The virtual tour of the Waikato Expressway is aimed at students in Years 5 to 10. It is designed as a self-guided or collaborative learning resource that teachers can use to support literacy and numeracy, inquiry learning and outcomes within specific learning areas.
The virtual tour aims to
Videos and short web pages provide an introduction to several topics.
Longer articles provide students with reading material on specific topics. These articles can be read online or downloaded and printed.
Each article is around 1000 words long. These have been assessed using:
This rated the articles as US Grades 7-8 (approx. New Zealand Years 8-9). Text features such as subheadings, bullet points, photos and captions enhance the readability for a wider ability range.
Technology: Karapiro Viaduct
Longer article: The right bridge for a tricky place
Technology: technological modelling, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes. Science: earth systems (rocks and soil, earthquakes), physical world (forces). English: ideas, language features and structure.
Relating to the environment
Longer article: The bat detectors
Science: nature of science, living world (life processes, ecology). English: ideas, language features and structure.