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Weekly Challenge for #EnviroEd # 65 KindergartenBioBlitz – A BYOD Safari

May 30, 2015

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Readers know that I believe that while what I do at our Outdoor Education Centres is an essential service to create those epiphany moments it is only with the help of classroom teachers that a true understanding or even empathetic view of the world around us is created.

I see this blog as a way of encouraging, and aiding those educators, be they in formal education, Montessori, day care, Scouting, Guiding, 4H or the most valuable of teachers – parents.

One of the first, and still most successful ways I attempted to encourage youth to explore and question what’s in their own backyard is via #KindergartenBioBlitz. Although a long hashtag, it has also been a long inquiry based process for many a classroom since introduced two years ago.

The social media based inquiry encourages students to explore their school yards and local community green spaces for invertebrates and other living things around them. A BYOD Safari of sorts, students are encouraged to capture photos, formulate questions and share them with others partaking in the week-long project. Students can even use other apps such as Vine to ask their questions such as this one on Ants.

Maligned critters such as spiders or worms have gained the respect of students (and yes, educators too).

Some of our best images over the years can be found on the KindergartenBioBlitz Pinterest Page and we’re certainly looking to add more.

For those that have not participated yet but are considering it the role of us as educators in this is to fuel the curiosity and as such, an answer to one question is carefully constructed to lead to further queries. I often say, “I’m RangerRidley, NOT RangerWikipedia”.

What makes #KindergartenBioBlitz successful though is collaboration and inquiry and as such I’d like to add a personal challenge to those who have participated in the past versions …

Challenge colleagues at work and members of your PLN from around the globe to participate. 

So consider this a challenge. Participate, share, explore and tell the story of #KindergartenBioBlitz from June 1-5th this year.

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