2013 eFellows


CORE Education was pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 eFellows awards at the uLearn12 conference in Auckland.

Heather McClure


Passionate, persistent. Life-long learner.

Heather McClure is a Geography teacher at Ormiston Senior College, Auckland.

Heather uses student voice to inform teaching and learning in her classroom and believes giving students choice in their learning journey is essential for engagement. She is experienced in using myPortfolio to support student collaboration and actively engages with teaching and learning as enquiry.

She has a particular heart for Māori and Pasifika learners and believes that much of what we view as ‘new’ pedagogy has, in fact, been at the heart of Māori pedagogy for centuries. Heather’s teaching philosophy is underpinned by the principle of ako, in which teaching and learning is a reciprocal practice.

Heather is an active participant of the Virtual Learning Professional Development (VPLD) community where she collaborates with others on the eLearning journey and contributes resources and reflections of her experiences to support the learning community.

She believes transformation in our pedagogy is essential to facilitate authentic learning opportunities for today’s learners.

Claire Buist


Claire is AP at St Clair School in Dunedin, and working with the year 5-6 learning team.

She has been active in teaching and learning online communities for more than a decade and finds the collaboration both inspiring and affirming.

Claire strategically and deliberately plans for the use of digital tools and the key competencies within learning programmes. She aims to mentor the children she works with to become self-regulating, collaborative, digital learners. Claire values the blending of physical space with digital space enabling children to make direct links between personal space, collaborative space and performance space within their learning.

Pauline Henderson


Pauline is currently a year 9 – year 12 English teacher at Burnside High School in Christchurch.

In 2011, she had a study award finishing her Post Graduate Diploma in Education and e-learning. This year she has taught a Year 10 BYOD class, also continuing to integrate ICT into her other English classes.

She has been involved in e-learning in a variety of ways from Moodle and Wikis in the classroom, Department and Staff Professional Development, to Educamps, Blogs and Twitter for her Personal Learning Network.

Recently, she has started to explore how students use their personal technology for learning, including tablets, iPodTouches and Smart Phones. She is passionate about the power of ICT to enhance thinking, as well as to transform learners and their learning.

Stephen Heppell talks of students who are “engaged, passionate and astonished by a new learning world.” Pauline’s goal is that in her classes, her students are engaged, collaborating, creating, thinking, reflective learners. “Our students live in a digital world. As teachers we need to find ways to connect with our students in that digital world,” says Pauline.

Jamie Power


Jamie Power is the senior syndicate leader and teacher of year 4/5/6 children at Nayland Primary School, Nelson.

He has taught children in years 1 to 6 and loves the different challenges each year level brings. Jamie has a passion for creating new ways to inspire and engage students with their learning. He is interested in taking effective ways of teaching, and then integrate e-learning effectively and developing collaboration.

Through his role as an e-Learning leader, Jamie has been involved with the Whakatu Cluster, Link Learning Cluster, many collaborative projects locally, and internationally and developing different learning spaces within classrooms.

Emma Watts


Emma is currently leading e-learning at Upper Moutere School, Nelson.

She is passionate about using e-learning 'tools' to encourage students to become independent learners who connect, communicate, collaborate, customise and create. Her e-learning approach is to develop lifelong learners who are actively involved through social media and digital storytelling.

Through her role as a lead e-learning teacher she supports teachers and students in developing their use of e-tools to share new learning, interpret the past and develop new thinking for a sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental future at a local, national and global level.

Emma is an enthusiastic blogger and believes that the use of social media develops metacognition. Through social media our communities are enabled to think about their thinking and express their ideas to an authentic audience online. Sharing creations, inspirations and ideas through a social media platform encourages learning conversations.  Emma is currently inquiring into ‘flipping’ her classroom practice and developing innovative classroom learning spaces.