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 […]

A new way to watch TV (and make money, too)

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eTV is launching a new Set Top Box that will enable teachers and students to take eTV directly to large TV screens at school and at home. It’s a smart new way for them to view the huge range of content – and could even make you money. Many people don’t realise that eTV streams […]

NZTA Game Design Competition 2016: Meet the winners


The NZ Transport Agency’s Game Design Competition ran during Terms 1 and 2. It challenged Year 7-13 students to design games about safe road use.  This year’s winning entries are: Winner Category 2: Playable Game and Overall Competition Winner – Cylante By Cheng-Zhen, Matthew, Brandon, Reuel, and Alec, Auckland Grammar School. This 2D role playing game […]

Zaption: A message from eTV


“Zaption has recently announced that it will shut down on 30 September. Many of you will know that a lot of time and energy went into integrating the Zaption tool into eTV. Many teachers have invested time in creating quizzes and lessons for their students and to lose it now is both frustrating and disappointing […]

MADE Awards 2016: Entries open

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Planning to make something for the MADE Awards? Entries are now open – and close at the end of Term 3. The awards aim to recognise excellence in digital media skills. This year, the addition of a new ‘Open’ category, means there are now eight to choose from, including the INTERFACE-sponsored ‘Documentary’ category. Each is […]

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

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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 […]


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