K-2 Technology Challenge

Whilst we engage with design and technology on a daily basis at school, we wanted an opportunity to highlight all the forms this can take. Thank you to Mr Broughton for organizing this.

Here are some of things the children took part in


Boat making

Design electronics

Lego Technics

Tower building

TV program making

And more…

Thank you to Ms Connie for the photos.

If you go online… a continuing conversation with parents and children

Our post about children’s opinions about being online provided some interesting insights from children and parents in the comment section.

Here are the children’s comments LINK

I am posting the parent comments here


It’s great to talk about iPad in class. I am also wondering how other family’s rule is like.

Kaisa |

Excellent topic to cover at school! What Leevi forgot to mention (or hasn’t realized) is that since he only asks to use the iPad maybe once a week, he can use it when he asks ;-). We have luckily not had to limit the time yet. And also, we do monitor what he does with it. Mostly plays Minecraft. Sometimes watches related videos on YouTube. I find YouTube more difficult to control. How do other parents tackle the internet? Once he can spell correctly, I don’t necessarily know what search words he uses any more…

Maria |

Wonderful conversations, especially about the “what made you feel uncomfortable” talk. Thats something we parents really worry about when letting them watch youtube. Mie, to answer your question, Ian gets to use my ipad 30mins a day when he’s been a good boy, and after he’s done his reading and studying he gets to watch one or two Minecraft videos on YouTube on the TV , so we know what he is watching. He likes ‘Stampy’ videos, which honestly drives me up the wall every time I hear that voice. Sometimes we lose track of time and he ends up watching for an hour or so, that’s something my husband and I need to fix.

After the break let’s get together and discuss this with anyone who wants to join the conversation.

In the mean time…

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 8.02.50 AMGoogle has developed an online search engine for children called Kiddle. We used it to research tadpoles. Let us know what you think of it.

Link to Kiddle:  http://www.kiddle.co/



Looking forward to talking soon.

If you go online… a conversation.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 10.53.46 AMWhat are your family rules for using the iPad etc?

Leevi: You can use it if you ask. I can do anything on it, except buy games.

Kimi: So I can use the telephone and on my dad’s phone I can play games and and You Tube. I have to ask to download games if I want it, but only on Saturday and Sunday.

Andrew: I need to do jobs and then I get stars. I need 1o stars for 10 minutes. I have to ask my mum if I can do it and it is an app on my mum’s iPad.

Daniel: You can do it but you have to ask.


Have you ever seen anything that has made you feel uncomfortable? What did you do about it?

  •  Once I saw a mouth on balloon TD battles and it made me uncomfortable. I went out of the game and went in and found the X button.
  • When I tried to write Minecraft in Japanese and after that I saw a guy in his underwear. I didn’t really like it so I ‘goed’ somewhere else and played on the computer, Minecraft.
  • There is a video game called Poo Superman and I didn’t know it was that. When I typed it pooed on people’s head. I played a bit and it is too disgusting so I went out. It is boring.

Do you have a password? Why do you have it?

Vivi: The phone has it.

Chen Yan: The school iPad has a password and it keeps things safe.

Yukei: So no one can go and play my games.

Ian: Some peoples can’t play. When they come to my house then they can do it.

Isa: There is a password on my dad’s phone. It is like the iPads at school. Sometimes some people do want other people playing their games.

What can you take from other people? How do you know what you can take?

Yutika: I need to use my brain. Copyright means you can’t copy.

Owen: It could be a password and only the person on the blog. Copyright means you can’t take it, you can’t copy it.

What would you put on your blog?

Lucas: Run fast video. Reading video.

What comments do people write on our blog and twitter?

Kei: It’s good, words like, I like your drawing.

Reina: If someone took a picture of a toad, it would say toad spawn. You should say, “wow that is good.” Say happy things.


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How do you communicate with people who aren’t in your space?

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 10.53.46 AMWe have been posing questions around the use of technology. We are curious to know what devices and software the children use.

What is hardware?

The general consensus was it is furniture like tables and chairs. Then they said it was…


  • iPhone
  • iPod
  • Tablet


  • Computer
  • T.V
  • Mouse
  • Mini phone
  • Cables
  • Mini pad iPad mini
  • iPad

What is software?

The general consensus was cushions and pillows!


Spider man, Candy Crush, Minecraft, internet, Lego creator, You Tube, Create World, Apps, Pacman, Castle Craft, Google, Joy Ride, App store, wifi, settings, Salon game, My Talking Angel, NinjaGo, Mario, Soda Crush, Crossy road, Star Wars Lego, Angry Birds, Racing Car, Plants Vs Zombies, Sonic Bash

Which apps or programs do you use to communicate with people not in your space?

What is communicating?

The children said this was talking, writing and taking pictures. They decided it wasn’t playing multiplayer games if you couldn’t message. They said you can’t see peoples faces, and in MineCraft the faces stay the same and you can’t know what they are feeling.

Talking tools

Skype, Face Time, phone message, talking on a phone

Writing tools

Texting, Mine Craft, Lego Jurrasic World (can choose a message at the end of the game), Balloon Battles, RaynMan (sometimes), We Chat, email, Twitter



Image credit



Author study for September, Joy Cowley.

Author study for September, Joy Cowley.

Joy found reading very hard and could not read until she was 9.

I have included this video as it shows how we can overcome challenges and thrive. I hope that inspires our developing readers.

Our Author  is Joy Cowley. Cowley writes fun books with repetitive texts and clear illustrations, which make them ideal for early readers. Over the years she has been given several awards for her stories.

The children have begun reading about Mrs Wishy Washy, Meanies, Hungry Giants, Hairy Bears and Jigarees. Through these books, the children are developing their reading readiness skills and are building their bank of sight words. These books also build vocabulary for writing.

The children would love to share some of the their favourite Joy Cowley books with you.

NOTE TO PARENTS Digital Citizenship in Grade One

This is a link to some lovely stories read by Joy Cowley. Please be aware that this site has other content. Please supervise your child’s  use of online sources.

Our learning community reaches round the world

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 8.07.04 AMOur friends in America, (Jenn’s class) sent us a video they made to show how they celebrate. They made it using Google Glass. Here is a picture of the glass. We have already made videos for each other.

(Image Reuters)

IMG_3601 IMG_3613Before the holiday the children sent New year cards to their Twitter buddy class in Canada, America and England. The class in England sent us a card each, a story, a train map and some homemade worksheet games to play. This is our thank you video. KinderPals, in Canada sent us Valentine cards, the children sent thank you tweets and pictures.

The children choose to share their learning with their buddy classes. The other classes ask the children questions and offer feedback on their learning. The children have a desire to share with others beyond the wall of their classroom. They have a sense of being a community of learners they can reach out to. When Troy left to go to America for a semester the children tweeted him and sent him pictures of what was happening in the class.

Kingfisher class sent us a tweet with a list of questions and we responded on their class blog.

KinderPals would like use to make Lego castles.

Developing our Maths curriculum through Twitter.

The children have been sending Kingfisher class pictures of their shapes and designs. Kingfisher class sent us a puzzle to solve.

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Children’s opinions for spelling conventions for their blogs

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.31.50 AMWe sought the children’s opinion about how words should be spelt on their personal blogs. When we send emails, tweets and publish books we use conventional spelling.
We asked the children. In your opinion how should we spell words  on your blogs?
LV: It doesn’t have to be perfect, mistakes are learning.
MB: Try your best to spell.
SC: You can’t spell perfectly all the time, and if you didn’t do a mistakes at all, you wouldn’t be learning.
OH: It doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, it matters that you try your best.
YM: If you write something and you are not sure it is OK because you are trying your best.
LR: If it’s alright if you do a mistake, cause if you make it your teacher can check it and then you will know how to do it.
YO: If you can sound out the words, it doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, just try your best.
HM: Your best try, if you try and do it perfect it will be scribbly. Not your worst, just clear and your best.
TA: It doesn’t have to be perfect, do what you can and put it down.
CK: If you make a mistake it is still good, it is your learning from spelling the word. When you learn more, you will get more better and smarter.

Why children have their own blogs in Grade One.



The children created these essential agreements  for blogging.

  1. We will keep our password safe.
  2. We will ask to use other people ideas and learning.
  3. We will post appropriate things.
  4. We will say things which make people feel comfortable when we comment.
  5. We will put things onto the blog that are important to us.

We will keep our password safe.

Each child has chosen a password, a copy of the password is kept by Zoe. Zoe must be very careful with this in case it gets hacked. Children may choose to share their password with parents.

We will ask to use other people ideas and learning.

Everyone can look at the blogs and get ideas from other people. We can’t take other peoples things because they belong to them, they could be copyright.

We will post appropriate things.

Everyone can put what they want on their blog, but they should be things which make people feel comfortable. Sometimes you can see uncomfortable things on the internet. If you do you go and tell a grown up. Even if you didn’t ask to go on the internet still tell someone, the promise is the grown up will not be mad.

We will say things which make people feel comfortable when we comment.

When we write on other peoples blogs we will use words which will make people happy. All blog posts and comments go to Zoe first, this is Zoe’s rule for having a blog.

We will put things onto the blog that are important to us.

We our proud of our blogs and our learning and we want to share it with our friends and family.


We are using  kidblog because,

The children document and reflect on their learning using digital tools. The children are intrinsically motivated to share their thinking, learning process and products with the class, their families and the wider community. We wanted to find a unique space to honour this documentation.

The  kidblogs are intended to be a platform for the  celebration of co-constructed learning. This are a social process of digital documentation, which invites children, their families, teachers and the wider world to: construct, share and reflect. This platform invites all involved to engage and share perspectives. Defined curriculum outcomes will be embraced through personal passions and individual expressions of learning, using authentic and meaningful technological documentation and tools.

Family near and Far

Please feel free to leave comments on the children’s blogs or add new posts at home. All comments and posts are moderated by Zoe. Please be patient when you are waiting to see your new posts.

Our wider community of connected learners

Please feel free to leave comments on the children’s blogs. All comments and posts are moderated by Zoe. Please be patient when you are waiting to see your new replies.

Tools for working with Kidblogs at home.

You can log in and post a comment or post through the website. This lets the children use the same format as adult  blogs.

There is an app you can download to access kidsblog, for Android and Apple devices. APPLE  ANDROID (You can download the WordPress app and connect to a Kidblog class URL (http://kidblog.org/yis1P/)  Come and ask me if you want help.

1P in their own words, explaining their essential agreements:

TA: So when you blog the first important thing is make sure you don’t share anyone your password. If someone sees it they can come into your blog.

MB: You need to have a good password that you don’t give  a way.

SC: I am really proud of it. Be polite [if you comment] because if they weren’t polite people would sometimes get sad.

HC: You can put passwords because people can hack into your blog, people can get into my iPod. So keep your pass code, or any people can go on.

ME: Use nice words like , I like that pictures, so it makes her feel good.

TG: Then you know how the password. Keep it on there.

OH: Having a blog if fun and respecting is part of the fun, that means we always be kind on it.

HH: Things that aren’t mean comments about people. I can do my maths and writing.

LJ: The password is not to tell anyone, if you tell the passwords they can delete your stuff on your iPhone.

CK: I’m not getting to tell everyone so some people are bad and they can delete. If they know your password, they can go on your iPad and delete all the things you buy. Then you have to buy again. Robbers can get into your house if you don’t have a key. They might take important things and you might be upset. If their is no food then you will be like the homeless people. So don’t let people know your password or your house key.

YL: You tell the password then the people get, they get your money.

YM: I will my holiday because I do fun things. I will do kind things.

HM: You have to get your own ideas and you shouldn’t take the others ideas. You should copyright your ideas, or you can let them take it… but you probably shouldn’t.

YO: Passwords are important because if you don’t have a password and you tell someone and then they can get on your blog and delete everything out or do inappropriate stuff or delete. That’s why passwords are important, they save and protect your blog.

MO: I make it and patterns and I make something. Some drawing and writing. Appropriate stuff like flowers and things you make.

LV: You can go to others people blogs and you can share stuff with your family and get ideas from others. Do appropriate stuff , not bad things and anything that makes you uncomfortable, so do good stuff. be careful on You Tube or internet.

LR: If you are a grown up and if you had a children and if the children know what your password is they can easily break your iPad or PC.

We will start blogging very shortly



1P cardboard arcade, in service of others.

The children have been thinking about how to fund their service project, making onigiri for the homeless shelter. They have a strong desire to  make the food healthy and delicious. As a result they made a list of what they would like to put into the food.

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Nori (seaweed)
  • Umebashi (sour plum)
  • Salt

But how would the children fund this?

We proposed linking this to our 100 day celebration, and making the event about others. The children liked the idea doing 10 jobs for 10 yen each to make 100 yen. The children quickly decided to build on this idea and remembered their service ideas last year, KB made an arcade. The children asked to watch Caine’s arcade (provocation from Kindergarten, Ms Brown). This sparked huge interest.

The children have designed a market Motomachi street (1S)  and an arcade (1P) for you to enjoy after our community sharing on Wednesday 11th February.  They wanted people to know to bring a little amount of money.

Developing the arcade the academics

This has provided opportunities for problem solving, shape inquiry, development of number concepts, addition and subtraction and measuring.

Thinking skills:

Application of their knowledge of number and shapes to design new things.

Dialectical thinking, such involves thinking about something from someone elses perspective. Would someone play this game?

Social Skills

Respecting others as they shared resources and critiqued others games. How will we decide the name of the arcade? How will we decide the kinds of tickets people can buy?

Communication Skills

Speaking and listening as they share ideas and explain their thinking. How will points and prizes be rewarded between games?

1P cardboard arcade, the development


A G4 buddies came and played the arcade to give us some feedback on our designs.

Now it’s your turn to play the Cardboard Arcade!