2008 eFellows


Matt Tippen – Energising Education

Isleworth Primary School, Christchurch

What effect does the creation and the use of ICT-based energisers have on student engagement? I will look at the engagement levels of students when they participate in a two-minute fitness routine/energiser, and the impact on future learning after an energiser.

SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand)

Email Address: matt.tippen@core-ed.net

Research Report: Energising Education (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Edtalks: Matt Tippen Energisers in Education


Toni Twiss - Ubiquitous Information

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Hamilton

How can mobile phones be integrated into authentic classroom
learning activities to develop effective information literacy skills? I am excited about the potential of m-learning and will investigate how teachers can use mobile phones to foster effective information literacy skills. Using mobile phones, kids can access the internet, take movies and still photographs, make podcasts, and upload content. Why not use the tool that is in nearly every student's pocket to make learning exciting and relevant?

Email Address: toni.twiss@gmail.com

Research Report: Ubiquitous Information (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Edtalks: Mobile Technology in The Classroom


Nick Rate – Assessment for Learning and ePortfolios

Russell Street School, Palmerston North

e-Portfolios not only have the potential to share student learning outcomes in an interactive and engaging way, but also the ability to clearly demonstrate and engage parents, students and teachers in assessment for learning. e-Portfolios can show what students are learning, how they are successful, the learning process, and the ongoing feedback and reflection cycle that takes place in order for students to take ownership and control of their learning. This research project will explore what teachers can do in order to maximise the formative learning benefits of online e-portfolios.

Blog: http://nickrate.com/

Email Address: nickrate@gmail.com

Research Report: Assessment for Learning and ePortfolios (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Edtalks: ePortfolios and Formative Practice


Mark Callagher –Effective blended e-learning in secondary school teaching

Wellington College

How can student interactivity be enhanced through the use of a blended learning approach? I have been teaching mathematics, history and and computer studies at Wellington College for a number of years. This year I have focussed my research on a Year 11 History class and how the Moodle learning management system can be used to increase student engagement through increasedparticipation and interaction both online and in the classroom.

Blog: HS eLearning

Email Address: markcallagher@gmail.com

Research Report: How can student Interactivity be enhanced through the use of blended learning approach? (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Edtalks: A Blended Approach to Learning


Michael Fenton – Authentic learning using mobile sensor technology with reflections on the state of science education in New Zealand

Inglewood High School, Taranaki

A pocket data logger/games/sensor system known as RIGEL was used in authentic learning activities. Activities were based in real space, as opposed to using computers to work in cyberspace.

  • Most primary students reached the relational stage of the SOLO taxonomy and changed their views about the nature of science.
  • RIGEL can be used to raise science teacher self-efficacy and encourage greater practical work as required by the Science curriclum document.
  • Calculus students using case based instruction (CBI) demonstrated that CBI is a more effective teaching pedagogy than problem based learning or traditional approaches in mathematics classes.

Email Address: fe@inglewoodhs.school.nz

Research Report: Authentic learning using mobile sensor technology with reflections on the state of science education in New Zealand (PDF, 2 MB)