Teacher testimonials

Waterview Connection

High engagement in the elements presented. Great stimulation for discussion and further investigation. A powerful extension to our EOTC programme.

Martin Dodge from Balclutha School

Really got us thinking about cars, traffic, air polution (in the tunnels) and safe alternatives like cycling. Very engaging and relevant material, presented well.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

People and Water

The LEARNZ delivery method made it easier to work alongside students with their learning rather than in front of them. Students have been engaged and motivated to ask questions and wonder about things.

Amanda O'Brien from St Joseph's School Timaru

Wetland Biodiversity

Ability to have contact with scientists and other experts provides an authentic learning experience. We were able to learn about other wetlands and compare them to our local wetlands. Great background information and resources. Thank you!

Sonjia Campbell from Mercury Bay Area School

Used to support digital devices in science at high school and an opportunity to experience the South Island. Some videos included Maori content - used as a role model for students. Pronunciation of Maori place names helped me as a teacher, as I try to improve and utilise Te Reo in the science class.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Marine Mammals

Fitted nicely into science. Authentic contexts. High level of engagement. Loved the Maori song and actions.

Lyndal Fonokalafi from Pukekohe East School

I love the links to Te Reo and the culture of the Maori people, particularly things like kaitiaki and karakias. Thank you.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

I use this extensively in my reading programme - high interest content. The children love the interactives which also shows me how carefully the children have read the text.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

The field trip was a great way to hook the class into our Te Moana inquiry and the children loved it! LEARNZ is a super learning tool that links well in obvious and explicit ways to many aspects of the NZ Curriculum. 

Zoe Smith from Moturoa School

I like the LEARNZ Inquiry approach, how the students read (or listen to) all the background information first and then formulate their own questions.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

Great to connect with others in a real world context.

Katrina Curtis from Clearview Primary

This topic of this virtual field trip study supports our values of kaitiakitanga. Very appropriate, being a school of students who are sea people, and an interesting form of learning for isolated schools like ours.

Cheryl Waititi from Te Waha O Rerekohu Area School

We are learning about sustainability and this was a good trip to take.

Gillian Bartlett from Mission Heights Junior College

Motivating, engaging, the short video clips hold student interest and provide plenty of scope for discussion. Well supported with activities, both paper and digital.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

It was really well set up with appropriate material for classroom writing and got all of my students excited about marine mammals.

Nik Serhijenko from Pamapuria School

It has given my predominantly Pasifika students an invaluable and accessible EOTC experience that would normally be beyond our ability to provide in real time. Oral recordings made it very accessible and having ambassador on board increased engagement further.

Katherine Smith from Nga Iwi School

I felt the field trip was well done and very engaging. It supported the key competencies very well and there was a lot of thinking, cooperative learning and activities that required a lot of self-management and participation by the students.

Karla Jorgensen from Coastal Taranaki School

Every time I used the support area I was able to find what I needed. The virtual field trip was very appropriate - I had to differentiate content for my littlies but it was very usable.

Jennifer Sinclair from Kaiapoi Borough School

The field trip had a place in all areas of the NZ curriculum e.g covered reading, writing, geography, mathematics, art. Students were able to make connections to their own personal experiences.

Adrienne Maxwell from Waitara East School

It tied in perfectly with our focus on Toiora te Moana. Supports strongly our values at Merrin - Kaitiakitanga - guardianship especially.

Francis Ganderton from Merrin School

Making the resources very NZ based and knowing other students were also doing it around the country was motivating for many. Having the correct pronunciation of words (Māori and English) available was valuable for the teacher, as was allowing the lower readers to listen to the text.

Victoria Stevens from Queenstown School

Integrated perfectly with our current Year 6 Living World topic about life cycles and threats to NZ marine species. Resources are fantastic! Excellent for sustainability and future focus learning.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

The children enjoyed the focus on marine mammals and the field trip was a very effective, engaging way of learning. Supported the overall vision of the NZC to become confident, connected life-long learners along with Values around Community Engagement and Future Focus. Supported the Learning Areas of Social Science, Science.

Jillian Evans from St Margaret's College

Game 3, "Where have all the dolphins gone?", was so successful that we've played it with a younger class and with the new entrants, and also with the pre-school over the road! The children got a really thorough understanding of this topic through the Virtual Field trip, which tied in perfectly with our whole school topic of "The Ocean".

Amanda Barrett from St Patrick's School (Bryndwr)

Met our objectives for inquiry in the social sciences and science but also gave lots of opportunities for literacy. This experience also allowed the students to feel connected, to learn new things and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

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