Testimonials

Waterview Connection

It supported and extended our current social studies/science (engineering) curriculum areas. The opportunity to go back and view videos again was very useful for my son.

Brenda Town from Town Family Home School

High engagement in the elements presented. Great stimulation for discussion and further investigation. A powerful extension to our EOTC programme.

Martin Dodge from Balclutha School

It was appropriate for us since we live in West Auckland and the students travel near the Waterview area. The students were fascinated with the work that Alice does. I will use LEARNZ again as it is an important digital learning community that encourages the students to collaborate and expand their learning in their own time.

Shirley Bishop from Royal Road School

We have been viewing the videos from the second field trip and children have been totally engrossed. It is something that is happening very close to our school and the planning of the Waterview School playground is also relevant to us.

Heather Mays from Edmonton School

Because it is our backyard it was very useful for the children to understand fully how huge this project is. A really good link to our Inquiry topic and the careers work we have been doing.

Sue Meltzer from Kadimah College

With our school close by to where the concrete is being made, all the children connected with it a some level. A perfect tool for using in the modern digital classroom both in its digital components and because of its very hands on approach. Great support and service from the Learnz team during the build up to being a part of the audio conference.

Annette Woodnutt from Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School

The students get to see places they often would not get to see. They are introduced to amazing concepts and get to think about how this may affect them in the future. We used the easy background information which was very well suited to our Year 5 class.

Paula O'Neill from New River Primary School

Promoted coherence in our school as teachers of physics, Maths, Careers and Techology worked together with groups of Year 10 students to focus on Engineering as a future career. Watching the videos and engaging with the material gave the students a real live experience which left them talking about the tunnel afterwards.

Catrin Hughes from Green Bay High School

LEARNZ is a great way to engage students and take them places that it is not possible to go any other way. Videos and images allowed the class to interact with the field trip in an engaging way,

Aaron Frost from Pukete School

The field trip generated a lot of relevant questions and fitted in with the science, technology and english topics that we are covering. The field trip provided access to an area of interest and at a level of expertise that I would not be able to provide any other way. The online support section was comprehensive and the introduction to the fieldtrip on Adobe Connect was informative and well run.

Joanna Stevens from Stevens Home School

My ESOL and Maori students are very engaged and a typical query I get is when is our NEXT trip!

Christine Hailes from North Street School

Served to show the variety of options available as an engineer and that there is a requirement for qualifications. Reinforced science, maths and English as important subjects.

Glen Sayers from Papakura High School

Supported the oral language key competencies and enabled science to be integrated in the reading programme.

Tracey Burgess from St Peter's School Beckenham

It is structured really well and it gives the children and authentic context within which they can learn. It was appropriate for my class because we are living within a citywide rebuild (Christchurch) so the planning and implementation of infrastructure is completely relevant. It motivated many of them to log on at home to support their learning.

Jan Thompson from Banks Avenue School

It was appropriate to our Sharing the Planet inquiry, enabling children to have a structure in their learning and learn more than what they would if independent.

Helen Prescott from Glenfield Intermediate

Year 10 classes enjoyed it and thought it worthwhile. Very good for career pathways (a school-wide goal), especially enginnering. Helped the students know what is happening in their local area. Supported NZ Curriculum. Vision - connected, actively involved. Principles - inclusion, community engagement. Values - innovation, inquiry and curiosity, community and participation, ecological sustainability. Key competencies - thinking, managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing. Learning area - real life physics.

Stuart Braithwaite from Lynfield College

This is amazing! It has created some excellent discussion amongst our class. My class would have loved to see Alice in action live but your virtual accounts are a brilliant substitute!

Maria Semmons from Glen Eden School

The field trip about the Waterview Connection was particularly interesting for some of my boys with an engineering bent, and they asked some good questions. The time-lapse video and pictures were particularly engaging for the class and they really enjoyed the detailed information available on the website about Alice the TBM. 

Michele Duggan from Whangaparaoa College

We thought the field trip was friendly, effective and interesting. Waterview project is local to our school and the Year 8 girls were interested in the development.

Sanet Bircham from Marist College

Excellent for future focus, development, problem solving, and technology.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

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