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Summary Page: 2016 Where are we? - navigating and positioning on sea, land and air
Term 2 starting 14 June 2016.



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A 2016 LEARNZ virtual field trip.

Take your primary or secondary students for a ride on a freight train; sail across Cook Strait and fly on a hospital plane to find out more about a quiet revolution that is taking place. Remember using a map to find out where you are? Now you can do that right from a smart phone. That's handy anytime you walk, ride or drive. But the technology isn't just handy - it's changing the world! Knowing exactly where we and things are, makes our world better, safer and more fun.

On this trip students will explore what 'location' really means while journeying on land, sea and air. They will meet people using GPS every day to make their work more efficient and to keep people safe. They will meet other people making careers out of using clever location based tools and see what opportunities lie ahead for them. This will be an exciting field trip experience by train, boat and plane.

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

  • What does location mean?
  • Why maps matter?
  • How GIS and GPS work
  • Smart mobile technologies
  • New Zealand and International Positioning Systems
  • New Zealand's road, rail, sea and airways network

During this field trip you will:

  • see Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • take a train and explore the importance of location on the rail network
  • cross Cook Strait on a sea journey to see location technologies in action
  • visit the National Library's NZ Cartography exhibition and find out why coastal charts are so important
  • see smart technologies in use while driving on the road network
  • meet the people involved with the Life Flight Trust emergency air services
  • interview your pilot about the efficiency and safety benefits GPS/GIS is bringing to our air services
  • prepare a flight plan with your navigator on the ground using maps and GPS/GIS
  • inspect the sophisticated on-board GPS/GIS hardware on the flight deck
  • go for a ride in a Life Flight Trust emergency air services plane and navigate with GPS
  • follow your flight on an interactive website map in real time
  • locate the LEARNZ team in real time each day of the field trip
  • find your location using GPS on a mobile phone

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

Where you will go

In 2016, you are going to Wellington to find out how location-based technology works and how it helps you find your way and keeps you safe.

Why Wellington? Wellington is in the centre of New Zealand. It has unique transport issues met by road, rail, sea and air. It has a natural harbour which makes it an ideal port. The railway and roads going in and out are surrounded by very steep hills which present interesting challenges. Wellington is beside Cook Strait which funnels air and makes for strong winds that give its airport a reputation for tricky landings! Wellington is the perfect place to see smart location technologies at work, keeping workers and travellers safe and informed when going from A to B by land, sea or air.

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

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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 live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed 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 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 teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. 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: economy, electronic navigation, future focus, gadgets, geospatial, GIS, GPS, human impacts, hydrographic charts, innovation, land use, location based information, maps, sustainability, technological change, technological innovation, technology, topographical maps, tourism, Wellington

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