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This mapping field trip was a great context to explore sustainability and te ao māori.
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.
The option for viewing the videos etc. at a time that does not conflict with other school commitments, is extremely valuable. Contributed to student agency so class members could be self managing, collaborative and use their literacy and numeracy skills in authentic and rich contexts.
The students have continued, even after the end of the field trip, to explore their own passions around mapping, e.g. mapping their own whanau story. My Maori students showed full engagement in this trip, especially when listening to the oral stories of the local area. LEARNZ definitely supports my teaching, by providing a wide variety of resources and experts to support the class inquiry learning.
It fitted in perfectly with our "Our Place" inquiry with high levels of engagement in this meaningful and authentic activity. Having each learner research and share their cultural heritage and ancestry has been enlightening and empowering. Using the digital tool Tour Builder and Google earth to map their waahi (ancestral journey) incorporated the new strands of the Technology curriculum with learners designing and creating using digital technology, not just consuming.
This trip was useful in discussing the topography of New Zealand, prior to guiding the students into thinking about natural disasters as part of our Cause and Effect inquiry. We found the web conferences most helpful.
I used the background pages with my class, as they fitted really well with my unit plan.
This trip provided opportunities and learning for my class that we would not have otherwise been able to access.
It was great that our students had access to real people; students from other schools and experts. We were most interested in the pepeha sections but used the web conferences (live and replay), the videos, and the activities on the web site.
This trip gave different students a chance to shine and it linked strongly to cultural competencies. LEARNZ helps me link my teaching to what is actually going on for us in New Zealand, and keeps lessons and unit plans real.
Because of the secondary timetable, I found it more useful for me (than my class) as PD on how to include digital ideas into the classroom. We did create a digital map in the last lesson of term so the field trip inspired me to have a go at something new with my class.
It enabled us to connect with other students around New Zealand.
The way the field trip was structured caught students attention and kept them interested. The emphasis on local history, starting with Maori legend worked really well. Lots of interest in being able to plot the trip using the mapping tool.
Living in Kaikoura it was good for my students to be able to look back and see how far they have come. It is so great to have the work done with linking it to the NZC.
This field trip ended our term long unit on preparing for an emergency. It was spot on for my year 4-5 class, giving us a chance to hear from experts and people who experienced the earthquake. It also allowed us to ask questions and clarify our understanding. This has opened another door for me. It was so interesting, meaningful and relevant. It shows how technology can be used to extend learning. The students loved it - all rating the experience 9 or 10 out of 10. Thank you.
The field trip has been a great next step in learning from experts and hearing stories from our own back yard. Each morning of the field trip the kids have arrived enthused and ready to see what Andrew will be sharing with us today.
We had a fantastic time. This field trip was great for leveraging digital in such a meaningful way. Students learnt a lot that they could talk about afterwards and it gave them meaning and context. They really like hearing from and seeing other children.
Great Safety management ideas came through and layering on what we've learnt in Stan the Plan Learnz. Kia Pakari resource was fantastic. We had some great discussions on how different people help in the community and key messages endorsed such as - have a grab bag etc.
It was topical and led to deeper thinking from my students about coping with an emergency. ALL students from varying abilities could access this interesting and challenging material. The audio option on Background pages was great and well used by my children. My students loved the chance to use and connect with Te Reo in a real context.
Matched well with the NZ Curriculum in Social sciences and Planet Earth science. My children did enjoy using the Maori vocab.
This field trip covered Science and Social Sciences and gave the students the information they needed to be able to make personal links to the learning. LEARNZ takes our learning and understanding beyond anything we could hope to offer our students - the field trips are a valuable part of our global learning program.
Students were engaged with the topic and it was great having experts to answer their questions. Interactive activities have been helpful to scaffold learning for all students.
The project itself was great. It was interesting and my science students were really engaged from the outset. The website was awesome but one of the greatest things was the communication with the organisers and scientists.
This field trip inspired and educated my class about how NZ birds have been affected by introduced species and has motivated them to learn more. The extensive use of Māori kupu and links to traditions etc was an important element, and one my students found interesting.
My students felt like they were there. It helped my students to connect with real life issues that are occurring now in real time. Great connection with tangata whenua.