You can contact LEARNZ, part of CORE Education, at:
PO Box 13 678,
Fitted well with our topic "Our Planet is in Danger". Good quality, interesting material, flexibility in how much to use and when. Freedom to adapt and do it our way and use as little or as much as we need.
Learners loved the bilingual words!
As we were going to a local wetland for our own field trip it was really beneficial for the students to see another one first hand and then were able to make comparisons. The level pitched was right and the students were motivated throughout. Coverage is excellent, it is in kidspeak. Great to have the Maori perspective, vocabulary etc - we ALL used it.
We will use LEARNZ again because it is a wonderful and free resource.
Found the information about local iwi on the field trip relevant and the relationship with what they are doing to protect the area. Age level appropriate and high interest.
Andrew's videos were awesome. His interview questions and video shots provided a solid insight into the area and associated issues.
Inquiry into a real location and environment in Aotearoa. Children liked the audio conference, videos, and having an ambassador! My first time so in future I will include the readings as part of literacy and use the field trip for persuasive writing.
For students, the 'big idea' that what they do does count. Fabulous 'virtual' trip for low decile schools. Great for English language learners.
All Our Yr 5-7 students took part. The audio conference in particular was great for all our kids.
Having our ambassador go along created real buy in for the children.
This work compliments our unit on Earthquakes which works towards Geo 1.1. The Activities were interesting, set at the right level and engaged my students.
It was great for all children in my class, and I have Māori, Pasifika and special needs learners. Tied in excellently to our inquiry with a science focus and gave my children another avenue to explore, if they chose to, and exposure to a real world context.
Most students were able to understand the technical terms in the resources, particularly the better readers. Excellent for career guidance. In-depth field trip helps reduce the isolation of our rural school.
My Year 9 class liked the fact that the experts' answers were not too technical. The field trip was a different delivery format that the students enjoyed.
Authentic contexts, great research tool at appropriate level, and good for 'finding out' stage of inquiry. Students gained mapping skills, understanding 'behind the scenes' of mapping, why accurate maps are important, and how places are named.
The field trip inspired students to find out more about geographical names close to us. Engages students, ignites passion and interests the students didn't know they had; develops awareness of things that students wouldn't generally have access to. They love being a part of the audio-conferences.
Specific information on tools used in the field of earthquake science. Excellent visual resources are a vivid method of relating facts and information, particularly for special needs learners
Really enjoyed using the back channel, great that we could ask further questions as we went along in the audio conference. Excellent opportunity for real life communication with people actually working in the field.
Students from my digital class were very interested in how technology was used, particularly in planning buildings.
I'll use LEARNZ again because there is so much information for my Year 10 Social Studies class. There is the personal touch of having Shelley and the people she engages with and the kids knowing they are part of something national. I also like that they become familiar with different ways to access learning.
Fantastic resource for all teachers, students and parents who participate.
We are itching to start the background on whales as part of our science. Students are really excited.
Literacy skills were developed within this Science context. The field trip provided an inclusive programme. Different levels could be accessed to suit needs within the classroom. The Maori vocabulary extends knowledge and provides further Te Reo Maori opportunities.
Our Enhancement group ranging in age from 6-10 all got value from the trip.
It fitted well with our topic about The Magnificent Marine we were learning about this term. Levelled reading pages were helpful.