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Term 2 starting 25 June 2019.



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Come with us to explore where we are all from, how we all got here, and get a peek into the different lives we all lead.

On this trip you will discover and share stories of your own origins and those of your classmates using 3D, and virtual reality tools based in the brand new version of Google Earth - Enrol now.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, our ancestors all came from another place. Our society is a rich blend of origins, cultures, languages, traditions, religions and foods from all over the world.

Early Māori sailed thousands of miles to reach Aotearoa New Zealand. Their routes were preserved in memory or recorded in song. Upon arrival they weaved place names and overland route descriptions into oral histories. These have been passed from generation to generation. Iwi mapping was therefore an oral tradition. The pepeha, for example, is an important form of introduction. It links individuals to their tribal roots and significant landmarks. The forerunner to the Global Positioning System (GPS)!

Join us as we explore the diverse heritage of a classroom, their stories and how they came to Aotearoa New Zealand. Meet with their parents and understand some of the challenges they faced in making this country their home.

Your guides will be other students who have been using digital maps to create a record of their origins and the places that support their identity - Enrol now.

Google Earth 2019!

We will be among the first in the world to have access to a new tool from Google USA who are hoping to join us on this trip!

In this field trip we will explore and describe our diverse origins with easy-to-use mapping tools for each of us to tell our own unique story using a 3D globe. Google are providing us with early access to a new storytelling tool for Google Earth. Each student will be able to create their own personal 3D Storymap using laptops, chromebooks, tablets or phones to build and share their own digital pepeha.

We'll be showing students how they can create their 3D interactive map, combining their story, photos, video, text and even 360 spherical images like Google Streetview.

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

  • Our identity and sense of place
  • Traditional western paper maps
  • Modern digital maps
  • 3-D and layers for maps
  • Online tools for making your own maps eg Google Earth
  • Mapping projects eg conservation
  • Primary and secondary sources of information - interviews, photos ...
  • Māori sense of place - waka, maunga, awa, rohe ...
  • Genealogy / whakapapa / digital pepeha

During this field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • Talk live with Google Earth experts from San Francisco California
  • 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 retracing the footsteps of their ancestors to create their own mapping projects
  • Go with students as they collect personalised data for their maps

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 a digital tool such as Google Earth to record your mapping information

Where you will go

Travel to Lower Hutt Awakairangi, a city of over 100,000 people and one of four cities that make up the Wellington Pōneke metropolitan area. One quarter of Lower Hutt's people were born overseas, about the same as the national average. Although 95% of its people identify as either European, Māori, Samoan, Indian or Chinese there are significant numbers of Cook Islands Māori, Filipino, and Dutch. On this field trip you visit sites that support the identity of the diverse groups of people who live there.

Teacher comments about related 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.

"My Māori students showed full engagement, especially when listening to the oral stories of the local area. They used the glossary of Māori words to support their learning. The students have continued, even after the end of the field trip, to explore their own passions around mapping, e.g. mapping their own whānau story of living on Rangitoto Island". Patricia Molloy from Turitea School.

Go to more comments from teachers about previous LEARNZ Map my Waahi field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4, Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4, Geometry and Measurement Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 1-4, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-4, Continuity and Change Levels 1-4; Technology: Technological Practice Levels 2-4, Technological Knowledge Levels 2-4, Nature of 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, celebrations, changing values, citizenship, community involvement, cultural process, cultural processes, culture, cultures, customs, data, data gathering, data visualisation, early settlers, future focus, gadgets, GIS, GIS and iwi, GPS, hauora, heritage, identity, immigration, interactive maps, interpreting, iwi, location based information, Māori, maps, migration, New Zealand History, people in the past, perspectives, satellite, spatial patterns, spatial variation, story telling, tikanga, traditions, values, viewpoints, Wellington

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