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Natural Hazards

Absolutely ideal for my year level 3 & 4.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

I loved that the children were involved in creating the content by writing the questions for Ben and Shelley. Matched our inquiry concept of "Change" perfectly. Encouraged lots of 21st century skills and great learning.

Kate Hamill from Masterton Intermediate

Linked well into our unit on puia and maunga, with good information in the background pages and activities. Dipping into videos was useful. Fitted well with our unit, which is assessing Earth Systems at Level 4/5 of the NZC. It also allowed for participation and contribution for both the KCs and the NoS branch of Pūtaiao.

Georgina Barrett from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whanau Tahi

The kids actioning the Key Competencies through a field trip was new and interesting for them.

Jared Hopkins from Cobham Intermediate

The field trip allowed the children to dig deeper than just volcanism in Iceland. Students followed up with research on NZ Geology and experimenting making ther own lava, like Ben does in his lab!

Siobhan Connor from Masterton Intermediate

Captivating videos and learning activities about planet Earth. Thanks for the project!

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

This trip generated a huge response and the students loved being in Iceland. I was constantly asked if they could have more time researching-looking at videos and following their own Inquiry trail on this topic. All key competencies were used.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The virtual field trip encouraged my Year 9 students to manage themselves, and helped develop their critical thinking skills.

Cassandra Wilberforce from Flaxmere College

 Interesting insight into volcanoes and earthquakes. Kids were amazed to learn about other countries with the similar to NZ geological issues. Activities were interesting.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Participation was great as we got to go Iceland!

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

The timing and content of the field trip was appropriate for my Year 9 class and they were all engaged, especially in the live web conference. I thought the virtual field trip was a valuable experience; both for the students and for my professional development.

Rebecca Aitken from Papanui High School

Maori students enjoyed learning Maori words related to the topic; they felt included and their culture appreciated. The field trip supported our learning about planet Earth, especially in comparison between NZ and Iceland. 

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

As a individual teacher, I could never hope to organise and present learning opportunities to students as well as the Learnz team does. The natural hazards topic was very engaging for the students and the LEARNZ trip provided variety to my teaching programme and suited my e-learning class.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

This field trip along with the last allowed our learners to ask questions, be inquisitive and actively involved in what is happening in our world.

Katie Halvorsen from Wanaka Primary School

It encouraged a purposeful use of digital devices. The children found it very interesting to hear the scientists, see the location and the work that is being done. It brought everything to life for them.

Scott Hillman from Glenfield Primary School

The children love these experiences. This was such a great follow up to the earlier Kaikoura earthquake field trip and built into our own study of Natural Disasters. It has added to our deep and thorough learning. Can't wait for the next one.

Nicola Bennett from Wanaka Primary School

This virtual field trip took my teaching to another level - I have integrated LEARNZ into my Google Classroom environment and this is brilliant. Students enjoyed the ability to ask questions during web conferences and appreciated being able to go back and review them.

Helen Awheto from Tokoroa Intermediate

My class were able to learn at their own level and pace, at the same time exploring the Principle of Learning to Learn and reflecting on how best they learned. Great to see my students raise their level of questioning and their confidence and independence since our first LEARNZ web conferences, on the previous field trip.

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

Very engaging for Year 7 & 8 students. Students had a lot of opportunities to direct their own learning using the Chromebooks; they were managing self. This was my first LEARNZ trip so really pleased to discover this is another way to bring science into the classroom in such a real way.

Ann Stephen from Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Ecological Restoration

The link to Te Reo vocabulary was great. The videos, ability to listen as well as read the texts, the quizzes and diaries were all great. They encouraged me to hand over responsibility for learning more to the children and gave them ownership of the tasks. Some more introverted children shared some great findings from the field trip.

Emily Forne from Shotover Primary School

I have been using LEARNZ for over 10 years - it is so awesome. Extremely beneficial in helping students see real life issues outside of the classroom. 

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

The students found it extremely engaging as part of our "Learning for Life" inquiry, which linked into our "Leaves of Green" project. Students particularly liked the daily videos.

Mitzi Blomfield from Kaikoura Suburban School

Great for Participation and Connections, knowing our native flora and fauna are at risk, so students are feeling more compelled to change habits and do something about it.

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

Learnz virtual field trips are an integral part of our programme - students look forward to each one. What's the Plan, Stan? led to research around a range of topics - particularly in response to Web Conferences. Special needs students can access ALL aspects of the tour. Maori students are able to add context and their own ideas and understanding, from talks by representatives of local iwi.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The photos especially helped my ESOL students to learn about New Zealand and its environment. We will be going to Natureland as an actual field trip later in Term 4 and a bird sanctuary, which will reinforce the concepts we have looked at during the Virtual Field trip.

Annette Vartha from Nelson College for Girls

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