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Pushing the boundaries of educational possibility

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Tania Coutts

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Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator/Professional Learning Services Facilitator
Qualifications
DipTchg, Google Certified Teacher
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Contact details
Region: Northland
Phone: (09) 973 5695
Ext: 848
Mobile: 021 594 939
Professional profile

Tania is part of the CORE Education professional learning team. She is an e-learning facilitator in Northland as part of the Te Toi Tupu MOE contract. Tania also works at two local schools, supporting leaders, teachers and students integrating technology into their teaching and learning.

Tania is a registered early childhood teacher with extensive experience in the sector, having taught in both kindergartens and early childhood centres for over 20 years in Northland. Prior to working at CORE, Tania was Head Teacher at Manaia Kindergarten. Tania is well known nationally for her practice in integrating ICT for teaching and learning, and for engaging whānau and the wider community.

Tania became a Google Certified Teacher at the Google Teacher Academy 2011, in Sydney. This has given Tania a vast amount of knowledge that she is able to share with teachers as they integrate Google Apps for Education into their classes/schools/centres. Tania has recently trained as an Apple Professional Development Consultant.

Expertise
  • Web 2.0 in Teaching and Learning
  • Digital Literacies
  • Engaging and building community through ICT
  • Creating an online Professional Learning Network to enhance teaching and learning
  • Creating positive learning environments to enhance learning in the 21st century
  • Facilitating teams of teachers in ECE and Primary to integrate ICT into their teaching and learning
Conference presentations
  • Coutts, T. & Carlson, S. (2010, October). Powerful Connectivity and Engagement Through Life Long E-Portfolios. Presented at ULearn10 Conference, Christchurch.
  • Coutts, T. (2010 October) ABC + 123 + ICT = 21st Century. Presented at ULearn10 Conference, Christchurch.
  • Coutts, T. (2010, February). Building Community Through Blogging. Presented at Learning@Schools Conference, Rotorua.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2009, September). Leading and Inspiring Learning through ICT. Presented at TRCC leadership Hui, Wellington.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2009, October). Building Community Through Blogging. Presented at Ulearn09 Conference, Christchurch.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2009, October). Manaia Online. Presented Online - Eluminate.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2008, October). The ICT Journey Keynote Presentation at Ulearn08, Christchurch.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2008, October). Learning and Growing Together in ICT. Presented at Celebrating Northland’s Tamariki Conference, Whangarei.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2007, October). Hands on Blogging.Workshop presented at Ulearn07, Auckland.
Publications
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B. (2009). Inspiring and Engaging Learners through ICT. Swings and Roundabouts, Issue 4. Early Childhood Council Pg 14/15.
  • Coutts, T. & Kaye, B (2010) “Here’s my blog address – you’ll be needing this!” In V Ham and D Wenmouth (Eds.). eLearnings: implementing a national strategy for ICT in education, 1998-2010: CORE Education.
Personal statement

"Having grown up in Northland, I am passionate about the outdoors and I spend lots of time with my whānau and friends at the beach and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle. I am a self confessed exercise junky with running being my main addiction. I have recently competed in the Kokoda Challenge in Australia and the Oxfam Challenge in NZ, 96km and 100km team events, making you realise your inner strength as well as raising money for worthy causes! I believe in setting challenges and being highly motivated both in my personal and work life."

Margaret Lamont

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Learning with Digital Technologies Project Director
Qualifications
PhD, BEd, Diploma of Primary Education, Teaching Certificate (Secondary Maths), Teaching Certificate (Secondary Computing)
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Contact details
Region: Wellington
Phone: (04) 974 8825
Ext:
Mobile: 021 411 736
Professional profile

Margaret graduated from Dundee University in 1980 with qualifications to teach in both primary and secondary schools. For most of her career she has been a teacher educator, and has a substantial history working within the field of professional development. She is therefore very familiar with the environments, challenges, dilemmas, and diverse cultures of the domains of schooling, teacher education and lifelong professional learning. Margaret's background of teaching, and promoting and supporting new technologies to enhance teaching and learning, within the primary, secondary and higher education sectors means she has experience in working with practitioners and students across a range of curriculum areas, levels and disciplines.

Margaret enjoys a leadership role in her current position with CORE Education, and has also held leadership and management responsibilities in previous positions and in Ministry funded projects in Scotland and New Zealand. Her responsibilities have included leadership and mentoring of colleagues and teacher education students, as well as project management.

Expertise

Margaret's research activities include professional learning for teachers and teacher educators, in particular: evidence based inquiry into practice; and the use of e-portfolios in teaching and learning.

Margaret has a wide range of experience in professional learning and development for teachers, student teachers, and teacher educators. Her experience and research activities have illustrated the importance of building mutually respectful and trusting relationships within professional learning communities that have established shared visions for learning and improvement. She has demonstrated her ability to work strategically at all levels to develop and nurture such relationships to promote optimum conditions for professional learning and development. 

Professional memberships
  • 2008Teaching Excellence Award for Excellence in Research-led Teaching, Victoria University, Wellington. This was awarded for the implementation of an e-portfolio for students within the BTeach programme.
  • 2009Poster Award: Collaborative Action Research Network, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. This was awarded for the presentation of a poster on my research topic: Evidence-based inquiry into practice for inservice teacher educators.
Conference presentations
  • Lamont, M., Davis, N., Aitkin, C. (2009). Symposium Paper #4: Digital technologies for innovative research networking including research to inform educational innovations in twenty-first century learning. Paper presented at the 2010 NZARE Conference, Rotorua
  • Lamont, M. (2009). e-Portfolios to support and enhance learning: key factors of implementation. Unpublished Seminar. Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Lamont, M. (2009). Research- and evidence-based inquiry into practice for inservice teacher educators. Unpublished Seminar. Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Lamont, M. (2009). Research- and evidence-based inquiry into practice for inservice teacher educators. Poster presented at the Inaugural Research Symposium of the New Zealand Collaborative Action and Research Network, Christchurch: University of Canterbury College of Education E-Learning Lab.
  • Lamont, M. (2007). The implementation and evaluation of a digital portfolio. Paper presented at the e-Portfolio Conference New Zealand Wellington.
  • Lamont, M. (2007). What are the features of e-portfolio implementation that can enhance learning and promote self-regulation? Paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Research in Education, Christchurch.
  • Lamont, M., & Baskerville, D. (2007). An ethnodrama: Breathing life into data. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Research in Education, Christchurch.
  • Lamont, M. (2006). Perspectives on the implementation of e-portfolios in teacher education. Paper presented at the Post-Primary Teachers' Association Conference, Wellington.
  • Lamont, M. (2005). Considerations and Implementation of an e-portfolio in a pre-service teacher education programme. Paper presented at the E-portfolio Conference New Zealand, Auckland.
  • Lamont, M. (2002). Action research as a catalyst for innovation. Paper presented at the NZ Ministry of Education ICT Conference Wellington.
  • Lamont, M. (2002). ICT Professional Development - A whole school approach to meeting the needs of individuals. Paper presented at the NZ Ministry of Education conference for ICT PD clusters, Wellington.
Publications
  • Lamont, M. (2011). An environment of collegial reflective dialogue for inservice teacher educators. In J. Higgins, R. Parsons & L. Bonne (Eds.), Processes of inquiry: Improving inservice teacher education practice     Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Lamont, M. (2009). Enhancing professional learning for the improvement of practice of inservice teacher educators: Professional learning for inservice teacher educators. The International Journal of Learning, 16(16), 431-444.
  • Lamont, M. (2007). e-Portfolio implementation case study: Tertiary Education Commission.
  • Lamont, M. (2007). INSTEP: Final research report: Ministry of Education.
  • Lamont, M. (2006). INSTEP: Exploratory phase report: Ministry of Education.
  • Lamont, M. (2002). Grappling with the ICT challenge. Principals Today.
  • Lamont, M. (2002). Information and communications technology profile for professional learning: Multi Serve Education Trust.
  • Lamont, M. (1994). Describe IT: Information technology in the curriculum 5-14. Glasgow: Scottish Council for Educational Technology.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Lamont, M. (2009). e-Portfolios in pre-service teacher education programmes. Paper presented at the Inaugural Research Symposium of the New Zealand Collaborative Action and Research Network, Christchurch: University of Canterbury College of Education E-Learning Lab.
  • Lamont, M. (2009). e-Portfolios to support and enhance learning: Key factors of implementation. Paper presented at the Learning Forum London: Innovation, Creativity and Accountability.
  • Lamont, M. (2007). What are the features of e-portfolio implementation that can enhance learning and promote self-regulation? Paper presented at the Fifth International e-Portfolio Conference, Maastricht.
  • Lamont, M. (2001). The emerging role of ICT in education. Paper presented at the Seventh IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) World Conference on Computers in Education, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Lamont, M., & Munro, R. (1996). Towards IT-confident and IT-competent teachers. Paper presented at the European Conference, Denmark.
  • Lamont, M., & Munro, R. (1995). Developing IT competencies in teacher education. Paper presented at the Sixth IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) World Conference on Computers in Education, Birmingham.
  • Lamont, M., & Munro, R. (1992). Information technology: The challenge of staff development in teacher training. Paper presented at the European Conference on IT in Education, Barcelona.
Personal statement

"I believe learners are empowered by taking ownership of, and responsibility for their learning, and having a commitment to lifelong learning, self regulation, critical reflection and collaborative, collegial professional development. In this way, learners will be equipped with strategies for sustainable lifelong assessment, which underpins self regulated lifelong learning. 

Critical reflection involves the learner in scrutinising his/her beliefs, values and assumptions and making tacit knowledge explicit. In this way, teachers and teacher educators reflect on their learning and practice and develop their own personal philosophies of teaching and learning. 

I believe that peer collaboration and mentoring within professional learning communities can add value as a means of authentic self and peer assessment and evaluation of learning and practice. I value collegial relationships which nurture mutual trust and respect, and are inclusive, with a shared responsibility for, and commitment to learning and improving practice.

I believe new technologies can be used as intellectual partners in the learning process facilitating communication; constructive, critical, higher order thinking; and reflective processes. Web 2.0 and multimedia authoring tools can promote collaboration and engagement, and ownership and responsibility, for lifelong and lifewide learning. I believe that educators need to be creative with new technologies to meet the demands of learners in the 21st Century.

My doctoral study reports that opportunities and possibilities for professional learning and transformation can be optimised by creating ‘liminal spaces’ where learners can engage in formal and informal communities of practice within safe, trusting, respectful and challenging environments. These environments promote mutual engagement, where dispositions to learning can be explored, and valid evidence of practice can be evaluated collegially, against frameworks of criteria, in a rigorous and systematic manner."

Jane Armstrong

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Curriculum Support Resources TKI Channel Support Services Manager/Enabling e-Learning Content Editor
Qualifications
BEd, DipTchg
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Contact details
Region: Wellington
Phone: (04) 974 8825
Ext: 895
Mobile: 021 567 093
Professional profile

Jane is the online content editor on the Enabling e-Learning website, and works in the Blended e-Learning team as an online facilitator.

Jane brings  a background of ten years experience in primary school teaching. She has worked across all levels in the classroom and in middle management as a team leader, school-wide ICT PD leader, and ICT PD cluster facilitator. 

Before joining CORE Education in 2011, Jane worked as an online editor and project manager on a number of websites including TKI. This work included creating online resources for teachers and students, working with video, writing web based content and overseeing the web development process.

Jane has facilitated cluster projects with both primary and secondary schools in Wellington across focused on developing enterprise in the curriculum. She is excited the new opportunities e-Learning provides to engage and improve teacher practice, and student learning outcomes.

Expertise

Jane is interested and experienced in creating online resources for teaching and learning. She is excited by the opportunities the online environment provides. 

She enjoys working with teachers and supporting them in professional development, particularly related to using ICT as a tool to improve learning outcomes.

Conference presentations
  • Enabling e-Learning: An introduction to the online ‘hub’ - What can it do for you? ULearn conference, 2011
  • Citizenship education, SocCon & Learning@School Conference, 2009
  • Using Voicethread in the classroom, ULearn Conference, 2008
  • Podcasting in the classroom, Learning@School Conference, 2008
  • AnyQuestions, Transforming Information and Learning (TILC) Conference, Perth 2005
Personal statement

"I am excited by the new opportunities for improving teaching and learning provided in the constantly changing web environment."