Teacher testimonials

Whats the Plan Stan?

All of my students, including Maori Pasifika and ESOL, have good understandings as a result of the LEARNZ What's the plan, Stan field trip. It was helpful having experts answer inquiry questions my student had, and videos helped certain students gain a deeper understanding.

Mary Herlihy from Royal Road School

Tied the emergency drills that we practice in the school into a wide context. It supported the learning we were doing in class.

Aaron Frost from Whitiora School

It got the class thinking deeply about the actualaties that would happen, particularly in our area of Porirua, even though the field trip was based in Auckland. The class enjoyed being part of a New Zealand-wide group during the audio conferences.

Jacqueline Bassett from Paremata School

Totally appropriate for my Y3&4 class, with the children being very engaged with their learning. Love the videos and photos which make the content accessible to all children, no matter their reading ability.

Carolyn Thelning from Weston School

I adapted it to be useful for my Year One class. I concentrated on How to keep ourselves safe during Earthquakes and Tsunamis. It assisted my delivery of interesting authentic material for my students.

Martie Andrew from Awakeri School

Direct connection to what we were studying in our syndicate, all resources in one place, real people and real context helped engage the children in the learning. All resources are New Zealand appropriate and very suitable for my Year 5&6 class. I felt very supported with instant responses to the emails I sent. 

Lisa O'Connor from St Teresa's School Featherston

My multi-levelled students thoroughly enjoyed participating in watching the movies and learning through accessing the background pages and quizzes. LEARNZ is a great package of information and up to date footage, that makes usage and planning of the unit very easy for me as a teacher.

Sabine Hartmann from Karangahake School

The students loved Stan the dog and the way he acted out in the video. This held the younger viewers interest, but also reinforced the learning points. It made online learning very purposeful, more than just a research or processing tool. Talking to someone in Auckland from Picton was very powerful and engaging for learners.

Elizabeth Ives from Picton School

The subject was national and we localised it by making a plan for our schools which we shared with the whole community. The key competency of  'managing self' is very relevant here and the activities and videos were great.

Hilary Spedding from Millers Flat School

This is a fantastic resource for all as there is a lot of information compiled into a number of units. We are ever so grateful for the hard work put into making LEARNZ virtual field trips.

Seuga Frost from Ohau School

At Year 2 level, fire drills, earthquake drills etc need more context, and this field trip provided that. This field trip helped students to become engaged in society by having a better understanding of how good citizens understand and prepare for disasters.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

The material was relevant to my students, who could cover as much or as little as they were able to complete. With this field trip I had one able learner supporting a less able learner and they both produced some great work.

Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

Motivating and interesting for my Year 4 class. Audio conferences great. They also especially enjoyed the videos and the ability to have text read to them was really helpful.

Gina Wan from Levin East School

Very effective, especially for those students who had the ability to engage in the audio conferences and ask their own questions. This was a great way to immerse my class in lots of information and to initiate lots of discussion. Thank you!

Rachel Hall from Paremata School

Engagement levels were very high, and they were keen to know more following the video conferences, even though we were watching them after they were recorded. The field trip enabled me to support learners with barriers to their learning, e.g. reading, and enabled the class to continue to develop their self-directed/guided learning style.

Anne Rodgers from Hanmer Springs School

Linked to emergency procedures practised during the year. Online, current, and relevant to curriculum.

Helen Gibson from Hilltop School

The trip encouraged a great deal of thinking, with students participating in discussions where they could develop empathy for others in disaster situations. They were able to do lots of reading and writing in a meaningful context.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

It is a great platform for the children to engage with their parents about what they are learning, in this case to get families to talk about how to be prepared. The children love seeing real people in real time. They engage with the learning but also relate it to the people on screen as if they are their friends.

Lesley Johnston from Firth School

The field trip was appropriate for our class of Yr 3 students and met many aspects of the NZ curriculum. Students are now highly motivated to find out more about hazards/disasters that are likely to impact them at some stage.

Jessica Byrne from Rata Street School

It made my children more aware that floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters don't just happen to other people in other places but can happen anywhere at anytime. Thank you, I am enjoying learning along with my class!

Margaret Cassidy from Kaikohe East School

The field trips cater for a number of learning styles providing visual, written and audio information. I love using Learnz with my class. Thank you for providing this fabulous resource. 

Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

I found the easy background pages appropriate for most students and the ability to have the text read to them was really helpful. Motivating and interesting - my Year 4 students especially enjoyed the videos.

Gina Wan from Levin East School

A great resource for reading and inquiry. Students really enjoy the reading and activities.

Susan Dane from Elm Park School

Timely reminder of our readiness for an emergency, also tied in our fire drill with the field trip. Gives students access to experts without having to go anywhere, particularly beneficial for our small isolated Y1-8 school.

Nicola Evans from Papanui Junction School

Garden Bird Survey

It allowed students to work independently and collaboratively depending on their age. It encourgaged values - respecting our environment. And met a need for science.

Jessica Keay from Ahuroa School

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