Planning to try something new in 2017?


Got an app you’re just itching to try? Or maybe a new digital challenge in mind for your class? Whatever it is, we’d like to hear from you. This year, we’ve reported on some great initiatives in classrooms across the country. Like the teacher who wrote an award-winning app to help Dyslexic students and a […]

Tahi gives schools seamless access to online learning


“I can’t remember my password!” Does this sound familiar? As more learning activities move online, teachers are often required to set up new accounts for every student before they can access web-based educational content. On a daily basis, a student’s online learning experience can be interrupted with forgotten passwords. These programs and websites often demand […]

Introducing eTV’s new video annotation service, EVA


When the people at eTV learned that the video annotation ZAPTION service that had been integrated into theirs was closing, there was only one thing for it. “Realising how powerful being able to add interactive content to videos is for teaching and student engagement, we decided to build our own,” said eTV General manager Gresham […]

NEXT top digital learning teacher announced


Edgewater College’s Desirè Truter was awarded the NE XT Foundation Expert Teacher Award at The Mind L ab by Unitec’s graduation in Auckland last month. The specialist English teacher recently completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) and was recognised alongside 215 fellow teachers from the July 2015 cohort. She was […]

Programming with VEX IQ


Kiwibots is a Charitable Trust whose mission is to ‘inspire a passion for STEAM’ through VEX robotics platforms, its curriculum and learning support, and associated challenges and competitions, writes Chris Hamling. Everything needs to have a beginning, so this description of the programming pathways associated with VEX should start with the VEX IQ Challenge. It […]

Have you heard about Stan’s new plan?


Did you know World Tsunami Awareness Day is on 5 November? How would you deal with this or other natural disasters? Do you have a plan? Check out the new-look ‘What’s the Plan, Stan?’ resource from the Ministry of Civil Defence. ‘What’s the Plan, Stan?’, a well-known guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classroom, […]

Cyclone offers a way for all students to have devices


Looking for a way to achieve student ownership of devices that is both compliant and all inclusive? A new initiative from Cyclone may just be the answer. Digital devices are becoming more pervasive in the hands of students. Teachers are moving their learning programmes towards a digital environment. In July, the Minister of Education announced […]

More from ULearn16


Really enjoying our time at ULearn this year. Great to see so many people. Lots of ideas and solutions to discuss and digest!

Great start to ULearn 16


The first day of ULearn16 is done and it’s been a great start. Plenty to see and do, and satisfy everyone’s thirst for digital technology in education. Especially enjoyed getting to grips with robots, 3D printers and laser cutters! Thanks to everyone who’s come by the INTERFACE stand. It’s good to meet you and have […]

INTERFACE Awards 2016 – entries close soon!


Are you proud of what you’re achieving with digital technology in your classroom? Want to share your success? Entries close soon for INTERFACE Awards 2016 – Friday 7 October is the cut-off date. If you’re thinking about entering, don’t delay! Simply tell us what you’ve done with digital technology and what it’s achieved for you and […]

Going to uLearn16? Stop by the INTERFACE stand and grab a FREE 4GB memory stick (while stocks last)


If you’re going to be at uLearn16, don’t forget to come to our exhibition stand. We’d love to see to and have a chat. Plus, we’ll be giving out a special INTERFACE 4GB USB stick, packed with information from us and selected companies. Swing by early and grab one … before they run out!   […]

Healthy Online: Digital Citizenship training for educators


Bridging the Gap is offering ‘Digital Citizenship’ training for educators. This includes interactive, 4-session Professional Development for teachers Years 0-13. H  

The importance of being a computer coder


Learning to read and write gives students a language to use and interact with the world around them. Code isn’t much different, writes Dan Milward. Code is the language of computers. If we want students who are digitally competent and who can make things that work on a computer, say a webpage, an app or […]

Education Awards 2016: Make your choice!

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Have you voted yet? ‘Teachers Choice’ voting is now open in the Education Awards 2016 – and runs to 19 October. Teachers around the country are being invited to cast their vote for the nominated educational resources that they find the most useful in their classrooms. If you take part, you and your school could […]

Check out an ‘Open Lab’ at The Mind Lab


Like to test the waters before you take the plunge on its Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice programme? The Mind Lab By Unitec’s ‘Open Labs’ are the best way to do so. Some are running this week, so check the dates and locations now. “Our Open Labs are the perfect chance to come along and see what […]

Having a ball with robotics


There may not seem a natural connection between classical guitar lessons and robotics. But this unlikely combination started the ball rolling for a robot phenomenon we now all know as Sphero. High roller: Ian with the updated BB-8 and app “My dad is a classical guitar teacher. He taught lessons to my electronics teacher who, […]

Review: HP Elite x2 1012


Beautiful and powerful. If I was asked to come up with two words that sum up HP’s hybrid, Elite x2 1012, this would be them. Thin, lightweight, elegant, stylish, and well-crafted were also all in with a shot but just missed the cut. I guess you get my drift. This is a top-notch, two-in-one machine, […]

Wanted: Your experiences using Virtual Reality 


Are you using Virtual Reality in your classroom? If so, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special issue’ on this new and engaging technology. We want you to tell us about your experiences using and developing VR teaching solutions. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams and he’ll tell you […]

Review: LittleBits STEAM Student Set


I’m sat at the table fiddling with the pieces in the LittleBits STEAM Student Set and, really, all I’m thinking is “Darn, I wish I’d come up with this!” LittleBits is an ingenious collection of electronic building blocks. Much like any electronics kit, you put the components or ‘bits’ together to create circuits. What sets […]

Use of Tahi grows as students trial online exams


The number of schools using N4L’s new digital service Tahi is set to rise, as trials for the NZQA digital assessments begin this month. Participating schools will be among the first to use Tahi to sign into their digital assessments. Tahi works with a school’s Student Management System (SMS) to create a single Tahi identity […]