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Northern Wetlands

For students, the 'big idea' that what they do does count. Fabulous 'virtual' trip for low decile schools. Great for English language learners. 

Lillian Nathan from Roscommon School

All Our Yr 5-7 students took part. The audio conference in particular was great for all our kids.

Jennifer Vincent from Marco School

Having our ambassador go along created real buy in for the children.  

Lorraine Malpass from Fernside School

Very appropriate - local area made it more relevant and has led into our term 2 project. Students were able to look at local and global issues. They used research skills and inquiry processes - specifically relevant as they are well set out for students to follow.

Diane Henderson from Kaikohe East School

The virtual field trip caters for all types of learning. Students enjoy doing the worksheets and researching them. Information pages are appropriate to their level. Videos are engaging and the questions help direct the students to focus in on the learning.

Simon Drury from Paterangi School

I love the integrated approach and potential. It is very useful to a small group of diverse ages (Y9-13) and backgrounds because I can always find 'an entry point' for everyone. My students are hospitalised ... the field trips are like a window on the outside world for them.

Philippa Salem from Central Regional Health School

Fitted well with our topic "Our Planet is in Danger". Good quality, interesting material, flexibility in how much to use and when. Freedom to adapt and do it our way and use as little or as much as we need.

Leone Baylis from Fairburn School

Learners loved the bilingual words!

Trina Bennet from Finlayson Park School

As we were going to a local wetland for our own field trip it was really beneficial for the students to see another one first hand and then were able to make comparisons. The level pitched was right and the students were motivated throughout. Coverage is excellent, it is in kidspeak. Great to have the Maori perspective, vocabulary etc - we ALL used it.

Faye Todd from Manchester Street School

We will use LEARNZ again because it is a wonderful and free resource.

Andrea Hall from Koromatua School


Students from my digital class were very interested in how technology was used, particularly in planning buildings.

Gabriel Hawke from St Mary's School (Hastings)

Specific information on tools used in the field of earthquake science. Excellent visual resources are a vivid method of relating facts and information, particularly for special needs learners

Judith McKenzie from Craighead Diocesan School

I'll use LEARNZ again because there is so much information for my Year 10 Social Studies class. There is the personal touch of having Shelley and the people she engages with and the kids knowing they are part of something national. I also like that they become familiar with different ways to access learning.

Nicola Gilkison from Murchison Area School

This work compliments our unit on Earthquakes which works towards Geo 1.1. The Activities were interesting, set at the right level and engaged my students.

Carol Morgan from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

It was great for all children in my class, and I have Māori, Pasifika and special needs learners. Tied in excellently to our inquiry with a science focus and gave my children another avenue to explore, if they chose to, and exposure to a real world context.

Ryan Burson from Clearview School

Most students were able to understand the technical terms in the resources, particularly the better readers. Excellent for career guidance. In-depth field trip helps reduce the isolation of our rural school.

Phillipa Ellis from Pongoroa School

My Year 9 class liked the fact that the experts' answers were not too technical. The field trip was a different delivery format that the students enjoyed.

Natalie Wright from Blue Mountain College

Authentic contexts, great research tool at appropriate level, and good for 'finding out' stage of inquiry. Students gained mapping skills, understanding 'behind the scenes' of mapping, why accurate maps are important, and how places are named.

Linda Baran from Clarkville School

The field trip inspired students to find out more about geographical names close to us. Engages students, ignites passion and interests the students didn't know they had; develops awareness of things that students wouldn't generally have access to. They love being a part of the audio-conferences.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School

Really enjoyed using the back channel, great that we could ask further questions as we went along in the audio conference. Excellent opportunity for real life communication with people actually working in the field.

Lyn Galloway from Ashburton Borough School

Wandering Whales

It is an excellent way to get the children excited about a topic - especially when we can't physically go out and do it. They experienced learning in a different way - a way that otherwise we couldn't give them. Children learnt a lot about types of whales - and got excited to watch the next video update.

Danielle Sim from St Canices School Westport

Use of Maori words and history helps us connect to NZ and the culture.

Sandra Harnett from Rangiora Borough School

Students loved it - really got into whaling debate. Loved the audioconferences. Great learning experience - we use SOLO and all students moved their learning.

Nicola Clissold from Owhiro Bay School

Video footage and images make the information and experience more accessible.  They can be inspired by the awe and wonder of the experience regardless of whether they can read or write.

Pauline Maclean from St Theresa's School (Plimmerton)

Learning outcomes for the students are excellent. Curriculum based, level appropriate, supports e-learning. Students are focused and very motivated, with opportunities to follow own line of inquiry. Special needs learners are easily catered for within the levels provided - programme is flexible and can be easily adjusted.

Katherine Besley from Witherlea School