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High Country hi-tech Newsletter 4

High Country hi-tech Newsletter 4 - For Teachers

Tēnā koutou, it's Shelley here.

This is the fourth newsletter for the LEARNZ High Country hi-tech virtual field trip. Previous newsletters from this field trip can be read here.

Things to do from this newsletter:

  • complete the field trip evaluation
  • send your field trip work to share with others on the website

1. Thank you

  • Well done everyone for taking part in our High Country hi-tech field trip to the Mackenzie Country. Thank you to all classes who participated in audioconferences - I'm sure you found the exercise worthwhile and gained value from it. Thanks also to those who joined in on the LEARNZ Backchannel while they listened to the live stream.
  • Thanks to our experts associated with the field trip - Marcus Girvan, Paula Gentle, Neil Bolton, Sue Anderson, Jana Kaeppler and Paul Ruddenklau as well as students from Twizel Area School.
  • The time and effort that has been put into the field trip from everyone involved has been very much appreciated.

2. Evaluation form

  • Please complete the evaluation form now on your MyLEARNZ control panel.
  • Why?
    • We need your input to make sure we provide the highest quality LEOTC experiences 
    • Our sponsors need to know what you think of LEARNZ so they keep paying the bills (i.e. we want to keep LEARNZ freely available) and
    • You have a chance to win the field trip evaluation prize if you submit an evaluation by Friday 5 June 2015
  • Forgotten your password? Recover it now.

3. Field trip contributions

  • Let me know how you used the trip with your class so I can encourage other teachers. Send your ideas to me shelley.hersey@core-ed.org, e.g. audioconference summaries, photos of artwork, Blog links etc and I will publish it for your class and others to view.

4. Keep using the field trip

  • The High Country hi-tech website has all the field trip material still there for you and your class to use. Remember to continue to access the activities. Be sure to take a look at the videos and the many still images in the photo gallery.
  • Each video has a caption with questions for students to answer. A copy of the video questions and answers is in the Resources section of the website. The videos and questions make an excellent class, group, or individual activity for use at school or as homework. The audioconferences are also available for listening to at any time by logging in to access Audioconference Recordings.
  • The Ask-an-Expert Web Board will be open for you to log in and ask your questions until Friday 12 June 2015. This is an excellent place for students to ask 'fat' questions and learn about the correct procedure and language to use on an internet forum such as this.
  • Read or listen to the background reading pages and field trip material to help focus your class inquiry.

Ka kite anō,


LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Newsletter #4