Scratch competition – results coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Student Scratch competition. We’ve received hundreds of entries and it’s taken us longer than we expected to work through them all. The quality of the work that’s been submitted is really high and there have been some fantastic entries. It’s been a tough task to judge them. But we’re nearly […]

What you should know when choosing a school calendar app

Finding a calendar app that improves and enhances the communication schools already have with their community can be both confusing and time consuming. Sharlene Barnes looks at what you really need to know. Apps are everywhere – and that’s why schools can really benefit from implementing a calendar app to communicate with parents. Statistics say […]

Demystifying wearable technology

What is ‘Wearable Tech’? Created by Calaghan, The Wearable Technology – Improving Human Performance and Wellbeing infographic breaks the topic down into sub components and explains what technologies are ready to utilise now and which will be ready in the future. The business innovation agency is currently running its biennial C-Prize Challenge, offering a NZ$100,000 […]

Are these the LogicBots you’re looking for?

For Kenneth Ward, studying chemistry at university led to a fascination with robots but they were too expensive for a student to really get into. So, he started making computer games about robots instead. Meet LogicBots, an educational game where players build virtual robots to complete puzzles using logic gates. The game is played in […]

Spring Equinox Sun Survey and Infographic competition

Schoolgen is offering teachers and students the chance to be part of an awesome, astronomical event – and an ingenious, infographic challenge. At the Spring Equinox (23 September), our beautiful planet is perfectly balanced between the winter and summer solstices. And to highlight this special event, Schoolgen has a super-easy, science experiment for your class […]

Get your entries ready for the MADE Awards 2017!

Calling all digital creators … entries are now open for the MADE Awards 2017. Designed to recognise excellence in digital media skills, these popular awards continue to grow in size and standard – could you be a winner in 2017? There are eight categories to choose from – including the INTERFACE-sponsored ‘Documentary’ – each category […]

Maths competition offers $20,000 cash prize!

Primary students across New Zealand and Australia will battle it out to show their maths proficiency in Matific’s inaugural Maths competition, starting 31 August. Up for grabs is $50,000 worth of prizes, including a major first prize of $20,000 cash. “There will be an initial ‘warm up’ period from 14 to 30 August that’s designed […]

Scratch competition: Entries close in one week

There’s still time to enter our student Scratch competition. But don’t delay. Entries close Friday 7 July (the end of Term 2). We’ve teamed up with The Mind Lab to put together a cunning Scratch-based competition – we provide the template and your students then add their code to finish the own unique game. For […]

Ministry unveils $40m ‘digital fluency’ package

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people. “This investment will support the biggest change to our curriculum in 10 years,” said Kaye. The package includes $24 million of new and $16 million of existing funding, and comes […]

Epson unveils research showing how display size matters

Epson has announced new findings by Radius Global Market Research that evaluated the readability of content displayed on 70-inch screens in average-sized classrooms in Singapore and the UK. According to the two surveys, more than 50 per cent of students in each country found that contents displayed on 70-inch screens was difficult to read, with […]

DigiTech Roadshow provides digital technology support to teachers

CORE Education is providing digital technology support to educators with the DigiTech Roadshow during August 2017. In response to the Ministry of Education’s announcement that digital technologies will be recognised as part of the Technology Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum from 2018, the Roadshow offers an interactive experience for educators from New Entrants […]

Students use 3D printing to tackle global issues

A Christchurch school’s students are using 3D modelling and printing to build board games – and discover new ways of thinking to solve world problems, explains The Mind Lab’s Catherine Johnson. Year 9 and 10 students at Te Kura Kaupapa Ma-ori O Te wha-nua Tahi are visiting The Mind Lab once a week over the […]

Keeping a copy of OneNote Class Notebooks

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook and a popular tool in schools that’s used for collecting information and multi-user collaboration. Here Sam McNeill explores how a new feature lets you take your OneNote Class Notebooks wherever you go. One of the most common questions that I get asked by students and teachers is: “How do I keep […]

Review: Apple iPad

What’s new? What do we think? What do you need to know? There is a selection of new devices being pitched at the education market. INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams checks out a new version of an old favourite. I bought my first iPad some seven years ago. It’s not an itch that’s made me pick […]

INTERFACE Xpo 17: Rocking in Rotorua

Thanks to everyone who made it to INTERFACE Xpo 2017 in Rotorua. It was great to see so many of you at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre on Monday.

Xpo 2017: Thanks for a great day in Blenheim

It was INTERFACE Xpo’s first visit to Blenheim and we had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came along. We hope you all had an inspiring and informative day exploring digital technology.

Just a week to go until we kick off in Blenheim

One week. Seven days. That’s all it is until we kick off INTERFACE Xpo 2017 in Blenheim. Can’t wait to get going! There are still a few places left in Blenheim. So, if you’re keen to come along or know of anyone who might like to attend, go to interfacexpo.nz/register2017/ It’s going to be a great day […]

Digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement

Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the ‘Digital Technologies in Schools’ survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. A special supplement in the latest INTERFACE Magazine is a summary report card on selected key results from the 2016/17 […]

Tell us about your experiences learning with games

Calling all games-curious educators! NZCER is hosting ‘Games For Learning’, a two-day event that will “explore the potential of games, game design, and gameful thinking to enrich education and support equity and positive social impact for all learners.” It’s being held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa on 31 August and 1 September – […]

Schools can do amazing things in the cloud

The introduction of ‘cloud technology’ provides all schools with a landmark opportunity to transform learning, increase efficiencies and reduce overheads, writes Anne Taylor. Yes, the ‘Cloud’ can be complex but not when you have the right guidance from suppliers and partners. They’ll look after all the technical details of your cloud transformation and, once you’re […]