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Summary Page: Finding Resilience - the technology behind locating and responding to natural hazards
Term 3 starting 29 August 2017.



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Learn how to make your own digital hazard "storymap" for your school or home.

  1. Using free online tools, experts in digital mapping will show you how easy it is to map your distance from the sea for tsunami risk, contours and elevation for flooding and tsunami risk, distance to major fault lines for earthquake risk, and contours for landslide risk.
  2. The experts will show you how to bring your map to life as you add photos of previous natural hazard events in your area.
  3. Lastly, the experts will help you to interpret your map, firstly to assess your own risk of experiencing an earthquake, tsunami, flood or landslide at your school or home, and secondly how your map can help you to plan so you can recover quickly from such an event.

Take your primary or secondary students to Wellington. Like many places in New Zealand Wellington is at risk from a number of natural hazards. As well as being one of New Zealand's largest cities, with hundreds of thousands of people in the greater region, Wellington is also the seat of government and houses the head offices of many government departments who all have important roles to play when an emergency happens.

During this field trip, you will visit places around Wellington that are hazard-prone and find out what data and what information people and organisations need, to recover quickly from emergencies. Stand on a road overlooking a beach and work out where you will go in a tsunami. Find out how tsunami maps are made. Go downtown and inspect a main road that sits on a fault line. Find out how earthquake maps are made. Go to the Hutt River and see evidence of previous floods and how they are managed. Find out how flood maps are made.

Relate what you learn about Wellington to your own location. You will be able to use technology to find out where natural hazards exist, the areas they may affect and assess your own risk for earthquakes, tsunami and floods. If any of these emergencies happened in your area, work out what information you would need, what web sites you would go to and what apps and maps you could use so you can be more resilient to natural hazards and recover quickly from future events.

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

  • Why maps matter? Location based information and technology
  • New Zealand's geohazards
  • Wellington's location and its geohazards
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami
  • Floods
  • Resilience - what information is needed to help people and organisations recover quickly from a major event?
  • How GIS and GPS work
  • Using GIS to make smart online maps for everyone
  • Smart mobile technologies
  • New Zealand and International Positioning Systems
  • the GIS hazard resource for schools

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • go to a major fault line that runs along Tinakori Road in the heart of Wellington and find out what's been happening
  • go to Island Bay on the Wellington coast and see how far up and inland a tsunami could reach
  • follow blue lines around Wellington to see where you need to be to stay safe from tsunami
  • inspect a local school's tsunami risk map and evacuation paths
  • go to Lower Hutt and see what happens to the Hutt River in a flood
  • inspect a local school's flood risk map and where they would go in a flood
  • visit the National Crisis Management Centre in the Beehive and see how maps are critical in responding to a major emergency
  • check out a new 3D map using sea and land datasets to show the effects of the Kaikoura earthquakes plus a 3D fly-through that will show the number and magnitude of earthquakes so you can compare the Christchurch and the Kaikoura sequences from different perspectives
  • map more hazard risks with a school group
  • meet experts on natural hazards, resilience and/or location data from major organisations like GNS, Wellington City Council, Wellington Regional Council and Land Information New Zealand.

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

Where you will go

Island Bay tsunami zones - click to enlarge.In 2017, you will go to Wellington to find out how location-based technology works and how it can help us to recover quickly from a natural hazard emergency.

Why Wellington? Wellington sits on a fault line, it is surrounded by hills, it is on the coast and has a major river in the Hutt Valley. So it is at risk from future earthquakes, tsunami and floods and has experienced all three in the past. Wellington is the perfect place to investigate resilience and how quickly the city, its region, its people and its organisations can recover from emergency events.

Teacher comments about previous LEARNZ field trips

"It was great. They loved learning about GPS and GIS as it was something my Year 7/8 students hadn't done before. It covered a wide variety of subjects." Tracy Cappel from St Helier's School

"Using a LEARNZ field trip is important in transforming my teaching from a part digital to a fully digital classroom. We spend three weeks working on this field trip as it fitted in really well with our whole school topic of examining our place in the world. It covered many of the areas of the NZ Curriculum through a cross curricular learning experience. My Year 4/5 class liked the choice of reading or listening to the background material. The support provided is thorough and I found it very useful in my teaching." Jennifer Barrow from Kaniere School

"This field trip provided ample opportunities for my Year 11 Geography students to engage in the subject matter and context. It was appropriate, and linked well to establishing a base understanding of GIS and some of its real life applications." Matthew Satherley from John Paul College

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Learning Areas/Levels

Science 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 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: 3D maps, earthquakes, emergencies, floods, future focus, gadgets, geohazards, geospatial, GIS, government, GPS, hazards, hydrographic charts, innovation, interactive maps, land use, location based information, maps, resilience, technological change, technological innovation, technology, topographical maps, tsunami, Wellington

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