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Ahuahu Great Mercury Island

The students thoroughly enjoyed the field trip to Ahuahu Great Mercury Island. Although it was a virtual trip, the concept of interacting with real people, animals and landscape made it seem very real and helped them to connect their learning. Sending an ambassador was awesome for the students too! Principles, Values, Key Competencies and Learning Areas of the NZ Curriculum were all very well supported in the field trip.

Alison Milne from Waipipi School

The learning in the field trip fitted perfectly with our Social Science focus for the term and was an appropriate level for my Year 7/8 class.  It also linked in with Science Fair work - so helped keep students engaged.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

It put tikanga Maori into a real-life situation. Videos were especially interesting. Good way of showing how kaupapa Maori ways relate to modern conservationist thinking in NZ.

John Brunton from Northern Health School

Marine Reserves

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

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

Unpacking the apple story

This field trip could not have been timed better, and it allowed our class to experience the entire Apple industry from a safe environment. Invaluable! Perfect for learning about sustainability in horticulture and all the different processes from growing an apple all the way through to marketing.

Petra Cawood from Te Mata School (Havelock North)

Great to have a primary industry field trip and a set of videos that can be used as the basics for Level 3 Apple Production for Year 13 AgHort. Would love more on other primary industry production processes in NZ.

Kerry Allen from St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton)

This "Apples" field trip was very appropriate for my year 7 class. It highlighted at the beginning how little my students know about primary industries but it sparked their interest and lots of wonderings and questions, which has now led students off into their own inquiries. The field trip provided great support for literacy.

Janine Fryer from Pukekohe Intermediate

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

As a school our Inquiry was Biosecurity. This was a fantastic resource for the class. The content of the field trip made it accessible for all members of the class; they were all able to experience it.

Kristina Sheppard from Ashburton Intermediate

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

It was really effective. I had some brilliant writing, especially from my Maori and Pasifika students as they knew so much about the topic. Good for reading and maths and also relevant for Science Fair and for our Enviro groups.

Patsy Pickup from Pukekohe Intermediate

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

Students really enjoyed it and were really engaged. They feel able to connect with their history and it has opened up discussions about our own past.

Rebecca Wilcox from Morrinsville School

This was a wonderful field trip which linked with our classroom learning. The kids particularly enjoyed watching the web conferences.

Hayley Bamborough from Green Bay Primary School

This field trip is a great experience and learning for students and teachers alike. It caters particularly well to the High Expectation, Inclusion, Cultural diversity and Treaty of Waitangi Principles. All students have access to the knowledge offered by the audio option, and learning of Te Reo words, history and culturally different points of view are being taught. 

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

The website fitted perfectly with our current learning about Matariki and the field trip was very engaging. It helped encourage the students to be actively involved in various Matariki events in our area, as they felt confident sharing their newly acquired knowledge as well as asking questions.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

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