Teacher testimonials

Whats the Plan Stan?

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

Waterview Connection

My ESOL and Maori students are very engaged and a typical query I get is when is our NEXT trip!

Christine Hailes from North Street School

The field trip was excellent for both genders. Great for students to learn about how their voice and contribution can help shape the future.

Kevin Jones from Te Rapa School

Excellent for future focus, development, problem solving, and technology.

Dorothy Hutton from Columba College

It was appropriate to our Sharing the Planet inquiry, enabling children to have a structure in their learning and learn more than what they would if independent.

Helen Prescott from Glenfield Intermediate

A large number of my boys had visited the Waterview Connection project - they found the field trip very interesting, which sparked enthusiastic discussions. It also provided another tool to engage my boys to read and write in a real life context.

Angela Moeke from St Patrick's Catholic School Taupo

The field trip about the Waterview Connection was particularly interesting for some of my boys with an engineering bent, and they asked some good questions. The time-lapse video and pictures were particularly engaging for the class and they really enjoyed the detailed information available on the website about Alice the TBM. 

Michele Duggan from Whangaparaoa College

Supported the oral language key competencies and enabled science to be integrated in the reading programme.

Tracey Burgess from St Peter's School Beckenham

Garden Bird Survey

Ticks every box! The key competencies are embedded throughout the learning for a LEARNZ Virtual Field Trip. Student motivation is always high and there is a good mixture of technology along with literacy.

Jacqueline Barrett from Westbrook School

Great variety of ecology concepts covered in the virtual field trip each day for my Year 9 students. Many opportunities for students to manage themselves and work through the activities in preparation for the field trip.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Kereru Count

Kererū Count was of benefit to me as a teacher to enhance engagement with Maori students in science at both the junior year 9 and senior year 12 class. I also used this field trip with my classes to tie in with DOC Conservation Week.

Lucy Meagher from Havelock North High School

Was an awesome collaborative and digital experience for chn.

Leasa Craw from Morrinsville School

We live in an area where Kererū are of significant importance and this really highlighted this for the students. Covered a wide area of teaching specific NZ values.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

Fantastic link to the Great Kererū Count. Helped support learning in class and our participation in the count itself.

Alisa Wolsey from St Brendan's School Heretaunga

Suited the inquiry process the students were about to begin locally. Supported our classroom based programme - good ideas that we could follow.

Kent Davis from Wakefield School

This trip was real science in action and my students had buy-in from the start. The videos and real life experiences are very beneficial to the children's learning, opening their eyes to the wider world and I love the way the field trips incorporate aspects of Maori culture and beliefs.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

As I am retiring, I want to thank you for providing this service which I have used for the last 6 years at two different schools.

Barbara Hore from Waikaia School

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