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Weekly Challenge for #EnviroEd # 43 – #KindergartenBioBlitz Evolving

September 15, 2014

forester moth

One of my first attempts into the world of online social media learning with students I think is still amongst the most popular. #KindergartenBioBlitz was developed a year and a half ago, originally as a way of promoting our Field Centres and the expertise we have with this wonderful outdoor education team.

However, when we ran the second one a year ago this month it grew well beyond our own school board and I had to ask for assistance in keeping the great environmental inquiry going with amazing photos and questions from four and five years olds exploring their school yards.

Then by the time we ran the third version in February focussing on looking for signs of spring I found, with much enthusiasm that students and teachers were comparing each other’s discoveries and sharing their own expertise. I came across just how powerful this initiative was in blogs such as I Learned it in Kindergarten. A wonderful post by Ellisa Iagallo of the Toronto Catholic School Board.

So with this in mind, this week I am encouraging Kindergarten classes to explore their schoolyard habitats once more. Share your photos, your questions, your findings not only with myself and my amazing team but with each other as well. I love hearing stories of teachers who are starting their day with a check in online to see what was discovered or answered the previous day. I’m thrill to hear students are excited because they’ve discovered their photos have made it onto the KindergartenBioBlitz Pinterest Page. We’ve had high school teachers asking their younger cohorts provoking questions as well.

So, #KindergartenBioBlitz is perhaps a big hashtag but it is also a big deal … Hope you give it a try during the week of Sept 15-19th!

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