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Wandering Whales

We are itching to start the background on whales as part of our science. Students are really excited.

Nicola Clissold from Owhiro Bay School

Literacy skills were developed within this Science context. The field trip provided an inclusive programme. Different levels could be accessed to suit needs within the classroom. The Maori vocabulary extends knowledge and provides further Te Reo Maori opportunities.

Katrina Laurie from Clifton Terrace Model School

Our Enhancement group ranging in age from 6-10 all got value from the trip.

Julie Argyle from Harewood School

It fitted well with our topic about The Magnificent Marine we were learning about this term. Levelled reading pages were helpful.

Karina Robinson from Ilam School

I was amazed at how much the children could tell me about whales, and more importantly, explain to me the process that the scientists were using to research the humpback whales.

Craig McDonald from Cornerstone Christian School

Although our classes were Year 2-3 we felt the audioconference answers were delivered at a perfect level for our students.  There were plenty of resources we could use and adapt to suit our learners. I had two special needs students who thoroughly enjoyed various aspects of the programme.

Fiona Mackley from Alexandra School

We are starting science fair and this was a good introduction. Wide range of students who all enjoyed it and worked at own level.

Lesley Dean from Nayland College

Different reading abilities of background information. I actually used these for teaching reading groups.  They were fantastic reading material with challenging information.

Susan Feron from Collingwood Area School

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

This was a great field trip. Students have been really inspired to find out more and are interested in what the scientists are trying to find out.

Hilary Rodley from Netherton School

Unbelievable effect on their interest in whales. They are now using scientific terminology to identify body parts and any books on whales is perused with great interest. The visuals covered gaps in their reading and listening skills. Every expert who contributed had an impact on the children.

Rebekah Samuel from Massey Primary School

Year 4-5 student comment: "It made me think of lots more questions".

Jan Flannery from Masterton Primary School

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