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Teacher testimonials

Ahuahu Great Mercury Island

The archaeology theme helped make my lessons/teaching culturally responsive. I love being part of this learning too.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be on the journey as well!!

Lesley Johnston from Firth School

More than just a virtual trip for us; as we live in Whitianga it is very relevant for our tamariki on so many levels and the TUIA commemoration adds to that. The nature of LEARNZ means you can utilise the resources how you see fit, and it is easy to adapt to be appropriate no matter the level of your students.

Jean Waretini-Paul from Mercury Bay Area School

Our unit had a strong Maori Achievement focus - we really appreciate the links that the field trip allowed us to make to early Maori, and the cultural DNA of being explorers and innovators. This allowed us to link to the learning competencies and vision of the NZC.

Gwyneth Cooper from Bream Bay College

Our ākonga learned heaps about archaeology and sustainablility. All of the Key Competencies were used when engaging with this mahi. We appreciated how Māori culture was woven through as well.

Rachel Babinski from Auckland Point School

Culturally significant and interesting material for my Year 7/8 class, that also helped us focus on the Key Competencies. I would like to thank the LEARNZ team for providing such a fun, interesting, hands on and informative resource to add to my teaching! Thank you for helping me love my job even more!!

Jessica Redmond from Paerata School

This field trip has enabled many classes in our school to access really important learning about a significant local place. The material provided insight into conservation and historical concepts relevant to all new Zealanders. Our students gained an excellent understanding of these concepts thanks to this field trip, which has led to our own potential pest control project here at Whitianga Estuary.

Sonjia Campbell from Mercury Bay Area School

The values of ecological sustainability and inquiry stand out. Future focus Principle. Connected life-long learners. Postive feedback from Māori and Pakeha students alike. Lots of links to our Year 8 Science program, especially Nature of Science, helping students understand how science takes place in the real world.

Vivienne Milton from Bream Bay College

The diaries, photos and captions made my Year 2 class aware of the history of another area, so they could relate it to our own area.

Lynette Knappstein from Seddon School

Rail Safety

This field trip was very effective for my class because we have a railway line close to our school and within our community. I really wish I had to opportunity to learn in this way when I was at school. Everyday the tamariki in my class look look forward to accessing the new information, watching the web conferences and speaking to experts or listening to the audios.

Jessica Redmond from Paerata School

Sustainable Seas

My 7 to 11 year olds all got something out of this trip. It integrated science, literacy, social science and math beautifully. My Maori and Pacific students were rapt to see the te reo aspect.

Lauren Milnes from Ngatimoti School

Absolute perfect mix of Living World Science and Sustainability/Social Studies aspect that tied in well with our Inquiry. Curated to make life simple for teachers and very engaging for students, especially when putting their own questions to experts.

Nadine Mackereth from Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School

Thank you for such an engaging and worthwhile week of learning, complete with extra activities. It has really helped to make Seaweek one to remember! Our class cannot wait for our next Tour!

Hayley Bamborough from Green Bay Primary School

The children were focused for the entire live conference and the conversation that was generated afterwards was great. A great lead in to our next topic - Our Local Ponds. Thank you to those of you who make these conferences possible.

Mary Brown from Summerland Primary

Great for my class - they really enjoyed the trip, as it was fun and informative. I have been a member for many years and all my students love the LEARNZ programme.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

I felt that the live feeds were aimed at a younger audience than my Year 13 Geography class but the resources and background pages are excellent.

Judith McKenzie from Craighead Diocesan School

Great for students to be connecting with expert scientists. They also find the videos and photos engaging and interesting. I loved how the concepts and values overarched the science, social studies and english learning areas. Nice to have the links to Te Ao Māori highlighted in a genuine, meaningful way.

Jessica McConnell from Mount Hutt College

Marine Reserves

Students were curious about Marine Reserves and I used this opportunity to introduce this topic for those interested in learning about sustainability. The 2 case studies were useful for ākonga to learn about being a citizen scientist in our own local  area. In the next 6 weeks we will have further study and 2 field trips of our own.

Vanessa Burrell from Haeata Community Campus

Sometimes we cannot offer our own EOTC experiences so LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips are a great way to show the students, instead of just reading about it or hearing it from the teachers. Students find it motivating and enjoyable. The videos are specific and not just general videos that may be found online. Andrew talks to the students through the camera and makes them feel a part of the trip. 

Dylan Kiriona from Poroutawhao School

As we live in a coastal area, the Marine Reserves Field trip was perfect.  Very relevant. The field trips are great to motivate lower level learners, as well as keeping high fliers engaged.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

Map my Waahi

Linked beautifully with the Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Learning Areas and Vision of the NZ Curriculum. My Maori children, in particular, enjoyed learning more about their origins.

Jane Hill from Ballance School

A LEARNZ trip like this keeps learning exciting and interesting. Makes you feel connected to the world outside the classroom.

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

This field trip has covered such a big range from maths and new technologies to geography, personal family trees and history. All students have been involved and have learnt a lot about mapping skills and just general new initiatives that are out there, such as TourBuilder. Creating family backgrounds and sharing those is a great activity for inclusion and cultural diversity.

Anja Hennig from Green Bay Primary School

BioBlitz

Stimulated students to look at environmental issues and biodiversity in our local area. From a teacher's perspective it was a simple way to get children engaged in learning using a digital tool. 

Kristina Sheppard from Ashburton Intermediate

People and Water

Love the fact that the articles have an audio feature so children with low reading levels can be included too. The field trip connected to what we were learning in class and it provided a good hook-in ... and they got to learn from experts.

Lisa Davies from Red Beach School

It fitted well with our Sustainability Social Studies topic.

Rana Richards from Mount Hutt College

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