First eFellow Master Class for 2013


We had a wonderful start to 2013, with the year's eFellows in Christchurch on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March. In the photo: Pauline Henderson, Jamie Power, Emma Watts, Heather Eccles and Claire Buist. We spent a great couple of days together. Highlights (apart from the food and drink!) included a great session with Margot McKeegan, who shared about the Greater Christchurch Schools Network. The 2013 cohort are working to present individual Teacher Enquiries at ULearn, and Mark Osborne led a riveting morning discussing his experience of Teacher Enquiry at Albany. We also had our first eFellow webinar on Thursday night, when Dave Winter (2010) shared his perspectives on Teacher Enquiry. Here is a link to Dave's webinar.

Lynda Walsh-Pasco (2004) will be discussing her work at the next eFellows webinar on 23rd May. Put it in your diary!

David Winter and Personal Inquiry:

Dave Winter
(2010 eFellow)
will share his insights and experiences on
Teacher Personal Inquiry
an eFellows' webinar at 7.30pm on Thursday March 7th
Dave will cover:
  • his experience of working with groups doing inquiry
  • models of inquiry
  • making a difference within the organisation
  • useful tools
The programme will also include time for folk to share briefly their current passions, and to update on what's going on in their areas...
Link to the session:

The link will be live from 7.30am. If you need support to use Elluminate, I will hold a setting up session at 7pm on Monday 4th March at this link: Flick me an email if you want to join in this setup session.

2013 eFellows' First Master Class

It's really exciting that our first Master Class will be held here in Christchurch on 7th and 8th March. The Fellows will be working wiht the CORE team; and Mark Osborne and Margot McKeegan will be sharing their insights and experiences with the group. On Thursday evening, the 2013 eFellows will be joining in with the eFellows' webinar detailed above. See the calendar for dates of the other webinars in Terms 2 and 3.

Congratulations to our new efellows.
Heather McClure, Claire Buist, Pauline Henderson, Jamie Power, Emma Watts

40 Applications

Thanks everyone for the wonderful work you have been doing promoting CORE and the eFellowship. A wonderful result! 11 applicants found out about the Fellowship through ULearn or L@S, and 6 through past or present eFellows - plus 8 by word of mouth. I guess some of the latter mouths belonged to you guys! We will be letting the successful folk know before the end of term.

Reflections from the 2012 eFellows on CORE blog...

Check out what the 2012 CORE eFellows say about their experience - please let anyone who might be interested know...

Elluminate session.

Great Ellumiante session on Thursday evening. Thanks to Tara TJ and Jo F for sharing their research ideas. We all look forward to hearing more...

The following link is to the recording of the session - Tara and Jo's presentation starts at approx 8min 45.

Annual eFellows' Dinner

Since the Google Apps summit is happening on the Tuesday prior to the start of ULearn, and many eFellows want to attend the sumit, we decided to cancel the Master Class day for all eFellows on the Tuesday. However, we will be holding the eFellows' Annual Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 9th October.

I am sharing a Google Doc for folk to indicate whether they plan to attend the Dinner - please add your name by Friday 7 September. This will help us to sort out a suitable restaurant and table(s).

2013 eFellows

Applications are stlii open for 2013 eFellows - please remind any likley candidates to apply before the end of August. Details at

A quick reminder about Tara and Jo's session on Thursday 23 August
Photo on 11-08-12 at 5.31 PM #2.jpg

Jo and Tara are raring to go! Be there! Details below...

The link to the session has been emailed out to all eFellows.

Short article on kids using 3D technologies at HitLab
This article is from a recent copy of the Christchurch Mail - a local free newspaper.

Elluminate Session with our own Tara T-J and Jo Fothergill!!


Roll up! Roll up!

Join Tara TJ (2010 eFellow) and Jo Fothergill (2011 eFellow) to hear about their exciting 2013 research project.
Jo and Tara will be conducting research in term 2 2013 where they will be investigating:
  • The definition of achievement and success
  • The Eurocentric nature of current NZ assessments
  • The tension between 20th century assessment techniques and 21st century learning
Tara and Jo intend to travel to a variety of NZ schools and may even make it to Pasifika nations - all going well. They would be keen to hear your ideas and feedback around this project. If time allows Tara will also discuss her experience at the Select Committee Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy.

  • When - Thursday 23 August at 8pm (NZ time)
  • Where - Elluminate - login details to follow via email

All eFellows (past and present) welcome - come and join in this awesome learning opportunity!

Miscellaneous updates...


We will be holding an eFellows Master Class in Auckland on 9th October for all eFellows able to attend. This will be followed by the annual eFellows' dinner. Details will follow shortly.

Second Elluminate Session

We will be holding our second Elluminate session for all eFellows, past and present, on the evening of 23rd August - during the 2012 group's next Master Class. Our own Tara TJ has agreed to share her wisdom about assessment, and her her experiences presenting to the Parliamentary Select Committee. Will update in the near future...

2013 eFellow Applications Open

Do encourage elearning colleagues and friends to apply for the 2013 eFellowships - info about applying can be found at

Reminder Elluminate Session
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I hope eFellows will be able to join us for the first CORE eFellows' Elluminate (Blackboard Collaborate) meeting next Thursday 24 May at 7.30pm.The aim of this meeting is to trial and explore whether Elluminate will be a useful platform to bring the eFellowship copmmunity together from time to time.

For this first session, we are priveleged to welcome Dorothy Burt from Point England School, who has agreed to share the story of the Manaiakalini project, which aims to put a computer into the hands of every child. The outline programme is:

(Room available from 4.45pm)
  • 7.30 Start of session, intro and familiarisation with Elluminate
  • 7.45 Dorothy Burt
  • 8.05ish Questrions/thoughts/feedback on Dorothy's presentation
  • 8.15 Opportunity for eFellows to share news etc
  • 8.25 How dod the session go? Ideas for next Elluminate session (if there is to be one!)
  • 8.30 Close
(Room booked till 9pm)

I have sent a link to all eFellows to the Elluminate room we will be using.

The room will be available for you to get set up from 4.45 pm on 24th May.

If you haven't used Elluminate before - here is a link to the Orientation video:
There is also an introductory pdf here:

Any problems - let me know...

Data Engagement
Thanks to Sonya for posting this...
Michael can be seen here on EDTalks speaking about Data Engagement.

Facilitator(s) Wanted - Connect Community Development Day


Dave Winter (2011 eFellow) is looking for one or two eFellows to facilitate a workshop at the Community Development Day in Hamilton on June 13th. The organisers will pay reasonable travel costs, and there will be a draw for spot prizes.

Details can be found at
To find out more - contact Dave at:

Only 11 Days...
To the next 2012 eFellows' Master Class!

News from the eFellows...
Thanks to Sonya for sharing these titbits!

Newmarket School is involved today, Wednesday 9th May, with the BBC's World's Biggest School Assembly

Hannah Faletaupule (2011) is in Seattle presenting to Early Childhood educators. You can follow her Twitter feed at!/hanna_fale

Clare Amos (2009) writes in her blog about Digital Literacy

Anne Keneally and other Deep South eFellows have been at Educamp Dunners in Dunedin. Read about it on!/search/%23educampdunners

eFellows' Survey

Thanks everyone who took part in the survey to support the writing of a paper for the CORE Exec. 33 out of a total of 65 eFellows responded - AWESOME!! Especially since the responses all flooded in within 4 days of the survey going live. When I get time, I will collate all the responses and report back to you all.
It was interesting to compare the responses from the Ministry sponsered eLearning Fellows and those who became Fellows under the new (since 2010) model. The earlier groups emphasised the research aspect of the Fellowship, reflecting the research focus that the MoE put on it. The later groups seemed to emphasise the commuity and development aspects, However. the overwhelming impression I got was how much you all value the eFellowship - Thanks!! I promise to do my best to work to make the eFellowship all it could be. The WORDLE above is from the responses all respondents gave to the question 'What impact has receiving an eFellowship made on your life since your Fellowship year?'

Welcome to an Elluminate (Blackboard Collaborate) session for all eFellows - Details below...
A mobile device in the hands of every New Zealand child!
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A decade ago this would have seemed like a pipe dream, but a few things have converged in recent years to make this possible, even in Decile 1 communities.

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Dorothy Burt, eLearning leader at Point England School was one of our 2007 MoE eLearning Fellows. She is seen here giving her Android a cuddle! Dorothy is a leading light in the Manaiakalini project.

Date and Time: Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm. Whilst the 2012 eFellows are in Christchurch! Elluminate login details to follow nearer the date.

Background: This is a pilot session to test whether Elluminate is a useful tool to build an online community amongst CORE eFellows. Dorothy will share about the Manaiakalini project for 20-30min, and then we will all have a chance to catch up on what's current for all of you!

Dinner for Vince Ham

Vince at the eFellows' Dinner

Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to Vince's 'retirement' present, and who added their good wishes to the Google Doc I set up. We collected $390.00 - a marvellous effort. At Ronnies suggestion, the money is to be used to buy Vince and her a subscription to see five performances at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, in their new premises in Addington.

We had a wonderful evening at a new Thai restaurant at Bush Inn - the Spice Paragon on Saturday 28 April 2012. As well as Vince, Ronnie, Josephine and myself, we were delighted to have Mel and Claire (2004 Fellows) and Paula (2012) and her partner Nathan with us. So in the flesh, we had representatives of the original eFellow group, and the current year - spanning the ages!!

Paula (2012) and Claire (2004) at the dinner

We also set up a Skype Group, and were joined virtually by Maurice (2004) and Jan-Marie (2006). We also had apologies from Paul (2006) and Gina Cathro.

As well as the Court Theatre subscription, we also presented Vince a print out of many good wishes from e-Fellows who were unable to be present, plus laminated collages of photos created by the 2004 and 2011 groups.

All in all - a suitable celebration of Vince's vision and contribution to the eFellowship. Afterwards, Ronnie texted me to say that Vince was 'very chuffed and appreciative.'
(Images not great - lighting at the restaurant was very poor!)

eFellows Ignited!

Posted by Michael.Winter

eFellows at the Ignite 2012 unconference
eFellows at the Ignite 2012 unconference
Photo (above) left to right: Paula Eskett, Anne Keneally and Rachel Boyd on fire at Ignition 2012 in Albany

Three of the 2012 CORE eFellows were inspired by Ignition 2012, the two day ‘unconference’ held at AlbanySeniorHighSchool during the Easter break. Whereas top-down organization is usually a feature of conventional conferences, an ‘unconference’ is a participant-driven meeting which typically avoids the various aspects of conventional conferences. The gathering was billed as an Emerging Leaders Symposium. CORE Education senior researcher and eFellows co-ordinator Michael Winter spoke with Paula about the experience.
Paula said that she found Ignition an “awesome experience”. She was very impressed by the physical layout of Albany Senior High, with the combination of flexible, open plan learning centres and traditional classrooms.
The event began with a ‘World Cafe’ icebreaker. As the School Library Manager of the combined Riccarton High School and Christchurch Upper Riccarton Library, Paula was particularly inspired by the ‘one thing I’m having fun with’, and ‘What will School Libraries look like in 2022?’ sessions that were on offer.
Various participants impressed Paula, including Mark Osborne (Albany SHS), Chris Clay (Botany Downs) and Tim Kong (Seatoun). Mark contrasted ‘helicopter conferences’, whereby keynote speakers fly in and out from around the world and impart knowledge, with unconferences like Ignition, and gave the 110 participants the overarching message ‘the answers are in this room’. Another key idea was that of being ‘disruptors of education’ - that the way forward involves a deep questioning and shake-up of the way we ‘do’ education.
Another key attitude that impressed Paula was the belief that everyone is an educator - titles like ‘teacher’ or ‘librarian’ are less relevant: we can all teach and learn from each other.
The key sponsor for Ignite 2012 was Vodafone. Rachel and Paula, along with 60 percent of the participants at the event, both received scholarships to attend, All in all, Paula commented that the whole experience was “inspiring”. “The message is to look out for future Ignite sessions in your area and get your colleagues to attend!”
Paula’s blog is at

A New Member of the eFellow's Family

Congratulations to Toni Twiss and her partner on the birth of Amelia.

Nathan Parker's involvement with ERO (not THAT ERO!!)

"Let's not reform education. Let's revolutionise education. Let's set aside the decaying and decrepit schools, and education paradigms of past eras and commit ourselves to a new understanding of education that recognizes humans as natural learners and extends basic human rights to children in their learning endeavors."

Raspberry Pi - a $35 computer for students to learn programming...

Video starts after the annoying FedEx ad...

I want one!

Research on Self-directed Online Education - from Gaylene

Following an article in the NZ Herald, here is the link to research on fulltime self directed online education which is most interesting

So you see, add this to Prof Hattie' s research showing that the thing that makes the most difference to student learning is not poverty, the school or anything else but he TEACHER-I guess you'll all still have a job in a few years' time. Happy reading!

Blended eLearning Facilitator Position available with CORE:

Free Online Te Reo course...

Our Maori team at CORE have asked me to let you know about Te Manawa Pou - an online national Te Reo Māori PLD programme for primary school teachers in Eng medium. You or your colleagues might be interested. Full info is at

Claire Amos - a 2009 eFellow talks on NZ Curriculum Online

Hear Claire share how her eFellowship helped her develop her leadership potential. Full url:
Video is the property of the Ministry of Education.

An interesting take on IT in North Korea

Thanks to RadioNZ:

Edublogs Awards, and best educational wikis...

Check out the Edublog Awards for 2011...

Also, Wikispaces sent through a link to a couple of 'best educational wikis'

Computers in NZ Schools, and a call for papers

This came to me today in an email - note the call for papers on Assessment and ICT at the bottom of this post. I'm sure some of you could contribute!
The December issue of Computers in New Zealand Schools 2011 is now ‘live’!
Go to

  • This special edition of Computers in New Zealand Schools has been edited by Julie Mackey and Niki Davis from the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab. The articles in this issue acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of New Zealand teachers and researchers who presented in the Research Stream of the ULearn 2011 Conference, held in Rotorua last October.
Research Articles

    • In their article "Processes for team development of teaching material", Philippa Buckley and Fiona Gilmore draw on the experiences of teacher educators new to the creation of blended learning, and presents their perspectives as they reflected on the process of creating, implementing, and reviewing a newly developed online course. This discussion will be of interest to teachers charged with leading a group of colleagues in a collaborative online course development process.
    • Vicki Needham, Anne-Marie Hunt and Linda McMurray from the Rotorua Regional Centre and University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab, explore the emerging effective practices identified by student teachers and their lecturers with increasing blending of online learning in the course offerings for initial teacher education on a regional campus. Research as part of the University of Canterbury Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary), conducted by researchers based in the Rotorua Regional Centre, has evolved with support of Rotorua schools in response to their needs. Evidence for this article was gathered through interviews, focus group discussion, observations of e-learning, and reflective discussions by the three lecturers about their experiences.
  • Articles

    • Kathryn Mackinven provides a thoughtful articleon the role of digital tools within the Nature of Science strand of the Science curriculum, and their role in supporting connections between school science and ‘real’ science. In her article "Bringing the outside in: Using technology to support teaching of the nature of science strand," Mackinven advocates for the potential of digital technologies to engage students through critical thinking, communication and collaboration, and encourages further research in this area.
    • Nicki Dabner and Aleta Chowfin offer a unique perspective on project-based professional development, as their paper provides reflections in- and on-action while implementing blended learning with primary school students. Dabner sets the scene by describing the role of project-based learning within her masters course, while Chowfin’s reflections on her experiences illustrate the power of critical reflection as a professional learning strategy, along with practical strategies for implementing online learning in a primary classroom.

  • Columns and reviews
    • We welcome Lisa Oldham from the National Library, a new occasional columnist to this issue of Computers in New Zealand Schools. In her column Curation: It’s not just for museums any more! Lisa Oldham provides and exciting look at ways school librarians can curate and organise online information for students. Lisa takes a closer look at some of the Web 2.0 tools available and provides links to some of the people who are currently curating online information for their students and how it is being done.
Upcoming issues

    • We are now looking for articles for the July issue for 2012. Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie (University of Waikato) will be our guest editors for this issue. The following notice which is also attached to this email provides information about the intentions of this special issue. Please feel free to pass on the attachment to anyone you think may be interesting in submitting an article for this issue.

Guest Editors: Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie (University of Waikato)
ObjectivesThe New Zealand Curriculum document states that information and communication technology (ICT) and e-learning has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches recommended in the document. In this special issue, we would like to explore the potential for ICTs to support assessment practices to complement innovative teaching approaches including, teaching and learning as inquiry. Such innovations provide for students’ developing understandings and knowledge, sense of responsibility for their own and group/class learning and positive attitudes and motivation towards the learning of a content area and learning in general.

Developments in ICTs and social networking tools offer teachers and students new ways to construct, represent, develop and report on what students know and understand. Students can draw from a rich range of resources albeit in multimodal formats and means to better express and manage their learning. When teachers use ICTs to support students to construct and represent their learning through images, videos, podcasts, e-portfolios and blogs, for example, they can help cater for diversity in student approaches and preferences. This can help break down traditional space and time learning configurations.

ICT-rich environments can also inform teachers and students explicitly about what is being learnt and offer teachers with new and different opportunities for involving students in assessment in a meaningful and equitable manner. Students are able to obtain feedback on their learning not only from their teachers, peers but also from sources and people outside the classroom.

We hope that the papers in this special issue will help disseminate innovative practices and open up a space for the discussion of future possibilities for ICT-based assessment approaches. All papers will be peer reviewed.
We invite research and practice-based papers related, but not limited, to the following topics:· Frameworks, principles, methodologies
· Teacher and student experiences of classroom assessment practices
· The use of ICT in assessment for reporting/ student data analysis purposes
· The use of ICT tools such as video, social networking, online environments

Research papers: Articles that report on original research or evaluation, syntheses of the literature, and theoretical or conceptual works. 5000 words or less, including references with APA style referencing. Shorter papers are welcome.Practice papers: These papers describe school/classroom-based projects focusing on an ICT supported practice. Up to 3000 words, including references with APA style referencing.Deadlines are as follows:Submission of abstracts: 15 February, 2012 (200 words)Notification of acceptance: 22 February, 2012Submission of full paper: 13 April, 2012Submission of revised paper: 5 June, 2012Estimated publication date: July 2012
Abstracts and papers can be e-mailed to Elaine Khoo at

Educamps video

Anne Keneally (2012 eFellow) and Claire Buist talk about organising an Educamp in Dunedin. You can view the video at EdTalks, or go to Anne's page on this wiki - she's uploaded the video there. Useful stuff for folk who want to organise an EdTallk in their own area!

CORE Breakfast Seminars

CORE Education runs regular Breakfast Seminars in a number of centres throughout New Zealand. This year, we are adding Invercargill to our regular list that comprises Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin. The seminars are a chance to hear leading educators share their insights about important issues. You are welcome to come, and to invite colleagues, to seminars near you. The cost is $30 per person, which includes a catered breakfast. We hope to see you there!
Here is the programme:

Institute of Play

Here's an interesting video which DK, our Social Media guy shared withthe CORE whanau...
Katie Salen, founder of Institute of Play. Quest to Learn was developed by the Institute of Play and is the first school of its kind to implement an entire curriculum that uses game design as a platform for education. Providing classes for 6th though 8th graders, it expands a level each year to support the students grade progression. The school New York City public school is additionally supported by the McArthur Foundation & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Katie Salen / Institute of Play from Yoxi on Vimeo.


Open Education - Free Course

I have had some info which might interest some of you about a free online course on on open education, content and copyright - you can find more info at
The course is run by the Open Education Resource Foundation, an international organisation, and is sponsored by UNESCO and Ako Aoteroa. It requires a one-hour commitment each day from 23-27 January.

Connectivism Theory of Learning

Derek sent through this interesting link to this article about connectivism as a theory of learning - of interest?
Connectivisom: its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning

Opportunity to participate in Australasian study of Media Rich Technologies in Teaching and Learning

Forwarded by Derek:

+++++ Media-rich synchronous technologies for learning and teaching: An Australian and New Zealand study +++++

Synchronous learning technologies are transforming the way many students learn and teachers teach, but exactly how are they being used? We are looking for tertiary educators from Australian and New Zealand institutions who have used synchronous technologies in their teaching to participate in an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)-funded project titled, "Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools". The project will explicitly consider how three media-rich synchronous technologies, in particular--videoconferencing, web conferencing and virtual worlds--can be best used to support activities that engage students and teachers in real-time collaborative learning irrespective of their location.

If you agree, we would greatly appreciate if you could spare approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete an online questionnaire, which is accessible via the link provided below. Should you choose to provide your email address when you complete the questionnaire, you will be placed in a draw to win a $300AUD gift voucher for a retail outlet of your choice, as a token of our appreciation. At the end of the questionnaire, you will also be given the opportunity to express interest in (i) joining the collaborator network for the project so that you can find out about and share your latest developments in the field; (ii) being one of six partners with whom the project team will work to implement and evaluate case studies involving the use of media-rich real-time collaboration tools for uniting on-campus and distributed learners (a $2,500AUD honorarium is available if you are selected as a case-study partner); and (iii) receiving a copy of the final report.

More information about the project has been provided on an online information statement at the beginning of the questionnaire.

The questionnaire is available at the following URL:

If possible, we would like to have all responses to the questionnaire within the next two weeks.

* Please note: If you are based in a country other than Australia or New Zealand, please *do not* complete the questionnaire. You may instead like to contact us to ask to be added to the collaborator network, and to discuss how else you might be able to get involved. *

For further information, comments or questions regarding the questionnaire or the project in general, please contact one or more of the project team members, whose email addresses are listed below. Additionally, as part of the project we are conducting a comprehensive literature review of the area; if you and/or your colleagues have published one or more article(s) of potential relevance, please send details to Mark Lee at

We would be most grateful if you could also pass this information on to others at your institution and elsewhere who you think might be interested.

Dr Matt Bower, Macquarie University - (Project Leader)
Jacqueline Kenney, Macquarie University - (Project Officer)
Associate Professor Gregor Kennedy, The University of Melbourne -
Associate Professor Barney Dalgarno, Charles Sturt University -
Mark J.W. Lee, Charles Sturt University -
Charles Sturt University