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Going through a visioning process

As part of our ‘The Challenge of Change‘ feature, ACTIVboard’s Murray Thoms assesses what needs to happen before change. “Before spending any money, I would recommend that schools complete an audit of their existing ICT assets, as part of an overall visioning process, giving staff a clear picture […]

Registrations are now open – book your place!

BYOD? MLE? 3D Printing? Robotics? Chromebooks? Flipping? Coding? Whatever’s on your tech radar, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2016. If you make the ICT decisions for your school (or are part of the decision-making process) this is a day not to be missed, with presentations, workshops, an exhibition, and […]

WANTED: Your experiences using 3D printing

Are you using 3D printing in your classroom? If so, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special issue’ on 3D printing. We want you to tell us about your experiences using this type of teaching solution. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams […]

10% discount to attend EduTECH 2016

EduTECH International Congress and Expo 2016 is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 30 May to 1 June. It consists of one large exhibition and eight parallel conferences, and is your chance to attend Asia-Pacific’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest education event. Keynote speakers include […]

Robotics: From No-bots to Go-bots

Last year was my first teaching robotics. We began a Robotic Club using EV3 Lego Mindstorms, which quickly found its legs and became firmly established across the Preparatory School. It was a fantastic learning experience; the children were enthralled, writes Briony Marks, St Andrew’s College, Christchurch. We began with […]

Equico and APPA PD programme offers $20,000 for grants

Successful Principals collaborate, communicate and share responsibility with teachers, staff and Principals of other schools, positively impacting their own school and further afield. However, successful collaboration relies on a number of factors, including vitally important professional development, and too often this is overlooked in light of more pressing […]

Safer Internet Day partners work to tackle internet harms

Twenty-nine organisations are joining forces today to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms, says online safety and security organisation NetSafe. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet […]

Refugee’s story becomes school computer game

A refugee whose family made a perilous journey across eastern Europe to escape the Nazis has seen her life transformed into an educational computer game. Students from Glasgow Caledonian University have teamed up with Gathering the Voices, an organisation that collects the stories of survivors who settled in […]

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools?

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are concerns the expansion of electronic devices in schools may undermine the position of traditional paper books. E-books, where […]

NZ’s most remote students connected to the world

New Zealand’s 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One,Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced. The Remote Schools Broadband Initiative (RSBI) was established in 2012 to improve broadband services to remote schools. The programme provides point-to-point […]