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Buzz Kidz

Buzz Kidz

Buzz Kidz
Arts and Drama education
Buzz Kidz offers a custom-developed curriculum and original learning material for drama, dance and music teaching.

Buzz Kidz toolkit offers a methodology to bring more creativity into teaching and ignite the same in children. Their objectives is the 21st Century Skills development of children.

Age groups 
Not required
Offline play 
Internet required
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Buzz-in-a-Box offers a good and detailed structure for the teacher to execute activities in a classroom. The strength of the program is a clear vision of how the lessons are taught and how the adults approach children in an activating and positive manner. The activities and lessons are teacher-led, which is well justified within the target group.
Plenty of learning happens through observing teacher's instructions and examples, but success and learning is based on the ability to adapt knowledge and utilizing individual tactics to solve challenges. Buzz Kidz supports learning new things through creative tasks - creative production of arts, sounds and movement, improvisation and so on.Buzz Kidz has fixed, thought-out learning goals, and it provides a good framework for reflecting and assessing the learner's progression.
The structure of the lessons and the whole subject matter is pre-set although it leaves some room for personal improvisation and also adaptation based on the learner's needs. The teachers have a ready-made assessment rubric and criteria for evaluating each kids progression, but comparison between kids is not suggested, which is a good thing in a creative material such as this.
Buzz activities supports individual decision making and self-expression, but mostly within a group setting. Progress and effort depends only on the learner, but they are working as a member of a group. The activities don't allow passing through without interacting with other learners and also facilitators.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

The contents and the quality of the activitie are purposeful, engaging and match the intended learning goals well. The original songs are well-suited for the targeted age group.
The product contains a wide range of original, ready-to-use materials for the teachers. The lesson plans and assessment tools are informative and handy.
The lessons are well-structured. The tutorials are detailed and help the teacher to feel confident and competent in using the product.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Rhythm: the child illustrates understanding of basic beat and rhythm during Buzz dance choreography.
Crossing the Middle Line: the child displays the ability to cross the imaginary line in the centre of the body during movement.
Posture: the child displays a confident physical posture during standing, sitting, walking, moving and dancing.
Gross motor skills : the child displays ability to use large muscle groups and whole-body movements, visible in skipping, dancing and running exercises.
Body Confidence and Expression: the child displays little or no fear in using the body as an instrument of self-expression in dance and movement.
Vocabulary: the child employs an age-appropriate vocabulary and displays a willingness to play and be adventurous with spoken language in the Buzz workshop.
Speech: the child displays age-appropriate pronunciation, articulation, enunciation, intonation and clarity in speech.
Vocal projection: the child speaks and sings up clearly, with confidence and appropriate volume.
Listening Skills: the child displays age-appropriate listening skills, displaying comprehension, following instructions with limited distraction.
Eye Contact: the child displays age-appropriate eye contact when speaking or being spoken to.
Spatial awareness: the child displays awareness of the placement of own body and other bodies in space.
Communication Skills: the child contributes to and receives verbal and non-verbal communication between self and peers or self and adults.
Out-the-box Thinking: the child uses drama based skills to problem solve, think creatively and come up with scenarios and solutions, real or imaginary.
Imagination and Character Play: the child freely employs imagination and character play in the Buzz workshop
Confidence: the child displays confidence in interactive play with others, informally, towards the teacher and in presentations of material.
Working with Others: the child works in harmony with others. Treating others with respect and kindness in group exercises and games.
Comprehension and Focus: the child displays age-appropriate comprehension of instructions and ability to follow these. Maintaining a level of focus in the high energy environment.
Discipline: the child displays good manners to the teacher and peers in the Buzz workshop. Respectful towards peers and adults in the high energy, fun environment.

Soft skills learning goals

Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
Developing problem solving skills
Learning about different countries and their characteristics
Practicing to use arts as a way to express
Practicing to work with others
Learning to listen other people’s opinions
Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
Practicing to improvise
Practicing creative thinking
Creating requirements for creative thinking
Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
Practicing persistent working
Practising visual recognition
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practicing memorizing skills
Practicing to recognize and express feelings
Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
Practicing to notice causal connections
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
Getting familiar with different cultures
Supporting student to build their own linguistic and cultural identity
Learning to face failures and disappointments
Practicing strategic thinking
Understanding concepts of music and familiarizing with different notations
Experiencing and exploring sounds and music from different sources
Practicing versatile ways of working
Practicing communication through different channels
Learning about different languages
Practicing to look things from different perspectives
Learning to find solutions in social conflicts
Learning to notice causal connections
Practicing categorization and classification
Practicing fine motor skills
Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
Practicing decision making
Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
Practicing to take care of one's own wellbeing and health
Supporting the growth of environmental awareness
Recognizing habits that are good for sustainable living

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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