Teacher testimonials

High Country

The field trips meet the needs of lots of learners and enables multi level learning on the same topic. I like the ability to easily revise, and work can be looked at outside the classroom. Excellent links to key competencies, self management, use of 21st century learning environment.

Kersty Millar from Reporoa College

Antarctica

The audio conversations were brilliantly done along with the accompanying videos, plus questions being typed and answered while online. I have been intrigued and surprised by how much my young students have taken on board during the trip.

Lesley Johnston from Firth School

ShakeOut

It broadened students' thinking and understanding of the large scale of the event and excited them about the topic. The ability to access information, colleagues and a world which we otherwise wouldn't have access to makes the learning process really meaningful.

Lucy Hannah from Christ the King Catholic School Owairaka

Was topical and at appropriate level for my student. Encouraged good discussion and gave excellent information. Student said "That was great. Can we do another one?"

Lorelei Salisbury from Salisbury Home School

We are looking at change and our ways to survive. It (the field trip) gave more specialist knowledge to students, that the teacher could not give.

Nicola Pitcher from Glen Eden Intermediate School

We used the videos and some background pages for discussions.

Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

Very appropriate - supported student learning about earthquakes and doing the ShakeOut drill. Interesting, motivating and flexible - students get a lot from having readings, videos, audioconferences, activities, and photos.

Jan Flannery from Masterton Primary School

We think this (field trip) was very effective as we are much wiser about what we need to do at school and at home, to be prepared during and after an earthquake. LEARNZ is a remarkable online learning community which allowed us to get information on earthquakes from schoolchildren, parents and teachers. 

Susan Hodge from Elm Park School

It helped with critical thinking, managing personal plans and responsibility in a disaster. A great way to have a different teaching medium with other experts to answer questions and supply information.

Timothy Crawshaw from Newtown School

The content was very appropriate as they were able to relate it to their own experiences, having experienced a 5.8  earthquake the night before. The audioconference was an excellent opportunity to focus on asking quality questions with a purpose and to interact with experts.

Keryl Lee-Kelleher from Makuri School

The field trip connected the students to issues about earthquakes in a practical way. It was also great to connect with children who have been in earthquakes - this gave a realism and reality to the trip. Andrew (the LEARNZ Teacher) is marvellous - he really helps to ignite curiosity in the students.

Jennifer Kitchin from Weston School

It was good to have a child's perspective in the videos and background pages were good science information. The field trip enabled and empowered students to have an understanding of others' experiences and the impact these experiences have on themselves and the world in which they live. 

Debbie Purves from Te Whanau o Waitangi

The field trip allowed children to think deeply about emergencies, which was relevant to what we were learning in class about preparing an emergency plan. It was real life experiences from children to children which was great and the children were engaged because it was with other learners at their level.

Leigh Kaye from Frimley School

 Enjoyable to hear first hand accounts - made it more real for the children.

Robyn Wee from Wakaaranga School

It supported the Shakeout event we were participating in. It also supported the curriculum well. Visuals are excellent and information is current. The videos led to good discussions and recall of prior knowledge.

Helen Gibson from Hilltop School

Relevant to topic at school and it was all current. Great tool.

Marne Hendriks from Rosebank School Balclutha

This field trip was a short mini-unit to prepare students for the national shake out drill and was in addition to our School Curriculum plan.

Alice Keeling from Springston School

LEARNZ is doing a brilliant job and this is a fantastic resource for all teachers and students. Excellent contextual learning, and made really good links to the NZC. I loved how there was appropriate Māori and Pasifika language included to support our learners, while the inclusion of both easy and more difficult support materials allows for differentiation.

Kirsten Jamieson-Gough from Remarkables Primary School

We had been involved in the Geohazards VFT so the children were well briefed and ready to take part in ShakeOut. The class really looks forward to taking part in the LEARNZ trips.

Graham Elsmore from Christian Renewal School

We are a sole charge school of 12 students and I was able to adapt the content to suit all levels within my class. This was our first live field trip and the students really enjoyed it and got a lot from it. There were lots of comments over the week about how 'cool' and 'fun' it was.

Nicola Evans from Papanui Junction School

My Yr 5&6 class were very engaged with this field trip.  The information was easy to access for the students who find reading difficult (great to have an NZ voice reading the background pages), but there was enough for my high achieving students as well. The live audio conferences were very useful - next time we will definitely put ourselves down for a speaking school role!

Melinda Bolton from Paerata School

Great to follow this field trip while preparing for Shake Out on Thursday. Engaging way of learning for students. Lots of great information given and the opportunity to ask questions of experts.

Deirdre Hutton from Holy Family School Wanaka

Brilliant! It was my first time but it was a great way to get detailed information from an expert, live. The children in my class were asking loads of questions relating to answers given, which gave them lots of things to think about! The field trip related to "Participating and Contributing", as all my children got involved in thinking about their own emergency kits and some said they needed to get one. 

Melanie McLennan from Somerville Intermediate School

Smart Motorways

The class found it effective as the resources invited collaboration and discussion. It was a new context that demonstrated science in action. Learning areas could all be linked and the key competency of self management was explored.

Jacob Plummer from Tauranga Intermediate

Kea

Other than learning about our environment, we also used it in our creative writing unit.

Jason Shaw from Geraldine High School

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