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Waterview Connection 3 Newsletter 2

Waterview Connection 3 Newsletter 2 for teachers

Tēnā koutou Shelley here,

The Waterview Connection 3 field trip to Auckland takes place in two weeks (13-15 September). Things to do from this newsletter - (previous field trip newsletters can be read here).

1. Enrol all your classes

  • Please enrol all the classes you are taking on this field trip; this enables us to report accurately to our supporters, continue to offer LEARNZ free of charge and it helps us to support you and your students.

2. Audioconferences

  • Personalise the field trip for your students by taking part in a live audioconference. One audioconference will be held each day during the field trip on the 13, 14 and 15 September.
  • Booked classes - in the formal 20-minute first half of the audioconference your students will orally put their prepared questions live to experts on location. You will need a land-line speaker phone (free call), or cell phone (charges may apply), or an internet-connected device with Skype (charges may apply). To book, check the topics on the audioconference timetable then email Shelley. Details about connecting to audioconferences are in your MyLEARNZ control panel.
  • Un-booked classes - use Adobe Connect to follow the 20-minute formal first half of the live, enhanced audioconference then post spontaneous questions during the informal 20-minute second half.

3. Ask-an-Expert Web Board

  • Once your class has read the Waterview Connection 3 background readings, students are welcome to ask questions on the Ask-an-Expert Web Board. 
  • Students should read 'Guidelines for using Ask-an-Expert' before posting questions. Students don't need to register when posting questions.

4. Pre-test self-assessment

  • The pre-test is an opportunity to find out more about what your students know before the Waterview Connection 3 field trip.
  • The link for the post test will be available after the field trip. Email help@learnz.org.nz to request your class results.

5. Your suggestions

  • Do you have suggestions for the Waterview Connection 3 field trip website? Maybe you would like a video made on a specific topic or a career for your students.
  • Email Shelley the LEARNZ Teacher if you have a request for content such as field trip videos, audioconferences, diaries or photos.

6. Encouraging Parental Involvement: Home-School partnerships

7. Twitter updates

  • Follow me @ShelleyHersey #learnztrip on Twitter during the field trip for highlights as they happen. 

8. For teachers who are new to LEARNZ:

  • There is no prescribed way of using a LEARNZ virtual field trip. 
  • Curriculum links are available for you to check and see how the field trip relates to your class programme.
  • Use your teacher access login (username and password) if you use the site for planning purposes.
  • Give the class login (username and password you set up for them in MyLEARNZ) to your students to use. 
  • For help with login procedures see login explained and/or call 0800 22 55 53.
  • There is a planning sequence in the Resources section under the heading Contributions. This short term lesson sequence makes use of all field trip components for a virtual field trip. 
  • The Prepare students section of the Waterview Connection 3 site ensures your students are ready when the field trip gets under way.
  • The background pages give an overall idea of the topic and can be used to generate further inquiry. The activities consolidate new learning and encourage deeper thinking.
  • During the field trip your class can follow the action in my daily diary, watch the videos, and ask questions or listen during live audioconferences with our experts. Combined with the background readings, the activities and Ask-an-Expert, these components are powerful mediums for inquiry learning.

I look forward to you joining us on the Waterview Connection 3 virtual field trip.

Ka kite anō,

LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.


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