eFellows 2016


The 2016 Dr Vince Ham eFellows were announced at ULearn15. Let them introduce themselves and what they hope to achieve through the scholarship.

Bronwyn Te Koeti

Bronwyn Te Koeti

Kia ora koutou,
Ko Aoraki te mauka ariki
Ko Tūtoko te mauka tipuna
Ko Uruao te waka
Ko Rākaihautū te takata
Ko Makaawhio te awa
Ko Kāti Māhaki te hapū
Ko Kāi Tahu rāua ko Kāti Mamoe kā iwi

My name is Bronwyn Te Koeti. I have been a primary school teacher for twenty five years and for the past five years I have been the Head Kaiako in Ngā Rūuma Rumaki Reo here at Hokitika Primary School on the beautiful Tai o Poutini.

This inquiry initially emerged from the need to engage the tēina (junior students) into Pāngarau (Numeracy). As the inquiry progressed there was a need to create a student-led focus that would enable this project fit with the variable and forever changing needs of the tamariki that also linked to their Graduate Profile.

Therefore my current inquiry will be to investigate how and what e-learning tools could be incorporated into a Junior Pāngarau program for Māori Medium that could be utilized by not only the tamariki but whānau as well as a means of communication with the aim of creating contextual narratives.

Caroline Bush

Caroline BushKia ora. My name is Caroline Bush (on twitter as @CaroBush). Currently, I am one of two Associate Leaders Of Learning at the brand new Ormiston Primary in Auckland. I have taught at all levels of primary butI have a particular interest in NE/Year 1 learners. I am currently based in an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) with Provisional Registered Teacher (PRT) and 37 NE/Y1s. My inquiry question to research during this efellowship is — How might we leverage play based learning for migrant Year One learners, in order to increase their oral language, utilising the power of digital-technologies and tools to enhance and evidence the process? I am excited about all the opportunities this e-fellowship will bring and am looking forward to a year of #Oresome learning.

Connect with Caroline – Twitter: @CaroBush

Christine Alford

Christine AlfordI am an early childhood teacher working at Mairtown Kindergarten in Whangārei. Earlier professional learning has furthered my interest in wishing to investigate the relationships and connections between literacy, the use of materials and the arts. My focus is how materials and the arts are used to promote story telling in young children and whether this can become integral to enhancing literacy learning.

eFellow's research paper:
Where do Stories Live? Building Oral Language Through Storytelling in an Early Years Context

Hugo Zanker

Hugo ZankerI am interested in how my classroom music students can increase access to the Arts and networking spaces outside the local community using technology, and minimising the complications that arise when running a Music class in a rural context. I hope to expand the horizons of my class, bringing the world to my classroom, and encourage students to explore genres absent from the local scene that they identify with and may excel at.

Connect with Hugo – Twitter: @hugozanker

eFellow's research paper:
Building a Music Scene in a Mountain Hamlet

Justin Hickey

Justin HickeyI am passionate about preparing young students to be the best they can be and to help them develop the skills necessary to be positive contributors to their rapidly evolving community.

This passion has led me to look at modern learning practices and how they can be designed to affect the attitudes that learners bring from their outside community into their learning environment. I want to explore how modern learning practices can be designed to replicate the core values needed to participate and contribute in a healthy and positively functioning community?

Connect with Justin – Twitter: @JustinHickey3

eFellow's research paper:
What can we learn about community from our students?


Shirlene Murphy

Shirlene MurphyKo Shirlene Murphy tōku ingoa. Ko Aupouri tōku iwi.

I am interested in investigating and developing the idea of ‘everyday practice’ being viewed by teachers as an opportunity for professional learning. I would like to see Tuakana-Teina relationships promoted within teams so all teachers (not just formal leaders) have opportunities to contribute to the learning and development of others.

eFellow's research paper:
Transforming everyday 'chatter' into professional learning opportunities