Canterbury teachers named for inaugural disruptive technology fellowship

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Ten motivated secondary school educators from across Canterbury have been named as the inaugural cohort of Boma NZ Education Fellows.

Through intensive workshops, educational experiences centered on exponential change and technology, and an international field trip, the Boma NZ Education Fellows will work on projects that leverage exponential technology to transform learning outcomes for their students and wider school communities.

The programme will run for three years as a partnership between Boma New Zealand and Christchurch Airport.

Boma New Zealand founder and CEO Kaila Colbin says, “We feel both privileged and excited to offer the Education Fellows programme. As educators, the Fellows are already on a mission to transform learning for young people. Our ambition is to turbo-charge that mission and support them to have the biggest possible impact on the next generation.”

By ensuring their projects are scalable, repeatable, measurable, and adaptable, the Boma NZ Education Fellows will create tangible outcomes that can be shared with others in the wider education community across New Zealand and beyond. All projects will be freely available under a Creative Commons license for any other educators to replicate, remix and repurpose.

The programme is supported by Christchurch Airport as part of its social contribution to the community. Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says, “We believe New Zealand is approaching a generational interchange moment. Our children are truly the first generation of the digital era and they need us to understand that the world they are growing into is not the same as the world we grew into.”

“We make it our mission to partner with a number of innovative companies to disrupt our own world at Christchurch Airport. We believe the 3 D’s—digitisation, data, and disruption—will reshape how our business operates and the types of people we will need to make it work in the future. That’s why it’s so important to make an investment in the next generation of Christchurch and Canterbury.”

Colbin says, “Christchurch Airport understands a simple yet powerful formula: an investment in educators equals an investment in young people equals an investment in the future of Ōtautahi Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand.”

The inaugural cohort of Boma NZ Education Fellows—selected via a rigorous application process—is:

Jackie Brown, Mount Hutt College

Josh Campbell, Burnside High School

Lisa Heald, Riccarton High School

Bronwyn Hoy, Rolleston College

Josh Hough, Ara Institute of Canterbury

Tim Kelly, Hurunui College

Brad Milne, St Thomas of Canterbury College

Alicia Poroa, Haeata Community Campus

Jacqueline Yoder, Linwood College

Tamara Yuill Proctor, Hagley College