WANTED: Your experiences using 3D printing

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Are you using 3D printing in your classroom? If so, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special issue’ on 3D printing. We want you to tell us about your experiences using this type of teaching solution. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams and he’ll tell you what we’re looking […]

10% discount to attend EduTECH 2016

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EduTECH International Congress and Expo 2016 is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 30 May to 1 June. It consists of one large exhibition and eight parallel conferences, and is your chance to attend Asia-Pacific’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest education event. Keynote speakers include Jane McGonigal, Lord Jim Knight, and Baroness […]

Robotics: From No-bots to Go-bots


Last year was my first teaching robotics. We began a Robotic Club using EV3 Lego Mindstorms, which quickly found its legs and became firmly established across the Preparatory School. It was a fantastic learning experience; the children were enthralled, writes Briony Marks, St Andrew’s College, Christchurch. We began with construction and attempting to understand the components. […]

How limited internet access can subtract from kids’ education


Can a kid succeed in school with only a mobile device for Internet access at home? Lorena Uribe doesn’t have to think about that one: “Absolutely not,” she says. When her old computer broke down several years ago, she and her teenage daughter found themselves in a bind for about five months: homework to do and no […]

Review: Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot


Normally, I try not to take work home with me. For Meccano’s Meccanoid G15 (RRP$299.99), however, I made an exception – and my kids didn’t mind a bit. After all, I thought, who better than them to test drive this particular bit of kit. There’s two distinct parts to the G15: construction and operation. It […]

Equico and APPA PD programme offers $20,000 for grants


Successful Principals collaborate, communicate and share responsibility with teachers, staff and Principals of other schools, positively impacting their own school and further afield. However, successful collaboration relies on a number of factors, including vitally important professional development, and too often this is overlooked in light of more pressing demands on school resources. Now Equico, in […]

The challenge of change


Does your technology need updating? If you’re facing change – or just checking out your options – there’s way more to think about than simply swapping devices and downloading a few new apps, writes David Kinane. In the not too distant past, ICT and computers in schools were platform based, the two tribes were Mac […]

Review: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640


The only thing I have to complain about after reviewing the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4640 was lugging the thing up the stairs to the office. Seriously, that’s it. From ease of use, to functionality, to quality printing, I have to give this all-in-one, inkjet printer, scanner, and copier the thumbs up. The initial set-up process […]

Game design creates collaborative ‘hum’


Wellington  teacher Diana-Grace Morris makes time for her students to design games in class because it fosters a unique interaction among them she doesn’t see in any other learning activities, writes Wayne Erb. There is an energetic rise and fall of sound when a class of Year 7-8 students work together to design games, says […]

Safer Internet Day partners work to tackle internet harms

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Twenty-nine organisations are joining forces today to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms, says online safety and security organisation NetSafe. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among families and […]

Review: HP Pavilion x2


Looking for a student computing device that will meet all the demands of your 1:1 programme? The BYOD market’s pretty crowded at the moment – choice is big, choosing can be hard. Price? Specs? Form? Design? Toughness? Does one do it all? Before making the call, you should definitely check out the Pavilion x2 (RRP$599), […]

Refugee’s story becomes school computer game

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A refugee whose family made a perilous journey across eastern Europe to escape the Nazis has seen her life transformed into an educational computer game. Students from Glasgow Caledonian University have teamed up with Gathering the Voices, an organisation that collects the stories of survivors who settled in Scotland, to design the game, which is […]

Si or no? US states debate swapping computer coding for languages

Florida high school student Brooke Stewart would gladly swap two required foreign language classes to become fluent in JavaScript or Python, the coding languages she uses to design computer games. Lawmakers in her state have sparked national debate by considering whether to provide that option. A measure championed by a former Yahoo executive, who is […]

Dealing with dyslexia


One in 10 New Zealanders is affected by dyslexia, including 70,000 school children. Learning can be daunting and challenging for these students, so one Tauranga teacher has developed an app to improve the way they approach exams, writes Lee Suckling.  Physical education teacher Charles Leota, of Otumoetai College, has been awarded an AMP Scholarship for […]

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools?

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E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are concerns the expansion of electronic devices in schools may undermine the position of traditional paper books. E-books, where stories are loaded onto a tablet or […]

NZ’s most remote students connected to the world

New Zealand’s 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One,Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced. The Remote Schools Broadband Initiative (RSBI) was established in 2012 to improve broadband services to remote schools. The programme provides point-to-point wireless broadband (at least 10 megabits per […]

Minecraft to launch education edition


An ‘education edition’ of Minecraft is to be launched by Microsoft. The product will offer teachers new ways to use the world-building video game in a range of subjects. Microsoft paid $2.5bn (£1.8bn) for Mojang, Minecraft’s Swedish creator, in 2014. And late last year, it bought the four-year-old MinecraftEdu version of the game from Finland-based independent […]

Looking forward to the year ahead!


We’re back on deck, refreshed and raring to go for 2016! Last year was great but we’re expecting the year ahead to be full on. Our next issue publishes Friday 12 February – the second week of Term 1. Among other things, we’ll be looking at learning with robotics in the classroom, how schools know when […]

Thanks for a great ‘Star Wars’ night


Wow, what a night! Thanks to everyone who joined us last night to watch STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. It was great to see so many of you – especially those who made long journeys to make it. “It was lots of fun and so good to relax into Star Wars, the old characters and the […]

See you at Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Everyone who received tickets to join us to watch STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has now been notified. Judging by the reaction, it’s been a popular promotion! You should also have received instructions for attending tomorrow night (17 December). If not, please contact Editor Greg Adams – greg.adams@interfacemagazine.co.nz – as soon as possible and he’ll let […]


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