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WEBINAR: Incorporating (free) LEARNZ virtual field trips into Teaching and Learning programmes

Posted by Jane Armstrong Bos

When: 24 Jul 2012

Venue: Blackboard Collaborate online tool, 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Fees: Free

Organiser: Jane Armstrong - Enabling e-Learning Community

Contact: enabling.elearning@tetoitupu.org

Audience: Primary, Intermediate and Secondary School Teachers

Webinar login linkhttps://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2010234&password=M.65BD9292E2E1FAA6E519A9649138FD

Would you and your school like to use, or make better use of the LEARNZ free teaching and learning programme?

Barrie Matthews from the LEARNZ team will share examples from upcoming and  recently-completed LEARNZ field trips of how classroom teachers all over New Zealand use LEARNZ to support their teaching and learning programmes.

Teachers who are not registered with LEARNZ should ideally do so beforehand. However, a temporary login will be supplied for all participants who wish to use it.


  • is Inquiry-based
  • primarily supports Science teaching and learning, especially Nature of Science
  • has virtual field trips that support teaching and learning in Social Sciences, PE/Health, and The Arts
  • uses ICT in a curriculum focused and integrated way
  • gets students close to the action in the field
  • puts students in contact with experts
  • explores contemporary issues on location around New Zealand and offshore
  • is accessible over the Internet – anytime, anywhere
  • is MOE-supported
  • uses a flexible model and is used in many ways, Decile 1-10, top readers-poor readers, small schools-large schools, urban-rural, fast Internet-slow Internet, computer labs-1 laptop
  • supports busy teachers to “kill many birds with one stone” – specific Learning Areas, reading, careers, numeracy, literacy, as well as the Vision, Values and Key Competencies and Principles of the NZ Curriculum
  • is proven – LEARNZ field trips have been used by New Zealand schools since 1995

Who should attend?

  • Teachers from Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools that have never used LEARNZ
  • Teachers from schools that would like to use LEARNZ more effectively
  • Teachers from specific Learning Areas such as Science, Social Sciences, PE/Health, and The Arts
  • Curriculum leaders in schools

By the end of the session, teachers will:

  • have ideas on using LEARNZ in their own classroom
  • have registered with LEARNZ
  • have explored a completed field trip

Logging in:

Login link will be live from 2.45pm 


Prior to the day

You will need to ensure your computer is ready to launch a desktop application to view this workshop in Blackboard Collaborate (formerly called Elluminate). If you have already used Blackboard Collaborate before, you will not need to do the following.

Step 1:

Please go to Blackboard Collaborate First Time Users/Checking system requirements and see if you have the green tick. If you do, congratulations you may move to the next part of the set up. If you see the red cross you need to follow the instructions to download Java Web Start.

If you are unable to do this, please contact your own technical support people immediately. If you can download it and the red cross changes to a green tick, then it's time to move onto the next step.

Step 2:

Join the Configuration Room to test your connection and configure your audio. To view the hardware and software pre-requisites for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit www.elluminate.com/support


We recommend you login from at least 3pm to give yourself time to trouble shoot. Contact your admin support in the first instance if you are having issues. It is recommended you wear a set of headphones, headsets or echo cancellation microphone/speakers to help avoid any sound issues. Please feel free to contact Jane prior to this meeting, if you have any queries.

We look forward to connecting with you during this time.

  • have enrolled their class in a suitable field trip
  • see how multiple field trips can lead to a motivating classroom programme
  • see how LEARNZ can save teacher time