Just a week to go until we kick off in Blenheim

One week. Seven days. That’s all it is until we kick off INTERFACE Xpo 2017 in Blenheim. Can’t wait to get going! There are still a few places left in Blenheim. So, if you’re keen to come along or know of anyone who might like to attend, go to interfacexpo.nz/register2017/ It’s going to be a great day […]

Digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement

Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the ‘Digital Technologies in Schools’ survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. A special supplement in the latest INTERFACE Magazine is a summary report card on selected key results from the 2016/17 […]

Tell us about your experiences learning with games

Calling all games-curious educators! NZCER is hosting ‘Games For Learning’, a two-day event that will “explore the potential of games, game design, and gameful thinking to enrich education and support equity and positive social impact for all learners.” It’s being held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa on 31 August and 1 September – […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2017: Have you registered yet?

Places are filling fast – don’t miss out and books yours now! Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACE Xpo 2017. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest e-learning ideas, trend and innovations. We’ll be […]

MindLabKids.com launches at a home near you

Launching this week, MindLabKids.com is a new video-based learning portal where children aged 5-12 can discover science and technology from the comfort of their own homes. Welcome to MindLabKids.com, a new video-based learning portal designed to offer Primary School-age kids the chance to have a Mind Lab experience beyond the lab. The brainchild of The […]

Cultivate collaborative learning with OneNote

A collaborative, note-taking software program and a Surface laptop may not immediately spring to mind as gardening essentials. Yet that’s exactly what’s at the centre of a growing project at Mairehau High School in Christchurch. Spade … check. Seeds … check. Compost … check. Watering can … check. OneNote … er … um … what? […]

Epson launches new ultra-short throw projectors

Take classroom creativity and collaboration to another level with the new Epson EB-600 series ultra-short throw projectors. Designed for today’s BYOD classroom, these projectors are easy to install and use. The EB-600 Series display images from just 29cm away and the lamp lasts up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode They offer 3x Higher Colour […]

Tell us your BYOD story

Are you running a BYOD programme at your school? Maybe you’re in the planning and trial stage? Or perhaps just thinking about it? Wherever you are at in your BYOD journey, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special feature’, where we’ll be investigating this exciting yet challenging concept. Share your experiences, high […]

Congrats to our latest winners

Thanks to everyone who entered out latest competitions. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto MiniMe Machine was hugely popular – we can’t think why! This stylish and innovative device is just the thing for any coffee craving. Well done to Dianne Mayall, of Long Bay Primary School in Auckland, whose name was drawn first from all correct […]

Calling all coders … Dive into our competition!

Want to give your students a tough but engaging coding challenge? We’ve teamed up with The Mind Lab to put together a cunning Scratch-based competition – we provide the template and your students then add their code to finish the own unique game. The theme is ‘Clean Our Ocean’. The aim is to program the […]

Wanted: Tutors for after-school coding

Code Champions is seeking tutors for its after-school computer coding classes. Run your own courses with our support. For more information about this exciting new initiative contact info@codechampions.nz   Code Champions is supported by INTERFACE.  

Mind Lab and Hutt City Council announce scholarships for teachers

Lower Hutt teachers will have access to scholarships to complete The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) thanks to a new partnership between The Mind Lab and Hutt City Council. The Council will provide teachers within the Lower Hutt City area $650+GST towards tuition fees for the course. […]

Book your spot for 2017

BYOD? MLEs? Data? Coding? Robotics? Chromebooks? Flipping? Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2017. And registrations are now open!  Don’t miss your opportunity to attend. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest e-learning […]

Students become data detectives in this year’s CensusAtSchool

Students will be able to see how their pocket money stacks up against their peers and whether they’re getting less after-school screen time when they become data detectives in this year’s CensusAtSchool/TataurangaKiTeKura. The online statistics project, which started this week, is open to all English and Māori-medium schools. Teachers can register their classes and take […]

Lightning Lab seeks your ideas for sustainable energy

Organisations from across New Zealand’s energy industry are backing a first-ever, nationwide call for innovative ideas, ventures and products in electricity and sustainable energy. Lightning Lab Electric is inviting every coder, inventor, tinkerer, engineer, or ideas person to enter an Innovation Challenge, with ideas pushing boundaries in how consumers and businesses use, manage, distribute, transmit, […]

Check out an ‘Open Lab’

You’ll know the name but what really goes on at The Mind Lab by Unitec? What is it’s postgraduate course all about? Well, now’s your chance to find out. It’s The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Open Lab season! With 20+ locations across the country, there’s bound to be one in your back yard this February […]

Today is Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day and it’s being marked across the world. So many of us use the Internet on a daily basis – and 89 per cent of Kiwis say the positives of using the Internet outweigh the negatives, according to InternetNZ. Chief Executive Jordan Carter says the internet has massive potential for New Zealand […]

ACTIVboardNZ rebrands as ‘Active Vision

Technology in education is about looking forward with new learning opportunities, but when David Parker bought ACTIVboardNZ in May 2015, he saw the name of the company as holding back its potential, writes Lee Suckling. “An interactive white board (IWB) is still a fantastic educational tool but has now been replaced with the new ActivPanel,” […]

Develop your e-learning skills with ‘Tech Toolbox’

Are you struggling to keep up with your students when it comes to digital technology or maybe looking to test out technologies set to transform the classroom? Introducing The Mind Lab’s ‘Tech Toolbox’. This month, The Mind Lab by Unitec is launching Tech Toolbox. Based in Auckland, the 10-week course has been specifically created to […]

Continuing the digital journey in 2017 …

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to the new year from the INTERFACE team. We hope you all had a great holiday – or maybe are still enjoying the last few days. Wherever you’re at with your digital journey, 2017 promises to be another exciting step and we’re busy gearing up for a great year. […]