Andrew Churches, Auckland, New Zealand


I am a teacher, author, keynote and workshop presenter and ICT enthusiast. I believe 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. They 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 mobile computing program, that sees students with personal mobile devices, laptops. This surely reflects the future our students and children will be entering into with ubiquitous portable computing. Outside of school, I am an outdoor instructor and an adventure enthusiast, when I can get a spare moment from my family.

In 2009 I was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished educators awards. In 2009 and 2010, 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 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 resourse sharing blog in 2009 and this year in 2010. I am a regular contributor to a number 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.

Kim Cofino, Yokohama, Japan

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Originally from the US, Kim is an enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator. Kim has been teaching internationally for over 10 years, first in Munich, Germany, then in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then at International School Bangkok in Thailand, and currently at Yokohama International School in Japan.

An Apple Distinguished Educator, her work focuses on helping core subject teachers authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed using the Understanding by Design process combined with the MYP Technology Design Cycle.

Kim regularly consults with other international schools interested in implementing 21st century learning, has been profiled on a number of educational websites and journals, is a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board 2008 - 2010, and is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her professional blog, Always Learning, is an invaluable resource for teachers seeking examples of authentic student engagement.