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High engagement in the elements presented. Great stimulation for discussion and further investigation. A powerful extension to our EOTC programme.
Really got us thinking about cars, traffic, air polution (in the tunnels) and safe alternatives like cycling. Very engaging and relevant material, presented well.
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.
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!
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.
Fitted nicely into science. Authentic contexts. High level of engagement. Loved the Maori song and actions.
I love the links to Te Reo and the culture of the Maori people, particularly things like kaitiaki and karakias. Thank you.
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.
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.
I like the LEARNZ Inquiry approach, how the students read (or listen to) all the background information first and then formulate their own questions.
Great to connect with others in a real world context.
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.
We are learning about sustainability and this was a good trip to take.
Motivating, engaging, the short video clips hold student interest and provide plenty of scope for discussion. Well supported with activities, both paper and digital.
It was really well set up with appropriate material for classroom writing and got all of my students excited about marine mammals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It tied in perfectly with our focus on Toiora te Moana. Supports strongly our values at Merrin - Kaitiakitanga - guardianship especially.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.