Yackpacking This afternoon, four of my students got a chance to yack with their blogging buddies in New Zealand. They loved it! There is something about having control of the mouse and clicking on that yackpack. . . Also, it forces my children to speak loudly enough to be heard and clearly enough to be understood. (Two curriculum objectives if I ever heard them.) I had a few queries about what the NZ kids were saying, but generally I think that my children are deciphering the NZ accent much better than before. In fact, at the beginning of the year, my kids wondered if they were speaking Spanish.