Teacher testimonials

Kauri

My students from this field trip are now very connected to kauri, that four weeks ago was just another native tree. Very powerful to have online learning with experts. Made a national taonga come alive and made kauri dieback real, relevant and contextual. Brings in elements of Nature of Science and the Social Science curriculum.

Janine Fryer from Pukekohe Intermediate

Was extremely motivating for our learners! Very appropriate for our "Diversity" inquiry. Supported Science: Living World but also the Key Competences of "Thinking" and "Using Language, Symbols and Text". Watch the video where our Cambridge East School students share what they learned about kauri dieback at https://vimeo.com/272665119

Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

Kauri is one of our taonga, and this field trip supported our role as tangata whenua and kaitiaki. A great resource and easy to use with the class who learnt so much about the kauri and the disease affecting it.

Anna Houston from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangere

Linking a community issue with young adults (in this way with LEARNZ), has been empowering for the students. They are able to contribute to conversations outside the classroom using science and cultural based knowledge.

Fiona Patterson from Waiuku College

Land Sky and Space

It discussed topics that were of particular interest to the boys in my class, and was effective in engaging all the students to learn through a different tool. It required the class to use the Key Competencies throughout the whole journey.

Nicola Burtenshaw from Ross Intermediate

This term our focus was on Ranginui and Navigation. This field trip was perfect for connecting our focus to technology and making it relatable. The newsletters were also really helpful in providing info on how the trip would work.

Benjamin Baxendine from Ross Intermediate

Globalisation, excellence, maths, science, engineering were all supported. It helped make connections between maths and science in real world contexts.

Jacob Plummer from Tauranga Intermediate

We are currently studying Outer Space and so learning about satellites was very appropriate. Students generated great "I wonder .." questions, which led to excellent discussions.

Mary Brown from Summerland Primary

Sustainable Seas

Supported our study of Tangaroa, based on Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. We all learnt so much, both the students and kaiako. Very informative newsletters made using the site easy.

Anna Houston from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangere

Great learning to be had by all children. Very engaging. We also used this field trip to prepare for an overnight trip to the Tawhiranui Open Sanctuary.

Veronica Jones from St Francis Catholic School (Pt Chevalier)

Highly effective. Year 5&6 totally engaged. The videos are gold, prompting much discussion and the kids loved being part of the webinars.

Anthony Webb from Paraparaumu Beach School

Fitted in perfectly with our school's vision, the key competencies and values. It was an excellent resource to supplement what we were doing in the classroom.

Christine Bilderbeck from Lepperton School

It has helped add innovative, engaging material to my teaching and further engaged my students in the issues we were already examining. Supported the principles, values and key competencies as well as LO's for NCEA Level 1 Geography.

Aidan Daly from Hobsonville Point Secondary School

It was perfect for our purposes. I'm looking forward to the next one!

Louise Peirce from Korokoro School

It has given me a fantastic resource to use in the classroom to motivate and engage the students. It was perfect timing for Sea Week and it had the students participating and contributing, thinking, relating to others and making connections.

Caitlin Weston from Red Beach School

Complements classroom programmes really well. Useful for the strands in SST on Place & Environment and Continuity and Change. The trip also supported the future focus and sustainability concepts found in the front of the NZC.

Robyn Gillies from Roncalli College

The children really loved the field trip. They could relate lots of the content to our local area. We used the field trip as a supplement for our science programme in the classroom.

Ryan Fraser from Maheno School

It has provided authentic and real contexts for teaching and learning and really engages students. It tied in with what we had been learning around Sea Week and covered all the key competencies as well as many learning areas such as Science, Health, Reading, and Oral Language.

Lisa Davies from Red Beach School

Encouraged teaching and learning about sustainability. Very informative for students and teachers alike. I used the audio in background pages to support multi level reading in my class.

Braede Campbell from Mt Maunganui School

Great for literacy, using computers in a different way, introduced science thinking and specific vocabualary in Maori and English. It was effective in the sense that it gave me a framework to work within and draw ideas from, as the material was there to guide me.

Jane Pearson from Hira School

This was amazing. My students could relate to it and it introduced some excellent topics such as food chains and ecosystems. My students gained a deep understanding of how fragile an ecosysytem is and that all ecosystems are under both natural and human threats. 

Christina Smith from Paihia School

Wetland Biodiversity

This field trip has helped me to step out of the classroom and look at what is on our doorstep. It is great for the children to learn about authentic contexts.

Beth Summers from Hinds School

Students valued the inclusion of speakers who related the land and resources to an earlier style of living on the land by Maori, in pre-European times.

Maree O'Leary from Whangaparaoa College

The trips are well planned and resourced - especially with the use of field experts, and provide a wealth of material students can use to aid their studies. The multi-level pitch of these field trips makes them suitable for a range of ability levels, and they can be self-paced.

Robyn Gillies from Roncalli College

Another valuable and appropriate topic from the LEARNZ team, as we knew very little beforehand about wetlands and their importance. LEARNZ is an excellent education tool.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

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