Issue 117 – Term 1, April 2023

(Last Updated On: May 3, 2023)



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Reader Survey: Your thoughts revealed on teaching about environmental sustainability


The Wonder Project Rocket Challenge Inspiring STEAM curiosity the fun way in primary ākonga Have a blast and gain confidence teaching STEM by signing up for the Wonder Project Rocket Challenge in 2023. As students design, build and launch their own water rocket, they’ll learn about Newton’s laws, the engineering design process, and working as a team.

Netsafe launches bite-sized online safety modules Netsafe has unveiled new educational resources called ‘Micro Learning Moments’. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the new classroom-friendly materials are bite-size interactive modules that can be used to encourage critical thinking around topics important to young people.

Promoting digital inclusion with bilingual keyboard Lenovo has unveiled a new bilingual keyboard, which will be available soon on ThinkPad and Yoga 13W devices. Developed in collaboration with AMD, the aim behind it is to allow students and teachers to easily type the macrons required when writing te reo Māori.

Secure your school’s online presence with SchoolDNS – a free new service The Ministry of Education is offering a free new DNS registration and hosting service to schools and kura across the country. Meet SchoolDNS, whose aim is to make life easier for you by centralising the registration and renewal process of domain names, as well as covering the annual costs.

Special feature: What are you thinking about AI in your classroom? Is Artificial Intelligence going to revolutionise the way you teach? Having promised so much, for so long, is it finally starting to have a real impact? ChatGPT is the latest AI-powered tool to hit the classroom, sparking amazement and angst in varying measure. We explore how teachers are already leveraging the technology’s educational potential to enhance learning.

Pieces fall perfectly into place for design project When Bunnings donated to Bailey Road School some ceramic tiles in different colours, the challenge was to use them in art projects that would beautify the school. Technology teacher Karishma Kumar used the opportunity for her Year 7 and 8 students to learn the process of digital and physical mosaic design.

File Share: Four pages of classroom-friendly online learning resources.

Gamefroot lesson: Mashing up culture and coding in a Mihi Maker refresh.

Free broadband offer extended for school students With many households feeling the pinch of inflation and other financial challenges, Spark New Zealand and Ciena have confirmed that they will continue to offer free broadband throughout 2023 to eligible students who find that cost is a barrier to having an internet connection at home.

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