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Teacher testimonials

Canterbury Earthquakes

Such a simple way to support science and social studies in the classroom and audio conferences actively engage students with information.              

Tracey Burgess from St Peter's School (Beckenham)

The way the scientist answered made the children feel valued and that he was very interested in their ideas.  

Christine Meehan from Our Lady of Fatima School (Chch)

The students were able to learn a range of new things in relation to Earthquakes. I was impressed with their questions they came up with from the background reading pages. They were very much engaged, especially with the videos and audioconferences. It is a unique way of learning for the students.  

Pax O'Dowd from Our Lady of Fatima School (Chch)

The questions were excellent and the short videos really helped to maintain the boys' interest. Because there are visual/ audio resources it meant that the learning was more accessible to everyone. 

Katherine Field from Hereworth School

Used with Year 11 geography. Explained the natural processes well. 

Matthew Satherley from John Paul College

Linked into our Bounce Back school wide theme. This project was brilliant for exploring how humans adapt to disasters. Awesome way to engage all learners, the activities, audio conferences, video diaries - just excellent!  

Emma Watts from Upper Moutere School

Very helpful for my Overseas and distance students who are studying extreme natural disasters for NCEA level 1. Great videos, pictures and activities.  

Carol Morgan from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Northern Wetlands

Having our ambassador go along created real buy in for the children.  

Lorraine Malpass from Fernside School

All Our Yr 5-7 students took part. The audio conference in particular was great for all our kids.

Jennifer Vincent from Marco School

For students, the 'big idea' that what they do does count. Fabulous 'virtual' trip for low decile schools. Great for English language learners. 

Lillian Nathan from Roscommon School

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.

John Davidson from Lincoln Heights School

Andrew's videos were awesome. His interview questions and video shots provided a solid insight into the area and associated issues.

Ross Nicholson from Rangiora New Life School

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.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

We will use LEARNZ again because it is a wonderful and free resource.

Andrea Hall from Koromatua School

Learners loved the bilingual words!

Trina Bennet from Finlayson Park School

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.

Leone Baylis from Fairburn School

I love the integrated approach and potential. It is very useful to a small group of diverse ages (Y9-13) and backgrounds because I can always find 'an entry point' for everyone. My students are hospitalised ... the field trips are like a window on the outside world for them.

Philippa Salem from Central Regional Health School

The virtual field trip caters for all types of learning. Students enjoy doing the worksheets and researching them. Information pages are appropriate to their level. Videos are engaging and the questions help direct the students to focus in on the learning.

Simon Drury from Paterangi School

Very appropriate - local area made it more relevant and has led into our term 2 project. Students were able to look at local and global issues. They used research skills and inquiry processes - specifically relevant as they are well set out for students to follow.

Diane Henderson from Kaikohe East 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.

Natalie Wright from Blue Mountain College

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.

Phillipa Ellis from Pongoroa School

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.

Ryan Burson from Clearview School

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.

Carol Morgan from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

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.

Nicola Gilkison from Murchison Area School

Wandering Whales

It would be one of the richest learning experiences I have experienced with a class.

Fraser Campbell from Riwaka School