts.

– Complete the 100WC for this week.

– Complete some or all of the Student Blogging Challenge activities for this week.

March 3, 2015
by msnathan
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Clickable Button Help

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Want to add a snazzy badge to your blog and make it a link? Don’t have an image widget (that’s the easiest way to do it) or want the challenge of using code? Just copy the chunk of code below, paste it into a text widget and voila! Clickable button!

<a href=”http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/”><img src=”https://millionsofthumbprints.edublogs.org/files/2015/03/sbc2015-17×6216-1csfa2x.png”/></a>

March 2, 2015
by msnathan
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Your challenge, should you choose to accept it…

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 8.47.14 AMOne of the main reasons we blog and that blogging has become so popular, is that it is a way to connect and share with other people. But how do you get people to read your blog? A great way to do this is to join up with other bloggers doing challenges. Why? This gives you both ideas of what to write about but also people to connect with. Commenting on other peoples blogs is one of the best ways to get people back to your blog to read it.

Every year there is a Student Blogging Challenge where you can find cool new blogs and get weekly activities to improve your own blog. It starts this week and it is super easy to sign up. I have already signed up our class blog and if you head over here you can sign up for your personal blog as well as getting a badge for your blog to show that you’re part of the challenge.

I’m excited to see what connections we make!

February 19, 2015
by msnathan
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Where do I start??

Author_BlogStarting blogging can be overwhelming. There is a lot of new things to learn; posting, themes, images, code, comments…and that isn’t even covering what on earth to write about!

Today I’d like you to have a look at the nominees for the top student blog of 2014 or #eddies14. Once you’ve had a look through a few of them, choose three to critique. In your everything book do the following for each blog (we’ll turn this into a blog post later):

Blog name:

Blog URL:

1. Is it easy to navigate (can you find your way around easily)?

2. What do they write about (is it specific or topic based or random)?

3. Three things you like about this blog (think of how it looks, how they write, what they write about, how it is laid out):

4. One or more things you would change about this blog:

5. Star rating (out of 5 stars):

Lastly, a little something to watch to get you thinking about proof reading your work before posting!

February 13, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Week 2-3: Due Thursday 19th, February

8454884_origThis week you have a homework sheet for you to do for your Maths homework. Please rule up  your Maths homework book with middle margins, glue in the worksheet and write the answers on the page next to it.

For the second part of your homework I would like you to get familiar with using your blog. See if you can change your theme and name to how you would like it to look and write an about page introducing yourself. When you write your about page consider using a photo or photos of you and the things you are interested in to help your readers engage with your blog. Remember to check out our Tips and Tricks page for help with making posts, pages and adding images or videos.

I will have to approve your posts or pages once you publish them so don’t worry if they don’t appear straight away!

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