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NZTA Game Design Competition 2016: Meet the winners

The NZ Transport Agency’s Game Design Competition ran during Terms 1 and 2. It challenged Year 7-13 students to design games about safe road use.  This year’s winning entries are: Overall Winner and Winner, Category 2: Playable Game – Prickle in a Pickle By Sophie, Zola and Sophie, […]

Zaption: A message from eTV

“Zaption has recently announced that it will shut down on 30 September. Many of you will know that a lot of time and energy went into integrating the Zaption tool into eTV. Many teachers have invested time in creating quizzes and lessons for their students and to lose […]

MADE Awards 2016: Entries open

Planning to make something for the MADE Awards? Entries are now open – and close at the end of Term 3. The awards aim to recognise excellence in digital media skills. This year, the addition of a new ‘Open’ category, means there are now eight to choose from, […]

Registrations open for #edchatNZ conference in August

#edchatNZ has announce that registrations for its second conference, taking place in Hamilton 12-13 August 2016, have opened. “In 2014, edchatNZ hosted its inaugural conference at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. It was spectacular. We pushed the boundaries by offering a low cost, high quality conference,” said Philippa Nicoll Antipas. “With a registration fee of a mere […]

NZ Curriculum to include digital technology

Digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland. “This is the first change to the New Zealand Curriculum since its introduction in 2007 and […]

Wanted: Your experiences using Minecraft

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

Special feature: Computer code in the classroom

Interested in finding out more about what computer coding can offer? Looking for ways to use it with your students?  In the latest issue, read how eight teachers share with INTERFACE their experiences of bringing programming into their classes. Learning how to adapt and change with technology, Janie Tito, Chilton […]

NZTech calls for faster implementation of digital literacy

Teaching computational thinking, digital technology and cyber security at primary school level has been identified by NZTech in a first-ever substantive report to be as integral as maths and English to the nation’s economy. The New Zealand education system is not evolving fast enough to generate local talent […]

First NZ initiative to link computer coding with te reo

A charity group has teamed up with Ngai Tahu to produce a first-of-its-kind initiative to teach primary school students how to embrace Ngai Tahu’s cultural beliefs and language by creating a variety of coding projects incorporating te reo. Code Club Aotearoa is a charity that partners with primary schools and uses the knowledge of […]

Hapara launches on Microsoft Office 365

Previously only available on Google Apps, education management system Hapara can now be used with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote. Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Manager Evan Blackman says by combining OneNote and Hapara, educators have a powerful tool that helps them focus attention on improving student learning outcomes. […]