BBC Micro Bit computer’s final design revealed

BBC Micro Bit

The BBC has revealed the final design of the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer set to be given to about one million UK-based children in October. The device – which features a programmable array of red LED lights – includes two buttons and a built-in motion sensor that were not included in a prototype shown […]

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect your Data


By Bruce Schneier Cellphone providers can track location. Search histories are recorded. Emails can be read. Almost any digital data online can not only be stored but also manipulated. If you’re grappling with ways to keep data secure – whether your own, your students’ or your school’s – then this book will be an interesting […]

Xpo 2015: Three super student videos


We invited students from Waihi School (Christchurch), Greenpark School (Tauranga) and St Kentigern Boys’ School (Auckland) to create videos of the three INTERFACE Xpo events this year. “We received three fantastic videos from the three video crews,” said INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams.” Thanks to you all for creating these for us. They are great records of each day, […]

The tale of N4L and the Raspberry Pi

n4l raspberry pi

The Raspberry Pi is a new addition to N4L’s Managed Network connection packages and is proving a useful tool to help the company proactively manage your school’s connection in real time. The Pi is a small computer that gets plugged into the managed router which improves N4L’s ability to remotely identify and troubleshoot any network related issues that […]

Schools use social media monitoring software to watch students


US schools have bought access to sophisticated social media monitoring tools that will let them spy on students’ use of the internet. The Orange County school district in Florida says that it will be able to use the monitoring software to respond quickly to instances of cyberbullying, crime and suicide. The district has bought a […]

Join ‘Web Rangers’, for a safer web

web rangers

Two of New Zealand’s brightest social media stars are backing a programme to help teenagers create their own campaigns to encourage better online behaviour. Caito Potatoe, who has nearly 30,000 YouTube subscribers, and Liam WaveRider, who has more than two million Instagram followers, have both thrown their support behind Web Rangers, a NetSafe, Sticks ‘n […]

Accelerating uptake of technology skills


The ubiquity of ICT in New Zealand schools is a myth, according to Accelerating Aotearoa. The charitable organisation that has been conducting a series of community-based programmes to grow technology skills in underserved areas in South Auckland, writes Lee Suckling. “We believe every child in New Zealand could be properly equipped to be a leader […]

Road project ramps up virtual learning


This August, a virtual field trip will let students experience how engineers and workers build giant ramps over a busy motorway as part of a major infrastructure project. Wayne Erb looks into the potential for classroom learning. Cars and trucks move along a motorway beneath the wide concrete ramp we walk along, our senses alert […]

Running BYOD with MDM solution from Lightspeed


Schools across the country are running BYOD programmes for their students. Looking after these BYOD devices is called Mobile Device Management – or MDM for short. One option is software from Lightspeed Systems, writes Andrew Fergus. If your school currently has a BYOD programme without an MDM, Lightspeed is worth looking into as it streamlines […]

Kids use Twitter to chat in class


Add Twitter to teaching and what do you get? Award-winning Kidsedchatnz is a great way to get students connecting, sharing and learning … and enjoying every minute of it, writes Stephen Baker. Have you ever had a student say to you, “Wow, this is so much fun, do we have to stop?” This is the […]


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