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Geohazards Newsletter 3

Geohazards Newsletter 3 for teachers

Kia ora koutou, Shelley here

It is great to have you on board for the Geohazards field trip to Marlborough. This trip is supported by EQC (the Earthquake Commission).

Things to do from this newsletter, (previous field trip newsletters can be read here):

  • check access to computers and Internet-connected devices
  • if speaking in an audiconference check phone lines and speaker phone
  • give students the open access field trip link plus the login that you set up for them in MyLEARNZ which is needed to access the audioconferences
  • print audioconference questions
  • remember to read Shelley's first diary on Tuesday morning
  • first audioconference at 9.15am on Tuesday 
  • take part in the LEARNZ backchannel - more
  • first videos with questions online Wednesday
  • send examples of children's work to share

1. Key dates and Times

  • Tuesday 28 April - Virtual Field Trip to Marlborough gets under way. First audioconference at 9.15am on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday 28 April - Read Shelley's first diary and look at the images.
  • Friday 22 May at 4pm. Teachers submitting evaluations by this time and day are eligible for the prize draw.

2. Audioconferences

Please remember:

  • Listening Schools (via the internet) - Your class can listen to audioconferences as they happen via the live stream on the website. 
  • Speaking schools - Press the mute button to un-mute your phone so you can talk and then press the mute button again as soon as you are finished speaking.
  • Speaking Schools - If other students are listening to the audioconference on the internet, ensure they are in a different room to the one being used for the audioconference.

LEARNZ Backchannel 

  • Throughout the Geohazards field trip, the LEARNZ backchannel will operate during live audioconferences.  
  • The LEARNZ backchannel will include live chat where students, or teachers on their behalf, can:
    • share ideas 
    • ask extra questions
    • answer questions
    • watch related visuals
    • contribute links and other examples of their classwork. 
  • Look out for an email invitation within the next few days that includes instructions and the link. It's an excellent opportunity, especially if you missed out on being a speaking school. 
  • Find out more about the LEARNZ backchannel in LEARNZ support.

3. Activities

  • Get the students primed and ready to learn by doing the activities for this Geohazards site.  
  • Take a look at the planning sequence in the Resources section - good for helping you keep your class on track during the field trip.
  • With the class username and password that you set up for them on MyLEARNZ, students can share their learning at home with family.

4. Twitter updates

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

5. Videos

  • During the field trip, videos with captions and questions are uploaded to the website each morning. 
  • The first videos (from Tuesday) will be online on Wednesday morning. 
  • Video questions and answers are uploaded for you (the teacher) in Resources

6. Encouraging Parental Involvement: Home-School partnerships

7. Webinars

  • The LEARNZ team invites you to listen to the recorded webinar from Wednesday 22 April. This webinar covered both the Geohazards field trip and the High Country hi-tech field trip.
  • The next webinars will be for the Kauri field trip at 3:30pm Tuesday 5 May and for the Love your Rubbish field trip at 3:30pm Wednesday 20 May.

8. Web board

  • During the field trip students from your class can add their questions to the Geohazards Ask-an-Expert Web Board (in the pop-up just login as usual, click on Geohazards and post a question). 
  • The Ask-an-Expert Web Board will remain active for 4 weeks following the trip and then it will be placed on the Geohazards Website under a new link called 'Questions-Answers'.
  • Teachers are expected to manage the way their students use Ask-an-Expert. Your school's Internet Use Policy should govern the way students behave online.


If you have questions regarding the field trip please use the NZ Teacher Freephone 0800 22 55 53, or email help@learnz.org.nz.

See you all soon,

LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Newsletter #3