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Teacher testimonials

Antarctica

My Year 7 & 8 students found the field trip very engaging and effective for many reasons eg. extending knowledge, developing inquiry skills, digital technology. It also covered science and social science well, and variously incorporated the Principles, Values, and Key Competencies of the NZC.

Alison Milne from Waipipi School

Really enjoyed it! Lots learnt! Very effective - more so for the older kids but what my young enjoyed most was the diaries.

Nicola Douthe from West Park School

Very appropriate for Year 5/6 students, who loved the 'real' experience. Covers lots of the curriculum areas, from reading groups to individual programmes with students who have special needs. Web site means students can follow up at home and share with family what they have learnt.

Patricia Molloy from Turitea School

This was an amazing way to make the learning come alive for our study of Antarctica. Very effective - personalised the learning.

Elley Mullany from Mullany Homeschool

Linked well to our inquiry this term on Ecosystems and Science.

Jillian Adams from Trentham School

The students particularly enjoyed the videos and the quizzes. They also commented on how much they liked how the diaries were written as if they were there. This LEARNZ Antarctica trip fitted in well with the Nature of Science aspects of questioning and using vocabulary that we were focussing on.

Lauren Milnes from Ngatimoti School

The idea of virtually going to Antarctic created such a buzz and a HUGE level of engagement. It's great the way LEARNZ leaders connect with students - they present everything in such an accessible way but have high expectations that students can and will be able to understand fairly sophisticated concepts. 

Christine Hailes from North Street School

This is an effective and engaging part of my literacy programme. My Pasifika students, in particular, are much more engaged with a Learnz field trip than other academic activities. Especially relevant in meeting the vision of the NZ Curriculum.

John Brunton from Marshall Laing School

This LEARNZ Antarctica field trip has given me the confidence to continue to integrate digital technology into my programmes. My class were very engaged in their learning and it was well integrated through Literacy, Science and Mathematics.

Leasa Craw from Morrinsville School

Whats the Plan Stan?

The amount of information my students learn in these mini units is impressive and they generally retain more knowledge this way. Thanks for all the effort you put in. Saves on my planning too.

Alison McCartie from Waitetuna School

Freshwater Ecology

This method of learning was highly suited to a select group of my Year 9  students as it allowed them to self-manage, focus on learning, and at a later stage 'practice' through an EOTC field trip to a local freshwater stream. Excellent and most effective.

Ira Seitzer from Kamo High School

Students who watched videos were motivated to set up a fresh water tank at school. Good science, reinforcing concepts of food webs and freshwater ecosystems.

Vanessa Burrell from Haeata Community Campus

Natural Hazards

This field trip along with the last allowed our learners to ask questions, be inquisitive and actively involved in what is happening in our world.

Katie Halvorsen from Wanaka Primary School

Maori students enjoyed learning Maori words related to the topic; they felt included and their culture appreciated. The field trip supported our learning about planet Earth, especially in comparison between NZ and Iceland. 

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

 Interesting insight into volcanoes and earthquakes. Kids were amazed to learn about other countries with the similar to NZ geological issues. Activities were interesting.

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Captivating videos and learning activities about planet Earth. Thanks for the project!

Evgenia Kern from Tauraroa Area School

Linked well into our unit on puia and maunga, with good information in the background pages and activities. Dipping into videos was useful. Fitted well with our unit, which is assessing Earth Systems at Level 4/5 of the NZC. It also allowed for participation and contribution for both the KCs and the NoS branch of Pūtaiao.

Georgina Barrett from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whanau Tahi

It was really engaging and held the students' interest. The online support was fabulous, as there was a lot of support and different material and ideas.

Louise Lynch from Belfast School

The field trip gave my students a good hook into volcanoes and natural hazards. It supported the science learning area well. Watching the scientist's plane trip sparked my kids curiousity, as did the trip up the volcano.

Sarah Hey from Northcote School

Map my Waahi

The web conferences in particular encouraged my Year 1-8 students to listen carefully to ideas from other schools and the experts, so they could contribute themselves.

Wendy Bishell from Pitt Island School

This mapping field trip was a great context to explore sustainability and te ao māori.

Paul Gilbert from Raumati Beach School

Children made good connections to previous knowledge and we are now using mapping tools online to record where traps are and their catch rate etc. The field trip tied in nicely to our current inquiry about pest management and previous inquiries into the blue duck and kiwi.

Christopher Mattock from Makahu School

Supported our heavy focus on the key competencies and principles as we develop our local curriculum. Interesting, well thought out, engaging, and followed on nicely from other inquiries.

Eric Daubé from Dalefield School

I thought the weaving of both Te Reo and tikanga/Mātauranga Māori was organic and well done. I also found it useful that the appropriate Achievement Objectives were linked to the Resource section of the website. Overall, this field trip supported the NZ Curriculum well. 

Rose Ellis from Karori Normal School

Helped provide an exciting context for students to learn about mapping. The field trip was presented in an interdisciplinary way which made the learning meaningful. It also supported me as a teacher to provide learning through the use of digital devices, and made learning both fun and engaging.

Sonia Dickson from St Joseph's Catholic School Opotiki

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