Teacher testimonials

Natural Hazards

Maori students enjoyed learning Maori words related to the topic; they felt included and their culture appreciated. The field trip supported our learning about planet Earth, especially in comparison between NZ and Iceland. 

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

 Interesting insight into volcanoes and earthquakes. Kids were amazed to learn about other countries with the similar to NZ geological issues. Activities were interesting.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Captivating videos and learning activities about planet Earth. Thanks for the project!

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Linked well into our unit on puia and maunga, with good information in the background pages and activities. Dipping into videos was useful. Fitted well with our unit, which is assessing Earth Systems at Level 4/5 of the NZC. It also allowed for participation and contribution for both the KCs and the NoS branch of Pūtaiao.

Georgina Barrett from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whanau Tahi

It was really engaging and held the students' interest. The online support was fabulous, as there was a lot of support and different material and ideas.

Louise Lynch from Belfast School

The field trip gave my students a good hook into volcanoes and natural hazards. It supported the science learning area well. Watching the scientist's plane trip sparked my kids curiousity, as did the trip up the volcano.

Sarah Hey from Northcote School

This virtual field trip took my teaching to another level - I have integrated LEARNZ into my Google Classroom environment and this is brilliant. Students enjoyed the ability to ask questions during web conferences and appreciated being able to go back and review them.

Helen Awheto from Tokoroa Intermediate

It encouraged a purposeful use of digital devices. The children found it very interesting to hear the scientists, see the location and the work that is being done. It brought everything to life for them.

Scott Hillman from Glenfield Primary School

As a individual teacher, I could never hope to organise and present learning opportunities to students as well as the Learnz team does. The natural hazards topic was very engaging for the students and the LEARNZ trip provided variety to my teaching programme and suited my e-learning class.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

The timing and content of the field trip was appropriate for my Year 9 class and they were all engaged, especially in the live web conference. I thought the virtual field trip was a valuable experience; both for the students and for my professional development.

Rebecca Aitken from Papanui High School

The virtual field trip encouraged my Year 9 students to manage themselves, and helped develop their critical thinking skills.

Cassandra Wilberforce from Flaxmere College

The field trip allowed the children to dig deeper than just volcanism in Iceland. Students followed up with research on NZ Geology and experimenting making ther own lava, like Ben does in his lab!

Siobhan Connor from Masterton Intermediate

I loved that the children were involved in creating the content by writing the questions for Ben and Shelley. Matched our inquiry concept of "Change" perfectly. Encouraged lots of 21st century skills and great learning.

Kate Hamill from Masterton Intermediate

It was at a perfect level for Level 3 to 4 of the Curriculum with extension opportunities. We participated live in one web conference but being able to replay all the web conferences was awesome! Took away the need for all the paperwork now needed for any outdoor education trip!

Joanne Haselden from Orewa College

It has been fantastic for children to speak with experts. Sending our ambassador this time just made it all so real. Such an excellent teaching resource. Nothing like it anywhere else.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

It was effective and was presented in such a way that it was really enjoyable, and the learning appropriate. LEARNZ trips give a great insight into the world and allow us to see and learn things we otherwise would not. Great learning tool - making learning real.

Elley Mullany from Mullany Homeschool

It got the children thinking about volcanoes and earthquakes in NZ. Clear topics and answers were in kid talk.

Alison Ferris from Rangitoto School

Map my Waahi

The web conferences in particular encouraged my Year 1-8 students to listen carefully to ideas from other schools and the experts, so they could contribute themselves.

Wendy Bishell from Pitt Island School

This mapping field trip was a great context to explore sustainability and te ao māori.

Paul Gilbert from Raumati Beach School

Children made good connections to previous knowledge and we are now using mapping tools online to record where traps are and their catch rate etc. The field trip tied in nicely to our current inquiry about pest management and previous inquiries into the blue duck and kiwi.

Christopher Mattock from Makahu School

Supported our heavy focus on the key competencies and principles as we develop our local curriculum. Interesting, well thought out, engaging, and followed on nicely from other inquiries.

Eric Daubé from Dalefield School

I thought the weaving of both Te Reo and tikanga/Mātauranga Māori was organic and well done. I also found it useful that the appropriate Achievement Objectives were linked to the Resource section of the website. Overall, this field trip supported the NZ Curriculum well. 

Rose Ellis from Karori Normal School

Helped provide an exciting context for students to learn about mapping. The field trip was presented in an interdisciplinary way which made the learning meaningful. It also supported me as a teacher to provide learning through the use of digital devices, and made learning both fun and engaging.

Sonia Dickson from St Joseph's Catholic School Opotiki

As we are a Whanau class, it is great to have the glossary and the Cultural mapping context as this relates perfectly to my tamariki. It inspired curiosity and inquiry, especially in relation to Technology and the Nature of Science.

Jane Norman from Kamo School

This fieldtrip fitted into our planned learning well as it had a variety of linked objectives. It enabled lower ability readers from my Year 5/6 class to work with a buddy to complete reading and activities for the fieldtrip.

Janine Kroening from Harewood School

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