Testimonials

Airport

The field trips work for independent and well as peer work. They ignited passions the students didn't even know they have! I have a number of low ability readers in my class, being able to listen to the text is fantastic.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School (Balclutha)

Waterview Connection

Related closely to our transport topic for the term, which had a technology focus. High levels of student engagement in this topic, very interesting. The children also enjoy doing the interactive activities.

Louise Parker from Twyford 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

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

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

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

Tracey Burgess from St Peter's School Beckenham

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

On so many levels, this field trip has enhanced, extended and promoted learning for our students. Fantastic opportunity for students living next door to gain deeper understandings into what is required to achieve this massive project. Multi Language support is awesome. Pictures and videos are particularly important for special needs and also ESOL learners.

Richard Kerr from Avondale Intermediate

The field trip was excellent for both genders. Great for students to learn about how their voice and contribution can help shape the future.

Kevin Jones from Te Rapa School

The vast amount of information, data, videos and teaching resources were incredible. I fully appreciate all the hard work the team puts in to make these learning opportunities so effective.

Graham Elsmore from Christian Renewal School

A large number of my boys had visited the Waterview Connection project - they found the field trip very interesting, which sparked enthusiastic discussions. It also provided another tool to engage my boys to read and write in a real life context.

Angela Moeke from St Patrick's Catholic School Taupo

100% engagement! Lots of discussions both in the classroom and in homes. Really good for the children to see the teams on the videos talking about work place treaties, working together, effective communication and all the things we talk about at in the classroom - quite a few lightbulb moments for students.

Juliet Pendleton from Pt Chevalier School

Students really enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the competition. And really good to gain skills in cross-curriculum links.

Stephen Fennessy from St Andrew's School Timaru

Really got us thinking about cars, traffic, air polution (in the tunnels) and safe alternatives like cycling. Very engaging and relevant material, presented well.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

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

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