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 […]

Phoning home helps threatened languages live on


Mobile phones, computers and other technology are often thought to erode the unique cultural identities of small communities, but a Victoria University of Wellington Professor of Linguistics argues the opposite can be true. Professor Miriam Meyerhoff, a sociolinguist in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, has been conducting fieldwork in Vanuatu for more […]

Biggest update to education in 27 years

The biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years was introduced in Parliament yesterday by Education Minister Hekia Parata. “The Education (Update) Amendment Bill is about enabling schools to provide a flexible 21st century education focussed on the achievement of every young New Zealander, says Ms Parata. “The overall approach of the […]

Avondale College student wins ‘Silver’ at Microsoft World Champs

Avondale College represents NZ at MOS World Champs - Azizul Islam, Di Kun Ong, silver medalist Aidan Sharpe and teacher Paul McClean

Beating a pool of more than 700,000 hopeful competitors and 150 finalists from 40 countries, Avondale College student Aidan Sharpe, 17, won second place in the PowerPoint competition at the 15th annual Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships held in Orlando, Florida last week. The global competition tests the expertise of tech wizards aged 13-23 as they […]

It’s back! Entries now open for our Student Minecraft Competition 2016


Are your students mad for Minecraft? Of course they are … and this is just the thing for them! Welcome to the ‘INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition 2016’. In the three years this competition has been running, we’ve received some fantastic entries and we’re hoping for even better things this time! So, get your thinking caps on and […]

Congratulations to our latest competition winners

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We had some great prizes up for grabs in the last issue (July). Thanks to everyone who entered. Congratulations to Gary Lawrence, Vauxhall School, Auckland, who won the fantastic Acer Aspire R3-131T, courtesy of Acer and Harvey Norman. You correctly answered that this device has a multi-touch display. There were four great books to choose […]

Digital learning support PLD at Cyclone


Cyclone’s national team of Digital Learning Specialists understand the changing landscape of teaching and how to get the best out of technology in the classroom, writes Professional Learning Manager Arnika Macphail.  For us, it is not about what technology you buy … but how you use it. Cyclone’s Digital Learning Specialists all come from teaching […]

Education Analytics with Microsoft’s Power BI

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For the last 12 months, St Andrew’s College has been exploring how business intelligence (BI) and education analytics can improve insight and decision making. St Andrew’s College has trialled a number of tools that would easily collect, analyse, display and share critical information amongst key stakeholders. As part of this investigation, we have looked at tools […]

CLNZ Education Awards 2016: Get ready to make your choices

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The CLNZ Education Awards 2016 are a celebration of excellent educational resources released by New Zealand companies in the past year that support quality teaching and student learning both here and overseas. While there will be a panel of educational experts judging entries, the Education Awards wouldn’t be the same without in-classroom teachers having their […]

uLearn16: Transform your PD


uLearn16 will explore ‘transformation’ in education. CORE Educ ation’s annual professional learning and development conference for educators takes places 5 -7 October 2016 at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre. “uLearn brings educators together to celebrate and share their practice in a genuine spirit of innovation and inquiry,” said Derek Wenmoth, CORE’s Director of eLearning, “to nurture […]