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The option for viewing the videos etc. at a time that does not conflict with other school commitments, is extremely valuable. Contributed to student agency so class members could be self managing, collaborative and use their literacy and numeracy skills in authentic and rich contexts.
I used the background pages with my class, as they fitted really well with my unit plan.
Because of the secondary timetable, I found it more useful for me (than my class) as PD on how to include digital ideas into the classroom. We did create a digital map in the last lesson of term so the field trip inspired me to have a go at something new with my class.
It was great that our students had access to real people; students from other schools and experts. We were most interested in the pepeha sections but used the web conferences (live and replay), the videos, and the activities on the web site.
The videos with children of a similar age explaining what they were doing, and why, created a real link to the kids in my class and great motivation to take part. The sense of belonging for ALL my class no matter what their heritage was reinforced by the work we undertook as a result of this field trip.
Linked beautifully with the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. My Maori children, in particular, enjoyed learning more about their origins.
A LEARNZ trip like this keeps learning exciting and interesting. Makes you feel connected to the world outside the classroom.
This field trip has covered such a big range from maths and new technologies to geography, personal family trees and history. All students have been involved and have learnt a lot about mapping skills and just general new initiatives that are out there, such as TourBuilder. Creating family backgrounds and sharing those is a great activity for inclusion and cultural diversity.
Prompted me to explore mapping with my class. We mainly used the background material and explored concepts using maps of our own area.
Great extension and authenticity to our mapping unit; loved learning about Tourbuilder. Numerous entry points to the NZ Curriculum e.g Maths, Inquiry, KC's, Values, Agency, Digital Technologies. Loved the Māori perspective in the Thursday web conference.
All the students were engaged, especially my Maori and Pacific Island students who were empowered by this resource. I am always looking for different ways to engage the class and LEARNZ never fails to deliver. Thank you.
It enabled us to connect with other students around New Zealand.
This trip gave different students a chance to shine and it linked strongly to cultural competencies. LEARNZ helps me link my teaching to what is actually going on for us in New Zealand, and keeps lessons and unit plans real.
This trip provided opportunities and learning for my class that we would not have otherwise been able to access.
It fitted in perfectly with our "Our Place" inquiry with high levels of engagement in this meaningful and authentic activity. Having each learner research and share their cultural heritage and ancestry has been enlightening and empowering. Using the digital tool Tour Builder and Google earth to map their waahi (ancestral journey) incorporated the new strands of the Technology curriculum with learners designing and creating using digital technology, not just consuming.
Love the links to tikanga and Maoridom - something that is a focus for us as school right now, but can be hard to do in an authentic way. This field trip helped us to achieve that. Students also hadn't thought of 'mapping' beyond the one on the wall so this opened up a whole new world for them.
This trip created a lot of 'wondering' moments and also helped raise the profile of reo Māori in my class. It really supported cultural diversity, which is something that our school and Kāhui Ako has been focussing on.
The web conferences in particular encouraged my Year 1-8 students to listen carefully to ideas from other schools and the experts, so they could contribute themselves.
This mapping field trip was a great context to explore sustainability and te ao māori.
Children made good connections to previous knowledge and we are now using mapping tools online to record where traps are and their catch rate etc. The field trip tied in nicely to our current inquiry about pest management and previous inquiries into the blue duck and kiwi.
Supported our heavy focus on the key competencies and principles as we develop our local curriculum. Interesting, well thought out, engaging, and followed on nicely from other inquiries.
I thought the weaving of both Te Reo and tikanga/Mātauranga Māori was organic and well done. I also found it useful that the appropriate Achievement Objectives were linked to the Resource section of the website. Overall, this field trip supported the NZ Curriculum well.
Helped provide an exciting context for students to learn about mapping. The field trip was presented in an interdisciplinary way which made the learning meaningful. It also supported me as a teacher to provide learning through the use of digital devices, and made learning both fun and engaging.
As we are a Whanau class, it is great to have the glossary and the Cultural mapping context as this relates perfectly to my tamariki. It inspired curiosity and inquiry, especially in relation to Technology and the Nature of Science.
This fieldtrip fitted into our planned learning well as it had a variety of linked objectives. It enabled lower ability readers from my Year 5/6 class to work with a buddy to complete reading and activities for the fieldtrip.