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Timely and relevant.
It gave a context for learning - becoming a civilian scientist contributing to a wider project. It linked to our school big idea of Nurturing Our Nature, encompassing science and social science (responsibility and impact).
This field trip aligned perfectly with out native bird inquiry this term, and gave great background information to support what we had already been learning. It was motivating and engaging - now the students are starting to have a real connection to the LEARNZ team and the process (of a virtual field trip).
Being a country school with a strong environmental focus, this was a perfect field trip for our class. The field trip particularly supported curiosity, ecological sustainability, participating and contributing, integrity, citizen science, and community engagement.
These trips are fantastic. Students absolutely love them. Meets lots of areas of the curriculum - science, arts, english (reading, writing, speaking), maths.
Great variety of ecology concepts covered in the virtual field trip each day for my Year 9 students. Many opportunities for students to manage themselves and work through the activities in preparation for the field trip.
This field trip fitted in perfectly with our philosophy and values as an enviro-school. As a Y1-8 sole charge school everyone was able to access the field trip at some level and we were able to do all the activities together as there was so much photo and video content for the less able readers, yet those more interested could read the texts for greater detail.
Being a Citizen Scientist was extremely valuable and hit many curriculum areas, especially science, maths, art and language. We have been prompted by student feedback to move onto healthy environments and Maori aspects as well.
It allowed students to work independently and collaboratively depending on their age. It encourgaged values - respecting our environment. And met a need for science.
The children were motivated by being part of a New Zealand wide project. The resources provided at different levels and also with the facility to listen to the text, make it accessible by everyone in my class - this is so valuable.
When taking part students had to manage self, a Key Competency, to find out more information and research the bird of their interest.
It was fantastic - my students learnt so much about the birds in our backyard and also about our native birds. I have used LEARNZ for many years now and it is the first thing I look at when planning my year, for either inquiry units or pure units that I can cover on real kiwi issues that the kids can understand.
The materials to support learning prior to the field trip were very appropriate and provided coherence between learning areas in a real-world context. Reinforced students' understanding of the interconnectedness of flora and fauna while being part of a nationwide survey that was meaningful to them.
This field trip immediately captured the interest of my tauira (students). As well as encouraging participation in science, it could also be seen in a cultural context of Ngā Tamariki ā Tānemahuta – The Children of Tānemahuta.
It was absolutely excellent! It was very appropriate for the citizenship in Science that we are learning about, and is perfect for an authentic context to reinforce teaching of the science capabilities and the Nature of Science.
This field trip provided ample opportunities for my Year 11 Geography students to engage in the subject matter and context. It was appropriate, and linked well to establishing a base understanding of GIS and some of its real life applications.
Students were so involved that we had an expert bring a drone to school to demonstrate, and then take a group of students out to Lake Omapere to film where the outlets were that they identified on a map. They particularly enjoyed being part of the audio conferences, finding out information and also asking questions.
Videos were very helpful to gain students' interest. Activities and discusssions were at the correct level for my class. The field trip involved students of all levels and abilities - they used skills and curriculum knowledge from English, Science, Maths and Social Sciences learning areas.
Good platform for introducing Science students to the concept of GPS. Students liked that there were videos of how GPS worked. The field trip also worked well for international students in the class and those with English as a second language.
Using a LEARNZ field trip is important in transforming my teaching from a part digital to a fully digital classroom. We spend three weeks working on this field trip as it fitted in really well with our whole school topic of examining our place in the world. It covered many of the areas of the NZ Curriculum through a cross curricular learning experience. My year 4/5 class liked the choice of reading or listening to the background material. The support provided is thorough and I found it very useful in my teaching.