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Teacher testimonials

Natural Hazards

This trip generated a huge response and the students loved being in Iceland. I was constantly asked if they could have more time researching-looking at videos and following their own Inquiry trail on this topic. All key competencies were used.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The kids actioning the Key Competencies through a field trip was new and interesting for them.

Jared Hopkins from Cobham Intermediate

Absolutely ideal for my year level 3 & 4.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

Supported collaboration, inquiry, and taught specific knowledge about the subject.

Richard Baylis from Hawera Intermediate

The experience has provided me with another tool to help teach my students and provide them with another learning tool to learn. Students are beginning to thinking more critically about the world we live in and how it all works. Seeing themselves on screen talking to experts and listening to other schools ask questions, that were answered, was very helpful.

Dawn Mendes from Hawera Intermediate

Whats the Plan Stan?

Very useful for convincing children that we really do need to prepare for a disaster. Being an e-learning class, we made a disaster plan for our own family. The variety of content is more engaging than normal classroom activities, and this helps to motivate priority learners.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

Kauri

Linked through te reo me nga tikanga Maori - caring for our environment. Redwood Forest is in our area so able to connect to it through this field trip. Related to the NZ Curriculum - Community engagement, Cultural diversity, Future focus and the Vision - Confident, Connected, Informed, Contribuors.

Tarakihana Roberts from Kaitao Intermediate

Ecological Restoration

I have been using LEARNZ for over 10 years - it is so awesome. Extremely beneficial in helping students see real life issues outside of the classroom. 

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

The link to Te Reo vocabulary was great. The videos, ability to listen as well as read the texts, the quizzes and diaries were all great. They encouraged me to hand over responsibility for learning more to the children and gave them ownership of the tasks. Some more introverted children shared some great findings from the field trip.

Emily Forne from Shotover Primary School

Excellent resources, great engagement from the learners and provoked good thinking surrounding our own restoration project. Fully supported the science learning areas of Living World (Ecology L1-6) and Planet Earth & Beyond (Earth Systems L3-4).

Andrea Tong from Academy for Gifted Education

It was awesome to see students a similar age taking action in their communities. Worked really well with our science focus of protecting and creating habitats.

Sarah Hey from Northcote School

My class were very engaged in the web conference. This trip supported the science learning area and the children were keen to learn more.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

The photos especially helped my ESOL students to learn about New Zealand and its environment. We will be going to Natureland as an actual field trip later in Term 4 and a bird sanctuary, which will reinforce the concepts we have looked at during the Virtual Field trip.

Annette Vartha from Nelson College for Girls

Freshwater Ecology

We were teaching about NZ Rivers as a module class, combining Science and Social Studies, so it fitted the achievement objectives perfectly for our subject areas. Awesome!

Sarah Barge from Mountainview High School

Map my Waahi

The way the field trip was structured caught students attention and kept them interested. The emphasis on local history, starting with Maori legend worked really well. Lots of interest in being able to plot the trip using the mapping tool.

Gabriel Hawke from St Mary's School (Hastings)

This trip was useful in discussing the topography of New Zealand, prior to guiding the students into thinking about natural disasters as part of our Cause and Effect inquiry. We found the web conferences most helpful.

Emma Newton from Karori Normal School

The students have continued, even after the end of the field trip, to explore their own passions around mapping, e.g. mapping their own whanau story. My Maori students showed full engagement in this trip, especially when listening to the oral stories of the local area. LEARNZ definitely supports my teaching, by providing a wide variety of resources and experts to support the class inquiry learning. 

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

Love the links to tikanga and Maoridom - something that is a focus for us as  school right now, but can be hard to do in an authentic way. This field trip helped us to achieve that. Students also hadn't thought of 'mapping' beyond the one on the wall so this opened up a whole new world for them.

Jessica McConnell from Mount Hutt College

Spirit of Adventure

Very useful videos, students enjoyed them. I have got a few dyslexic children so videos and live interviews were really helpful to get them involved in learning.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Share the Road

Roads and road safety and public spaces are a part of everyday life, so it was great to think about and talk about how this effects us and how our behaviour effects others, in a meaningful way. I love, as always, the Learnz topics and the framework provided to have some interesting conversations, share ideas, and expand our knowledge in fun and interesting ways.

Tracey Thomson from The Clan in a Caravan Homeschool

It allowed us to complete learning in technology, ICT, science and maths.

Shay Grant from Ohinewai School

Land Sky and Space

My class as a lot of different levels of learning so having Learnz in my reading programme helps with coordinating groups and keeping students interested in Literacy Numeracy and Inquiry. They used thinking in many ways and there were different topics for different learners.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

Adapting after Emergencies

It was topical and led to deeper thinking from my students about coping with an emergency. ALL students from varying abilities could access this interesting and challenging material. The audio option on Background pages was great and well used by my children. My students loved the chance to use and connect with Te Reo in a real context.

Christine Hailes from North Street School

Sustainable Wai

This field trip was excellent and a fantastic opportunity to talk to inspiring, knowledgeable and caring experts. My students now have clarity around the direction for their action plans, therefore the field trip was effective, appropriate and supported the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. Being able to re-watch the web conferences with the additional notes and links is really helpful.

Maria Semmons from Kowhai School

Kōkako

My students felt like they were there. It helped my students to connect with real life issues that are occurring now in real time. Great connection with tangata whenua.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

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