Five teachers have been awarded
e-Learning Fellowships which recognise their innovative and creative
approaches to improving students learning, Education Minister Steve
The Fellowships enable teachers to be released from the classroom for
up to a year to research and develop their use of information and
Mr Maharey announced the recipients of the 2008 e-Learning Teacher
Fellowships today in a speech to the third annual U-learn conference in
The Fellowships support teachers as researchers, and help build teacher
capability, providing funding, laptop and computer equipment, and
mentoring and academic support.
This year's projects include research into how mobile phones can
support students with special learning needs, and combining virtual and
face-to-face learning to improve students literacy and thinking skills.
The Fellowships are a great example of the Labour-led governments
commitment to 21st century teaching. They encourage teachers from early
childhood through to tertiary education to raise student achievement
through technology, such as social communication tools and software.
Technology is becoming more and more central to the way New Zealanders
live and work. Technology is one of the eight learning areas in the new
curriculum, and these teachers will be leaders in this area.
Past fellowship recipients have become principals, curriculum, learning
and teaching leaders, in-service e-learning advisers and professional
Recipients are supported by industry partners or education providers,
such as Massey University.
Michael Fenton (Inglewood
High School, Taranaki): To investigate the cognitive and motivational
benefits to learners of using
mobile sensor technology to gather data for use in problem
solving, question formation, assessment tasks and interactive games.
Toni Twiss (Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, Hamilton): To evaluate
the use of mobile phones and personal digital assistants to support
learning programmes of learners with specialist learning needs.
Nicolas Rate (Russell St School, Palmerston North):- To explore the
opportunities offered by e-portfolios to create a community of learning
between students, families and schools.
Matthew Tippen ( Isleworth Primary School, Christchurch): To
investigate the effects of using short, high-impact physical
activities, created by students using ICT, on learners motivation,
health and engagement.
Mark Callagher (Wellington College, Wellington): To examine effective
models for combining virtual learning environments and social software
with face-to-face classroom teaching, focusing on the impact on
learners literacy and thinking skills.