2014 eFellows

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The seven CORE Education eFellowship Awards winners for 2014 were announced on 10 October 2013 at the uLearn13 conference held in Hamilton. We invite you to connect with them here and follow their journeys in 2014. You can also visit the CORE eFellows Wikispace where both past and present eFellows share and converse.

Ben Britton

Ben Britton

Ben is a teacher of Mathematics and Computing at Wellington High School.

As a very passionate early adopter, he was involved in the 1:1 computers pilot program at Wellington High and has been teaching in a 1:1 environment for four years now. During this time he has adapted his teaching approach as the types of devices students bring has changed.

Two years ago, he built a kitset 3D printer to explore how it might be possible to use it in school. Now he has introduced this technology to Wellington High, and he has been continually amazed at what students are capable of creating with them. He believes that 3D printers will make a huge impact on the world that our students are growing up in.

He has been actively involved in the Wellington Loop, a group of schools who collaborate on e-learning initiatives and share expertise.

At home he has a baby boy and a three year old who likes “daddy’s robot” (a 3D printer) because it makes toys for her.

Connect with Ben

Twitter: @mrbenbritton
Blog: Better in 3D
Thingiverse (What can be done with a 3D printer): mrbenbritton


Tim Gander

Tim Gander

Tim is Assistant Head of PE and Health at Gisborne Boys High school. He enjoys the day-to-day challenge of teaching a wide range of abilities and ages in a variety of settings.

He is aware that effective teaching is not only about the use of technology, but also how the technology supports teaching, learning, and building relationships. He is passionate about engaging students and whānau in a collaborative learning journey, and believes that the integration of technology and adapted pedagogies enable a greater depth of learning, understanding, and encouragement.

Tim is a Google Apps for Education certified trainer and facilitates professional learning with teachers through his blog, PLN and face-to-face. In 2013 he fully immersed three senior NCEA classes in Google Apps and found the experience to be positive for all, originally flipping the classroom to overcome resource issues, then utilising Chromebooks to maximise learning opportunities. He is in the final selection for the Interface magazine “Innovative use of ICT Award” with his Google Drive and Social Responsibility project.

Connect with Tim

Twitter: @NZTeachnology
Blog: NZTeachnology
Other website: Futurelearning


Vicki Hagenaars

Vicki Hagenaars

Previously part of the Senior Management Team at Wanganui Intermediate School, from the beginning of 2014, Vicki will be joining Wanganui Girls College as Director of E-learning combined with Teacher of Mathematics. She will be part of the Middle Management structure with responsibility for developing the e-learning culture in the school. Vicki is looking forward to the challenges that a secondary school will bring - taking her right out of her comfort zone!

Vicki has developed, and continues to develop, her own classroom practice through keeping up with current thinking and models involving quality digital learning. This has been a journey over the last 10-15 years, which continues even now, as she believes it is essential to place the needs of the student ahead of her own. Her leadership roles have involved converting her learning into practice that will work in her classroom as well as for her colleagues.

As an active member of the Virtual Professional Learning Development community she has been provided with a forward thinking community in which to participate and develop. Her online colleagues continue to assist with the innovation, perseverance, and collaboration needed to move forward. She is also a member of the Greater Wanganui Education Network committee. This is a collaboration of all schools in the Wanganui District working together to encourage student growth and success through quality digital learning practices.

Vicki has recently completed a TeachNZ sabbatical with e-learning in a UFB environment at intermediate school level as her focus. Turning what she learnt into reality within her school is her next step and what her time as an eFellow will focus on. Teachers need just-in-time learning tailored to their needs as much as students do. She is looking forward to the challenge of mentoring ongoing pedagogical change within her school through online learning communities.

Connect with Vicki

Pinterest: Vicki Hagenaars (e-learning and classroom ideas boards)


Bec Power

Bec Power

Bec is a Deputy Principal at Nayland Primary in Nelson, and leads e-learning at her school.

She is passionate about empowering, enabling, and energising others to be future focused, lifelong learners. She collaborates with learners to address their needs, strengths, interests, and aspirations, to ensure all learners have personalised, purposefully designed opportunities to develop and succeed. Rebecca believes that learners need to participate in opportunities to not just receive knowledge, but to understand concepts: Not only to be given information, but to create or produce, and share it on a global stage.

She believes in a broad curriculum that connects learning areas to innovative ways to capture learner interest and enable them to become enthusiastic, inspired learners.

Bec strives to offer innovative learning opportunities at class, school, syndicate, cluster, regional, national and international levels. Her classroom, office, and presentation spaces have no walls. She connects with students and educators across every continent, in a wide variety of ways, in both day-to-day and formal projects.

Through her mahi as an e-learning leader, Bec has been involved with the Whakatu Cluster, Link Learning Cluster, and many collaborative projects such as Flick It On! and Rock our World!


Anne-Louise Robertson

Anne-Louise Robertson

Spanish Teacher, Outdoor education Coordinator, and E-learning Mentor at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.

Anne graduated with a degree in Languages and Politics from Leeds University in the United Kingdom, and then completed a Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate in French, German, and Outdoor Education.

For the last 25 years, she has worked in secondary and further education in the UK and New Zealand, teaching Languages, PE, and Outdoor Education. In the early 2000s she discovered how ICT could enhance learning and has continued to explore the possibilities ever since. Since coming to New Zealand, she has been an E-learning Mentor, supporting and encouraging colleagues to blend technology with pedagogy in their teaching programmes and practice. She is currently leading her school’s professional development, focused on enabling and enhancing their blended learning programme.

Anne loves the outdoors and the challenge that comes with it. As a caver, climber, walker and kayaker she has grappled with new exploration and paths that lead into the unknown. She uses these skills in her approach to teaching, being prepared to discover what lies round the next corner.

Connect with Anne

Twitter:@robeanne
Blog: A Box of Thistles
Pearltrees: robeanne


Rowan Taigel

Rowan Taigel

Rowan is currently Assistant HOF of English, and E-learning Coordinator at Cambridge High School.

Rowan believes that meaningful learning cannot just be a passive form of receiving. When we take action to physically and mentally engage in actions or tasks related to our interests, the learning becomes much more meaningful, and that is what she has discovered about the tremendous potential of e-learning. Rowan enjoys working with gifted writers, encouraging them as a group to collaborate and share their writing online using tools such as Google Docs, Weebly, and blogging.

Through her role as E-learning Coordinator, she participates in and leads professional development sessions for individuals, groups, and the whole staff. She is especially interested in how e-learning tools and pedagogies could enthuse and engage not only the students in their classes, but the staff in their professional development also. She is hoping to translate the newest innovations in classroom practice into the staffroom to engage teachers in teaching, learning, and professional development.

Connect with Rowan

Twitter: @RowanTaigel
Weebly: CHS e-learning in Action!


Marnel van der Spuy

Marnel van der Spuy

New Entrant and Year 1 Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, and ICT Lead Teacher at Broadlands School. She is also Reading Together Coordinator, Co-organiser for KidsedchatNZ (a twitter chat for New Zealand schools) and Co-organiser for Connected Rotorua.

Marnel is an enthusiastic and innovative teacher who loves to implement educational technology into her classroom practice. A particular strength is to implement e-learning into a junior classroom and her students have benefited from her knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience, connecting them with other classrooms throughout New Zealand through KidsedchatNZ and QuadBloggingAotearoa.

As an enthusiastic blogger, Marnel ensures that all her students have personal blogs, where they can publish student voice and other learning experiences.

Marnel contributes to the wider education community through Twitter and the VLN where she collaborates, shares, and gets involved in learning conversations to grow personally and professionally.

Marnel loves to mentor and inspire students and colleagues, and help work through problems and find solutions, but most of all she loves that we can all learn and grow together. Her goal for her students is that they love coming to school, are excited about learning, and feel valued as an individual; know that their voices matter, and most importantly, that they matter.

Connect with Marnel

Twitter: @1MvdS
Blog: Inquire, Learn, Grow, Inspire
Other website: about.me