About me

c7zPKIa3Kia ora. Talofa lava. Malo e lelei. Welcome.

I’m Karen Spencer, Director of Education for NetSafe in New Zealand.

I specialise in working alongside schools to create inclusive, student-centred learning for a digital world.




Karen is the Director of Education for NetSafe, an independent not-for-profit New Zealand specialising in digital citizenship and cybersafety. With over twenty years in the education sector in New Zealand and the UK, she is internationally recognised for her work in future-focused, inclusive learning through digital technologies, blended/online professional development and online community development. She is an inspiring facilitator, known for her energy, humour and research-led approach.

In her previous role with CORE Education, Karen provided strategic advice for the Connected Learning Advisory-Te Ara Whītiki service on behalf of the Ministry of Education. In 2014, she spearheaded Connected Educator Month for New Zealand and Victoria, Australia. She has undertaken extensive consultancy work in curriculum, e-learning and assessment projects for the Ministry of Education (New Zealand), NZQA, and for international agencies. She has been central to the development of national professional learning projects that target system-wide e-capability development, such as Enabling e-Learning, the VLN Groups social network and the e-Learning Planning Framework.

In 2013, Karen received the inaugural ICET Asia-Pacific Senior e-Fellow award. She was also awarded the John Allan Scholarship by the University of Waikato (2013) and a Masters in Education with Distinction in 2014.

Karen is highly networked [Twitter ~ @virtuallykaren], she blogs at Karen Melhuish Spencer and writes for a variety of educational publications: http://bit.ly/KarenMS_publications.

[updated June 2016]

This blog has been my online ‘home’ since 2007 – a space for pondeirng, sharing resources and pulling threads together. You can also find me here…and here…and here…

Akaroa | Mid-winter 2011

…and my alter-ego, who is passionately learning about photography, is here:

  • Cameranaut: Presenting photos, some of them pretty good. Includes my ‘365’ project.

One thought on “About me

  1. Thank you Karen for your wonderful session today at ULearn. You are indeed a National Treasure!

    I’m delighted that you were just the person I needed to speak to re CLAIRE BOONSTRA . When I locate your email, I shall send you further info.

    Warm regards

    Janet McCarroll


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