Issue 119 – Term 2, July 2023

(Last Updated On: June 21, 2023)



INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition 2023

INTERFACE News and Views


academyEX: Doing things s little differently is just the way we roll

Empowering students in the face of evolving cyber threats From Grok Academy, Cyber Skills Aotearoa provides classroom-ready activities and challenges to develop students’ cyber security and digital literacy skills. All resources are free, aligned with the NZ Curriculum and available in English and te reo Māori.

INTERFACEXpo 2023: Wow, that was four awesome events!

Special feature: Are you playing your part by adding fun and games to students’ learning? Teaching’s not all fun and games – but where’s the harm is bringing some engaging and amusing activities into the classroom? Here teachers tell us how gamifying their classrooms not only adds enjoyment but also improves learning outcomes.

  • Engagement comes from the joy of winning, earning points and the fun
  • Students compete in writing battles judged by AI
  • Experience points to improved learning with gamified activities
  • Kiwi Kai: Better understand and connect to the land
  • Stand Tall: Students show high interest in money game app

Students positive about AI but not sure if it’s cheating New research shows that students are generally positive towards the use of AI tools such as ChatGPT in education. However, they do see challenges with the technology and where the boundary for cheating lies remains highly unclear.

Shark Tank event seeks ways to protect native species In May, 40 eager ākonga and eight dedicated kaiako from across the Otago region gathered for Ōtepoti’s first ever Shark Tank event. The venue, Orokonui Sanctuary, provided an awe-inspiring backdrop for an unforgettable experience,

File Share: Two pages of free online resources.

Gamefroot lesson: Act like a prompt engineer and ask the AI to help you make a hidden object mini game!

3D smart glasses help students build literacy skills New research shows that three-dimensional (3D) smart glasses can help students boost their storytelling, communication, and creativity through blending virtual and real worlds.

Competitions: Heaps of great prizes to be won!



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