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May Issue Out Now!

(Last Updated On: May 1, 2020)

Issue 99 – Term 2, May 2020

INTERFACE NEWS AND VIEWS

NOTICEBOARD

THE MIND LAB: Education after lockdown

ETV: Overcoming the tyranny of distance learning

MOTAT.FUN: Supporting remote learning for young Kiwis.

ARE WE GOING TO LEARN FROM THE LOCKDOWN? Educators rising to the challenge and delivering digital learning. Increased engagement and more agency from students. We should make sure that the positives learned from teaching in the lockdown becomes the new normal in education.

WAYS TO LEARN REMOTELY WITH MICROSOFT With the lockdown creating unprecedented remote learning challenges for teachers and students, Microsoft has a range of online resources and ideas to help education continue outside of the normal classroom environment.

MINECRAFT COMPETITIONS

SPARK SOME LEARNING AND FUN WITH SENSORS Looking for tools to engage students with physical computer programming in an affordable and extendible way? The gator:bit board, alligator cables and sensors may be just what you’re looking for.

SPECIAL FEATURE: HOW SOCIAL SHOULD YOU BE IN YOUR TEACHING Few would argue that social media is part of modern-day life – however, there’s more debate when asking if it has a place in your classroom. Is it a frivolous timewaster or are there tangible ways it can be used to enhance your teaching and students’ learning?

  • 10 GREAT WAYS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN YOUR CLASSROOM
  • PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE LIBRARY WITH A FACEBOOK PAGE
  • LEARNING JAPANESE WITH SNAPCHAT MESSAGES
  • USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO CONNECT WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • TAKING POLLS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA APPS

NEWS MAKES HEADLINES WITH ITS 1,000TH EPISODE Six years ago, the first ever episode of NEWS (News Education Winton School) was aired. Now, more than 1,000 episodes later, the daily programme has become part of school life.

FILE SHARE – Four pages of online resources

LESSON IDEAS: Awesome online resources for teachers

GAMEFROOT: COVID-19 – How to stop the spread!

COMPETITIONS Some great prizes to be won!

FROM THE BACK: THE MAKING OF MAKERS Project Wy, The Mind Lab and MOTAT teamed up for ‘We Are Makers’, a week-long programme that gave students from low decile schools the opportunity to experience hands-on engineering in a fun, team-based activity.

EVENTS DIARY

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