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TENZ launches 2020 Techno Challenge

TENZ – Technology Education New Zealand – has launched the TENZ 2020 Techno Challenge, a hands-on and creative learning experience for Year 1-10 students to take part in during the lockdown. “We are proud to present this nationwide competition for Years 1 to 10, encouraging tamariki to innovate […]

Winning fitness app gets users moo-ving

When Donnis Harrison heard about Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech), she knew it would be the perfect digital challenge for her students – little did she know, however, just how engaged they’d be and how successful it would prove. I was looking for a way to extend students […]

Missing Jump Jam? Do it at home!

Keep fit and healthy during the lockdown thanks to daily Jump Jam workouts. From his home in Mt Maunganui, Jump Jam creator Brett Fairweather is posting daily videos to keep you moving. So, clear some space and turn up the volume. More at

Scouts offer activities to do in the ‘Great Indoors’

While normally associated with getting out into the ‘great outdoors’, Scouts UK has pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas for the ‘Great Indoors’. They’re all free and aimed at keeping kids learning new skills and having fun. Activities include: Lolly Stick Catapults To Foldly Go (an origami […]

Keep kids engaged and learning at home with Gamefroot

As New Zealand moves into the second week of lockdown, one of the biggest problems both educators and parents are finding with remote learning is how to keep kids engaged while they are being educated at home.  Wellington-based company, Gamefroot, has developed a Remote Learning website that allows […]

How to teach online lessons with Zoom

With the lockdown, one app that’s seen a surge in popularity is Zoom (, which provides a remote conferencing service that combines video, chat, and collaboration tools. It’s fairly straightforward to use. Simply sign up for an account (there’s a basic free one to get you going). When […]

MADE Awards 2020: Cancelled

An announcement from Sue Beesley, on behalf of the MADE Awards committee: “We have made the difficult decision to cancel the MADE Awards for 2020 due to the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown and the uncertainty of when schools will be operating to be able to produce projects for […]

Covid-19 Update: Friday 27 March

Welcome to our daily Covid-19 Update. Each day, we’ll bring you a selection of the latest news, information and advice on the coronavirus pandemic. . Covid-19 Pandemic level added to NZ Civil Defence’s game ‘What’s the Plan Stan?’ A new Covid-19 Pandemic level has been added to New Zealand […]