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Summary Page: Getting around: your options for a sustainable future
Term 4 starting 3 November 2020.



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Most of us get around in cars, either as drivers or passengers. However, many students walk or bike to school while some take the bus or train. Electric bikes are getting new people into commuting by bike or riding a bike for pleasure. Electric scooters are helping people to avoid short journeys in cars, especially in cities. Every time you bus, walk, or take the train, you help reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

However, there are new options all the time and people are getting creative. Mobile coffee business on a bike, anyone? Cargo bikes, cycle couriers, and small electric vehicles are all part of emerging trends. In the lead-up up to Road Safety Week, meet people who are most involved with roads and getting around on a day-to-day basis to find more about the latest innovations.

This trip fits well with big ideas such as: design thinking, future focus, personal health and well-being, perspectives, transport, technological change and innovation. Enrol now.

In preparation for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • Multiple modes of transport
  • Emerging trends for how people get around
  • Road Safety Week
  • Attitudes to cars and road safety
  • Future Focus - Sustainability, new careers
  • The effects of new technology

During the field trip you will:

  • Follow Andrew's tweets on twitter
  • See what schools are doing in the "Getting around" space
  • Interview a transport planner
  • Find out how research into behaviour leads to design of transport routes that are safe and a pleasure to use
  • Visit places to see how community input has led to inclusive designs for everyone wanting to get from A to B
  • See how roads are being designed so they are more accessible and safe for children
  • Go on a car journey and make decisions about your route and your choices
  • Go on for walk with students and make decisions about your route
  • Talk with students about their attitudes to road safety and what they could do next week during Road Safety Week.

After the field trip:

  • Find an alternative for one of your usual car rides
  • Use criteria, including aesthetics, to decide on the best A to B trip in your nearest town or city
  • Plan for and make safe decisions on the road
  • Investigate study options and careers in Transport
  • Find out about Shared Mobility in public transport
  • Consider how road-safe your local area is
  • Take part in other Road Safety Week activities
  • Use some of the road safety curriculum resources from the NZTA Education Portal.

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Teacher comments

"High engagement in the elements presented. Great stimulation for discussion and further investigation. A powerful extension to our EOTC programme". Martin Dodge from Balclutha School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips

"100% engagement! Lots of discussions both in the classroom and in homes. Really good for the children to see the teams on the videos talking about workplace treaties, working together, effective communication and all the things we talk about in the classroom - quite a few lightbulb moments for students". Juliet Pendleton from Pt Chevalier School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips).

"Really got us thinking about cars, traffic, air pollution (in the tunnels) and safe alternatives like cycling. Very engaging and relevant material, presented well". John Brunton from Marshall Laing School (2014 - 2017 Waterview Connection series of virtual field trips).

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Where you will go

Go to Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city which has 15,000 cars added to its traffic every year. Get around Auckland using different modes and compare them. Connect with people about the importance of roads and road safety in New Zealand, now and in the future.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Statistics Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4, Continuity and Change Levels 2-4; 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: Auckland, boundary, changing values, citizenship, electric vehicles, future focus, government, infrastructure, innovation, land use, law, NZ Transport Agency, people and the environment, personal health, perspectives, resource use, risk management, risks, road safety, roads, safety, sustainability, technological change, technology, transport, urban design, values, viewpoints

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