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This field trip was very effective for my class because we have a railway line close to our school and within our community. I really wish I had to opportunity to learn in this way when I was at school. Everyday the tamariki in my class look look forward to accessing the new information, watching the web conferences and speaking to experts or listening to the audios.
Brought NZC alive e.g. "Participating and contributing" to create questions, as well as "Relating to others" by practising asking questions of experts. A sense of community and commitment extended from class group to wider world. Extended student view of He Waka Eke Noa.
My students were able to relate to the content easily. Material naturally provided support for reinforcing the Key Competencies - Managing self and Relating to others. Cost effective way to bring authentic learning and experts into the classroom.
It put tikanga Maori into a real-life situation. Videos were especially interesting. Good way of showing how kaupapa Maori ways relate to modern conservationist thinking in NZ.
The learning in the field trip fitted perfectly with our Social Science focus for the term and was an appropriate level for my Year 7/8 class. It also linked in with Science Fair work - so helped keep students engaged.
We got some great deep learning happening and it brought up a lot of questions from the students. During the learning there was a lot of reference to language as well as values; both the NZC ones and our own school ones.
The field trip created opportunities for our Maori students to share their new learning with their whanau and ask questions to deepen their own understanding of important places for their iwi and whanau.
Culturally significant and interesting material for my Year 7/8 class, that also helped us focus on the Key Competencies. I would like to thank the LEARNZ team for providing such a fun, interesting, hands on and informative resource to add to my teaching! Thank you for helping me love my job even more!!
This class is a bilingual class. We particularly appreciate the integration of matauranga Maori approaches into LEARNZ field trips, such as this one. This field trip was particularly good at supporting curiosity and helping support our ideas about culturally located curriculum and Maori achievement.
Our ākonga learned heaps about archaeology and sustainablility. All of the Key Competencies were used when engaging with this mahi. We appreciated how Māori culture was woven through as well.
Our unit had a strong Maori Achievement focus - we really appreciate the links that the field trip allowed us to make to early Maori, and the cultural DNA of being explorers and innovators. This allowed us to link to the learning competencies and vision of the NZC.
More than just a virtual trip for us; as we live in Whitianga it is very relevant for our tamariki on so many levels and the TUIA commemoration adds to that. The nature of LEARNZ means you can utilise the resources how you see fit, and it is easy to adapt to be appropriate no matter the level of your students.
The archaeology theme helped make my lessons/teaching culturally responsive. I love being part of this learning too. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be on the journey as well!!
Students said they loved learning about the history of Ahuahu and the eradication of pests (dear to their hearts) and really enjoyed learning about archaeology, which for most of them was very new.
Great reading resource. Fresh and up to date. Great for students to view videos and photos. Brings other places and people to us.
The diaries, photos and captions made my Year 2 class aware of the history of another area, so they could relate it to our own area.
The values of ecological sustainability and inquiry stand out. Future focus Principle. Connected life-long learners. Postive feedback from Māori and Pakeha students alike. Lots of links to our Year 8 Science program, especially Nature of Science, helping students understand how science takes place in the real world.
This field trip has enabled many classes in our school to access really important learning about a significant local place. The material provided insight into conservation and historical concepts relevant to all new Zealanders. Our students gained an excellent understanding of these concepts thanks to this field trip, which has led to our own potential pest control project here at Whitianga Estuary.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the field trip to Ahuahu Great Mercury Island. Although it was a virtual trip, the concept of interacting with real people, animals and landscape made it seem very real and helped them to connect their learning. Sending an ambassador was awesome for the students too! Principles, Values, Key Competencies and Learning Areas of the NZ Curriculum were all very well supported in the field trip.
My students enjoy being able to read and listen to the background pages so they can all do the interactive quizzes, which is also a great motivation for the boys in my class as it brings out their competitive nature!
Sometimes we cannot offer our own EOTC experiences so LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips are a great way to show the students, instead of just reading about it or hearing it from the teachers. Students find it motivating and enjoyable. The videos are specific and not just general videos that may be found online. Andrew talks to the students through the camera and makes them feel a part of the trip.
We cannot easily get out on actual fieldtrips so this is an especially good alternative. Integrated well with our Sustainability course.
We used this for writing, enviro links and Sea Week connections. It helped engage the students and they loved having an ambassador to follow.
A great resource for NZ teachers and students. As always, this Marine Reserves virtual field trip infused all the Key Competencies and the Vision of the NZ Curriculum.
The learning was well suited to the needs of my Year 7 & 8 class. My Maori and Pasifika students valued being able to integrate their own prior knowledge of sea life into this field trip inquiry.