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Teacher testimonials

Unpacking the apple story

We have been learning about sustainability in horticulture, so this was perfect for our class learning and could not have been timed better. The field trip allowed our class to experience the entire industry from a safe environment. It encouraged self-management and enabled us all to rewind our learning.

Petra Cawood from Te Mata School Havelock North

This Apples field trip was highly inclusive and supported students with different learning styles and learning challenges - great to have reading support on the site. High engagement, helps develop intrinsic motivation in my students as well as inspiring them.

Louise Trousdale from Pukeoware School

My science students used this apple story to make great connections, which generated a lot of discussion and further research. LEARNZ is a fantastic resource and teaching tool enjoyed by many of my students.

Seuga Frost from Otaki College

People and Water

The variety of activities, materials and the actual (live) web conferences added value to our inquiry about water (wai). The way the topic was presented enabled my (predominantly Māori) students to put their own words to it, to explain it.

Tarakihana Roberts from Kaitao Intermediate

Matariki and Navigation

It was a lot of fun and very valuable learning. It took a lot of the research and planning out of my hands and allowed me to learn alongside my students.

Kellie McGinlay from St Mary's School Blenheim

Students were excited to go on this virtual field trip and really enjoyed using Google maps. They were motivated to do the activities, which utilised all key competencies and encouraged multiple learning styles.

Megan Connolly from Arahoe School

Excellent that students could replay the web conferences, as they can view later to find answers to their questions and hit the pause button as often as they need.

Sandra McKendry from Seddon School

The kids loved seeing our ambassador and reading her diary. Thank you.

Nicola De Vries from St Albans School

Perfect timing for Matariki. Tamariki were very connected with this field trip. Strong Social Sciences link around cultural ways of knowing.

Denise Barrington from Kerikeri Primary School

Great for inquiry learning about Matariki and a good link with Tuia 250. Helpful to be able to replay the videos and do the quizzes to check learning and retention in a fun interactive way.

Jean Waretini-Paul from Mercury Bay Area School

Perfect fit for our learning. Students really responded to this teaching medium. It met our AO about understanding cultural aspects - stars / navigation, understanding signs and symbols, participating and contributing, and thinking. Also helped a special needs student to shine.

Tanya August from Havelock North Intermediate

Absolutely fantastic experience. Complimented the work we were doing with School Kit. Supported all key comps, real learning for the kids, integrated into many learning areas, authentic learning.

Suzanne Crockett from Ngakuru School

We were studying Matariki as a whole school so this field trip was fantastic!

Jennifer Dodson from Rangikura School

Whats the Plan Stan?

It worked in well with the nationwide earthquake drill and made students think about how to deal with different emergencies. Everything came into the Key Competencies, Health and PE curriculum, and our values at school.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

The children love tuning in live and this really motivates them. We had been on the LEARNZ Kaikōura earthquakes trip earlier in the year and this was a great follow up.

Jennifer Croxford from Wanaka Primary School

Participation helped students to learn to work together as a team, so they were able to formulate appropriate questions to put to the experts. Really created an awareness of the need to have an emergency plan.

Nadeema Nordien from Zayed College for Girls

Connects with studets' wider lives, and engages the support of their families, whānau, and communities. Another vehicle that can be used to engage students with like-thinking students across the motu.

Tarakihana Roberts from Kaitao Intermediate

It was great to have real-life experiences recounted and for students to be able to communicate with scientists. The "What's the Plan, Stan?" topic was relevant, and seeing the conference call made students even more interested.

Dale Machin from Buckland School

This field trip linked in really well with our Science Inquiry and the real world nature of the field trip, which the children felt connected to and motivated them to self-direct their learning and go further. I have had excellent learning from my children from the LEARNZ Virtual Field Trips. I think they are fantastic.

Kelly Parker from Papakowhai School

Children engaged with this resource and were excited to learn about disasters in this way. Background pages were a great support to the children's learning as they were easy to use as an independent or group or whole class activity, especially with two reading levels and with the read-aloud option.

Karen Buchanan from Whakamarama School

I used it as part of my independent learning and group reading sessions. This field trip showed the children how they can be managing their own safety.

Kim-Sherree Dalton from Kaharoa School

LEARNZ supports all areas of NZC - a wonderful resource!

Natasha Greatorex from Whakamarama School

The resources were excellent for research and reading tasks, and we learnt the importance of being prepared as we practiced our earthquake drills. Everything supported our unit of inquiry about natural disasters specific to New Zealand and my students valued being able to speak to experts in the field.

Jane Rickman from Hamilton West School

This field trip most definitely supported our students in becoming lifelong learners, who develop skills and strategies for real-life situations. Everything is well-researched and my Year 6-8 students and I particularly enjoy the presentation of the video clips.

Rachel O'Connell from Clutha Valley School

It helped students to see the key competencies in action in a real life situation outside of the classroom.

Beverley Boyd from Milford School Auckland

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