How are you keeping your students safe online?


The growing trend for secure websites could mean your school’s web filtering set-up may no longer be meeting your needs and providing a safe online environment for your students. Lee Suckling investigates what’s changing and what you can do about it. During the lifetime of most teachers, web filtering has changed substantially. When computers were […]

Being Bike Wise 101: Cycling inspiration for you


The Bike Wise team understands being a teacher is a busy job, so a menu of resources and links are available to help you inspire your students to find out more about cycling. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer. The future of cycling Get your students thinking about cycling in the future: what does […]

Twenty years of BYOD


Twenty years ago, Saint Kentigern College launched the first student one-to-one programme in a New Zealand school. Overseeing it from the start has been ICT Director Walter Chieng, ably assisted by partners Toshiba, Lexel and Service Plus. Remember 1996? Windows NT and MySpace were launched. DVDs were starting to appear. The first Wi-Fi protocol (802.11) […]

Protecting students and staff: The Fortinet way

Cyber-security is one of the most challenging issues confronting school administrators up and down New Zealand. Fortinet has the solution. It’s hard enough keeping up with online learning, teaching and administration without having to worry about hackers, intruders, criminals and at-risk behaviour. But in this mind-bogging maelstrom of cyber-security threats, one solution stands out for […]

Pakuranga College wins a ‘Tonne of Technology’

What would you do if you won $10,000 worth of technology for your school? That’s the challenge for Pakuranga College after its ‘outcome based e-learning initiatives’ won the first annual ‘Tonne of Technology’ competition sponsored by New Era and Acer. Earlier in the year, New Era and Acer teamed up to give schools the chance […]

Teacher Ambassador to help schools with Microsoft solutions


Microsoft has launched a new ‘Teacher Ambassador’ programme to help integrate its products and services effectively into the classroom. The first in the role, Nicki Gemmell, talks to INTERFACE.   Last month, Nicki Gemmell, a former primary school teacher, took on a new role at Microsoft New Zealand, becoming the company’s first ‘Teacher Ambassador’. The […]

File Share: Student Reviews November 2015

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Sometimes, no matter what you think of an app or website, the only opinion that really counts is from those in the classroom. Here students from Katikati Primary School give us their views on a selection of tools.   Geography Hub ( “The geography hub is a collection of videos that tells you about the […]

An Hour of Code with Star Wars!

star wars hour of code has a brand new tutorial for the Hour of Code 2015, in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm – featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Work with Rey to guide the new droid BB-8 through a mission. Then, join Leia to create and share your own game in a galaxy far, far away. Users will […]

Register for FREE Cyclone Google Education Roadshow

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Cyclone is inviting registrations to its ‘Google Education Roadshow’, which is visiting 10 locations throughout New Zealand during the next month.  The events will be hosted by Greg Reynolds, Cyclone’s Google Education BDM, and Saunil Hagler, Cyclone’s Google Digital Learning Specialist. While there, attendees will: Familiarise yourself with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Hear […]

Schools’ digital confidence boosted by N4L’s Managed Network


A new study has found that Principals across New Zealand have increased confidence implementing their school’s digital learning strategy since connecting to N4L’s Managed Network. More than 350 schools responded to a New Zealand Council of Education Research (NZCER) survey that asked Principals their thoughts on using the new Government-funded Managed Network, which also provides schools with web safety and […]


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