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Summary Page: Map my waahi - My place, my story
Term 3 starting 1 August 2017.



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Note: Date changed to 1-3 August 2017

We live in Aotearoa New Zealand. As well as our national bond, we are also connected to local places like our home, our school, our workplace, our marae and these connections contribute to our identity.

Maps have always been a means of recording information, as well as a means of expression and communication. In the 21st Century we can use layers on modern digital maps to hide and show complexity and enhance maps as places to record and communicate a wide variety of inter-connected information.

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

  • Our identity and sense of place
  • Traditional paper maps
  • Modern digital maps
  • 3-D and layers for maps
  • Online tools for making your own maps eg MyMaps
  • Mapping projects eg conservation
  • Primary and secondary sources of information - interviews, photos ...
  • Māori sense of place - my Waka, my Maunga, my Awa ...
  • Genealogy / Whakapapa

During this field trip you will:

  • Go with students as they explore their place
  • Meet adults who identify strongly with where they live and where they originate
  • Interview students who are planning and designing their own mapping projects
  • Go with students as they collect personalised data for their maps
  • Talk live with MyMaps experts at Google HQ (California)
  • Explore a conservation project where mapping is a key element

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Find out more about your origins
  • Explore your local area
  • Plan and design your own mapping project
  • Use MyMaps to record your mapping information
  • Find out more about the Department of Conservation (DoC)
  • Find out more about Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Where you will go

Travel to the remote East Coast of the North Island, north of Gisborne. Go with DoC staff and LINZ mapping experts as we help students from a local school (tba) to go out in the community and collect data for their mapping projects.

Teacher comments about previous LEARNZ field trips

"It would be one of the richest learning experiences I have experienced with a class." Fraser Campbell from Riwaka School

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

"Although our classes were Year 2-3 we felt the audioconference answers were delivered at a perfect level for our students. There were plenty of resources we could use and adapt to suit our learners. I had two special needs students who thoroughly enjoyed various aspects of the programme." Fiona Mackley from Alexandra School

Go to more comments from teachers about similar LEARNZ field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Nature of Science Levels 2-6, Living World Levels 2-6; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 1-4, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-4, Continuity and Change Levels 1-4

  • 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 page 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, live audioconferences enhanced by chat, webcam and image uploads via Adobe Connect (and recorded for replay), profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, ambassador (mascot) page updates, and Ask-an-Expert which is a device-friendly web board for students to post questions for answering overnight. 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 comprise a unique collection of real, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: citizenship, community involvement, conservation, culture, East Coast, environment, environmental education, future focus, GIS, GIS and iwi, identity, location based information, Māori, maps, monitoring change, native species, perspectives, population, recording, recreation, science, scientific research, sustainability, taonga, values

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