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Heather Bell


Institute of Education

Heather has worked as a facilitator for Massey University since 2003. She supports schools to develop their concepts of inclusive education and what an inclusive school really means, qualitative assessment practices that show what students reallcan do, and she encourages schools to take advantage of the eLearning wave, particularly using smart technology devices effectively to enhance learning. A national schooling improvement project in Tokelau is a major focus for work this year.  This project involves working in Tokelau and by distance to shift thinking about teaching and learning, leadership and governance to improve the opportunities for Tokelau children.   

Heather has a Masters in Education and a Diploma in Technology Education. In her masters thesis she investigated effective facilitation strategies for blended learning communities. Since completing this, she has been particularly interested in supporting collaborative learning communities to use online environments sustain their professional learning and development progress. She is passionate about using modern technologies to create permeable classroom walls so students can collaborate with others; across the region, country and the world, to build new knowledge and challenge learning. Heather encourages teachers to embrace the technology that is a common part of students' lives to make this happen.

Heather has previously worked in the learning areas of technology and numeracy and when the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum was launched, this focus broadened into areas that reflected the principles and values embedded there such as Education for Sustainability and eLearning.  She has worked in an advisory capacity in special schools for several years, including as a facilitator for an ICTPD cluster of special schools. In this role she worked alongside lead teachers to develop their pedagogical and content knowledge and capacity around using web-based technologies to enhance learning opportunities for their very high needs students. This group developed student e-portfolios which included web-based learning stories that were moderated through online collaboration.

Roles and Responsibilities

Learning Facilitator

Professional Learning Facilitator

  1. Work in schools across NZ to shift learning at all levels.  Key areas; inclusive education, teacher inquiry, eLearning
  2. Work with clusters of schools and specialist teachers, individual schools, teachers and leaders
  3. International work - Tokelau schooling improvement project.
  4. Incredible Years
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Contact details

  • Ph: 0274754981
  • Ph: 06 8459390 x 86810
    Location: Hetley
    Campus: Ruawharo, Napier


  • Diploma in Teaching - Auckland College of Education (1977)
  • Diploma in Technology Education - Massey University (2000)
  • Master of Education (Hons) - Massey University (2009)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Impact of effective use of smart technology devices on learning outcomes

Inclusive Schools



iPads in Education

Special Needs Education

Teaching as Inquiry

NZ Curriculum

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 10

Supervision and Teaching


Primary classroom and specialist teacher

Pre-service lecturer in technology

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