Testimonials

Waka Voyaging

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

Outstanding and supports student development in all areas. High interest and enthusiasm to learn. Wonderful context for our polynesian/maori majority students as connections are made with how their ancestors made significant migrations.

Richard Kerr from Avondale Intermediate

Anything to do with Culture is well received by our Maori students! Also covered all the Key Competencies. Was fantastic to be able to be a part of the field trip. Our students loved it!

Tania Raynes from Whakatane Intermediate

An interesting style of learning - lots of potential. This has been a great experience as a teacher and for the class.

Veronica Bird from Pukekohe East School

While all students benefit from the material, I found this one to be especially relevant to our local Maori students. It was also very useful as part of our reading programme when used with a graphic organiser for finding, selecting and retrieving relevant information.

Diane Henderson from Ohaeawai School

This field trip supported the key competencies and learning areas well.

Susan Sisam from Taneatua School

ShakeOut

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 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

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

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

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

Great to follow this field trip while preparing for Shake Out on Thursday. Engaging way of learning for students. Lots of great information given and the opportunity to ask questions of experts.

Deirdre Hutton from Holy Family School Wanaka

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

Very appropriate - supported student learning about earthquakes and doing the ShakeOut drill. Interesting, motivating and flexible - students get a lot from having readings, videos, audioconferences, activities, and photos.

Jan Flannery from Masterton Primary School

We used this across the school - very appropriate. It linked well with the main ShakeOut event, managing selves, and collaboration.

Nicola Stevenson from Worser Bay School

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