Summary Page: Sustainable seas: essential for NZ's health and wealth
Term 1 starting 5 March 2019.
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LEARNZ and Sustainable Seas ran a successful field trip in Seaweek 2018 in Tasman Bay. We are revisiting this field trip for Seaweek 2019. It will follow the same format but will include new experiments and research from the Sustainable Seas research programme.
On this field trip during Seaweek 2019, 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? How can we grow a successful and sustainable marine economy?
On this field trip you will travel to Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island. Here you will join researchers who are developing new tools and knowledge to help everyone manage the marine environment. You will learn about ecosystem based management. Enrol now.
Visit seaweek.org.nz to nominate your Ocean Champion. This year's Ocean Champion competition requires entrants to undertake a specific Ocean Challenge to help solve a problem in the marine environment. Junior entrants (under 16) will outline their challenge and blog or post about it online. Junior challenges must be completed by 31 January 2019.
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)
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
The Science Learning Hub
The Sustainable Seas Challenge
During this field trip you will:
- follow tweets from Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher
travel to Tasman Bay in the Tasman District
help scientists test a new digital tool which tracks how far plastics travel when they end up in the sea
take a boat ride with researchers
work with scientists to design experiments
use instruments and technology to measure our 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
Where you will go
You will travel to Tasman Bay in the Tasman District at the top of the South Island. 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 about related field trips
"It has given me a fantastic resource to use in the classroom to motivate and engage the students. It was perfect timing for Sea Week and it had the students participating and contributing, thinking, relating to others and making connections". Caitlin Weston from Red Beach School.
"Supported our study of Tangaroa, based on Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. We all learnt so much, both the students and kaiako. Very informative newsletters made using the site easy". Anna Houston from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangere.
"This was amazing. My students could relate to it and it introduced some excellent topics such as food chains and ecosystems. My students gained a deep understanding of how fragile an ecosysytem is and that all ecosystems are under both natural and human threats". Christina Smith from Paihia School.
"The children really loved the field trip. They could relate lots of the content to our local area. We used the field trip as a supplement for our science programme in the classroom". Ryan Fraser from Maheno School.
Go to more comments from teachers from previous Sustainable Seas field trips.
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.
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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