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Summary Page: Get outdoors safely: with maps!
Term 4 starting 17 November 2020.



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Every summer, kiwis traditionally head outdoors to explore Aotearoa. Are you and your whānau going to head in the outdoors this year? Maybe you are heading into the hills and forests to walk or ride trails. You might be planning to climb a mountain, do a day walk in the bush, go mountain biking, fishing or paddle down a river. Have you thought about where you might go and what planning you need?

Get Outdoors Week encourages you to get out and about safely in New Zealand’s beautiful, but sometimes dangerous outdoor environment. An important part of staying safe is understanding where you are going and letting others know about your location. Mapping plays a key role in enabling you to stay safe and have fun when you go off the beaten track.

On this field trip, find out how maps help you plan your adventure, keep you safe in the outdoors, and assist organisations in finding you if something goes wrong. Enrol now.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • planning your own adventure
  • organisations who are involved with the outdoors
  • what does location mean?
  • why do maps matter?
  • digital and hardcopy maps
  • what is a topo map and how do you use it?
  • geospatial (location-based) information and technology
  • how GIS and GPS work
  • maps and smart mobile technologies
  • New Zealand and International Positioning Systems
  • New Zealand's emergency services and rescue network
  • using GIS to make smart online maps for everyone
  • Future Focus and new careers
  • the effects of new technology like 3D photos

During the field trip you will:

After the field trip:

Teacher comments

"Being able to connect with real people is very meaningful for students. The satellites, drones, pests, and mapping areas became focus areas for the class and they have continued inquiring about these". Leonie Austin from Waterloo School.

"My year 7 and 8 students have really engaged with the trip material. Thank you for providing such an interesting resource. A lot of my students like to spend time in the bush and were keen to learn more about the application of technology in this area". Gordon Baird from Tapawera Area School.

Go to more comments about related LEARNZ field trips.

Where you will go

Go to Wellington to find out how location-based technology works and how it helps you find your way in the city or the bush. Learn how maps and GPS can be used to plan a trip and help keep you safe, if something should go wrong.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Geometry and Measurement Levels 2-4; Social Sciences: Geography Levels 6-8; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5; Technology Levels 2-4

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, live tweets on twitter, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences on our enterprise-level Zoom platform scales to enable multiple teachers to manage students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a school assembly or wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View some of over 1,000 teacher comments in testimonials. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: 3D maps, adventure, citizenship, drones, electronic navigation, expedition, flight, future focus, gadgets, geospatial, GIS, goal setting, government, GPS, hauora, identity, innovation, interactive maps, kaitiaki, kaitiakitanga, land use, LINZ, location based information, maps, navigation, Outdoor Education, outdoor pursuits, people and the environment, personal health, physical activity, risk management, satellite, sustainability, technological change, technological innovation, technology, topographical maps, tramping, weather, Wellington

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