Sunday, March 20, 2016


Ako Ngatahi (Yr5-6) are connecting with Room 22 from Owairaka District School in Auckland and commenting on their awesome blogs.

"This is a great writing task with a purpose and an authentic audience, " say classroom teachers Kate Mclachlan and Simon Scott.

Children are more motivated and engaged when they can see a purpose for their writing, and especially when they know that others will be looking and commenting on their work.

So what is blogging?
"A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions ... Blog is a short word for the word weblog ..."

Two examples:
"Hi Room 22, my name is Sharlisa. I am in Ako Ngatahi at Hornby Primary School. That curry potato looks delicious. What are your favourite foods from the garden? I would like to see more posts. Keep it up!"

"Nice work Room 22. I really like how you put your pictures into an apple, it is cool how you are using your pictures creatively. We have something a little like that and it is called Book Creator. My questions is, do you take different photos or do you use the same?"

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