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Ahuahu Great Mercury Island

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.

Lynette Knappstein from Seddon School

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.

Vivienne Milton from Bream Bay College

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.

Sonjia Campbell from Mercury Bay Area School

Marine Reserves

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. 

Dylan Kiriona from Poroutawhao School

We cannot easily get out on actual fieldtrips so this is an especially good alternative. Integrated well with our Sustainability course.

Morag Padfield from Auckland Girls' Grammar School

We used this for writing, enviro links and Sea Week connections. It helped engage the students and they loved having an ambassador to follow.

Jayne Alexander from Waiheke Primary School

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.

Natasha Greatorex from Whakamarama School

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.

Gabriel Hawke from St Mary's School (Hastings)

Students were curious about Marine Reserves and I used this opportunity to introduce this topic for those interested in learning about sustainability. The 2 case studies were useful for ākonga to learn about being a citizen scientist in our own local  area. In the next 6 weeks we will have further study and 2 field trips of our own.

Vanessa Burrell from Haeata Community Campus

The videos are a great way to ensure all learners gain from the lessons. The chance to identify with a person and watch what they are doing (in their work) really connects with the students.

Frank Usherwood from Bethlehem School

As we live in a coastal area, the Marine Reserves Field trip was perfect.  Very relevant. The field trips are great to motivate lower level learners, as well as keeping high fliers engaged.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

Taking part in this field trip has empowered my students and motivated them to give back to their own community by raising money for EMR at Goat Island. It has also helped me to be more flexible in my teaching.

Suzanne Scourfield from Whangarei Girls' High School

Unpacking the apple story

My science students used this apple story to make great connections, which generated a lot of discussion and further research. LEARNZ is a fantastic resource and teaching tool enjoyed by many of my students.

Seuga Frost from Otaki College

This Apples field trip was highly inclusive and supported students with different learning styles and learning challenges - great to have reading support on the site. High engagement, helps develop intrinsic motivation in my students as well as inspiring them.

Louise Trousdale from Pukeoware School

We have been learning about sustainability in horticulture, so this was perfect for our class learning and could not have been timed better. The field trip allowed our class to experience the entire industry from a safe environment. It encouraged self-management and enabled us all to rewind our learning.

Petra Cawood from Te Mata School Havelock North

Great to have a primary industry field trip - this provided a great range of videos as starters about the apple production process for Level 3.

Kerry Allen from St Paul's Collegiate Hamilton

Matariki and Navigation

Perfect timing for Matariki. Tamariki were very connected with this field trip. Strong Social Sciences link around cultural ways of knowing.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

The kids loved seeing our ambassador and reading her diary. Thank you.

Nicola De Vries from St Albans School

Excellent that students could replay the web conferences, as they can view later to find answers to their questions and hit the pause button as often as they need.

Sandra McKendry from Seddon School

The topic linked into our current Integrated Inquiry. Great resources on the website that the kids enjoyed interacting with.

Hannah Oates from Methven School

Students were excited to go on this virtual field trip and really enjoyed using Google maps. They were motivated to do the activities, which utilised all key competencies and encouraged multiple learning styles.

Megan Connolly from Arahoe School

It was a lot of fun and very valuable learning. It took a lot of the research and planning out of my hands and allowed me to learn alongside my students.

Kellie McGinlay from St Mary's School Blenheim

A lot of learning happened for my Year 3-4 class through the background pages and videos. The trip linked to NZC through Science, Maths, Literacy and KCs. Resources were easy to use, and good to have knowledge imparted by experts.

Hilary Lintott from Brooklyn School (Wellington)

It added significant context and background to our current Matariki study. The range of experiences, media and personalisation was great! My students really look forward to, enjoy and learn from LEARNZ field trips. Every one they have been on is remembered and has driven a huge amount of new learning.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The field trip was a wonderful addition to our Matariki inquiry. The learning crossed several curriculum areas and students really enjoyed using different technologies to support their interests.

Tessa Hansen from Riwaka School

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