Photos and videos of New Zealand

Last week I shared some photos, videos, and even food with our Sunday school class from my trip to New Zealand at the end of February. All the photos and videos I took are available in this Flickr collection. I traveled to New Zealand to share the closing keynote address at the Learning@School 09 conference, which attracted about 1200 primary and secondary teachers from around the country involved in the CORE educational technology professional development program.

Highlights of the trip for me included:

Visiting Mount Sunday, the setting for “Edoras” in the film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”

Mt Sunday (Edoras) in the Rangitata Valley

Flying into Rotorua, New Zealand, which is situated on the North Island on the edge of a large, volcanic crater lake. This photo from the window of our aircraft shows the island in the center of the lake which was the summit of the volcano before the magma chamber emptied in an enormous eruption, resulting in its collapse and the eventual formation of the lake.

Flying into Rotorua, New Zealand

Visiting Te Puia in Rotorua, and seeing geyser eruptions as well as the hot pools which are part of the geothermal features there.

Geyser eruption at Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand

Mud pools at Te Puia in Rotorua, New Zealand

Visiting Christchurch on the South Island, and touring both the original cathedral in the center of town as well as the International Antarctic Center where all U.S. and many international scientific expeditions to the southern continent originate. (We did ride on a Hagglund too!)

Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand

Stained glass in the Christchurch cathedral, New Zealand

I showed the above photo to our students last Sunday and pointed out that this stained glass picture depicting Christ shows him as a Maori. The Maoris are the “first peoples” native to New Zealand, and are one of several different Polynesian ethnic groups.

By one of the Hagglund Antarctic Vehicle vehicles at the Christchurch Antarctic Center

I have a little over 50 videos from the trip available on Flickr too, in addition to those above. New Zealand wasn’t a topic in our Grapple curriculum for this year, but it seemed like a good “teachable moment” to share some of what I learned and experienced on this trip with our 5th graders this year. 🙂

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