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Andrew Churches

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About me

I am a teacher, author, keynote and workshop presenter and ICT enthusiast. I believes that to prepare our students for the future, we must prepare them for change, teach them to question and think, to adapt and modify, to sift and sort. Our students are born into a world where the only constant is change, they are immersed in technology and yet are unaware of how ubiquitous this technology is.

I am fortunate to teach at a school with a technology program that encompasses iPads in the classrooms through out the younger years and a comprehensive BYOD program in the senior years. This reflects the future our students and children will be entering into with ubiquitous portable computing. The use of these technologies has been an inspiration for the books I have written.

Outside of school, I am a family man and when I can get a spare moment I am an outdoor instructor and an adventure enthusiast.

In 2009 I was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished educators awards. In 2009, 2010 & 2011, I have been a member of the advisory board for the Australia and New Zealand Edition of the Horizon report and the only secondary or primary school teacher on the advisory board of 32 educational experts.
I am an Apple Distingished Educator.
In 2012, I was named a Learning Commons Visionary for 2012 by the editors of Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals.

My Books:

The Digital Diet 2010 (A Churches, I Jukes and L Crockett)
Apps for Learning (A Churches & H Dickens) High School
Apps for learning Middle School (A Churches & H Dickens)
Apps for Learning - Elementary School (H Dickens & A Churches)
Literacy is not enough (A Churches, I Jukes and L Crockett)

I enjoy sharing and presenting the work we are doing.From 2008 onwards, the Educational Origami wiki was nominated for the Edublogs Best wiki awards. is also nominated for the best resource sharing blog in 2009 and this year in 2010. I am a regular contributor to a of websites and blogs including techlearning, spectrum education magazine and the Committed Sardine Blog, as well as my own edorigami blog. I am a member of the 21st Century Fluency team developing a framework for teaching and learning in the 21st Century .

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  • Nathaniel Louwrens

    Kia ora Andrew and welcome to the VLN.

    I am part of the online team and we are here to support you and help you get the most out of the VLN community.

    I see you have joined some groups already; maybe I could suggest some other groups to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join the "Getting started on the VLN" group, here you will find a wealth of tips to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join this group too. /groups/profile/118255/enabling-elearning/ There are several more e-learning sub-groups you might like to join too for on-going conversations.

    Each fortnight we put together the e-learning round-up on the blog, it is well worth skimming through to see the latest discussions and links, /blog/group/118255/all

    If you want to know more about VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups, you can view this webinar recording >>> http://bit.ly/1eQTLXD

    Looking forward to working with you online.

    Ngā mihi nui, nā Nathaniel.

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    e-Learning: Leadership

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