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Teacher testimonials

Natural Hazards

From the NZC, all Principles, Values covered in the programme, Key Competencies all used to reinforce learning; Science - natural hazards - future focus.

Helen Gibson from Hilltop School

The resources and information from this field trip are going to continue to be useful for the rest of this term. The connections that are made for our students to see others involved and other parts of our country/world are fantastic.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

Gave us some great connections and real life examples of what we have been reading, talking and doing experiments about. It tapped into a lot of natural interest we have in our class, especially following our visit to a geyser at Te Puia.

Erin Neilson from Selwyn Ridge School

Very engaging for Year 7 & 8 students. Students had a lot of opportunities to direct their own learning using the Chromebooks; they were managing self. This was my first LEARNZ trip so really pleased to discover this is another way to bring science into the classroom in such a real way.

Ann Stephen from Sacred Heart Cathedral School

My class were able to learn at their own level and pace, at the same time exploring the Principle of Learning to Learn and reflecting on how best they learned. Great to see my students raise their level of questioning and their confidence and independence since our first LEARNZ web conferences, on the previous field trip.

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

The children love these experiences. This was such a great follow up to the earlier Kaikoura earthquake field trip and built into our own study of Natural Disasters. It has added to our deep and thorough learning. Can't wait for the next one.

Nicola Bennett from Wanaka Primary School

We absolutely loved this Iceland field trip and got so much out of it, that it took over a very intense 3 weeks of our learning. The content was so well pitched that all our children from year 1-8 could understand and learn from it.

Teresa Jones from Waitoriki School

Participation was great as we got to go Iceland!

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

Ecological Restoration

My students loved it and felt quite special being one of the speaking schools. Engagement was high with all students - it was also a great catalyst for some reluctant writers. The site and learning is structured in a way that promotes self-management and critical thinking. It also sparked a lot of genuine interest around meaningful projects in our local area.

Paul Hammond from Greytown School

Learnz virtual field trips are an integral part of our programme - students look forward to each one. What's the Plan, Stan? led to research around a range of topics - particularly in response to Web Conferences. Special needs students can access ALL aspects of the tour. Maori students are able to add context and their own ideas and understanding, from talks by representatives of local iwi.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

Great for Participation and Connections, knowing our native flora and fauna are at risk, so students are feeling more compelled to change habits and do something about it.

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

The students found it extremely engaging as part of our "Learning for Life" inquiry, which linked into our "Leaves of Green" project. Students particularly liked the daily videos.

Mitzi Blomfield from Kaikoura Suburban School

Whats the Plan Stan?

All New Zealanders need to know this info - new immigrants were quite surprised by some of it. Ticks all of the boxes. Allows my diverse learners to engage in their own style with the material, which frees me up to move around and have quality conversations about the topic with each of the students - no crowd control needed! Brilliant!

Claudine Tyrrell from Kaikorai Valley College

My class enjoyed the little videos and learnt heaps about earthquakes. Linked well to managing self and community. It involves the children with things outside the classroom - connects them to real life NZ.

Michelle Clark from Milford School

Linked very well with our school ShakeOut focus. Great for building Participating and Contributing, and Self-Management in students. Good design in that I can pick-and-choose what is useful for my class.

Britta Martini from Otari School

We were involved in the Nationwide 'Shake it Out' and this added value to the day. LEARNZ is a 'one stop shop' for me - it means I do not have to spend hours surfing on the internet to support my learning programmes.

Sandra Harnett from Rangiora Borough School

I find the teacher support section very helpful and have never thought, "I wish they had this here". Students were able to read and understand the easy background information and were able to discuss the ideas put forward, then form evacuation plans for school and home.

Paula O'Neill from New River Primary

Field trips like these help build connected, lifelong, sustainable learners.

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

Sustainable Wai

We are looking at our local river and the field trip gave us a context in which we could link our reading programme and link it through science. The class was engaged and went onto the images and background pages during independent learning times. Awesome trip - thanks Andrew and team.

Michael Clemens from Amberley School

My students love working in pods learning and researching on all the background pages and then seeing the real life videos. To the LEARNZ team thank you for such an awesome resource, that I love using with my students!

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

It allowed for huge flexibility. Our unit is based around the Place and Environment AOs of the Social Science learning area, and it was perfect. Kids were very engaged and particularly looked forward to the daily videos.

Suzanne Moore from Amberley School

Share the Road

Thorough integration of curriculum elements. For this field trip, we followed a pattern in class inquiry and core subjects.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

Spirit of Adventure

It showed the children working as a team in real life situations. I have also used it as part of my group reading material.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

Map my Waahi

Not only were we able to see mapping and other tasks being done in the field, but being enjoyed. Life long learning was modelled.

Steven Bodger from Piopio College

Kauri

It was easy, engaging and grabbed the students attention. Covered all areas well as we were able to use it as a hook in, therefore allowing students to explore further in areas of interest as well as share with the wider school and community.

Rachel Oliver from Otahuhu Intermediate

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