Teacher testimonials

Virtual Great Walker

We thought it was brilliant! It tied nicely in with out Health, and Science topics. Kids loved the Ambassador and (the field trip) helped prepare for our own walks.

Stacey Vowles from Hillcrest Normal School

Children inspired to walk tracks and parents wanting to join them. Great topics, different way of presenting things in class, able to get involved through audioconferences. Differentiated readings and audio/video options meant all class could access information, including Special Needs children.

Hazel Halton from Rapaura School

Our class is studying ecology in the lead up to our annual camp so the information was very fitting in all aspects.

Nina Booth from Newbury School

Giving the students the option of listening to the background pages is fantastic!  It takes away the fear of trying to read something that is 'too hard'.  It also develops a familiarity with the LEARNZ teacher.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School Balclutha

For the Year 7/8 class I was working with, the field trip tied in perfectly with their camp (Borland Lodge). It worked well using the background pages as build up prior to camp, then using the audio-conferences the week following the camp.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School Balclutha

This field trip ... encouraged students to develop Future Focused thinking - how the way we interact with our environment now, impacts on the future.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School Balclutha

Antarctica

The unit was an excellent opportunity to integrate the Principles, Values, Key Competencies across a range of curriculum areas within authentic learning situations. The students really enjoy the online learning resources, especially the audio conferences.

Brigid Conaglen from Clifton Terrace Model School

All students (Year 8, Levels 2-5) were able to access and make sense of the content. Antarctica fitted perfectly with our concept study of 'Environments'.  It was our first experience and we will be back for more.

Peter Fowler from Cobham Intermediate

My Year 7-10 students can access the field trip whenever needed, not necessarily during the trip. Relevant topic. Students keen to learn more about Antarctica.

Ruth Soper from Southern Regional Health School

The students became very curious about Antarctica. They couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next and were so upset if we didn’t watch everything first thing in the morning.

Gemma Forde from St Theresa's School (Invercargill)

It was great to have people there in real time - it connected the students to the context. It was fantastic where they could type questions to the experts even though they didn't have a speaking role.

Sarah Prescott from Waimate High School

It motivated my top reading group. It was well organised, informative and something different to use as a reading tool/experience.

Heather Mangan from St Joseph's School (Upper Hutt)

Fantastic links to the science curriculum AOs - lots of learning due high interest and combination of videos and great background information. Learnz is real world and happening at the moment. Where else can you get this sort of access to scientists and researchers?

Christopher Wratt from Hanmer Springs School

The students were highly motivated throughout this field trip. A fantastic resource that can be used easily within any classroom setting to support classroom programmes around skills and attitudes we are fostering with our children.

Kiri Waghorn from Cornwall Park District School

Engages the students. Interesting material which covers a breadth of issues and topic areas. Students gained an understanding of the Antarctic food web.

Michael Reed from Loburn School

It was a great way to learn about people places and animals without actually being there.

Jennifer Barrow from Karoro School

We used the Inquiry method to study Antarctica and we loved it! Shelley's videos created lots for discussion. Brilliant!

Allison Cotter from Newtown School

The field trip was very effective, especially from the view point of engagement and motivation as the students felt it was relevant and real.

Jeremy Shroff from Glendowie School

WOW, what a powerful learning tool the Audio Conference was - our extension Year 3-4 students were so engaged in listening and learning that they didn't make a sound.

Joanne Drake from Geraldine Primary School

The 'real-time' trip increased motivation for students and hooked them into their learning. The virtual relationship with Shelley was a highlight. A class visit from David Wallace, who visited Antarctica in 2012, reinforced all the students had seen and inquired about through LEARNZ.

Kathleen McIsaac from Cambridge East School

Caves Critters and Karst

Seeing people passionate about their interest is so encouraging for kids. We were focusing on fossils and limestone of North Otago, so it was  useful comparing with Waitomo.

Jennifer Kitchin from Weston School

 Fantastic - we were going to Waitomo on our field trip, and the timing and content could NOT have been better. Greatly improved audioconferences - the backchannel improved engagement, and the kids were highly interested in hearing their questions asked over the Internet, and the immediate responses.

David Hanah from Knighton Normal School

This field trip tied in nicely with our Science topic this term. Students were highly engaged throughout the field trip and are highly passionate about using LEARNZ in the classroom.

Marcia Ferguson from Rosebank School (Balclutha)

Airport

The audioconferences put our students in contact with other NZ kids - connects them to their peers. Students were fascinated by the videos of behind the scenes at the airport.

Jennifer Kitchin from Weston School

Geohazards

Great material, age appropriate, to generate interest and questions. Great engagement. Students gained knowledge of volcanoes and geothermal activity, connected to wider New Zealand. 

Stuart Cooke from Methven School

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