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Kōkako

LEARNZ field trips like Kōkako are great for inquiry projects to show children another way to find information and to feed into passions.

Bernadette Ballantyne from Mercury Bay Area School

Very appropriate, as it linked into our theme on Change - and the students were engaged. It connected to the science curriculum - Level 3 objectives of Ecology and Evolution.

Colin Lambie from Karori Normal School

Students interested, good to have Māori view, overall great learning for kids. Relevant and NZ based learning about the Living World and conservation.

Robyn Bennett from Stanmore Bay School

I like the way that it has opened our learners' eyes to the use of experts to support your inquiry. It has also been a powerful tool for getting students used to the idea of 'actioning' something as part of an inquiry.

Blake Walker from Greytown School

This Kōkako field trip heavily support our focus on māori perspectives and tikanga practices surrounding nature and our syndicate mountain. The videos and background sheets are also excellent and catered for the range of levels in my class.

Stacey Vowles from Tamahere Model Country School

Helped us engage with community - parent feedback was positive. Students engaged and study was also relevant to Treaty of Waitangi - returning taonga, plus Social Studies/Science/Technology.

Alison McCartie from Waitetuna School

It was good for our students to apply principles we have been learning to the kōkako and Mt Pirongia. Videos were great and also great to include a context from our local area, with corrrect pronunciation of Māori terms

Melissa Young from Hamilton Girls' High School

We had very little knowledge on the kōkako before but the boys will tell anyone who will listen about them now. Also, one of the biggest advantages is discussions generated from the resources for critical thinking. An amazing resource - thank you, we are all learning together!

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

The project itself was great. It was interesting and my science students were really engaged from the outset. The website was awesome but one of the greatest things was the communication with the organisers and scientists.

Jessica O'Boyle from Wellington Girls' College

This field trip inspired and educated my class about how NZ birds have been affected by introduced species and has motivated them to learn more. The extensive use of Māori kupu and links to traditions etc was an important element, and one my students found interesting.

Lisa Hayde from St Pius X Catholic School (Melville)

My students felt like they were there. It helped my students to connect with real life issues that are occurring now in real time. Great connection with tangata whenua.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

The field trip catered for a wide range of abilities. Introductory video, photos and captions were brilliant to help construct questions for the videoconference. I found the SOLO taxonomy excellent. Having the Māori words with the correct pronounciations was fabulous. 

Jo Dudley from Ilam School

Land Sky and Space

Amazing link and overlap with Chapter Chat and interests in my students. Kept them engaged. Being in a bi-lingual class the Māori terms and definitions helped to make connections for our learners and gave them a sense of value and pride.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

I enjoy the real life aspect of LEARNZ with relevant topics for our students learning across the curriculum. This was of interest to my year 7 students of all (learning) levels.

Ann Sheehan from Rotorua Intermediate

My class as a lot of different levels of learning so having Learnz in my reading programme helps with coordinating groups and keeping students interested in Literacy Numeracy and Inquiry. They used thinking in many ways and there were different topics for different learners.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

This was fantastic, so interesting. We are a year 0-8 school and the content was at a level that challenged students. It was great to have a good cross section of students from other schools for them to listen to. Our big idea was awe and wonder, and I put that under the science lens of Space so it met our needs completely.

Judith Parker from St Anne's School (Woolston)

The students really related to the modern technology like self driving cars and how this relates to them. The field trip linked to many areas of the curriculum and students enjoyed the different ways of learning (eg videos, conferences and readings).

Jan Flannery from Masterton Primary School

We are currently studying Outer Space and so learning about satellites was very appropriate. Students generated great "I wonder .." questions, which led to excellent discussions.

Mary Brown from Summerland Primary

Globalisation, excellence, maths, science, engineering were all supported. It helped make connections between maths and science in real world contexts.

Jacob Plummer from Tauranga Intermediate

Provides a genuine NZ connection to learning that the students can actually follow. Lots of relevant background information, and overall helped to tie in learning from a variety of sources to support student learning about Space.

Frank Usherwood from Bethlehem School

This term our focus was on Ranginui and Navigation. This field trip was perfect for connecting our focus to technology and making it relatable. The newsletters were also really helpful in providing info on how the trip would work.

Benjamin Baxendine from Ross Intermediate

Students participated fully in the drone demonstration and researched after the field trip had been completed. They were able to come up with their own inquiry into a part of the topic they were interested in. It involved all the class.

Michelle O'Neill from Verdon College

It discussed topics that were of particular interest to the boys in my class, and was effective in engaging all the students to learn through a different tool. It required the class to use the Key Competencies throughout the whole journey.

Nicola Burtenshaw from Ross Intermediate

Excellent resource, Learnz is so integrated into our schooling now we call it a learnz week and we have learnz books.  We love it.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

Motivating and inspirational for students. A really good way to get them motivated to read and write, plus they all wanted to delve deeper, based on our school-wide theme of "Learn From Yesterday / Change Tomorrow".

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

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