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Teacher testimonials

Ecological Restoration

My class were very engaged in the web conference. This trip supported the science learning area and the children were keen to learn more.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

The photos especially helped my ESOL students to learn about New Zealand and its environment. We will be going to Natureland as an actual field trip later in Term 4 and a bird sanctuary, which will reinforce the concepts we have looked at during the Virtual Field trip.

Annette Vartha from Nelson College for Girls

Map my Waahi

The way the field trip was structured caught students attention and kept them interested. The emphasis on local history, starting with Maori legend worked really well. Lots of interest in being able to plot the trip using the mapping tool.

Gabriel Hawke from St Mary's School (Hastings)

This trip was useful in discussing the topography of New Zealand, prior to guiding the students into thinking about natural disasters as part of our Cause and Effect inquiry. We found the web conferences most helpful.

Emma Newton from Karori Normal School

The students have continued, even after the end of the field trip, to explore their own passions around mapping, e.g. mapping their own whanau story. My Maori students showed full engagement in this trip, especially when listening to the oral stories of the local area. LEARNZ definitely supports my teaching, by providing a wide variety of resources and experts to support the class inquiry learning. 

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

Love the links to tikanga and Maoridom - something that is a focus for us as  school right now, but can be hard to do in an authentic way. This field trip helped us to achieve that. Students also hadn't thought of 'mapping' beyond the one on the wall so this opened up a whole new world for them.

Jessica McConnell from Mount Hutt College

Spirit of Adventure

Very useful videos, students enjoyed them. I have got a few dyslexic children so videos and live interviews were really helpful to get them involved in learning.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Share the Road

Roads and road safety and public spaces are a part of everyday life, so it was great to think about and talk about how this effects us and how our behaviour effects others, in a meaningful way. I love, as always, the Learnz topics and the framework provided to have some interesting conversations, share ideas, and expand our knowledge in fun and interesting ways.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

It allowed us to complete learning in technology, ICT, science and maths.

Shay Grant from Ohinewai School

Land Sky and Space

My class as a lot of different levels of learning so having Learnz in my reading programme helps with coordinating groups and keeping students interested in Literacy Numeracy and Inquiry. They used thinking in many ways and there were different topics for different learners.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

Excellent resource, Learnz is so integrated into our schooling now we call it a learnz week and we have learnz books.  We love it.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

Adapting after Emergencies

It was topical and led to deeper thinking from my students about coping with an emergency. ALL students from varying abilities could access this interesting and challenging material. The audio option on Background pages was great and well used by my children. My students loved the chance to use and connect with Te Reo in a real context.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

Great Safety management ideas came through and layering on what we've learnt in Stan the Plan Learnz. Kia Pakari resource was fantastic. We had some great discussions on how different people help in the community and key messages endorsed such as - have a grab bag etc.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

The field trip has been a great next step in learning from experts and hearing stories from our own back yard. Each morning of the field trip the kids have arrived enthused and ready to see what Andrew will be sharing with us today.

Katie Halvorsen from Wanaka Primary School

This field trip ended our term long unit on preparing for an emergency. It was spot on for my year 4-5 class, giving us a chance to hear from experts and people who experienced the earthquake. It also allowed us to ask questions and clarify our understanding. This has opened another door for me. It was so interesting, meaningful and relevant. It shows how technology can be used to extend learning. The students loved it - all rating the experience 9 or 10 out of 10. Thank you.

Nicola Bennett from Wanaka Primary School

Living in Kaikoura it was good for my students to be able to look back and see how far they have come. It is so great to have the work done with linking it to the NZC.

Rebecca Macer from Kaikoura Suburban School

Students were engaged with the topic and it was great having experts to answer their questions. Interactive activities have been helpful to scaffold learning for all students.

Michelle O'Neill from Verdon College

This field trip covered Science and Social Sciences and gave the students the information they needed to be able to make personal links to the learning. LEARNZ takes our learning and understanding beyond anything we could hope to offer our students - the field trips are a valuable part of our global learning program.

Teresa Jones from Waitoriki School

Matched well with the NZ Curriculum in Social sciences and Planet Earth science. My children did enjoy using the Maori vocab.

Helen Voice from Kaikoura Primary School

Sustainable Wai

This field trip was excellent and a fantastic opportunity to talk to inspiring, knowledgeable and caring experts. My students now have clarity around the direction for their action plans, therefore the field trip was effective, appropriate and supported the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. Being able to re-watch the web conferences with the additional notes and links is really helpful.

Maria Semmons from Kowhai School

Kōkako

My students felt like they were there. It helped my students to connect with real life issues that are occurring now in real time. Great connection with tangata whenua.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

This Kōkako field trip heavily support our focus on māori perspectives and tikanga practices surrounding nature and our syndicate mountain. The videos and background sheets are also excellent and catered for the range of levels in my class.

Stacey Vowles from Tamahere Model Country School

Students interested, good to have Māori view, overall great learning for kids. Relevant and NZ based learning about the Living World and conservation.

Robyn Bennett from Stanmore Bay School

LEARNZ field trips like Kōkako are great for inquiry projects to show children another way to find information and to feed into passions.

Bernadette Ballantyne from Mercury Bay Area School

Authentic context and linked to our inquiry for term 2. Useful for promoting Key Competencies - we used thinking, managing self, participating and contributing.

Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

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