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Natural Hazards

Linked well into our unit on puia and maunga, with good information in the background pages and activities. Dipping into videos was useful. Fitted well with our unit, which is assessing Earth Systems at Level 4/5 of the NZC. It also allowed for participation and contribution for both the KCs and the NoS branch of Pūtaiao.

Georgina Barrett from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whanau Tahi

This trip generated a huge response and the students loved being in Iceland. I was constantly asked if they could have more time researching-looking at videos and following their own Inquiry trail on this topic. All key competencies were used.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The virtual field trip encouraged my Year 9 students to manage themselves, and helped develop their critical thinking skills.

Cassandra Wilberforce from Flaxmere College

Captivating videos and learning activities about planet Earth. Thanks for the project!

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Participation was great as we got to go Iceland!

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

The timing and content of the field trip was appropriate for my Year 9 class and they were all engaged, especially in the live web conference. I thought the virtual field trip was a valuable experience; both for the students and for my professional development.

Rebecca Aitken from Papanui High School

 Interesting insight into volcanoes and earthquakes. Kids were amazed to learn about other countries with the similar to NZ geological issues. Activities were interesting.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

As a individual teacher, I could never hope to organise and present learning opportunities to students as well as the Learnz team does. The natural hazards topic was very engaging for the students and the LEARNZ trip provided variety to my teaching programme and suited my e-learning class.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

Maori students enjoyed learning Maori words related to the topic; they felt included and their culture appreciated. The field trip supported our learning about planet Earth, especially in comparison between NZ and Iceland. 

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

It encouraged a purposeful use of digital devices. The children found it very interesting to hear the scientists, see the location and the work that is being done. It brought everything to life for them.

Scott Hillman from Glenfield Primary School

This field trip along with the last allowed our learners to ask questions, be inquisitive and actively involved in what is happening in our world.

Katie Halvorsen from Wanaka Primary School

The children love these experiences. This was such a great follow up to the earlier Kaikoura earthquake field trip and built into our own study of Natural Disasters. It has added to our deep and thorough learning. Can't wait for the next one.

Nicola Bennett from Wanaka Primary School

This virtual field trip took my teaching to another level - I have integrated LEARNZ into my Google Classroom environment and this is brilliant. Students enjoyed the ability to ask questions during web conferences and appreciated being able to go back and review them.

Helen Awheto from Tokoroa Intermediate

My class were able to learn at their own level and pace, at the same time exploring the Principle of Learning to Learn and reflecting on how best they learned. Great to see my students raise their level of questioning and their confidence and independence since our first LEARNZ web conferences, on the previous field trip.

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

Very engaging for Year 7 & 8 students. Students had a lot of opportunities to direct their own learning using the Chromebooks; they were managing self. This was my first LEARNZ trip so really pleased to discover this is another way to bring science into the classroom in such a real way.

Ann Stephen from Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Gave us some great connections and real life examples of what we have been reading, talking and doing experiments about. It tapped into a lot of natural interest we have in our class, especially following our visit to a geyser at Te Puia.

Erin Neilson from Selwyn Ridge School

The experience has provided me with another tool to help teach my students and provide them with another learning tool to learn. Students are beginning to thinking more critically about the world we live in and how it all works. Seeing themselves on screen talking to experts and listening to other schools ask questions, that were answered, was very helpful.

Dawn Mendes from Hawera Intermediate

The resources and information from this field trip are going to continue to be useful for the rest of this term. The connections that are made for our students to see others involved and other parts of our country/world are fantastic.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

Ecological Restoration

I have been using LEARNZ for over 10 years - it is so awesome. Extremely beneficial in helping students see real life issues outside of the classroom. 

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

The students found it extremely engaging as part of our "Learning for Life" inquiry, which linked into our "Leaves of Green" project. Students particularly liked the daily videos.

Mitzi Blomfield from Kaikoura Suburban School

Great for Participation and Connections, knowing our native flora and fauna are at risk, so students are feeling more compelled to change habits and do something about it.

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

My students loved it and felt quite special being one of the speaking schools. Engagement was high with all students - it was also a great catalyst for some reluctant writers. The site and learning is structured in a way that promotes self-management and critical thinking. It also sparked a lot of genuine interest around meaningful projects in our local area.

Paul Hammond from Greytown School

The photos especially helped my ESOL students to learn about New Zealand and its environment. We will be going to Natureland as an actual field trip later in Term 4 and a bird sanctuary, which will reinforce the concepts we have looked at during the Virtual Field trip.

Annette Vartha from Nelson College for Girls

My class were very engaged in the web conference. This trip supported the science learning area and the children were keen to learn more.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

It was awesome to see students a similar age taking action in their communities. Worked really well with our science focus of protecting and creating habitats.

Sarah Hey from Northcote School

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