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  • Barrie Matthews 01 May 2019 11:36am () in eLearning PD session with LEARNZ Tuesday 7 May at 3:30pm

    Join the eLearning PD session with LEARNZ Tuesday 7 May at 3:30pm. All teachers welcome. Find out how to integrate the LEARNZ virtual experience into your teaching and learning programme.

    Meet the LEARNZ team, ask questions, learn more about the three field trips in Term 2 and their dedicated websites.

    Webinar info and how to join is at http://learnz.org.nz/support/pld-and-webinars

    Virtual field trips:

    Our Primary Industries - unpacking the apple story starting 21 May 2019. More info at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=primaryindustries192

    Matariki and Navigation - Kupe, Cook and Today starting 11 June 2019. More info at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=location192

    Map my waahi - discovering our shared heritage starting 25 June 2019. More info at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=mapping192

  • Barrie Matthews 14 Mar 2017 4:17pm () in Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

    Hi Karen

    You might like to consider LEARNZ virtual field trips for your (online) teaching and learning programme. Feedback from teachers indicates that students feel included in the learning even if, say, reading is not their strong suit.

    A recent webinar on the VLN, has a commentated walk-through of a web site specifically built to support a LEARNZ virtual field trip. Replay the recording or other recordings and make up your own mind - we believe we do a lot of "heavy lifting" to help teachers extend their reach.

    Happy to help further.

    Barrie from the LEARNZ Team

  • Barrie Matthews 12 Sep 2016 3:45pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Hi Philippa.

    Thanks for your affirmation of LEARNZ.

    Kia ora

  • Barrie Matthews 01 Sep 2016 4:58pm () in FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections

    Hi Everyone

    I suspect good teachers have their own ways to build horizontal connections which include activities like field trips or class excursions or visiting speakers. As a member of the LEARNZ team, I would like you to consider a LEARNZ virtual field trip as well. LEARNZ has been around for over 20 years, offering over a dozen field trips every year where a lot of heavy-lifting has been done for teachers.

    Let's have a look at how the design of LEARNZ helps build horizontal connections:

    1. Have real-world relevance. All LEARNZ field trips have real-world relevance because they go to real places and work with real people. Two recent examples embody this. The first was Love Your Rubbish - lollipop to landfill? which followed the journey of rubbish and how some was diverted by recycling while the rest went to a modern landfill. Science, social science, future focus, sustainability, community, careers, and taking action were some of the ideas woven through the experience. The second was Kererū Count - kaitiakitanga in action which looked at an iconic New Zealand bird, its importance to Māori and to our overall New Zealand identity. There was a school showing its predator trapping programme as a way of attracting native species - talking about taking action in your community! There was a visit to Zealandia which has recreated New Zealand's flora and fauna the way it used to be. There were expert explanations of two Māori cloaks at Te Papa - watch one at https://vimeo.com/180718571. And this field trip is linked in to The Great Kererū Count at http://kererudiscovery.org.nz/great-kereru-count-2016/ which is a citizen science project in mid-September.

    2. Provide authentic activities and tasks. Teachers tell us that LEARNZ field trips are authentic - and they are! Being in the field making a video about a ranger baiting a predator trap, a dozer driver working at a landfill, or a researcher gathering and recording data are all authentic real-life experiences. Watch a video with an expert about The Alpine Fault at https://vimeo.com/178165461

    3. Provide access to expert performances and the modelling of processes. LEARNZ field trips gain access to a myriad of experts: scientists, opera singers, engineers, environmentalists, technologists, mathematicians and programmers. All of these people feature in videos where they demonstrate their abilities and communicate their art and craft. For example have a look videos with experts on the LEARNZ Technology Channel at https://vimeo.com/channels/technologyonlearnz/

    4. Provide multiple roles and perspectives. Each expert in the field gives his or her own perspective or the perspective of the organisation they work for, or the community organisation they belong to. This happens daily in live audioconferences and in videos. Meet a professional singer - https://vimeo.com/168505702

    5. Provide the opportunity to collaborate. Teachers tell us that LEARNZ field trips stimulate discussion and students often collaborate to create questions. When they join the three web conferences for each trip, they are part of a collaborative experience. Watch a recorded web conference about Kererū at http://connect.vln.school.nz/p8zmqow1qlj/

    6. Provide the opportunity to reflect. The LEARNZ field trip teachers are experienced facilitators who continually drive the Inquiry process through the background material, their diaries, the web conferences and videos so students can't help but reflect and also think forward. Watch how Andrew the LEARNZ Teacher finishes up this video with students at Normandale School - https://vimeo.com/180850697

    7. Promote articulation to encourage students to verbalize their knowledge and thinking. Students put their own questions orally to experts in live audioconferences. Often their questions are difficult for experts to answer, as it reflects the depth of their thinking based on what they have learned from the LEARNZ material they have accessed so far. A Year 6 student asks: "Does New Zealand have laws that protect the toxicity that producers can include in new products and packaging to protect the environment? What about imports?" Listen the recording of this web conference and hear how much the expert has to know to answer such questions - http://connect.vln.school.nz/p72icxcxv22/

    8. Tasks are seamlessly integrated with assessment. LEARNZ provides informal online interactive assessments as part of very field trip. Students can repeat them and teachers tell us that students will often persist with them until they get 100%. Teachers often say they are surprised at how much studnets know by the end of a field trip. Have a go yourself at this interactive activity now - it's fun! http://activities.learnz.org.nz/gb162/a02-identifying-common-birds-of-nz/quiz.html

    9. Create polished products. We believe each self-contained field trip web site is a polished product, with multiple ways of accessing material by text, by sound, by photos and diagrams, by activities, and by videos. We are particularly proud of the videos we shoot, edit and upload each day of a field trip. Here is one about the importance of lashing on a Waka and how it relates to hauora - https://vimeo.com/161671182

    10. Provide coaching and scaffolding at critical times. Teachers tell us that because a lot of heavy lifting is done for them, they are able to work more coaching individual students and helping them with their next step. The field trip web site material also has built-in scaffolding, such as for reading - more at http://www.learnz.org.nz/support/learnz-reading-resource

    More comments from teachers about LEARNZ at http://www.learnz.org.nz/field-trip/testimonials

    Interested? LEARNZ is free and part MOE-funded. Look over LEARNZ field trips at http://www.learnz.org.nz/fieldtrips then Register with LEARNZ at http://www.learnz.org.nz/register

    Regards to all
    Barrie from the LEARNZ Team

  • Barrie Matthews 12 Oct 2015 2:28pm () in Upgrading Teacher Laptops / Issues with TELA

    Hi Everyone.

    I have a MacBook Air with a Solid State Drive. In my opinion, SSDs are one of the best things to happen to laptops in recent years. I will never go back to a spinning Hard Drive as they are slower, noisier and less robust. Even though spinning HD's tend to be larger capacity, people are storing more data in the Cloud these days so there is less need for local storage. If you are due for a new laptop, I would hold out for one with SSD.

    My machine has 4GB RAM whereas you would probably need 8GB RAM with a spinning HD. Even though my machine is an i5 processor (rather than the faster i7), creating and rendering videos is not a problem although this may also be because it is running on a 64-bit OS. The rest of the LEARNZ team who make videos are using MacBook Pros which are faster still but more expensive. My 5 cents - hope it helps.

    Barrie from LEARNZ

  • Barrie Matthews 27 Mar 2015 2:50pm () in FORUM: e-Learning plans/goals for 2015 (February 26 - March 26) | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Hi Nicole

    When looking at technology to enhance learning, engagement and participation, I invite you to consider the videos from the latest LEARNZ virtual field trip, the fourth in a series about the creation of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in the lead-up to First World War commemorations on Anzac Day.

    Topic include: Park design, the two entrance pavilions, why particular native and exotic trees and plants were chosen, the new Australian war memorial, moving and preserving an historic creche, the Park blessing ceremony at dawn (and students reflections), a message from Maggie Barry (Minister of Culture and Heritage), the importance of the Tangata Whenua gardens, college students' artistic impressions of war, the re-opened Hall of Memories, the upcoming Great War Exhibition with Weta Workshops (and how they got a tank inside!), and a lesson in citizenship from the Principal and a former student at a local school.

    Hope you find this useful.



  • Barrie Matthews 27 Mar 2015 1:48pm () in Digital resources for ANZAC Day

    At the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park watch a video about the Tangata Whenua Gardens. 

  • Barrie Matthews 26 Mar 2015 2:28pm () in Digital resources for ANZAC Day

    The latest LEARNZ Memorial Park field trip which looks at the completed Pukeahu National War Memorial Park that will be opened on 18 April and used for Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April. 

    Details at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=memorialpark151

  • Barrie Matthews 24 Mar 2015 1:17pm () in Text-to-speech and UDL: a tool for ALL primary and secondary students - Dyslexia Advocacy week Tip 2

    Hi Lynne

    Yes, good for students to use technology to create something of their own to show their learning. It's a good UDL principle to differentiate ways for students to demonstrate what they know.

    In a LEARNZ field trip there is a wealth of material - text, photos, diagrams, sound, and videos. Students can include any of our material in their presentations or edit it to show what they know. And it's arguably much easier with ICT tools like those you mention..


  • Barrie Matthews 24 Mar 2015 9:52am () in Reflecting on the limitations of print for students in secondary: Dyslexia Advocacy tip day 1

    LEARNZ virtual field trips are online and help teachers move away from reliance on print. As well as web pages with text, each field trip has many photos, sound files and video clips to tell the story and connect your class with experts in the field (like a scientist or wildlife conservationist).

    Students are further engaged using interactive activities to test their new learning. Optionally, teachers book their class into live audioconferences and web conferences.

    LEARNZ is free for NZ teachers who are teaching in a NZ school. Register with LEARNZ.