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Online and free – lessons for the future

New Zealand’s largest university is about to give away its teaching free as the Government calls the tertiary sector together to discuss whether such an approach is the way forward. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce will host the Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit next week, where the […]

Future-focused learning report released

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has released a report showing that widespread and mobile access to the internet will lead to new and significant opportunities and challenges for the education system. “The report – Future-focused learning in connected communities­ – was developed by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group. It […]

Surface Pro 3 release date, news and features

Microsoft is hoping that three is the magic number after unveiling the latest addition to its Surface family of devices: the Surface Pro 3. We’ve gone hands on  with the tablet, which impresses thanks to its sharper screen, bigger dimensions and great stylus support. The company has gone all out […]

Enjoying INTERFACE Xpo in Taupo

We followed up Wellington, with a fantastic day in Taupo. It was a full house and a big thank you to everyone who braved the cold and came along. They were treated to a mix of presentations, workshops, and networking, as well as exploring the stands in the exhibition […]

A great Xpo at Te Papa yesterday

What a great day we had at Te Papa Tongarewa yesterday! Thanks to everyone who attended our Wellington Xpo. More than 200 delegates enjoyed a day of presentations, workshops, networking and exploring the exhibition area. Check out some photos from the day at www.pinterest.com/pinterface We’re now turning out attention […]

Students leaving ‘dark ages’ for cyberspace

New Zealand students will move out of “the dark ages” and complete experimental NCEA assessments online this year. The Qualifications Authority will test an online NCEA level one mathematics test at 20 schools in September. Its deputy chief executive, Richard Thornton, said the pilot was an online version […]

Gigaschools Video Competition

Organised by Chorus, the Gigaschools Video Competition challenges your students to create a video showing what they think learning will be like in the connected schools in Gigatown. There are two age groups – Junior (Years 1 – 8) and Senior (Years 9 – 13) – and some […]

Previewing a new Classroom

As a former high school math teacher, I know all too well that teachers spend a ton of valuable time doing things other than teaching—waking up early to grade quizzes, collecting and returning piles of paper assignments, and battling copy machine paper jams. But with today’s technology it […]

What’s best – a regular camera or smartphone?

Teachers and students are increasingly using smartphones and tablets in the classroom – and with them comes a snazzy built-in camera. It begs the question, do schools still need to invest in a regular camera? Jenny Barrett investigates. How important is image quality? Phones and tablets do not […]

Teachers design app for tracking students

Three Taranaki teachers had a dream to design software that they could use every day in their classrooms to make teaching easier. The result is appT. No more files and folders. No more moving between paper, cameras, computers, and school management systems. Just you, your class and an […]