Kitto started teaching in Alexandra in 1997 before heading to London for 18 months and then moving back to Christchurch. 

She started at Clyde Primary School in 2012, where she teaches a New Entrant – Year 2 Innovative Learning Environment. 

Kitto became interested in using technology while she was overseas and says it is a tool that helps to engage, support and extend her students. 

“I love learning new things and technology fascinated me,” Kitto says. 

“When technology is used well it can have a really positive impact on learning and achievement.”

Kitto adds the use of technology helps to support the teaching and learning of the New Zealand curriculum. 

“When I am planning a learning activity I will consider what technology can best support the learning.

“ICT could be used to engage students, to support a child who is struggling or provide a challenge for more capable students. 

“It could be used to capture thinking, or for students to share what they have learnt.”

As technology is constantly changing with new and exciting things to try, Kitto does not have any preference when it comes to using particular apps or websites in the classroom and says teaching and learning with technology is about choosing the “best tool for the job”. 

“That tool will differ depending on the needs of each child,” she adds. 

“That said our class blog is something I have found to be invaluable – it is the fifth wall of our classroom where we share our learning with our families, community and the world.” 

The blog gives children an authentic audience for their work and it has helped with parent engagement with their child’s learning and through the blog, Clyde Primary students have made connections with schools around NZ and overseas, Kitto explains. 

Earlier this year, Kitto was awarded one of seven national CORE Education e-Fellowships, which aim to inspire transformational educational practice through inquiry. 

To become an e-fellow, Kitto had to submit a presentation outlining what she would like to research and how this linked to future-focused learning.

“My research is around curiosity in education. I am exploring how curiosity can be used as a powerful motivator for student engagement in learning, and looking at the role that technology plays within this,” she says. 

“The e-fellowship has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to take time to question and consider what is important in education. 

“It has challenged me to re-evaluate my role as a teacher, and rethink what learners need in order to be successful in a rapidly changing world.”