Minecraft tutorials now available in Te Reo for ‘Hour of Code’


The annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will have a distinctly Kiwi flavour this year with new Minecraft tutorials on the popular Code.org website being made available in Te Reo Māori for the first time. New Zealand students will join with 1,000s of others around the world this week as they jump into the world of computer coding […]

N4L completes roll-out of Managed Network to 2400+ schools


N4L has completed its Managed Network. The roll-out began at the end of 2013 and now is being used by nearly 800,000 students and teachers from 2,400+ schools. “Today is really about marking the end of the beginning,” said N4L CEO John Hanna. “Schools are using more online learning programmes, more devices and are producing more digital […]

New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards 2016: Winners named


Recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards were named at a ceremony held at Auckland’s Massey University in Albany last week. For the second year running, teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s […]

Digital Education Design Opportunity


The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is looking for digital educational design expertise to help it enhance and develop its driver education programme, http://www.drive.govt.nz “We are looking for experienced educators with a relevant tertiary education qualification and expertise in creating digital educational tools to act in a consultancy capacity. You will need to work collaboratively with […]

INTERFACE Awards 2016: Meet this year’s winners …


Congratulations and well done to the winners of the INTERFACE Awards 2016. This year the entries were of a higher standard than ever. Well done on your awesome achievement.       OUR 2016 WINNERS ARE … Best Digital Resource WINNER: Monique Roser, Bethlehem College, Tauranga. Students’ Skill Tutorial Videos RUNNER-UP: Catherine Wooller, Westlake Girls’ […]

Meet our Minecraft Masters for 2016


Thanks to all you magnificent Minecrafters who entered this year’s INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition. We were stunned by the quality (and number) of entries. Your creativity and skill are remarkable. Well done! There were four categories: Your Dream Home (Years 1-6); Your Dream Home (Years 7-8); Landmarks and Locations (All Years); and New Zealand (All […]

INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition – Selection of entries


Thanks to all you magnificent Minecrafters who entered this year’s INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition. Here is a selection of the entries we received:   Your Dream Home (Years 1-6)   Your Dream Home (Years 7-8)   Landmarks and Locations/New Zealand (All Years)

WIN: DJI Phantom 3 Drone 


Christmas could be coming early thanks to Equico. Simply ask them for a quote and your school could win 1 of 2 DJI Phantom 3 Drones (RRP $950). Contact an education leasing specialist, quotes@equico.co.nz. But be quick. This offer ends 31 December, 2016.

What do you think about a Minecraft event?


Are you mad for Minecraft? Would you like a Minecraft event? Minecraft is a powerful and engaging tool in the classroom; we want to make it even more so. So, we’re considering hosting a Minecraft event next year. We’ve been brainstorming ideas … but we’re also looking for your input and guidance. What would you […]

WANTED: Your experiences teaching with digital technology

How are you using digital technology in your classroom? Tell us about what you’ve done and how you’ve done it, and all that you’ve learned along the way. What successes and learning outcomes have you achieved? What challenges have you met and overcome, big or small, success or ‘chalked up to experience’, we want to […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2017: Registrations open 10 February


Not long to go now until registrations open for INTERFACEXpo 2017. It’ll coincide with the publication of our first issue next year. Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as it happens, so you can book your place! We’ll be holding three events next year: Blenheim – Thursday 25 May Rotorua – Monday 29 […]

MADE Awards 2016 – Action and winners


Congratulations to all this year’s winners in the MADE Awards. The awards ceremony at the Bay Court Theatre in Tauranga was a glamorous affair and a huge success. Check out the full results and all the action from the night. “A HUGE Congratulations to each and every finalists and an extra special shout out to […]

Kiwi-developed computer science education program gets a $343,000 grant from Microsoft

A New Zealand-designed school programme for developing computational thinking skills is being given a major global boost, thanks to a new grant announced today by Microsoft NZ. The Computer Science Unplugged project is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and physical […]

Project to showcase school takes flight


Getting a class project off the ground had its challenges, writes Fairlie Atkinson. But give students two quadcopters, add some perseverance and experimentation, and innovative ideas really can fly. Last year, I asked my Level 3 students to create virtual school tours for our 50th reunion. I wanted them to make something that people could […]

Join the ‘Hour of Code’


Three years ago, the ‘Hour of Code’ was launched. So far, an estimated 10 per cent of all the world’s students have tried it. The 2016 Hour of Code events take place 5 -11 December. “For this year’s Hour of Code, we want to expand participation by the community, and we want more schools to […]

The Mind Lab disrupts its way to success


The Mind Lab by Unitec is a unique collaboration between a public education provider and a specialist education lab. It is dedicated to enhancing digital literacy capability and the implementation of contemporary practice in the teaching profession, and is the first facility of its kind to adopt an intangible business model, writes Frances Valintine. Business […]

INTERFACE Awards 2016 … find out the winners on Friday


Thanks to everyone who voted in the INTERFACE Awards 2016. Your input will help us choose this year’s winners. Good luck to all our finalists. We’re finalising the scores and placings. The results will be announced on Friday, 25 November.  

Minecraft competition – still time to enter!

There’s still time for your students to enter our Minecraft competition … but they’ll have to be quick!  Entries close today. The page will be open until the end of the day. There are four categories to choose from in this year’s competition. Your Dream House (Years 1-6) Your Dream House (Years 7-8) Landmarks and Locations […]

‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ officially launched


Following months of testing and free trials for early adopters, Microsoft has announced the official launch of Minecraft: Education Edition. In a statement it says: “We are excited to announce that the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition is now available for purchase in 11 languages and 50 countries around the world. You can get […]

Twitter set to ‘discontinue’ Vine


Twitter has announced that it is closing video sharing service Vine. It launched about four years ago and lets users share six-second-long video clips that played on a loop. In a statement the company said: “Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing […]