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Term 2 starting 12 May 2015.



Drone operating near Aoraki Mt Cook.

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Teachers and students, how often do you mention wilderness and technology in the same breath? Well here's a chance. Come on a journey to explore the richness and diversity of the New Zealand High Country and meet people who are using technology in fascinating ways for work and leisure.

Win a computer tablet and more in the Name the Drone competition. Thanks to all students who entered the 'Name the Drone' competition - there were some great names! Find out the winning name and the winning school's prizes.

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

  • New Zealand's high country
  • The Mackenzie Country
  • drones and their uses
  • New Zealand and International Positioning Systems
  • maps and other apps on mobile devices
  • smart technology
  • managing New Zealand's conservation estate
  • pastoral lease management
  • smart farming
  • geocaching

During this field trip you will:

  • explore remote parts of the iconic Mackenzie Country
  • be able to follow the LEARNZ team's location in real time
  • meet a drone pilot
  • get behind the controls of a drone and fly it
  • operate a drone to collect data from a remote place
  • follow data gathered in the field and see how it is used
  • find your location using GPS on your mobile phone
  • explore land-use maps on your mobile phone
  • meet a farmer who uses smart technology
  • meet a conservation worker who uses smart technology
  • investigate the national problem of wilding pines
  • visit an archaeological site and map it using mobile digital tools
  • use a mobile device to draw land boundaries
  • monitor native bird movements
  • visit a site where LOTR was filmed
  • visit a geocaching site at Mt John and follow their 360 degree live feed
  • learn about the process for measuring the new height of Aoraki - Mt Cook
  • meet a recreational user, such as a hunter, and find out how they use GPS

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • download a GPS app to your mobile phone and try it
  • use apps in the outdoors
  • download a simulator to your device and practice flying a drone
  • investigate building or buying your own drone or one for school
  • have fun with and find a practical use for your own drone

Where you will go

The Mackenzie Country in central South Island is classic New Zealand high country. Once untouched wilderness, in the last two hundred years or so humans have had an increasing impact. Until recently its most well-known land-use was the many large stations running thousands of sheep. In modern times an increasing variety of human activities have emerged, such as other types of farms, forestry, hunting, fishing, kayaking, rowing, film-making, stargazing, skiing, and heli-skiing. Many of these activities now use a wide array of innovative technologies.

Learning Areas/Levels

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: biodiversity, changing values, drones, ecology, economy, electronic navigation, energy, environment, environmental impacts, future focus, gadgets, geospatial, GIS, GPS, human impacts, innovation, land management, land use, laser, location based information, management, managing resources, maps, monitoring change, native species, people and the environment, pest control, planting, resource use, restoration, social and environmental impacts, sustainability, technological change, technological innovation, technology, topographical maps, tourism, weed control, weeds

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