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ShakeOut

It helped with critical thinking, managing personal plans and responsibility in a disaster. A great way to have a different teaching medium with other experts to answer questions and supply information.

Timothy Crawshaw from Newtown School

Great to follow this field trip while preparing for Shake Out on Thursday. Engaging way of learning for students. Lots of great information given and the opportunity to ask questions of experts.

Deirdre Hutton from Holy Family School Wanaka

We think this (field trip) was very effective as we are much wiser about what we need to do at school and at home, to be prepared during and after an earthquake. LEARNZ is a remarkable online learning community which allowed us to get information on earthquakes from schoolchildren, parents and teachers. 

Susan Hodge from Elm Park School

Resiliance was a key idea we discussed, as were some of the key competencies and their application in real life situation. Right level, good content.

Jeremy Meadows from Woodhill School

Very appropriate - supported student learning about earthquakes and doing the ShakeOut drill. Interesting, motivating and flexible - students get a lot from having readings, videos, audioconferences, activities, and photos.

Jan Flannery from Masterton Primary School

We used this across the school - very appropriate. It linked well with the main ShakeOut event, managing selves, and collaboration.

Nicola Stevenson from Worser Bay School

My Yr 5&6 class were very engaged with this field trip.  The information was easy to access for the students who find reading difficult (great to have an NZ voice reading the background pages), but there was enough for my high achieving students as well. The live audio conferences were very useful - next time we will definitely put ourselves down for a speaking school role!

Melinda Bolton from Paerata School

We used the videos and some background pages for discussions.

Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

Very relevant for year 7 students. I really like the audio voice over which has allowed the lower reading level students to work with a lot of independence, without having to wait for the teacher to say the word / discuss the word / explain context etc. 

Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

We are a sole charge school of 12 students and I was able to adapt the content to suit all levels within my class. This was our first live field trip and the students really enjoyed it and got a lot from it. There were lots of comments over the week about how 'cool' and 'fun' it was.

Nicola Evans from Papanui Junction School

We are looking at change and our ways to survive. It (the field trip) gave more specialist knowledge to students, that the teacher could not give.

Nicola Pitcher from Glen Eden Intermediate School

The levelled information was great. It also was at an apt time as far as reinforcing evacuation and preparedness as a class/school/whanau. I liked the availability of the videos and audio conferences to review and use, even though the fieldtrip had ended.

Joelle Walker from Edgecumbe School

We had been involved in the Geohazards VFT so the children were well briefed and ready to take part in ShakeOut. The class really looks forward to taking part in the LEARNZ trips.

Graham Elsmore from Christian Renewal School

Was topical and at appropriate level for my student. Encouraged good discussion and gave excellent information. Student said "That was great. Can we do another one?"

Lorelei Salisbury from Salisbury Home School

The visual content helped quite a lot of discussion. So many real life experiences that the children can piggy back onto. The Field Trip was an asset for all the class. Thank you.

Deborah Lamont from Methven School

LEARNZ is doing a brilliant job and this is a fantastic resource for all teachers and students. Excellent contextual learning, and made really good links to the NZC. I loved how there was appropriate Māori and Pasifika language included to support our learners, while the inclusion of both easy and more difficult support materials allows for differentiation.

Kirsten Jamieson-Gough from Remarkables Primary School

It broadened students' thinking and understanding of the large scale of the event and excited them about the topic. The ability to access information, colleagues and a world which we otherwise wouldn't have access to makes the learning process really meaningful.

Lucy Hannah from Christ the King Catholic School Owairaka

All my students could relate to the information according to individual ability and interest levels. LEARNZ opens up a whole new dimension of making outdoor teaching a reality.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

The kids thought it was a cool way to learn and they also said that the Shakeout drill now made a lot more sense i.e. why we do it. We found that the variety of different ways the information was presented made it interesting and accessible for all levels. 

Judy Edwards from Waterlea Public School

Kea

It inspired the children to wonder more deeply about the topic and made it 'real' for them going on the field trip. As a first-time user I received fantastic support to have my class connect with Shelly and the scientist to have our questions answered - the whole class was extremely excited about this.

Elizabeth Faithful from St Clair School

My students learned heaps about kea and the amazing people working with them. Students love these virtual field trips which provide for different levels of learning at the same time. We asked questions, did shared and independent reading, did shared and independent topic writing, art, technology, poetry and incorporated measurement and mapwork into this study topic.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

The children learned lots and looked forward each day to seeing and hearing what had happened - kind of like the next chapter in a book! The trip was really well planned and organised and supported the children through the inquiry process fabulously.  It ticked all the boxes and more. Thanks.

Lesley Johnston from Firth School

We used a lot of the information from your field trip for our current unit about developing an enrichment toy for an animal at the zoo, as the Hamilton Zoo has keas to entertain. One comment was: 'This was the most fun research we have ever done!' The kids loved the videos and quizzes and we especially liked the listening option of the background pages for our low readers.

Sabine Hartmann from Karangahake School

Hugely effective in that everything we wanted the students to do was covered by you in an engaging and motivating way.  We covered most areas of the curriculum, as well as fostered a new understanding of what 'virtual' actually means!

Jacqueline Barrett from Westbrook School

Found the SOLO based questions for the videos useful for guiding students, really helping slow starters and students less engaged in science.  The activities and quizes were also useful for year 10 science.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

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