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Kōkako

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

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

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)

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

Perfect as we were exploring Predator Free NZ as an inquiry unit. Great to see the relevance of our tracking and trapping in our local school bush area. Good that our kids also saw that people have paid jobs doing this work. It's real-life stuff!

Louise Peirce from Korokoro School

This field trip was perfect as we are researching New Zealand, in particular birds. It helped us to learn about kōkako but also allowed us to value the kōkako on a personal basis.

Jacqueline McGlasson from Dargaville Primary School

Authentic context and linked to our inquiry for term 2. Useful for promoting Key Competencies - we used thinking, managing self, participating and contributing.

Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

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

Land Sky and Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEARNZ is so great for Science and Technology. This field trip provided awesome help with GPS and satellites.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

Used with Year 10 science, and they especially enjoyed joining the live web conference. HOD was impressed with engagement.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Well connected to the science curriculum and reading. Students found the background information easy to read and gave them lots of information. The audio was very helpful to some of my less able students.

Maureen Keane from Valley 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

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

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

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