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  • Barrie Matthews 07 Feb 2014 1:48pm () in LEARNZ interviews local students as they go about their conservation work on the Kepler Track.

    A video from the LEARNZ Kids Restore the Kepler virtual field trip.

    Check out some cool technology that is giving the school students a special pair of eyes on the Kids Restore the Kepler conservation project. Spot the cat in the dark!

    More about this field trip.

  • Barrie Matthews 29 Jul 2013 2:14pm () in Useful New Zealand Science Websites

    Hi everyone

    LEARNZ virtual field trips are great web sites for science, useful for teaching and learning whether the field trips are completed or upcoming.

    Have a look at

    • The Wellington Fault 2010 -  More
    • Canterbury Earthquakes 2011 - More
    • Canterbury Earthquakes 2012 - More
    • Canterbury Earthquakes 2013 - More
  • Barrie Matthews 17 Jul 2013 9:48am () in Literacy, Blended Reading and LEARNZ

    Teachers, find out why and how you could easily incorporate LEARNZ into your reading programme. Literacy specialist Jill Hammonds explains and also suggests free tools to help students with their online reading. More at /groupcms/view/820180/learnz-fieldtrip

  • Barrie Matthews 24 Jun 2013 12:48pm () in What is LEARNZ

    LEARNZ as blended e-Learning.

    LEARNZ virtual field trips are free online experiences that take students and teachers to places throughout New Zealand where they link with experts to investigate and explore their world.

    A LEARNZ field trip models a real field trip:

    1. Preparation content and activities for students,
      support material for teachers (from 1 month before)
    2. Field trip (3 action-packed days with diaries, video clips & podcasts uploaded overnight)  
    3. Follow up, evaluation and reflection (up to 1 month after).

    LEARNZ can help you tick the boxes

    • New Zealand content
    • Inquiry based e-Learning
    • Real experiences and e-Learning in context
    • Supports the Vision and Key Competencies of the NZ Curriculum
    • Fits neatly onto the e-Learning Planning Framework
    • Fosters teacher professional development
    • Specific field trips for Science, Social Sciences, The Arts, Physical Health and Well Being
    • Multi-level content with field trips for primary, intermediate and secondary audiences
    • Te Reo Māori content (full translations of relevant content for specified field trips)
    • Mainstream experience with support for Special Education Needs
    • School-home partnership via a separate login
    • Motivating, with encouragement to take action
    • Engaging and fun for teachers and students
    • Teacher helpline
    • MoE supported

    LEARNZ virtual field trips in 2013

    • Northern Wetlands - restoring a culturally significant dune lake ecosystem
    • Wetland Biodiversity - exploring a rare inland high country ecosystem
    • Project Crimson - fighting for survival of rātā
    • Canterbury Earthquakes - more lessons for New Zealand
    • Kids Restore the Kepler - returning birdsong to a Great Walk
    • Geospatial - the use of skills, tools and data by people in Canterbury
    • Wandering Whales - surveying migrating humpbacks in Cook Strait
    • Freshwater Ecology - investigating water quality and biodiversity around Lake Taupō
    • Takahē - building on 60 years of conservation
    • Rakiura | Stewart Island Great Walk - putting people in touch with kiwi

    Teachers, Register now at www.learnz.org.nz. It’s free.

    LEARNZ Group for teachers on the VLN - /groups/profile/785745/learnz

  • Barrie Matthews 14 Jun 2013 12:34pm () in Inquiry Learning in a Secondary School Context

    Hi Kathy

    LEARNZ is based on an Inquiry model, is MoE supported, ticks lots of boxes and is free for NZ teachers to use with their classes.

    More at wwww.learnz.org.nz

    There is a recorded Webinar with an overview of LEARNZ at http://bit.ly/Y9yc83

    Hope this helps


  • Barrie Matthews 06 Jun 2013 2:56pm () in Writing and use of keyboards

    You could try using the Chrome browser and Google Translate to do voice-to-text. Although I haven't been able to get it to work for paragraphs, students could speak one sentence at a time and cut-and-paste into a text file. This limitation could actually help their work flow in that they will probably think and plan their sentences better if they do them one a time with a break between. It could also be a good pairs activity.

    There's a demo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIuz36zF2pc

    If you are using a LEARNZ field trip (www.learnz.org.nz), this could be a good way for students who are slow writers to record their reflections on their learning.

    All that's needed is an Internet connected device with a microphone.

    Hope this helps.


  • Barrie Matthews 05 Jun 2013 3:24pm () in How do we best support ESOL students at rural primary schools?

    Voicethread is great and you could use it with LEARNZ. Students could use Voicetheread to re-mix their learning based on content from virtual field trip audioconferences, videos, photos, diagrams and text.

    More at www.learnz.org.nz

  • Barrie Matthews 05 Jun 2013 1:43pm () in How do we best support ESOL students at rural primary schools?

    Hi Monika

    Have you thought about eLearning? You could try a LEARNZ virtual field trip which doesn't just rely on reading as there are lots of photos, videos and audios to help students learn. You wouldn't need to single out your ESOL students as the whole class can take part.

    Here's a quote from a teacher about a recent field trip: "I have a student who cannot read or write, yet he was able to watch the videos as part of a whole class activity and orally contribute, just like everyone else".

    You could start with a field trip near you,  Northern Wetlands which was completed earier this year.

    More at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=northernwetlands131

    LEARNZ is free for NZ teachers and is MOE supported.

    Hope this helps


  • Barrie Matthews 18 Mar 2013 10:05pm () in One way I use LEARNZ is ...

    Hi Marnel. Yes, Northern Wetlands is complete (More) but all the material remains online so enrolling in it is a good way to get started before taking part in a field trip as it unfolds.

  • Barrie Matthews 11 Mar 2013 4:13pm () in iPads/tech in the classroom - visit successful classrooms

    You may be aware that the iPad does not have support for Flash "out of the box" so won't display all or parts of many useful web sites that teachers and students visit.

    One solution is to download an alternative browser app called Puffin which will display Flash content.

    Thanks to Murray's Bay Intermediate for this tip.