eFellows 2017

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Meet the 2017 eFellows

The 2017 Dr Vince Ham eFellows were announced at uLearn16. Let them introduce themselves and what they hope to achieve through the scholarship.

Rochelle Cant

Rochelle Cant

Kia ora, I teach at Fairfield Kindergarten in Hamilton. I am curious about the implications of delaying transition to school for some children. My research will look at the outcomes of transitioning children when they are developmentally ready rather than when they turn 5. How can extra time in a play based learning environment support success at school and ensure a better transition?

Twitter: @cantrochelle

Jerome Cargill

Jerome Cargill

I am a Media Studies and Drama teacher working at Newlands College in Wellington. I am a Year Level Dean and leader in the school of many initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion for our students of minority genders and sexualities. I am interested in how education’s traditional and binary views of sexuality and gender are being challenged by our young people. Youth expressing diverse and fluid identities is increasingly common. How can we transform our practices to meet the learning needs of our sexuality and gender diverse students and create inclusive cultures for all akonga?

Twitter: @chicargill
Blog: Cargill's Classroom

Heather Greaves

Heather Greaves

I am Deputy Principal at Oturu School. I would like to use the opportunity of having a complete school rebuild to investigate the connections between our school's curriculum (Oturutanga) and personalised learning. I intend to use design thinking and maker movement research to develop the design, setup and opportunities for deep learning in the new library/learning centre. My goal is to enhance learners’ empowerment throughout the whole school.

Twitter: @HeatherGreaves3

Whare Isaac - Sharland

Whare Isaac Sharland

Ko Tāwhiuau te maunga
Ko Rangitaiki te awa
Ko Rangipō te wehenga o te tuna
Ko Ngāti Manawa te Iwi
Ko Tangiharuru te tangata
Ko Whare Isaac-Sharland tōku ingoa

Mōkori anō a mihi kia rere, ki tēnā waka, ki tēnā kaupapa e noho ana i raro i te haumaru o te mātauranga, tēnā tātou katoa!

I teach at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Tamaki Nui ā Rua. Kapa haka is a powerful medium of Māori identity, culture and pride. I believe it to be a catalyst for change, and seek to better understand the many benefits of kapa haka for students and teachers alike. Transformative behaviors occur when students learn kapa haka, greatly contributing toward student engagement.  I will investigate how this engagement can be used as a tool to assist with learning competencies such as metacognitive processes, self understanding, and learner autonomy.

Craig McDonald

Craig McDonald

Tena koutou, Ko Craig McDonald-Brown ahau.

Originally from Auckland, I now live with my family in Papamoa in the sunny Bay of Plenty. I am fortunate to be both a Year 5-6 Whanau Leader and an e-Learning Leader at Tahatai Coast School. I am interested in how global collaboration and connection can develop learners' appreciation of cultural diversity in meaningful ways, and enable a compassionate response to those in need? Making global connections can result in inspiring, authentic, meaningful learning, breaking beyond our own context to the world beyond. This is what I want teaching and learning to look like!

Twitter: @craigmcd

Heemi McDonald

Heemi McDonald

Ko Taranaki te maunga.
Ko Waitara te awa.
Ko Ngāti Mutunga te iwi.
Ko Owae te marae.
Ko Heemi McDonald ahau.

I am a leader of learning at Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland. In order to begin to construct learning narratives that better reflect the learning journey, data must no longer be relegated to the realm of experts. I am  interested in exploring how data narratives can incorporate the elements of Karakia, Waiata and Whakapapa so that data shifts from being something created about students to a place where students and their whānau are active contributors.

Twitter: @tintinskywalker

David Schaumann

David Schaumann

Kia ora

I'm David Schaumann, Head of English at John McGlashan College in Dunedin, Facilitator of the Secondary English online community, through English Online and Director of Flipped Classroom Education Solutions Limited.  I've been teaching Secondary English for 18 Years, both in New Zealand, and in the United Kingdom.

I'm passionate about the values and skills that my curriculum area can develop, and in the pursuit of innovative ways of doing this more effectively.  Thus, my inquiry is seeking to 'Re-write the DNA of NCEA English' focusing on exploring the impact on engagement and achievement of flexible, learner-orientated and personalised programmes.

Twitter: @David_Schamann

Myles Webb

Myles Webb

I am Deputy Principal and a classroom teacher at Auroa Primary School in South Taranaki. I am an extremely passionate educator who tries to embrace technology in the classroom as much as possible.

I am always looking at opportunities for engagement and, as part of my inquiry, I would like to look into using robots and computational thinking to increase levels of engagement in the classroom, particularly for students who are in special education funding schemes (Ongoing Resourcing Scheme - ORS). I am excited about the possibilities and the opportunities that the eFellowship will bring to myself and my teaching.

Twitter: NZWaikato