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Issue 96 – Term 3, September 2019

(Last Updated On: November 7, 2019)

INTERFACE News and Views

INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2019

Noticeboard

What happens to your old TELA+ laptop?

Tips for improving your Google searches

Using EVA to promote positive social behaviour in young people
ETV and the Student Communication and Safe Practices Charitable Trust are beginning an exciting collaboration using Enhanced Video Annotation (EVA) to provide a new way for teachers to engage students with SCSP’s online resources.

TENZ supports teachers to RISE with technology
TENZ is a professional, collaborative network. Next month’s conference at Auckland’s Albany Senior High School, is just one way it’s working to maintain links between educators and the wider technological community.

Recreating a Māori world with virtual blocks
Microsoft is launching a whole new world to explore in Minecraft: Education Edition. Ngā Motu (The Island) will offer students a taste of what life was like in a traditional Māori pā thanks to this virtual world’s creator Whetu Paitai.

Thinking of teaching Te Reo? Anyone can do it with Tipu!
Created by Nelson-based Plink Software, Tipu is a language app that uses gamification and customisation to make learning Te Reo Māori easy, convenient and fun both in and out of the classroom.

Special feature: Creating a space for making
Makerspaces give students the opportunity to be creative and innovative, problem-solve and learn new skills. How do you go about setting one up and what can you do in it? Six educators share their experiences of creating a space for making.

App brings disaster into your classroom
From storm to tsunami to zombie apocalypse, a new augmented reality app aims to help teach young students how to react in an emergency and will be available before October’s nationwide ‘ShakeOut’ drill.

Books

Lesson Ideas: What3words and Toilet Paper Roll Smartphone Mount

File Share – Four pages of online resources

Competitions Some great prizes to be won!

Helping prepare schools for the new curriculum
The Education Review Office (ERO) recently released a report about the readiness of schools to implement the new digital technologies learning at the start of 2020. Ellen MacGregor-Reid responds with the Ministry’s voice and perspective.

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