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Best wishes for the holidays and 2020!

Well, another year is almost over. How was the digital journey for you? From e-sports to robots, drones to makerspaces, we hope our coverage of the e-learning world both informed and inspired you. Educators face many challenges in the year ahead, not least the new Digital Technologies learning […]

Entries open for KineticKiwi competition

Challenge your students to explore and showcase their passion for science in the KineticKiwi competition. The aim is to create an original video (three to five minutes long) that explains a topic in one of the following subjects: Mathematics and Statistics Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space […]

Meeting with our Minecraft winner

Congratulations again to Julian Langbein, of Campbells Bay School, who won the Primary category in our recent ‘Make a Machine’ Minecraft student competition. We met up with him today to present him with his certificate and class prize – a Meccano Meccanoid G15 Ks Personal Robot, courtesy of […]

Enjoying morning tea with Room 2!

Thanks to everyone in Room 2 at Papakura Central School for your warm welcome this morning. Teacher aide Stellest de Villiers won a recent competition, where we challenged you to name the items we used to create the masthead in our September issue. The promise of food was […]

Issue 103 – Term 4, November 2020

INTERFACE NEWS AND VIEWS NOTICEBOARD MOTAT: Science Fiction Science Future! THE MIND LAB: Helping to build resilient futures TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME WITH A NEW AR GAME Time travel and experience what life was like in central Auckland a century ago thanks to a new Augmented […]

Win! Combo Card Reader Hub

Need to read different data cards? Make your life simple (and never be caught out again) with a Combo Card Reader Hub for MS Duo, SD/HC, M2, and T-Flash cards. This 3.0 USB Type-C reader is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and powered by the USB […]

Win! Selfie Stick Integrated Tripod

Set your phone up, stand back and say cheese. Snapping yourself some sweet selfies is easy thanks to a wireless, retractable Selfie Stick Integrated Tripod. Find the best angles with the 270-degree adjustable head and the most appropriate distance with its fully adjustable extension (up to 70cm). The […]

Win! Kai’s Clan Start Pack

Kai’s Clan ( is an exciting, new collaborative coding activity that encompasses several technologies into an all-in-one learning platform: Coding, Robotics, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). With a range of projects and lesson ideas for guidance and inspiration, use […]

Win! Anti-theft Laptop Backpack

Secure your laptop with this awesome anti-theft backpack, whose hidden zippers combat would-be pickpockets when you’re out and about. An interior sleeve can store up to a 15.6-inch device, there are padded and adjustable shoulder straps for comfort, and a water-repellent outer fabric ensures moisture doesn’t leak in. […]

Meet our magnificent Minecraft machine makers

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s Minecraft competition – and to MOTAT for its support. The challenge was to design and build a ‘Machine’ and the response was amazing. From rockets and rollercoaster, to computers and car, we received some awesome creations. It wasn’t easy but we’ve […]

Preparing for the digital challenges of 2020

It promises to be an exciting but challenging year ahead for digital technology in learning. From the mandatory use by schools of the Ministry of Education’s Digital Technologies learning area, to the constant evolution and dynamism of e-learning, are you equipped and ready for 2020? This special feature […]