Memorial Park 2 Newsletter 1

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Kia ora

Welcome to Memorial Park 2, the second of four field trips investigating a roading project to remember those who served at war. Shelley is off doing a world-first mountain climb in Nepal so I’m taking over the reins for this field trip.

With ANZAC Day 2014 approaching, the countdown is on for Memorial Park to be finished in time for the 2015 centenary commemorations of the First World War Gallipoli landings, a pivotal part of our history. The largest of these centenary events in New Zealand will be held at the National War Memorial and the new Memorial Park in Wellington. I am looking forward to having you join me as we once again head to Wellington, this time to see how construction of the underpass and the new Memorial Park has been progressing since we were last there in November 2013.

The Memorial Park web site is different from previous LEARNZ field trip web sites. You may have noticed that there is open access to this site, so you do not need to login to see it, and it is slightly different in appearance. You will need to log in to see the audioconference material.

Things to do from this newsletter:

1. KEY DATES

  • Friday 2 May - Last day for audioconference bookings with Andrew - andrew.penny@core-ed.org
  • Thursday 8 May - Audioconference questions due with Andrew - andrew.penny@core-ed.org
  • Friday 9 May - Deadline for Ambassadors to arrive at Andrew’s home office ($35 payment to be sent to the CORE Education office)
  • Tuesday 13 May - The second Memorial Park Virtual Field Trip to Wellington gets under way!

2. ENROL ALL YOUR CLASSES

  • The Memorial Park field trip takes place from 13-15 May.
  • Please enrol all the classes you are taking on this field trip through your MyLEARNZ control panel. This enables us to report accurately to our supporters, continue to offer LEARNZ free of charge and it helps us to support you and your students.

3. AUDIOCONFERENCES

  • Personalise the field trip for your students by taking part in a live audioconference using the MoE audiobridge at no cost. During audioconferences students will be able to put questions to experts who are on location.
  • Two 20-25 minute audioconferences will be held on each day of the field trip.
  • Taking part in audioconferences is a great activity for your class.
  • All you need for an audioconference is a speaker phone. Skype can also be used.
  • Details about audioconferences can be found in LEARNZ Support – Audioconferences.
  • Check the audioconference timetable and book your audioconference now by emailing andrew.penny@core-ed.org.

4. YOUR SUGGESTIONS

  • Do you have suggestions for the Memorial Park field trip website? Maybe you would like a video made on a specific topic or career for your students. Email andrew.penny@core-ed.org if you have a request for content such as field trip videos, audioconferences, diaries or photos.

5. AMBASSADORS

  • Schools are invited to send an ambassador on this field trip.
  • Read more about the ambassador programme.
  • Sign up your ambassador through your MyLEARNZ control panel.

6. CONTACTS

  • If you have questions regarding the field trip please email me andrew.penny@core-ed.org or call 0800 22 55 53 (0800 CALL LEARNZ).

7. FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE NEW TO LEARNZ:

  • There is no prescribed way of using a LEARNZ virtual field trip.
  • Curriculum links are available for you to check and see how the field trip relates to your class programme.
  • Use your teacher or class login (username and password) for anything related to audioconferences or to use the Ask-an-Expert web board.
  • Give the class login (username and password you set up for them in MyLEARNZ) to your students to use in class and at home.
  • For help with login procedures go to Teacher Registration explained or call the teacher free phone 0800 22 55 53.
  • The Prepare Students section of the Memorial Park site ensures your students are ready when the field trip gets under way.
  • The background readings give an overall idea of the topic and can be used to generate further inquiry. The activities consolidate new learning and encourage deeper thinking.
  • During the field trip your class can follow the action in my daily diary, watch the videos, and ask questions or listen during live audioconferences with our experts. Combined with the background readings, and Ask-an-Expert (requires a login), these components are powerful mediums for inquiry learning.
  • See also Getting Started with LEARNZ.

Ka kite anō and I will catch up with you again soon.

Andrew
LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher
andrew.penny@core-ed.org

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