New Zealand teachers recognised as global education ‘experts’

(Last Updated On: December 7, 2014)

MIEFifteen pioneering Kiwi teachers have been selected to join a global community of 800 educators as part of the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Programme. Each year, Microsoft selects people who are creatively using technology and want to share their experience and successes with other teachers.

“The Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of how New Zealand teachers are using technology to change the way they teach, allowing them to do more and achieve more,” said Evan Blackman, Education Lead for Microsoft Corporation New Zealand.

“I’m thrilled that 15 New Zealand teachers have been invited to be Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. We’re talking about a group of 800 elite teachers worldwide, so we’re really well represented for a country of our size.”

The New Zealand Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are:

  • Steve Martin – Howick College, Auckland
  • Ruby Huang – Howick College, Auckland
  • Clint Chalmers – Lyall Bay School, Wellington
  • Ben Hilliam – St Andrew’s College, Christchurch
  • Jacqueline Yoder – St Andrew’s College, Christchurch
  • Paul Donnelly – St Thomas of Canterbury College, Christchurch
  • Shane Mann – Rathkeale College, Masterton
  • Rachel Chisnall – Taieri College, Dunedin
  • Bridget Crooks – Kerikeri High School, Kerikeri
  • Nikkie Laing – Opaheke School, Auckland
  • Keryn Hooker – Methven Primary School, Canterbury
  • Paul McLean – Avondale College, Auckland
  • Troy Smith – Te Aroha College, Waikato
  • Hannah Dhanaraj – Baradene College, Auckland
  • Shraddha Sharma – Botany Downs Secondary College, Auckland

Shane Mann, a teacher from Rathkeale College in Masterton, has been selected as one of this year’s MIE Experts and says his passion is using technology in the classroom to push the limits of education beyond traditional methods.

“The introduction of new and exciting Microsoft technologies has revolutionised the way I teach and the way my students learn in my classroom. It has helped me to deliver lessons and content in a way that just wasn’t possible in the past and has refreshed and further ignited my passion and enthusiasm for teaching,” said Mann.

He has created an online learning hub in his classroom by using the OneNote Class Notebook Creator to set up a class notebook for his students which includes:

  • A read-only content library where students can find notes, activities, homework and practical laboratory work
  • A collaboration area where students can brainstorm and share information as a class
  • A personal area with tabs set up for each topic so students can easily copy from the content library into their personal area, and bring in research from the internet so they can complete their e-portfolio of work.

Clint Chalmers of Lyall Bay School in Wellington was selected as an MIE Expert for his work in setting up a student run radio station. The radio station is still used by the students on a daily basis and teaches them about the following technologies:

  • Email
  • Website Development
  • Radio software
  • Sound recording and advertisement production

“I am really eager for students and staff to become 21st century learners and users of modern technologies. By connecting and collaborating with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts we will be able to empower our students and staff to use technologies effectively and creatively,” said Clint.

Globally, The MIE Experts are dedicated to trying new approaches, sharing ideas and learning from each other. They receive free tools and technology, including Office 365 Pro Plus; participate in case studies, carry out speaking engagements and are involved in content development. These experts not only advise Microsoft on technology development; they also advise other educational institutions and their peers on how to integrate technology in educationally sound ways.

To be selected, MIE Expert hopefuls underwent a rigorous application process, which included an online application, learning activity and video. They were required to create a learning activity and a two-three minute non-professionally produced video that described their project and how they used technology and innovative teaching practices to impact student outcomes.

The Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts will be sharing their experiences in the coming weeks and months on the Microsoft Educator Network which is accessible by signing up at

Source: Microsoft


Te Aroha College’s Troy Smith talked to INTERFACE Magazine about his selection. Read the interview:  ‘Use of robotics leads to ‘expert’ recognition’


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