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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.
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.
We are starting science fair and this was a good introduction. Wide range of students who all enjoyed it and worked at own level.
Different reading abilities of background information. I actually used these for teaching reading groups. They were fantastic reading material with challenging information.
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.
Use of Maori words and history helps us connect to NZ and the culture.
Students loved it - really got into whaling debate. Loved the audioconferences. Great learning experience - we use SOLO and all students moved their learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It would be one of the richest learning experiences I have experienced with a class.
Year 4-5 student comment: "It made me think of lots more questions".