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Matariki and Navigation

Love it! There are connections to all of the Key Competencies and Learning Areas as students become engaged by the 'Real People' behind the information. Also gives students an opportuntity to connect with others in an authentic digital experience.

Melissa Heard from Masterton Intermediate

 Fantastic background information for my students; they all really enjoyed it. Great resource that all students and teachers should use.

Daniele Cuthbert from Edgecumbe School

Fabulous trip; excellent daily videos that support teaching practice. The Māori aspect was particularly good with the lead up to our Matariki celebrations. Students loved taking part in the web conference, especially having their extra questions also answered.

Jo Dudley from Ilam School

Engaging, motivating, easy to use, great resources, tailor-made for busy teachers to implement. Resources fully support an integrated approach. Thoughtfully curated. Children loved the digital content and videos. Rankings via quizzes very motivating for my class.

Lenora Skinner from Whangaparaoa School (Auckland)

The class were motivated and excited by the learning, as the field trip gave students the opportunity to strengthen their own identity and cultural connections/ whakapapa. In addition, I tried new ICT aspects linked to the field trip and explored the concepts of 'Cultural Narratives' and 'Social Mapping'.

Wendy Reid from Riverlands School

Relevant topic and info that fully engaged my students.

Malcolm Hepburn from Ngatimoti School

I could quickly look at background and ideas and use those suitable for my Year 2 class. Great for English (use sources of information e.g. videos, to identify form and express ideas), Science (PEB - Astronomical Systems - Matariki) and Social Studies (How the past is important to people | How places are significant to people).

Lynette Knappstein from Seddon School

All aspects outlined in the planning for this field trip were easy to connect to the NZ Curriculum documentation. The newsletters were informative and useful, but I also found what I needed in the online help. My students have already asked when our next LEARNZ trip will be.

Wendy Reid from Riverlands School

Meaningful and relevant content for students, pitched at an appropriate level for our multi-age classroom. Having the opportunity to interact and ask questions in real time was appreciated and is valuable.

Brenda Sutton from Waitaria Bay School

Content was perfect for our topic this term on navigators. The children's sense of belonging and dual heritage was reinforced as we discussed the videos and as our more able readers supported those less able in reading the background pages.

Hazel Halton from Witherlea School

In the web conferences, I find the guest speakers and hearing the other schools' questions makes our learning authentic and relateable.

Sandra Wilson from Te Rerenga School

Topic relevant to students (and whanau). Videos well paced and interesting. Background pages provide an authentic independent reading activity. All of the key competencies are addressed through the various activities.

Caroline Arnold from Lepperton School

The website fitted perfectly with our current learning about Matariki and the field trip was very engaging. It helped encourage the students to be actively involved in various Matariki events in our area, as they felt confident sharing their newly acquired knowledge as well as asking questions.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

This was a wonderful field trip which linked with our classroom learning. The kids particularly enjoyed watching the web conferences.

Hayley Bamborough from Green Bay Primary School

 Loved it! I have used LEARNZ field trips before but not with an ambassador, which just made it! This field trip was also incredibly empowering for our Maori and Pasifika learners!

Caitlin Buttle from Knights Stream School - Mingimingi Hautoa

Encourages thinking. Culturally responsive. Appropriate access to relevant and current topics for my Y10 Geo class.

Judith McKenzie from Craighead Diocesan School

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

Jennifer Dodson from Rangikura School

BioBlitz

It fitted in with our next unit "Living Landscapes" and my students' interets in NZ spiders. It was my first time doing a live web conference and my class and I found it to be enjoyable, especially hearing from the experts, and they learned about the etiquette of that situation.

Shannon Christie from Fenwick School

The learners were excited by the theme of the trip and carried out their own BioBlitz as a result. LEARNZ provides great resources and exciting opportunities for our learners to hear from experts in the field and to see practical applications for their learning.

Andrea Tong from Academy for Gifted Education

We have been focussing on collaboration so students used this unit to work together to find information and monitor their own learning. It was easy for the children to navigate and use the website independently.

Cheryl Moeau-Jones from Postgate School

It was an appropriate level of challenge, and was fun and engaging at the same time. My students are buzzing after this experience. and are excited about the next LEARNZ field trip.

Shona Willis from Mataura School

It followed on very well from the inquiry we have been doing into the plants in our local native bush. The most noticeable impact was a increase in our classes' scientific vocab. Great opportunity to communicate and collaborate with others outside of our school.

Warwick King from Otatara School

Not only did my students enjoy this BioBlitz field trip, they were able to apply their learning to our local area. Having the ability to listen to the background pages being read to them is empowering for my lower ability readers. It means that they can still get the same information and complete the tasks.

Marcia Karaitiana from Ascot Community School

It was really appropriate as we learnt how to do a Bio Blitz in our own backyard - which we did! Helped us in the key Learning Area of Science - provided extra information, motivation and a wider NZ focus on the environment. Also added to the kete of useful add-ons to make my teaching better.

Andrew de Wit from Fergusson Intermediate (Trentham)

It linked in to our syndicate camp in the Tangihuas by Whangarei. It backed up our teaching points on why we need to monitor wildlife and trap introduced pets.

Anna Davis from Dargaville Primary School

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