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Newsletter 2

What's the Plan, Stan? Newsletter 2 for teachers

Monday 24 September 2018

Tēnā koutou,

The What's the Plan, Stan? field trip gets under way on Tuesday 16 October. Things to do from this newsletter (previous field trip newsletters can be accessed via MyLEARNZ):

  • Find out more about how to best utilise this field trip by joining or replaying the teacher-only PLD webinar recording for What's the Plan, Stan?.
  • Book your web conference now to secure a time that suits your class.
  • Sign up your ambassador for this field trip through MyLEARNZ.
  • Have your students prepare for the field trip by working with the background readings and completing the activities.
  • Prepare your class to put questions to experts and listen to a live web conference.

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. Web conferences

  • Personalise the field trip for your students by taking part in a live web conference. During web conferences students will be able to put questions to experts who are on location.
  • One web conference will be held each day on 16-18 October, divided into a formal first part and an informal second part.
  • Details about connecting to web conferences are in your MyLEARNZ control panel.
  • Check the web conference topics on the timetable and book your web conference now by emailing andrew.penny@core-ed.org.
  • After the formal web conference the LEARNZ Zoom meeting room will remain open to allow you and your students to type extra questions in the chat pod and have them answered, live.
  • The platform is easy to use and is the same as for the LEARNZ PD sessions.

3. Pre-test self-assessment

  • The pre-test is an opportunity to find out more about what your students know before the What's the Plan, Stan? 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.

4. Encouraging Parental Involvement: Home-School partnerships

5. Social Media

6. 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.
  • 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 What's the Plan, Stan? 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 in preparation for further inquiry during the field trip.
  • During the field trip your class can follow the action in my daily diary, watch the videos, and ask questions or listen during live web conferences with our experts. Combined with the background readings and the activities, these components are powerful mediums for inquiry learning.

I look forward to you joining me on the What's the Plan, Stan? virtual field trip.

Ka kite anō,

LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.
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