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Web Conferences

Web conferences with schools are hosted live from the field by the LEARNZ Teacher and are coordinated by the LEARNZ Office. More about web conferences.




To book as a speaking school, email Shelley the LEARNZ Teacher shelley.hersey@core-ed.org.

Web conference date Time Location; Where are you? Topic Experts Speaking Schools Recording
Tuesday 5 March 9.15am Nelson The importance of marine ecosystems and how they work

Rebecca McMullin and Clara Schlieman

Ngatimoti School, Year 4-6 Replay at https://vimeo.com/321342109 (40 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.
Wednesday 6 March 9.15am Nelson Estuaries, human impacts and tipping points

Dana ClarkRegan Fairlie and Sam Thomas

Seatoun School, Year 7-8 Replay at https://vimeo.com/321589155 (41 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.
Thursday 7 March 9.15am Nelson Sustainable Seas Challenge and reducing marine plastic pollution

Heni Unwin and Ross Vennell

Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School, Year 4-5 Replay at https://vimeo.com/321847833 (34 minutes - the password is in your teacher's MyLEARNZ). Scroll down for questions.

Questions for Web Conference #1 from Ngatimoti School

  1. Arabella – Tell us about the species of seaweed found in New Zealand.
  2. Eloise – Can you estimate how many different types of ecosystems there are in the world? How do scientists know about them?
  3. Phoebe – What do animals need or do to survive in marine ecosystems?
  4. Chico and Nikau – Tell us about the most common type of marine ecosystem in New Zealand.
  5. Kalahni & Ruby – What is the largest marine ecosystem in the world and why is it so big?
  6. Denys & Alex A – What do the animals eat in our local marine ecosystems?
  7. Sultan & Kaisami – How many species of animals live in the sea overall do you think?
  8. Haze – What can harm marine ecosystems?
  9. Jack – What could totally destroy a marine ecosystem?
  10. Sayla – Why are marine systems so important to us? Why should we look after them?

Questions for Web Conference #2 from Seatoun School

  1. What are the major groups of animals or biodiversity living in the sea in summer where you are?
  2. Is there a great difference between the animals you would find in a marine reserve near Wellington and where you are?
  3. What are the visible signs of human impact in the sea where you are? Do boats or jetskis bring anything good to the area?
  4. How have some of the organisms evolved to cope with both biotic and abiotic factors changing over the last 150-350 years?
  5. Is there a noticeable change due to climate change to the sea near you?
  6. How is sea different to ocean?
  7. What made you interested to work with the sea and the environment?
  8. Are there many sharks and do you see signs of them migrating north as it gets colder?
  9. Has there ever been a rāhui on the Wellington coastline and did it show growth in the biodiversity in the years after it?
  10. Has tourism helped or caused more problems to the sea ? Has population growth affected the use of the sea in the area?

Questions for Web Conference #3 from Sancta Maria Catholic School

  1. Is plastic pollution a threat everywhere in the world?
  2. How does plastic destroy the marine environment?
  3. Is plastic pollution the biggest threat to our marine environment?
  4. How much plastic or pollution is there in our oceans?
  5. How long does it take for plastic to break down?
  6. When an animal eats plastic how long does it have to live?
  7. What ways have you seen plastic affect the marine environment?
  8. How does plastic pollution get to our marine environments?
  9. What can we do to stop plastic pollution?
  10. What species of marine creatures are most severely threatened by plastic pollution?

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