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Summary Page: Share the road - design thinking and a safer transport system for everyone
Term 3 starting 14 August 2018.



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Cars and other vehicles are an essential part of modern life. New Zealand's road network is our country's single most expensive asset but using our roads is such an everyday activity that hardly anyone gives it a second thought. Our roads are a vital link between communities, businesses and people and a shared resource for everyone. New Zealand's population is growing and not only are there more drivers but there are a greater number of vehicles per family. This means that there is extra traffic on our roads. In response to changes in society, technology and the environment, our road network has to adapt to keep us all connected and enable everyone to get where they need to go safely and efficiently.

However, in order for us all to have safer journeys, as well as needing our roads to be well designed, we need our drivers to be well informed, especially regarding speed, and we need our vehicles to protect people when there is a collision. This is a safe system approach, which takes a holistic view of road safety.

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

  • New Zealand roads
  • people as road users
  • roads and roadside design
  • vehicles on our roads
  • the speeds we drive at
  • road safety
  • a holistic safe system approach to designing roads
  • the effects of technology
  • the Waikato Expressway
  • the future of travel on our roads

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • unpack typical journeys - getting to school, commuting to work, going to the beach
  • visit Putaruru College and get the back story to their award-winning road safety video
  • inspect the Waikato Expressway, designed with a safe system approach
  • inspect an existing road that has been upgraded to make it safer and find out how local citizens influenced the solutions
  • explore Hamilton's safe speed zones demonstration project
  • put questions to experts about traffic psychology
  • use the driving simulator at Waikato University
  • find out how research informs roading design
  • meet a transport engineer
  • explore the implications of future vehicle technology

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • look at your local roads with a safe system view
  • keep informed about self-driving vehicles
  • investigate study options and careers in the transport industry

Where you will go

You will fly to Hamilton, the main city of the Waikato.

You will visit Putaruru College where students will show you the story behind "Hayden's Big Adventure", their winning video animation in the Future Transport schools' competition, and meet the students who will accompany Shelley as fellow inquiry leaders.

You will get up close to local parts of the 102km Waikato Expressway, which is a huge roading project and one of the New Zealand's Roads of National Significance. Built in 7 sections over 10 years, by 2020 it will 4-lane SH1 from south of Auckland to south of Hamilton.

You will explore Hamilton's safe speed zones demonstration project and find out how speeds have an effect on safety, plus how and why speeds are set.

It's not all about new roads. Inspect an existing road that has been upgraded north of Te Awamutu, where citizens helped come up with affordable design changes such as increasing the number of places where cars can pull off the roads.

Lastly, you will go to Waikato University and meet experts at the Traffic and Road Safety Research Group (TARS), which started in 1993. Their driving simulator is used to test new road safety features and driver behaviour.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"We were able to relate this situation to those we know more about in Auckland. As our topic for the year is responding to challenges, we were able to see how this is being effected in the area of transport." Suzanne Parkinson from Parnell School

"The brilliant thing about this field trip is that it used a wide variety of media to hook the students in. One student even said "I didn't know that motorways were so interesting". There was something for every style of learning and all Key Competencies came into play as students worked together and individually to complete components of this field trip." Cherie Norman

"Highly engaging, complimented our topic "Our Place". Supported many literacy skills, thinking, reflecting, questioning, discovering." Karen Edwards from Brightwater School

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Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 2-4; Mathematics and Statistics: Number and Algebra Levels 2-4, Statistics Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Continuity and Change Levels 2-4, Place and Environment 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 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: changing values, citizenship, community involvement, construction, cycleways, data gathering, driverless, environmental impacts, future focus, government, human impacts, infrastructure, innovation, land management, land use, local iwi, marketing, modelling, monitoring change, NZ Transport Agency, people and the environment, personal health, perspectives, publicity, risk management, risks, road safety, roads, safety, scientific research, self driving, social and environmental impacts, statistics, story telling, survey, sustainability, technological change, technological innovation, technology, transport, urban design, urban planning, values, viewpoints, Waikato

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