Accredited Facilitator (English-medium)

Region: Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast
Jess Bond


Qualified Teacher Status – London Borough of Barnet
Graduate Diploma in Teaching – New Zealand Graduate School of Education
Bachelor of Arts (Classics and English) – University of Canterbury

Professional experience

For the past six years Jess has worked for Tātai Aho Rau Core Education in a variety of spaces including the Learning with Digital Technologies team, the Connected Learning Advisory, the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko programme, and the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning team. She has extensive experience in authentically implementing digital technologies into classroom programmes across a range of ages. She has worked with schools to help them reinforce school-community relationships and share learning with wider audiences.

Jess has a passion for exploring ways to make learning authentic and exciting for our tamariki and builds on the knowledge and skills that already exist in schools. She believes in children driving their own learning and finding authentic solutions to needs in their communities.

After completing her teaching diploma at The New Zealand Graduate School of Education, Jess taught in London for just over two years. She returned to Christchurch and has held a number of positions in schools where she developed a passion for exploring ways to implement and teach digital fluency. Jess has a passion for elearning and finding ways to engage students, and she is continually finding new and innovative ways to promote best pedagogy. She is experienced in leading and supporting teachers through teaching as inquiry.


Change leadership

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • review teaching as inquiry to reflect on and ensure teaching is responsive
  • evaluate pedagogy and practices to ensure they reflect future-focused education and responsive practices
  • support leadership of change within the school community.
Digital fluency

Jess has been part of the National Digital Readiness Programme, Kia Takatū ā Matihiko, for the past three years and prior to that worked as part of The Connected Learning Advisory helping schools and kura get set up so they could use digital technologies effectively.

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • use the elearning planning frameworks (English-medium) to self-review e-learning practices and capabilities to identify and target areas for improvement
  • increase student engagement and achievement through the use of digital technologies both computerised and unplugged
  • promote the use of design thinking to plan engaging and authentic technology programmes, looking at sustainability, and how digital technologies link to our natural environment
  • enhance collaboration opportunities in the classroom through use of Google Suites and create ongoing systems to help make teaching easier
  • break down the changes to the technology curriculum into easily assessed and understood tasks
    recognise the difference between digital technologies, elearning and digital fluency.
Localised curriculum

Successfully supporting learning communities to:

  • design a local curriculum with a focus on place based, authentic learning opportunities.
  • review your local curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of your students.

Conference presentations, keynotes, seminars, workshops

2021: uLearn21
2021: Ministry of Education Digital Fluency webinars
2021: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning facilitator
2020: Games-based Learning workshop facilitator
2018-19: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko meetups throughout New Zealand

Personal statement

I am particularly passionate about digital technologies and finding new and innovative ways to promote best pedagogy. I love helping teachers and children celebrate taking risks in this area. I am constantly looking for ways to show children how their learning can have an impact on their communities, whānau and world. I have a passion for innovative practice, and finding ways to get children motivated to become digital creators rather than users.

Over the past few years I have been developing my skills in finding ways to implement computational thinking and developing and designing digital outcomes in authentic ways to promote engagement and success for tamariki. I am excited about the continually changing and evolving possibilities this area has to offer.