Teacher testimonials

Antarctica

It takes us to a place we have never been and experienced before and it gives us more insights of what's happening there. It's incredibly interesting.

Arfi Binsted from Binsteds Home School

Great for students to have new people connecting to them in a different way, linking many aspects of the curriculum in a real setting.

Janet Valentine from St Brigids School Johnsonville

The field trip was extremely appropriate and challenging. Very effective. My class really got into it - it was so well organised for teachers and students.

Jane Austen from Cornwall Park District School

This is a rich experience for students who know NZ but are often living offshore.

Robina Smythe from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

The whole field trip has added a sense of authenticity to student learning. This really is a wonderful way to give us invaluable learning experiences - students have been so engaged and have been thinking of their own experiments to test some of the things that they have learnt.

Shannon Mainey from Waiau Pa School

I run the GATE programme and we do Future Problem Solving so the ecological sustainability was particularly relevant. A great teaching tool which is motivating for students.

Maree Flashman from St Mary's School Ellerslie

Provided real meaning and connections to topical subjects like global warming. There was a high level of interest about Antarctica from the students.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

Very effective, especially the videos. Fantastic with much of the planning done for the time-poor teacher. This field trip is fully supportive of Principles, Key values and Competencies as well as learning areas of our curriculum, thanks.

Maureen Robertson from Verran Primary School

This unit linked with our topic of sustainability and enabled cross curricular learning in a digital context. This type of learning resource helps students to work at their level, irrespective of where they start and their reading ability.

Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

Children loved every part of the experience- thoroughly engaging. Really cool for the students to be able to participate with a group outside of their immediate context!

Ruth Millett from Upper Harbour Primary School

Excellent source of information for the students, aimed at their level, well presented and easy for the students to access and work with. Students found it extremely interesting and they learnt plenty of new things about Antarctica.

Susan Dane from Elm Park School

It has been one of the best units I have taught in my 16 years of teaching - I would recommend it to anyone. I do think that it has been particularly successful in my classroom because we signed up for the extras such as the ambassador and the audio conferencing - that's what really made it come alive for me and the children in my class.

Samantha Edwards from Kenakena School

My students have a different view of the world we live in after this field trip. My students love the field trips.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

You do a great job of preparing and motivating us to engage with the topic. Well structured for all students. Even low achieving readers well engaged. Covered science, values, aspirations and career information. 

Martin Dodge from Balclutha School

It was superbly rich with a wide range of activities to select from, to cater for differentiated learning in a class of individuals with multiple learning needs. LEARNZ Field trips have been an intrinsic part of my teaching aand learning programme for many years now. Extremely appropriate.

Graham Elsmore from Christian Renewal School

ShakeOut

This was my first time on LEARNZ and I loved it. Apart from the well-prepared unit as such, the level of motivation for the kids was instant, high and continued through-out the whole series of lessons.

Sabine Hartmann from Karangahake School

The children saw themselves being part of a wider community, participating with other schools and learning from their questions. It was especially useful to have Te Reo words to complement the learning.

Anna Cullen from Clifton School Bulls

Reinforced other learning on natural disasters, emergency procedures and being prepared. 

Dylan Kiriona from Ohau School

All my students could relate to the information according to individual ability and interest levels. LEARNZ opens up a whole new dimension of making outdoor teaching a reality.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

The visual content helped quite a lot of discussion. So many real life experiences that the children can piggy back onto. The Field Trip was an asset for all the class. Thank you.

Deborah Lamont from Methven School

The levelled information was great. It also was at an apt time as far as reinforcing evacuation and preparedness as a class/school/whanau. I liked the availability of the videos and audio conferences to review and use, even though the fieldtrip had ended.

Joelle Walker from Edgecumbe School

Very relevant for year 7 students. I really like the audio voice over which has allowed the lower reading level students to work with a lot of independence, without having to wait for the teacher to say the word / discuss the word / explain context etc. 

Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

We used this across the school - very appropriate. It linked well with the main ShakeOut event, managing selves, and collaboration.

Nicola Stevenson from Worser Bay School

Resiliance was a key idea we discussed, as were some of the key competencies and their application in real life situation. Right level, good content.

Jeremy Meadows from Woodhill School

Kea

We used a lot of the information from your field trip for our current unit about developing an enrichment toy for an animal at the zoo, as the Hamilton Zoo has keas to entertain. One comment was: 'This was the most fun research we have ever done!' The kids loved the videos and quizzes and we especially liked the listening option of the background pages for our low readers.

Sabine Hartmann from Karangahake School

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