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August Issue Out Now!

(Last Updated On: July 31, 2020)

Issue 101 – Term 3, August 2020

INTERFACE NEWS AND VIEWS

NOTICEBOARD

IN MEMORY OF GERARD MACMANUS

MOTAT: BREAKING THE TIME AND PLACE BARRIER FOR AUTHENTIC LEARNING

THE MIND LAB: TEACHERS AS STUDENTS – APPREHENSIONS, LIGHTBULB MOMENTS AND TRANSFORMATION

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE DIGITAL ISSUE? Thanks to everyone who took part in our survey.

OUR MINECRAFT WINNERS ARE BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s INTERFACE Minecraft: Education Edition Student Competition – and to Microsoft and MOTAT for their support. The winners are …

IMPACTED AKO HUMMING WITH DIGITAL DIRECTION

ONLINE VIDEOS FOR TEACHING ABOUT FIRE SAFETY The Institution of Fire Engineers, SCSP and ETV have joined forces to educate everyone about the dangers of fire by providing a suite of free video resources.

STUDENTS USE THEIR DIGITAL SKILLS FOR A GOOD CAUSE Who’d have thought playing basketball would lead to a digital technology project for a group of charitable student volunteers to refurbish unwanted computers and send them to help education in Tonga. But that’s exactly what has happened at Northcote Intermediate School.

FOUR STEPS FOR SUCCESSFULLY TEACHING WITH SCRATCH As many teachers look to code in their classrooms, Scratch is often seen as a simple way to do it. But can you be sure it will be effective? Nick Burson and Linda Baran have come up with a Learning Model for successfully teaching programming with the popular block-based tool.

LESSONS FROM LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN The COVID-19 lockdown was tough, no doubt about it. The situation challenged teachers and students, schools and parents. While, thankfully, we’re back to some sort of normality, what can we take from the whole experience?

BOOKS

FILE SHARE – Four pages of online resources

LESSON IDEAS: ‘Six project ideas for using Scratch’ and ‘Making pixel art in Scratch’

GAMEFROOT: How can tech empower creative writing?

COMPETITIONS Some great prizes to be won!

FROM THE BACK: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING IN CHANGING TIMES Despite society becoming more diverse and multicultural, teaching practices in the online digital environment haven’t always adapted to meet this. Henderson School’s Renu Sikka is investigating why and gives us a preview of her study.

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