Andrew Churches is a teacher, head of faculty, and information and communications technology enthusiast. He teaches at Kristin School in Auckland, New Zealand, a school with a BYOD program that allows students to use personal mobile devices and laptops in the classroom.
Andrew presents keynotes and workshops at conferences around the world on digital citizenship, project-based learning and 21st-century fluencies, digital pedagogies and teaching, and assessment and learning in the 21st century. He is vice president of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, which develops 21st-century approaches to teaching and learning.
In 2009, Andrew was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished Educators Awards. He has been a member of the advisory board for the Australia and New Zealand edition of the Horizon report, the only secondary/primary school teacher on a board of 32 educational experts. In 2012, he was named a Learning Commons Visionary by the editors of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals. He is a Class of 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator and was accepted into the National Aspiring Principals Programme for 2016.
An edublogger, wiki author, and innovator, Andrew believes that to prepare students for the future, we must prepare them for change and teach them to question, think, adapt, and modify.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Massey University and a diploma in teaching at secondary level from Auckland College of Education, New Zealand.