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Antarctica Newsletter 3

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Antarctica Newsletter 3 for teachers

Kia ora koutou, Shelley here

It is great to have you on board for the Antarctica field trip. The ambassadors and I are all set to go. I am sure you and your students are looking forward to discovering more about this fascinating continent and some of the science which is being done there. 

Things to do from this newsletter, (also see previous newsletters from this field trip):

  • check access to computers, phone lines, speaker phone
  • give students the field trip link http://www.learnz.org.nz/scienceonice144 plus the login that you set up for them in MyLEARNZ
  • print audioconference questions
  • remember to read Shelley's first diary on Monday morning
  • first audioconference at 9.15am on Monday 
  • take part in the LEARNZ backchannel - more
  • first videos with questions online Monday
  • send examples of children's work to share


  • Monday 3 November - Virtual Field Trip to Antarctica gets under way. First audioconference at 9.15am on Monday.
  • Monday 3 November - Read Shelley's first diary, watch the videos and look at the panorama images.
  • Monday 1 December at 4pm. Teachers submitting evaluations by this time and day are eligible for the prize draw.


Please remember:

  • Listening Schools (via the internet) - Your class can listen to audioconferences as they happen via the live stream on the website. 
  • Speaking schools - Press the mute button to un-mute your phone so you can talk and then press the mute button again as soon as you are finished speaking.
  • Speaking Schools - If other students are listening to the audioconference on the internet, ensure they are in a different room to the one being used for the audioconference.

NEW! LEARNZ Backchannel 

  • Throughout the Antarctica field trip, the LEARNZ backchannel will operate during live audioconferences.  
  • The LEARNZ backchannel will include live chat where students, or teachers on their behalf, can:
    • share ideas 
    • ask extra questions
    • answer questions
    • watch related visuals
    • contribute links and other examples of their classwork. 
  • Look out for an email invitation within the next few days that includes instructions and the link.
  • Find out more about the LEARNZ backchannel in LEARNZ support.


  • Get the students primed and ready to learn by doing the activities for this Antarctica site.  
  • Take a look at the planning sequence in the Resources section - good for helping you keep your class on track during the field trip.
  • With the class username and password that you set up for them on MyLEARNZ, students can share their learning at home with family.


Follow me @ShelleyHersey #learnztrip on Twitter during the field trip for highlights as they happen. Get involved and I’ll catch you in the Twittersphere!


  • During the field trip, videos with captions and questions are uploaded to the website each morning. 
  • The first videos (from the weekend) will be online on Monday morning. 
  • Video questions and answers are uploaded for you (the teacher) in Resources 


  • During the field trip students from your class can add their questions to the Antarctica Ask-an-Expert Web Board. 
  • The Ask-an-Expert Web Board will remain active for 4 weeks following the trip and then it will be placed on the Antarctica Website under a new link called 'Questions-Answers'.
  • Teachers are expected to manage the way their students use Ask-an-Expert. Your school's Internet Use Policy should govern the way students behave online.


If you have questions regarding the field trip please use the NZ Teacher Freephone 0800 22 55 53, or email webmaster@learnz.org.nz.

See you all soon,

LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Newsletter #3