Issue 121 – Term 4, November 2023
INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition – Winners 2023
INTERFACE News and Views
Project has designs on building towards a sustainable future In the heart of Christchurch, an innovative challenge using Minecraft Education has aimed to change the way students learn about and understand sustainable urban development.
academyEX: Your passion, your project Get the tools to lead your own change project in 2024 with The Mind Lab by academyEX. Whether you want to increase student agency, improve attendance, or personalise your classroom’s learning, the Master of Contemporary Education can help with that.
The good, the bad and the future of AI Exciting? Alarming? Or is AI just another tech trend of average interest to educators? We wanted to know and you didn’t hold back in telling us in our ‘AI in Education’ reader survey. Some of you love it, some of you don’t and others are firmly on the fence. One thing, though, we can probably all agree on for sure is that AI can’t be ignored.
New app ensures integrity of students’ work In this new age of AI in the classroom, schools find themselves wrestling with how to evaluate and confirm the authenticity of student assessment work. To help teachers navigate this uncharted AI terrain, a staff member at Francis Douglas Memorial College has developed ‘EssayMaster’, an innovative solution to regulate assessment proceedings.
Take a look at some of this year’s Minecraft entries Thanks to everyone who took the plunge and entered this year’s Minecraft competition, ‘Build a Big Blue Future’, sponsored by the Marine Stewardship Council. The challenge was to design a new exhibit for the National Aquarium of New Zealand. And you came up with some great ideas.
File Share: Two pages of online resources for educators.
10 apps for your teaching toolbox in 2024 Want to try something new next year? Yes, of course, you do! So, here’s a selection of apps you might want to add to your classroom kete. We’ve tried to select ones that do a range of tasks and, hopefully, you haven’t used before. Give them a go and see what you think.
Competitions: Heaps of great prizes to be won!
Lenovo’s latest Chromebooks offer all-round versatility With a bigger and better touchscreen, all-day battery life, world-facing camera, and garaged pen, there’s a lot to like about Lenovo’s 500e Yoga Chromebook Gen 4 – and that’s even before adding in the option of a bilingual keyboard.
Dates and locations for next May’s INTERFACEXpo 2024
INTERFACE November 2023