About Me

Name: Andrew Churches
Role: Curriculum Manager Computer Studies & Senior School Learning Innovator
School: Kristin School, Albany Auckland
Email: achurches@kristin.school.nz
Blog: http://edorigami.edublogs.org
Twitter: @achurches

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 Distinguished Educator from the class of 2013.
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)
Mindfull assessment, assessing the fluencies - (A Churches & L Crockett) Mid 2016

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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Keynotes, Presentations & Workshops:


2016

Workshop - The Fluencies - Christian Schools conference - Perth - July 2016
Workshop - Computer Science - Teaching Kids to Code - Arduino Programming - Sydney March 2016
Workshop - St Johns & St Francis Schools - Gladstone - Jan 2016
Keynote and Workshops - Jamberee Heights Cluster - Brisbane - Jan 2016

2015

Keynote & Workshops - Digital citizenship, Media Fluency & Information Fluency - FNSLA - Cairns Australia - Oct 2015
Solution Fluency Institute - Auckland New Zealand - September 2015
Keynote and workshop Leader – Slide2learn – Hobart Australia – July 2015
Keynote & Workshop - GAFE Conference - Catholic Education Office of Western Australia - June 2015
Keynote & Workshop - Harbour to Hawkesbury PPA Conference Sydney - June 2015

Digital Citizenship and BYOD - Stella Maris Primary School - May 2015
Keynote and Workshop leader - Flatconnections conference - Winnepeg Canada - April 2015
Future Learning Conference - Sydney February 2015
IB ATL Workshop category 3 – Singapore February 2015
Workshop the Fluencies – Dilworth School, Auckland February 2015
Workshop – Fluencies - St Francis and St Joseph School - Gladstone, Qld, Australia Janruary 2015

2014

Workshop leader - Project based learning and the ATLs - ISB Beijing China – November 2014
Learning 2.014 Strand leader - Bangkok - October 2014
CNIPA & BOPPA Conference - Keynote 21st Century Fluencies August 2014
IB ITGS Workshop Singapore Category 1 & 2 - August 2014
BYOD- Making it mobile - 2 x workshops - May 2014
Slide to learn - Keynote and workshop - Sydney - July 2014
School Workshops - Queensland - Jan 2014
School Workshops - Queensland - Jan 2014

2013

Holmesglen Institute - Keynote and Information Fluency workshop - Melbourne - Dec 2013
Whenauapi School - Literacy is not enough presentation - Nov 2013
Information Fluency - SAGE (Secondary Auckland gifted educators) Workshop Nov 2013
In School Workshops - 2 days - Wilderness School Adelaide - Nov 2013
ITGS Cat 3 Workshop - Hong Kong - October 2013
ITGS Cat 1 & 2 Workshop - Hong Kong - October 2013
Workshops - American Embassy school - New Delhi - August 2013
Workshops - LearnNZ conference - Auckland - July 2013
Keynote - teaching and learning in a digital world & Fluency Workshops - Tamworth - July 2013
Workshops - Literacy, Augmentative and Transformative use of iPads - Cook Islands July 2013 (1 week)
Apple ADE Workshops - Bali April 2013
Plenary - Edutech Conference - Brisbane - June 2013
Workshop and in-house training - Sydney April 2013
Keynote - Slide to Learn - Implementing iPads - April 2013
Workshops Edmonton Catholic School District - Edmonton - January 2013

2012

Workshops - assessment and IT integration - Beijing - Nov 2012
Keynote and workshops - DET NSW - Sydney - Nov 2012
Keynote & Workshops - MoE Cook Island - October 2012
Keynote - International Society for Pedagogy and Leadership - http://www.pedagogy.org.au - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - August 2012
Workshops - Learnnz - Waipuna Conference Center- Growing Digital Citizens and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - July 2012
Keynote - Making it happen Cluster - Rotorua - June 2012
Workshop presentation - emerging technologies - Westlake Boys High School - May 2012
Plenary Presentation- Teaching and learning in a digital world - ISNZ principals conference - May 2012
3 day workshop - ITGS Category 2 Workshop - Singapore - April 2012
Keynote & 2 day workshop - Teacher Libraian Confererence - eBooks & Bytes - Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. - April 2012
Keynote & 2 day workshop - Bloom's Digital taxonomy and Information Fluency - Cairns, Queensland, Australia. - April 2012
VC Presentation - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - Western Academy of Beijing - March 2012
Keynote - key competencies in the 21st century & 2 x PBL workshops - Link learning Cluster, Nelson, New Zealand - March 2012
2 day Workshop - EARCOS - Authentic assessment and Media Fluency - Yokohama Japan - Feb 2012
2 day Workshop - Highland park school district 21st Century Fluencies - Dallas, Texas - Jan 2012

2011

3 Day workshop - Approaches to teaching and learning in the Diploma program - The Hague, Holland - December 2011
Keynotes & Workshops - (Bloom's Digital taxonomy, Project based Learning, Digital citizenship, Teaching and learning in a digital world) DET Queensland & University of Sunshine Coast- Queensland Australia -October 2011
Keynote and Workshop - iTEC 11 teaching and leanring in a digital World and Digital Citizenship - DET NSW - Tamworth - September 2011
Keynote & Workshop - Head teacher conference - DER NSW Sydney Region Australia- September 2011
Keynote & Workshop - 8th National Interactive teaching & learning conference - Melbourne Australia - August 2011
Keynote & Workshops - Thinking Schools Conference - Sunderland, UK - June 2011
Keynote & Workshop - Growing Digital Citizen and Analysing your DC policies and guidelines - Whangarei - May 2011
Video Conference Presentation - ISQ - Bloom's Digital taxonomy May 2011
IB regional Workshop - ITGS C1 - Singapore - April 2011
Workshop - Waiuku School principals and education leaders March 2011
Keynote & Workshop - DET ICT Sydney - Engage, Motivate & Learn and Bloom's Digital taxonomy - March 2011
Flatclassroom project - Bejing, China - Leadership Strand Leader Feb 2011
Presentation and Workshop - Engage motivate and Learn & Project based learning - St Kentigerns, Auckland - Jan 2011
Video Conference - Digital Citizenship Symposium - Nebraska - Jan 2011
21st Century Fluency Project - Principals Workshop (2 days)- Texas, USA - Jan 2011
Eastern School District - Montreal - Digital Citizenship & Digital Diet - Jan 2011


2010

Presentation - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - DTG Symposium - November 2010
Presentation - Digital Citizenship - Auckland - November 2010
Presentation - Engage, Motivate and Learning - Auckland - October 2010
Presentation - Digital Citizen - AAIBS Conference -Auckland New Zealand, September 2010
Elluminate workshop - Bloom's Digital taxonomy - Education Queensland, 8-9-10
Workshops 1:1 program American School of Japan - Tokyo Japan- 24-27 August 2010
Keynote -"Engage, Motivate and Learn" International IWB Conference - Auckland New Zealand - July 2010
Workshop - Learning styles and learning tools - ISTE Workshop and session presenter - Denver July 2010
Presentation - Digital citizenship ISTE Workshop and session presenter - Denver July 2010
Workshop - Project based learning and formative assessment - MISCD Conference - St Louis June 2010
Workshop - Learning styles and Learning tool - MISCD Conference - St Louis June 2010
Video conference - hamilton region Loop - Guest speaker - Digital Citizenship - may 2010
Elluminate - Core-ed Digital citizenship module - Guest speaker - May 2010
Keynote - Bloom's Digital taxonomy - Catholic Education Showcase - Sydney March 2010
Workshop - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - Catholic Education Showcase - Sydney March 2010
Workshop - Digital Citizen - Catholic Education Showcase - Sydney March 2010
2 x 4 hour workshops - Project based learning - ASB unplugged - Institute presenter- Mumbai Feb 2010
Presentation - Bloom's Digital taxonomy Spectrum Education Conference - Christchurch - Jan 2010
Presentation - The Digital Citizen - Spectrum Education Conference - Christchurch - Jan 2010

2009

learning@school 09 - learning tools and learning styles - February 2009
learning@school 09 - Bloom's Digital taxonomy - February 2009
Images4education - Bloom's Digital taxonomy - Elluminate Presenation - February 2009
Tatahai Coast School - Workshop - learning styles and learning tools - March 2009
Robocup Jr - Introductory Workshop - - March 2009 Rotorua
learner centered, digitally minded - The Correspondence School Wellington - 4 sessions - March 2009
First Class Consulation - St Patricks Silverstream - March 2009
Marlborough ICT Cluster - Workshop - SWOT up on Web 2.0 - March 2009
Marlborough ICT Cluster - Workshop - A handful of the best - March 2009
Hamilton - Sacred Heart Girls College ICT PD Cluster - March 2009
  • Keynote - Digital
  • Workshop - Multiple Intelligences
  • Workshop - Bloom's Digital taxonomy
MYSA - Brisbane Australia - Bloom's Digital taxonomy - May 2009
Bloom's Digital taxonomy Workshop - The Correspondence School Wellington- July 2009
Member of the Advisory Board for the Australia and New Zealand Horizon Project
Cross-county School district Arkansa - August 2009
Ulearn09 - Spotlight presenter - The Digital Citizen
Ulearn09 - Workshop presenter - A handful of the best
Finalist Microsoft Distingished Educator Awards -
Mumbai - November - IB Asia Pacific Regional Workshop - Facilitator ITGS
KW Cluster ICT PD Cluster Conference - December 2009 - Workshop presenter

2008

Learning@school08 - Rotorua - A handful of the best
Learning@school08 - Rotorua - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
Professional Learning Network - Guest Expert
  • Alabama Best Practice Center
  • West New York Powerful Learning Practice
  • Independent schools Powerful Learning Practice

Waimarino Cluster Conference - Tauranga - 20 June
  • A handful of the best - FOSS

OK Cluster conference - Otaki - 7 & 8 July
  • Digitising classroom practice 140min workshop
  • Blooms Digital Taxonomy (2 sessions)

IB Workshop leaders Course - Chaingmai Thailand - September 2008

uLearn 08 - sessions October 2008 - http://ulearn08.org.nz
  • Bloom's Digital Taxonomy
  • Learning styles - Learning tools
  • Welcome to the 21st Century

Edtalks - core educations video interviews - http://edtalks.org/play.php?vid=149 and http://edtalks.org/play.php?vid=157
Core-ed Video interview - National Education Network - http://www.core-ed.net/karen/casestudies/kristin.html
Podcast interview - Ed Tech Crew - http://www.edtechcrew.net/2008/09/02/ed-tech-crew-60-educational-origami-with-andrew-churches
e-book 21st Century Connections - Education for the 21st Century - http://21centuryconnections.com/node/630
Article Published in Interface magazine - 8 habits of highly effective teachers -http://www.nz-interface.co.nz/articles.cfm?c_id=10&id=28
Article Published on Tech Learning - Bloom's taxonomy Bloom's Digitally - http://www.techlearning.com/showArticle.php?articleID=196605124
Article published on 21st Century Connections - 21st Century Pedagogy - http://www.21centuryconnections.com/node/653
Article published on 21st Century Connections - 21st Century Assessment -http://www.21centuryconnections.com/node/624

Microsoft Academic Council Member

Nominated for Edublogs Best Wiki Award 2008
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2007

TUANZ Education Road Show - Rotorua - Digitising Classroom Practice
TUANZ Education Road Show Auckland Primary - Digitising Classroom Practice
TUANZ Education Road Show Auckland Secondary - Digitising Classroom Practice
TUANZ Education Road Show Whangarei - Digitising Classroom Practice
Learning@Schools - Rotorua - Digitising classroom Practice Workshop and Practical sessions
SchoolTech '07 - Auckland - SWOT up on web 2.0
SchoolTech '07 - Auckland - A Handful of the best
Greater Wellington Region Principals Conference - The Loop - http://free-thinking.wikispaces.com
uLearn07 Auckland - Digitising classroom practice and SWOT up on web 2.0

2006

ACEC '06 Cairns - Digitising Classroom Practice

2005

Wellington Girls College -` Trainer – First Class and Homepage construction Kit 2005

2004

ACEC '04 - Adelaide, Australia - Multimedia Innovate and integrate –

2003

Nga Waka National Art Conference Auckland - Animation & Claymation.
Auckland Primary Art Association - Claymation workshop (2 sessions)
Auckland Primary Art Association - Animated story book using PowerPoint (2 sessions) 2003
Toshiba Expanding Horizons conferences -Claymation/Multimedia (2 Sessions) Taupo

2002

ACEC '02 Hobart - Multimedia
Toshiba Expanding Horizons conferences - Claymation/Multimedia Wellington

2001

Toshiba Expanding Horizons conferences - Claymation/Multimedia Christchurch

2000

ACEC 2000 Hobart, Tasmania - Integration of multimedia into the curriculum
Toshiba Expanding Horizons conferences - Auckland - Designing Units of Work

1999

I.B. Regional Conference, Auckland - Designing Units of work using ICT

Feedback


2007 TUANZ Education Conference
Feedback from a member of the PPTA ICT Taskforce:

Digitising Classroom Practice


Andrew Churches who seems to be the prototype of what a specialist e-learning teacher might look like (Kristin) presented a list of gee- whiz products that you can use in the classroom. The good thing about this though was that it was entertaining and came complete with a DVD of free software that he has collected up from the Internet for building "sound and light" shows. It included tutorials so that's damn decent of him. Pity we can't have him as a member because he's at a private school."