Registrations open for #edchatNZ conference in August


#edchatNZ has announce that registrations for its second conference, taking place in Hamilton 12-13 August 2016, have opened. “In 2014, edchatNZ hosted its inaugural conference at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. It was spectacular. We pushed the boundaries by offering a low cost, high quality conference,” said Philippa Nicoll Antipas. “With a registration fee of a mere $20, and over 300 participants, edchatNZ made […]

NZ Curriculum to include digital technology

Digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland. “This is the first change to the New Zealand Curriculum since its introduction in 2007 and reflects our Government’s commitment to championing 21st […]

Wanted: Your experiences using Minecraft


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

Special feature: Computer code in the classroom


Interested in finding out more about what computer coding can offer? Looking for ways to use it with your students?  In the latest issue, read how eight teachers share with INTERFACE their experiences of bringing programming into their classes. Learning how to adapt and change with technology, Janie Tito, Chilton Saint James School, Wellington Exploring and experimenting […]

NZTech calls for faster implementation of digital literacy

Teaching computational thinking, digital technology and cyber security at primary school level has been identified by NZTech in a first-ever substantive report to be as integral as maths and English to the nation’s economy. The New Zealand education system is not evolving fast enough to generate local talent to support the growth of the tech […]

First NZ initiative to link computer coding with te reo

Code Club Aotearoa

A charity group has teamed up with Ngai Tahu to produce a first-of-its-kind initiative to teach primary school students how to embrace Ngai Tahu’s cultural beliefs and language by creating a variety of coding projects incorporating te reo. Code Club Aotearoa is a charity that partners with primary schools and uses the knowledge of a nationwide volunteer network to help children […]

Hapara launches on Microsoft Office 365

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Previously only available on Google Apps, education management system Hapara can now be used with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote. Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Manager Evan Blackman says by combining OneNote and Hapara, educators have a powerful tool that helps them focus attention on improving student learning outcomes. “Hapara on the Office 365 platform gives […]

Review: Acer Switch Alpha 12


  There are plenty of Windows-powered tablets with slim keyboard covers, varying in price, power and performance. If you’re finding it hard to choose, Acer’s latest device could well be the ‘Alpha’ in the pack. The Switch Alpha 12 is an impressive-looking (and good looking, too) 2-in-1 tablet. Powered by Intel Core i3, i5 or […]

Ubiquitous learning for Rotorua students


Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru is a Rotorua-based trust dedicated to providing ‘ubiquitous learning’ across the district and is creating its vision in two ways, writes Lee Suckling. “The first objective is to assist in putting a device into the hands of every child in Rotorua,” explained Adam Ellis, Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru’s Director of Technology. “The […]

Traditional teaching just isn’t enough anymore


Award-winning teacher Gareth Haddon is passionate about progressive learning and believes traditional teaching practices are no longer enough to develop lifelong learners. Gareth Haddon teaches Geography, Social Sciences and Robotics teacher at Aorere College in Auckland. He recently completed the The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) and […]

New online education resources from the SPCA


After 18 months of research and development, SPCA has launched an exciting new education programme for schools: Teachers’ Portal SPCA Kids Education Teachers’ Portal Teachers are invited to register for free and unlimited access to SPCA’s extensive collection of innovative New Zealand Curriculum aligned animal welfare resources. “As a registered user you will […]

Turning gamers into digital designers


During an open night at Shirley Boys’ High School for prospective families, a group of Year 10 students waited for their audience. The lads fired up their devices, pulled out decks of cards and it was game on. The students are in a social sciences class working on prototype games about road safety. Their best […]

3P Learning receives 2016 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Award


3P Learning has been awarded the 2016 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Award. The Public Sector, Education Partner of the Year Award recognises a partner organisation that excels at providing innovative and unique services or solutions based services on Microsoft technologies to education customers. 3P Learning was also a finalist in the Technology for Good […]

SSO for Mathletics and Spellodrome


3P Learning has announced that it now fully supports Google SSO and Office 365 SSO for both Mathletics and Spellodrome. Direct SSO login links have been  added across all product homepages: Office 365 Mathletics Spellodrome: Coming Soon Buttons on all Mathletics Homepages. Google Single Sign On Mathletics Spellodrome Buttons on all Mathletics Homepages. For more information call 0800 375327.  

Applications open for Catalyst’s ‘Arduino Academy’


In the July school holidays, Catalyst runs a three-day ‘Arduino Academy’on the 11, 12 and 13 July . Applications are open for the eight places available  Aimed at senior secondary school students, the Catalyst Arduino Academy is three days of learning about the Arduino. “We hope we can inspire the students to continue to further develop […]

File Share: Student Reviews

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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 at Heaton Normal Intermediate School give us their views on a selection of tools. Thematic ( “Thematic is a great site for any age group because of its simplicity. There […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2016 in Auckland, by Churchill Park School


Thanks to students from Churchill Park School for creating this fantastic video of INTERFACE Xpo 2016 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland.

Bring The Mind Lab to your town

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The Mind Lab by Unitec wants teachers to crowd-source its future locations. The Where to Next campaign gives you the chance to bring its postgrad programme to your hometown. And it’s easy – teachers simply register themselves and their school through the Where To Next interactive portal and once a location receives 40 votes, The Mind Lab will create […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2016 Taupo, By Putaruru College


All the action from INTERFACE Xpo 2016 in Taupo on Monday 23 May, 2016. Produced by PC Films, students from Putaruru College. Thanks for creating such a great video of the event.

Xpo ‘Running Man’ in Taupo


INTERFACE Editor joins the ‘Running Man’ craze and starts INTERFACE Xpo 2016 with his own version of the popular dance. What do you reckon? Any chance of it going viral?


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