EduWells2015Richard Wells

Global Top 20 EdTech influencer (Onalytica)
Global Top 12 Edu Blogger (Huff Post)
British New Zealander
Leader in NZ High School
International Speaker
Father of 2 girls
Twitter : @EduWells

The world is changing too fast for schools to carry on with business as usual. Jobs are vanishing and we need schools to become incubators for creative invention and output. If we don’t, thousands of young people will be too reliant on the world to provide for them and we’ll all be in trouble.

I teach app & web development and also provide professional development and speak on matters of future focused education.

Thanks for visiting and appreciating my work. Contact me!

Originally from the UK, my family & I moved to New Zealand in 2006 and have never regretted the move. ! !

After completing a degree in Fine Art Painting, I made the ‘obvious’ move in qualifying as a Microsoft Systems Engineer! After a few years of worrying about systems, I got bored and qualified as a Teacher. ! ! Teaching first in the UK before moving to and teaching in NZ, I started blogging about my educational iPad use in 2012.  I was amazed at the response and have since been asked to present around New Zealand, Australia and the US.!

I have now taught for 13 years and have been Head of Technology in both private and public schools, currently residing at Orewa College, New Zealand’s first compulsory BYOD school. I specialise in student-centred learning, educational use of social media, augmented reality, Design Thinking and providing effective professional development that is centred on the individual teacher’s requirements and current skill-set.

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  1. I love your blog, and I want to refer one on your posts in my education research paper, but I have no idea who you are and who wrote the article. I looked everywhere on your blog and can’t find a name…

    1. I knew I’d forgotten something! I think I was relying on people following my twitter accounts, which have a little more info on.

      I’ll add a bio but for now:
      Richard Wells
      From the UK but now Head of Technology at a New Zealand secondary school. As an ex IT engineer who couldn’t stand working with IT engineers, I know what most teachers are going through when trying to get support with IT.

  2. Hi Richard
    I’m currently writing an article for the journal of the Geographical Association in the UK. I’d like to include a section of an image from one of your Nutshell iPad guides, as wel as a mention for the site. Would that be OK ? I can send you a PDF of the completed article once it’s published later in the year.
    Please let me know via Twitter @GeoBlogs if that’s OK, or post here and I’ll get an e-mail I hope :)
    Keep up the good work

    Alan Parkinson

  3. Please please come present at our school’s iPad Summit in November! You know you’ve been wanting to visit India… Right? It’s the American Embassy School in New Delhi, where we’ve gone 1-to-1 with iPads in the ES and MS. Check it out: Theipassummit.com. Love love love your blog! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Sharon! I had my Honeymoon in India in 1999. It was fantastic. I’d love to come but will have to look into the probability of me presenting.

  4. I’d be really interested to hear how you get round the inability to access interactive flash based free / low cost websites for language learning? e.g. mylo, Aussie languagesonline, zut, free textbook corresponding websites like tapisvolant and obento – the list is endless – the google or IPAD apps for language learning are too limited and do not match the curriculum. all I am left with is quizlet.com and that in no way replaces mylo/ zut / languages online, BBClanguages and a host of other quality language learning web based resources?

    1. If the Apps don’t replce the websites I can recommend the Puffin Browser app as a Flash Player portal. It acts as a window through to your normal Flash websites on the iPad and is about 95% successful with Flash sites. I hope that helps. There are also alternative apps to Puffin too.

  5. Yes – the Puffin app only works to play flash video – it does not allow the interactive functionality to work properly at all – the time delay in processing the information is a real issue making it not worth using,

  6. Hi Richard, I work at a school in Australia and we are finding a lot of your content rather useful. We were wondering if we are able to use your posters in classrooms and such as they provide easy to follow instructions?
    Love your work and hope to see many more well created documents.

  7. Hi Richard,

    I’m writing an article on Flipped Classrooms and I would love to hear your views. Could you drop me an e-mail and perhaps you could answer a couple of questions for me?


  8. Hi Richard, we like your blog. We’d like you to try out BaiBoard (www.BaiBoard.com), collaboration app for iPad that enables teachers/students collaborate in whiteboard & PDFs in various forms.

  9. Hi Richard,
    you have created a great site and much food for though concerning your approaches to teaching. I love it. I also think your posters are bang on and was hoping that you would allow us to use them at our school.

  10. Hi Mr. Wells,
    we are a Hamburg based design company and we developed an innovative tablet stand that can do much more than just stand. In german we call it a ‚Begleitmöbel’, which is ,a piece of furniture going along with you’. Have a look here…


    We would love to get into a dialogue with you and your readers. As we see it, you belong to the (yet rather small, but growing) group of people who seriously and intensively work with iPads – and this is exactly what our product was made for.

    Do you see a possibilty to report on our new concept on your blog?

    Yours sincerely,
    Kai Trebesius

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