Winners of the CORE Education eFellowship Awards for 2012 were announced at the Learning@School conference.
Librarian, learner, mother and gadget girl... Paula's role as School Library Manager in New Zealand's largest urban Joint-Use library allows her to combine all of these things and more.
Passionate about the role libraries can and should play in teenagers lives both in and out of school, Paula has been immersed in the Upper Riccarton School & Community Library in Christchurch, New Zealand for the last seven years after experiencing many sectors of the library and information industry over the last 25 years.
The success of this library and the enthusiasm, with which the school and wider community have embraced all it can offer, means much of Paula's work focuses on highlighting opportunities to incorporate pedagogically beneficial projects linking the library with school to benefit all involved.
Believing first and foremost that people should feel welcome and wanted in the library, Upper Riccarton is not the quietest library you'll come across, but one that pushes many of the traditional boundaries to benefit all of our customers.
Helen King is a Year 5 teacher at Pt England School. To keep herself engaged in the classroom, she is always on the hunt for creative challenges. This is her second year as a part of the Manaiakalani 1:1 netbook project, and she thoroughly enjoys the collaboration, motivation and fun that technology and media bring to the classroom.
Anne Kenneally is the Deputy Principal at St Mary's School, Mosgiel. She is teaching a year 6 class after a year's study leave, during which she completed a Master of Educational Leadership and a further two e-learning papers. She also travelled New Zealand with her "Twitter Tour 2011", meeting amazing educators, visiting classes and schools. As she returns to her class she is buzzing with ideas and opportunities. She says, "I am extending my passions of personalised learning spaces, differentiated learning and distance collaborative learning. I am passionate about challenging my learners in a FUN, PLAYFUL, MAGIC learning environment".
Rachel Boyd is currently a Deputy Principal (responsible for eLearning) and a full time Year 2 classroom teacher at Waiuku Primary School in Franklin, Southern Auckland. In her 10th year of teaching, Rachel has a passion for literacy, thinking skills and eLearning and has always taught junior students, from years 1-3.
Through her role as an eLearning leader, Rachel also provides and participates in professional development in ICT/eLearning within her school, ICTPD Cluster and other clusters nationwide. Rachel enjoys an extensive professional learning network via Twitter (@rachelboyd) where she shares her skills and is challenged and supported by talented educators around the world.
Beverly is an experienced blogger in early childhood education, and head teacher of Manaia Kindergarten. She has 10 years experience in computer publishing, and 12 years experience in teaching. Beverly is passionate about offering children real life experiences and providing them with the same tools adults use to communicate and share their learning and ideas with the world. She worked in partnership with Tania Coutts highlighting blogging in ECE, as part of MOE's Foundation for Discovery, ICT ECE PL programme research, from 2006-2009.
Beverly is keen to explore the latest technologies (smart phones/smart tablets) with young children to further develop new ways of teaching and learning, rather than re-hashing older methodologies. Beverly sees the potential for children's exploration to be enhanced by the mobility of new technologies and has often witnessed their natural ease of use with touch technology.