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Started by Carl Condliffe 31 Jul 2015 9:31am () Replies (6)

Hi team, ill kick it off with a bit of a copy paste of my application email. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

I am in my second year as HOD PE and Health at Rongotai College as well as their Director of e-Learning. Prior to this I spent 8 years at Wellington High School, 5 of those as HoF PE and Health and various ICT lead teacher roles.

My passion for technology stems from my love of gaming - as a young teacher I was fortunate enough to be a semi professional gamer travelling the world to compete and play video games. The application of technology in the classroom was a natural progression!

I am a big proponent of the flipped classroom and other aspects of blended learning. My YouTube channel hosts 80+ educational videos and has 250+ subscribers. I have presented in front of a variety of audiences and conferences on the topic of the flipped classroom, and later in the year will be presenting the keynote at the Australian Council for Health, PE and Recreation Tasmania State conference.

I use a range of tools in the classroom and am always looking for new ways to create authentic learning opportunities for my students. I think the HP Ambassador role would be a great opportunity to try to incorporate different aspects of technology, while sharing my journey with other educators. 


  • David Farquhar (View all users posts) 03 Aug 2015 10:40am ()

    I comes to the company with extensive commercial and educational experience. Previously Director of Commerce at Avondale College and Teacher in Charge of Business Studies at Rangitoto College, I have been a strong advocate of technology in the classroom and developing student learners equipped for the wider world.

    I published a NCEA Level 2 Business Studies Workbook in 2014, the first Business Studies workbook for NZ, and is currently writing a Level 3 Workbook for publication 2016. I also participated in various education initiatives including the Business Boot Camp held at Massey University since May 2014, the first Business Studies Teachers trip to China in 2011, and extensive involvement with the Young Enterprise Trust promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

    My involvement with HP goes back several years, with the establishment of the HP Ambassador Programme while teaching at Rangitoto College. This involved the mentoring of Business Studies students by HP which enabled students to see “behind the door” of a major corporate  plus involvement in business activities including human resources, sales, finance, logistics and marketing. The success of the programme has seen it extended to Avondale College in 2014, and to a wider group of schools including Otahuhu, Tamaki and Aorere Colleges in 2015. In addition, this programme has been extended to include Teacher Ambassadors from 2015, a very exciting initiative!

    Another programme I developed in conjunction with Massey University, Albany in 2014 was the one week residential Business Boot Camp to develop senior students’ knowledge of the business world. The Boot Camp involved 56-70 students from a wide range of schools across the North Island who attended to learn vital soft skills such as networking, presentation skills and relationship building while also visiting a large number of companies. Other activities included presentations on specific business topics, MasterChef Challenges and Business Theatresports. Refer: http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleId=9007  

    or Google Massey University Business Boot Camp.

    My role is to bridge the education and commercial sectors, and am available to assist schools in a number of ways including:

    • Advice and guidance around BYOD plans, staff professional Development and device use.

    • Access to HP resources, including trial device such as printers, laptops, “browser books” such as the Google Chromebook and Windows Stream.

    • Guidance on TELA, AoG and retail purchasing options.

    • Access to international resources offered by HP including “Sprout” and HP National Technology Assessment tools.

    • As a presentation speaker on commerce subjects, particularly Business Studies/Economics and NZQA assessment methods.

    • What type of device? With the widest range of devices in the market, HP will have a product to meet your requirements, but it’s the educational outcome that needs to drive the device choice.

    • Sharing and distributing best practice stories and experiences from across New Zealand as he visits schools across the country and works with HP teacher Ambassadors.

    I do not sell products. I joined HP to help schools, teachers, Principals, BOT’s and students to achieve the best solution for their needs.

    Contacted at: david.farquhar@hp.com  M +64 27 6323 160image,     T +64 9 927 3230image

    Hewlett-Packard, 22 Viaduct Harbour, Maritime Square, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

  • Simon Ashby (View all users posts) 03 Aug 2015 11:03am ()
    I recently attended the Google Teachers Academy in Sydney (2014) and am now a GCT-Google Certified teacher.
    I presented at the recent GAFE Summit in Chch. about how my Syndicate is using GAFE to empower students and lead to student agency in the classroom. I have been recently involved with Indonesian teachers, sharing and training the use of GAFE. I presented at the NZPF conference this year on creating global online collaboration (partnerships btwn. schools).
    My students all have e-portfolios that they use to record their learning and reflect on their next learning steps. 
    I am active on twitter, google plus (GEGNZ)
    Our school has a radio station and news team, so we are pretty heavily involved in interesting and creative uses of technology. We use 50 chromebooks, macs and ipads. I hold a coding club once a week with an active bunch of around 20 student who love exploring scratch, code academy etc..
    We teach in a MLE/ILE/MLP acronomyn fantastic envirnoment that encourages flexibility, collaboration and student agency. I am presenting on this at ULearn 2015 with my Syndicate Leader. 
    We are always interested in using and trialling new technologies in the classroom-future focused learning is a big part of what we do.
    Please check out these links if you wish...
  • Blake Luff (View all users posts) 05 Aug 2015 11:48am ()

    Hmmm i cant seem to locate my original info so i will go for VII,

    I am a new teacher and am current in my second year of teaching at Amuri Area School. I studied for 5 years at Otago, graduating with a BPhEd and GradDipTchg, meaning im a PE/Health/Outdoor Ed teacher. However i quickly discovered that it is really hard to get a job teaching those subjects so i applied for a computing job hoping my geekyness would come in handy, and here we are!

    I am the HELA (Head of essential learning area) of computing, the network manager and technician at Amuri, meaning that pretty much when anything goes wrong i fix it and sort it out. I work closely with Senior management on e-learning directions and strategic planning alongside curriculum development and teaching. 

    At the beginning of the year we switched providers from Google to Microsoft to utilise Office 365, a change that i was nervous about but has been a great success. We are currently part way through rolling our BYOD program out, and after setting the strategic plan for the next 3 years this will be further developed greatly. I am currently working on removing our aging server and moving the majority of our documents into the cloud and running as much as possible on Office365. I am also heading the transition to MUSAC Edge as our school SMS. 

    In order to get staff buy in for O365 i proposed using OneNote to set our professional learning goals. This has worked and has had good buy from staff and i married this with drop in sessions offering help to those who struggled with OneNote. 

    In my capacity as a teacher i am constantly reflecting on my practice and trying new ways to enable students to learn to the best of their abilities. 

  • James Robson (View all users posts) 12 Aug 2015 9:27pm ()

    I am a teacher and e-learning specialist in two primary schools. My main position is at Forrest Hill School on the North Shore and I have one day a week at Coatesville School, just out of Albany. I have been interested in ICT from a young age and have been involved in ICT in Education since I started teacher training well over twenty years ago. I am still excited about ICT in Education today. The landscape of opportunities for today's learners is vast. The ability to be part of a global learning community is now a reality. This connectivity can potentially add a great deal of value to our young learners in my option.        

    I have setup GAFE for both Forrest Hill and Coatesville Schools and have supported GAFE by running staff development and working in classrooms. This year I am supporting Forrest Hill’s first 1:1 class rolling out HP 14” chromebooks. Google is set to become our digital learning platform across our school. In April this year I attended admin console technical retreat part of the NZ Google Summit 2015. I have implemented Hapara in the Year 4-6 classrooms at Forrest Hill School.

    I am an active learner and are currently enrolled in two courses 11.127x Design and Development of Games for Learning by MIT and ICT in Primary Education: Transforming children's learning across the curriculum by London University. Recent online courses I have completed are GSE2x Leaders of Learning by Harvard University, 11.132x Design and Development of Educational Technology by MIT and Programming in Scratch by Harvey Mudd College.

    I am a member of the Learning Creative Learning group which is an initiative by MIT Media Lab.  


    I am a World Museum Partner. World Museum is lead by Professor Yoshiro Miyata in Japan. This is a  group that promotes the use of technology to bridge the gap between countries and brings children and teachers together from around the world. I have been recently involved in the World Peace Song Project.      

    I am a member of ScratchEd  http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/.

    I have had a long term involvement with running Scratch Days. Refer to video. https://youtu.be/buZJrHMQycc 

    These have been organised with the support of Karen Brennan - Assistant Professor of Education Harvard University formally MIT. http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/stories/kiwi-scratch-day-forrerst-hill-school-nz


    I have recently supported the development of Scratch Jnr and are now actively involved in teaching this to classes of young children starting Foundation level Year 0-1 (Our programmers of the future).


    Promoted and coordinated Hour of Code over the past two years.


    Fifth year as staff rep on the Forrest Hill School BOT.


    I have designed and built numerous websites including both schools I currently work for. This has involved being admin for Ultranet Net a well used learning management system..

    Currently working on:


    My current blogs are:    

    Endeavour Blog - Teaching and Learning Blog

    Cogito Ergo Sum - Personal Development Blog

    Twitter user @jrobsonfhs


    In Past Years:


    • Run the Boys in School Programme  for Coatesville School (approx.6 Years)

    • Designer and Teacher in charge of Big Brother Little Brother Programme

    • Intermediate Tech Teacher (Electronics) Based out of Orewa (1 Year)

    • ICT Staff Development Programming at Coatesville School

    • The facilitator of NXT Robotics Programme and in School Teacher Trainer

    • Member of the NEALS group


    My view of education is it should be authentic, hands on, student focused, globally connected and engaging. I believe technology can allow students to take control of their learning and connect to a wider learning community.


  • Benjamin Himme (View all users posts) 20 Aug 2015 8:16pm ()

    Hi All

    A little bit about me.... [link]



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