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Summary Page: Sustainable seas - essential for NZ`s health and wealth
Term 1 starting 6 March 2018.



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A 2018 trip. On this field trip during Seaweek, your students will tackle a major New Zealand problem: the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment.

We are an island nation with very close ties to the marine environment. Our marine estate (New Zealand's exclusive economic zone or EEZ) is 20 times larger than our land mass. 75% of us live within 10km of the sea. We value the sea for its resources such as fisheries, tourism, oil and gas and shipping. We also value the sea for food, recreation and spiritual well being. Māori have long standing ancestral and other connections with the sea.

There is a growing conflict between these many uses of our marine environment. How can we manage these many uses? How can we meet the needs of Māori, local communities and industry? How do we make sure that our seas are understood, cared for and used wisely now and in the future?

On this field trip you will travel to Tasman Bay on the top of the South Island. Here you will join researchers who are developing a special tool to answer these questions. This tool is called ecosystem-based management (EBM). Your class will get involved in marine science activity and explore the different ways that Kiwis use and value our coast and seas.

Visit seaweek.org.nz to nominate your Ocean Champion and celebrate all those individuals, groups and organizations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them. Nominations open between 1 November 2017 and 31 January 2018

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

  • our marine environment ecosystems
  • different types of marine ecosystems
  • what marine ecosystems do for humans and the environment (ecosystem services)
  • what's a stakeholder?
  • who are the stakeholders in the New Zealand marine environment?
  • cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental values
  • our marine environment under stress
  • ecosystem-based management (EBM)
  • our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
  • Resources on the Science Learning Hub

During this field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • travel to Tasman Bay in the Tasman District
  • take a boat ride with researchers
  • work with scientists to design experiments
  • use instruments and technology to measure our marine environment
  • survey users of the marine environment
  • investigate marine ecosystem services such as providing food, and removing pollutants
  • meet and question researchers involved in the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
  • follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • investigate how your local marine environment benefits your community and region
  • get involved in helping make good decisions about our marine environment
  • consider what makes marine spaces important to other people
  • sign up for the Sustainable Seas newsletter to get news and updates about research and working with communities

Where you will go

You will travel to Tasman Bay in the Tasman District. Tasman Bay has both coastal and offshore waters, a variety of marine environments and many different uses, activities and interests - some of which are competing.

Teacher comments

"The opportunity to bring the outside world into my classroom is invaluable. Operating a digital classroom means students can work independently on the challenging video questions and choose to follow up with next steps when they want. Students recognised that this trip was really taking them to places they would be unlikely to ever see." Gabriel Hawke from St Mary's School (Hastings)

"As we were going to a local wetland for our own field trip it was really beneficial for the students to see another one first hand and then were able to make comparisons. The level pitched was right and the students were motivated throughout. Coverage is excellent, it is in kidspeak. Great to have the Maori perspective, vocabulary etc - we ALL used it." Faye Todd from Manchester Street School

"None of the students had done a trip before but now they are hooked. Some children chose to read texts again for homework. They were very interested in all the readings about the Argo floats; the students have a very positive view of what scientists are doing and learning about our oceans." Sue Hodge from Elm Park School

Go to more comments about related field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-6; Social Studies: Place and Environment 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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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

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Inquiry Topics: biodiversity, changing values, EBM, ecology, ecosystem-based management, ecosystems, future focus, guardianship, kaitiaki, kaitiakitanga, marine communities, marine ecosystems, marine environment, marine research, marine science, matauranga, monitoring change, oceans, perspectives, recreation, scientific research, sea, sustainability, sustainable seas, tikanga, tourism, values

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