Testimonials

Waka Voyaging

Allowed opportunities for students to develop self management.

Whitney Hansen from Hoon Hay School

Students participated using all of the key competencies.

Adrienne Ackerman from St Leonards Road School

This field trip fitted in nicely with our health focus for the term, exploring hauora. The children were hooked in by the videos, with real people doing the jobs on the waka. It also fitted in with the Key Competencies and values - showing perseverance in the face of adversity, working together as a team, looking after our environment.

Louise Parker from Twyford School

We also visited the waka and helped with repairs to Nukutaiao. That made the (virtual field trip) experience very meaningful.

Rosemary Kara from Whakatane Intermediate

I try and do a field trip every term. They are so valuable as a resource and really promote learning in a real life situation. I love the Learnz Field Trips!

Louise Parker from Twyford School

The topic tied in nicely with our class health focus on 'being in the waka' and working together. Although many of my students didn't connect culturally to this field trip, it was a new experience for them and therefore was engaging.

Alice Keeling from Springston School

The content was engaging and this was evident in the thinking that took place and the work produced by all my students, who absolutely loved this trip regardless of their abilities or interests. For our Maori students this was a particularly awesome experience and it was also great to look at hauora from the angle of working together to crew the waka.

Chloe Madden from Lumsden School

It (the virtual field trip) allowed our students to be involved and part of something that wouldn't be attainable in a normal classroom setting. It totally enhanced my learning programme and enabled me to get support and guidance using the NZ curriculum.

Pauline Craven from Whakatane High School

Very relevant to our Term Two inquiry about Māoritanga and how it is shared and celebrated in NZ. I use LEARNZ withy my class because I am always able to find something that suits the children's interests, and the real-life situations are so relevant and motivating.

Jennifer Coyle from Edendale School Southland

ShakeOut

This was my first time on LEARNZ and I loved it. Apart from the well-prepared unit as such, the level of motivation for the kids was instant, high and continued through-out the whole series of lessons.

Sabine Hartmann from Karangahake School

 Enjoyable to hear first hand accounts - made it more real for the children.

Robyn Wee from Wakaaranga School

The field trip allowed children to think deeply about emergencies, which was relevant to what we were learning in class about preparing an emergency plan. It was real life experiences from children to children which was great and the children were engaged because it was with other learners at their level.

Leigh Kaye from Frimley School

It was good to have a child's perspective in the videos and background pages were good science information. The field trip enabled and empowered students to have an understanding of others' experiences and the impact these experiences have on themselves and the world in which they live. 

Debbie Purves from Te Whanau o Waitangi

The field trip connected the students to issues about earthquakes in a practical way. It was also great to connect with children who have been in earthquakes - this gave a realism and reality to the trip. Andrew (the LEARNZ Teacher) is marvellous - he really helps to ignite curiosity in the students.

Jennifer Kitchin from Weston School

The content was very appropriate as they were able to relate it to their own experiences, having experienced a 5.8  earthquake the night before. The audioconference was an excellent opportunity to focus on asking quality questions with a purpose and to interact with experts.

Keryl Lee-Kelleher from Makuri School

The field trip was a great lead in to the Shake Out drill earlier today and complimented our topic on civil defence. Related well to Science - Natural disasters as well as civil defence and emergency management.

Brenda Town from Town Family Home School

It helped with critical thinking, managing personal plans and responsibility in a disaster. A great way to have a different teaching medium with other experts to answer questions and supply information.

Timothy Crawshaw from Newtown School

Brilliant! It was my first time but it was a great way to get detailed information from an expert, live. The children in my class were asking loads of questions relating to answers given, which gave them lots of things to think about! The field trip related to "Participating and Contributing", as all my children got involved in thinking about their own emergency kits and some said they needed to get one. 

Melanie McLennan from Somerville Intermediate School

We think this (field trip) was very effective as we are much wiser about what we need to do at school and at home, to be prepared during and after an earthquake. LEARNZ is a remarkable online learning community which allowed us to get information on earthquakes from schoolchildren, parents and teachers. 

Susan Hodge from Elm Park School

Resiliance was a key idea we discussed, as were some of the key competencies and their application in real life situation. Right level, good content.

Jeremy Meadows from Woodhill School

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